3-Star Beachfront Resort with Tropical Cabanas and Adventure Tours
Awarded the title of Hotel of the Year in 2010 by the Belize Tourism Board, Jaguar Reef Lodge and Spa is not only one of the largest hotels on the country's midcoast, but one of the best positioned. It sits just 1 mile south of the fishing hamlet of Hopkins Village and faces a piece of 7-mile-long beachfront stretching between the Maya Mountains and the Caribbean Sea. The resort makes it easy for guests to explore the surrounding area, offering complimentary use of bikes and sea kayaks as well as arranging a host of full- and half-day adventure tours, including jungle hikes and dives along the barrier reef.
Cabanas and suites are adorned with thatched roofs, traditional decor, and local artwork. The large, well-lit rooms feature high vaulted ceilings with exposed wooden beams. Ocean-view cabanas look out onto the water and surrounding palms. But stay in one of the beachfront two-bedroom suites if you want easy access to the beach and extra space; each suite comes with a separate living area, kitchenette, and large balcony.
If you'd like to just lounge around, the resort has an infinity pool and an array of hammocks strung along its palm-studded beach. Head to the full-service Butterflies Spa to indulge in a range of massages and wraps that make use of tropical ingredients such as pineapple and coconut. Or check out the resort's glassed-in beachfront restaurant, which serves a variety of local and American dishes made with locally grown fruits and vegetables.
Hopkins Village, Belize: Friendly Fishing Town Surrounded by Lush Jungles
Built in 1942 after a hurricane swept away the village of Newtown farther up the coast, Hopkins Village has always had a laid-back attitude. It was recently dubbed "the friendliest village in Belize" by Belize First magazine, thanks to the hospitality of its 1,000 residents. Fishing has traditionally been the villagers' main source of income; snapper, grouper, and king mackerel can all be caught here. Hopkins also has a selection of bars, shops, and restaurants that have helped make it an up-and-coming tourist destination.
After sampling village life, head 21 miles north to Dangriga, the capital of the district and southern Belize's largest town. Most of the action is in town centers on the main thoroughfare and the city's many oceanfront parks. The Gulisi Garifuna Museum is worth a visit if you're interested in learning about the history and customs of the Garifuna people, who make up the bulk of the population in Dangriga and Hopkins.
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What You Get
Stay for two in an ocean-view cabana
Option 1: $399 for 4 nights (up to a $1,100 value)
Option 2: $599 for 6 nights (up to a $1,650 value)
Stay for four in two-bedroom suite
Option 3: $599 for 4 nights (up to a $1,400 value)
Option 4: $799 for 6 nights (up to a $2,100 value)
Included in all options:
Policies and Fees
Book by: 6/8/14
Travel by: 12/20/14
Cancellation policy & fees: All cancellations subject to $100 fee; 60-day cancellation notice or fee of 50% Groupon price; 45-day notice or fee up to Groupon price
Taxes: 17% tax not included and collected at booking
Jaguar reef is near Hopkins village, which is very laid back with not a lot of dining selections, but enough if you are not too picky We ate at the restaurant at the lodge which was adequate, not great
Brett W. ·
December 15, 2015
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