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. Stay in one of the beachfront two-bedroom suites for easy access to the beach and extra space; each suite comes with a separate living area, kitchenette, and large balcony.
The resort has an infinity pool and an array of hammocks strung along the palm-studded beach. Head to the full-service Butterflies Spa to indulge in a range of massages and wraps infused with tropical ingredients such as pineapple and coconut. Check out the resort’s glassed-in beachfront restaurant to sample local and American dishes made with fruits and vegetables grown nearby.
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 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the best way to travel to the hotel from the airport? Dangriga Airport (DGA) is about 22 miles from the property. There is a round-trip shuttle service from DGA for up to four people for $110.
2. Is there an additional occupancy fee, or do I have to purchase another Groupon? The Groupon covers two guests in an ocean-view cabana and up to four in a two-bedroom suite. Adding occupants above standard in a two-bedroom suite is $20 per night for each additional guest (does not include package add-ons).
3. Will I be approached to attend a timeshare sales presentation? Groupon customers are never obligated to attend a sales presentation. If you are approached and decline a presentation, you will not lose the value of your Groupon or have to pay additional fees.
4. Which activities and amenities are included in the resort credits? Resort credits are not included with the Groupon.
5. Are dinner reservations required for restaurants? Is there a dress code? Dinner reservations for the onsite restaurants are not required and there is no specific dress code. For more information about your dining options, please click here or call 646-503-1735.