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Not to be missed: sunsets in Hopkins!

Not to be missed: sunsets in Hopkins!

— Everybody raves about the sunrises to be seen in Hopkins — and, since the Caribbean is on the east side of the village, it’s pretty obvious why, even if you have to get up really early:

sunrise in Hopkins
sunrise in Hopkins

However, what I find even more spectacular are — the sunSET you can see in Hopkins Village!

If you head out on the main road toward the highway, get just outside of town, you can see spectacular sunsets over the wetlands, as the sun goes down behind the Maya mountains. A view many miss, but you should definitely take the time to catch this. Click here to see sunrise and sunset times in Hopkins, Belize so you can plan your photo moment.

— Best of all, from the Funky Dodo it’s only a short walk or bike ride to the perfect spot to see the sunset and get some amazing pictures. And if you like birds, you will see lots and lots of them as well.

sunset in Hopkins
sunset in Hopkins

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shopping: groceries, gifts, souvenirs

Best local markets in Hopkins  — Places to get what you need (shopping, groceries, gifts, souvenirs):

Even if Hopkins is a very small village, we have everything you need to make your stay enjoyable. Listed below are some of our favorite places to shop, but by no means are all the stores and gift shops listed here. Go for a wander, or get on one of our bikes and explore Hopkins! Get a feel for the Garifuna vibe, discover Garifuna, Mayan and Belizean culture.

There are also quite often pop up stands on the side of the road that sell a variety of items, from fruit and veg to barbeque chicken or pork.

Of course we are ready to answer any questions you might have, and help you to find whatever you might need.  We hope to see you in Hopkins at the Funky Dodo soon!

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  • For general merchandise/groceries:
    • Castillo store (north side)
    • Happy store (center)
    • Fe Wi mart (south)
  • Fruit/veg:
    • Fruit and veg stand just south of Happy store
    • Fruit and veg stand next to Fe Wi mart
    • Pop-up stand in the church yard
  • Gifts/souvenirs:  These all have different selections of locally made handicrafts and tourist items
    • GariMaya gift shop (far south end of the village –if you only go to one, make it this one!)
    • Yougadan (north side)
    • Blossoming (north side)
    • Joyjah (center)
    • Seashell art by Alex (south side)

Visit GariMaya Gift Shop on your trip to Hopkins   Visit GariMaya Gift Shop on your trip to Hopkins

best local markets in Hopkins– Places to get what you need, and shop for souvenirs and gifts. Shopping, groceries, gifts, souvenirs

Funky Dodo awarded Gold Standard for health and safety

gold standard
Funky Dodo awarded gold standard certification for health and safety

The Funky Dodo has been awarded the Belize Tourism Board “Gold Standard” certification for health and safety.

While we’re not part of the “safe corridor” phase of the reopening of Belize, you can be assured of a safe, clean, and sanitized place to be once you get here.

ATM/Cash point issues in Hopkins

Travelers beware:
If you have a chip card, the only ATM in Hopkins (Belize Bank) will probably not work for you. If you are coming through Dangriga, stop by the Scotia bank about two blocks from the bus terminal and stock up on cash before you get here.
In happier news, we have a credit card machine, and can take payments for your stay via MasterCard and Visa. We will have to charge a 6% fee for credit card transactions, however.


If you are driving to the Funky Dodo from BZ city (or anywhere up north): do NOT take the coastal highway. Yes, that’s how Google maps will route you, but don’t do it. The road is not finished and is unpaved and in terrible condition. Unless you have a high-clearance 4WD, you stand a good chance of breaking down, and there are no towns and very limited cell reception.
Take the HUMMINGBIRD HIGHWAY. It’s beautiful, and paved all the way down. Just be careful approaching the very narrow bridges (you’ll know what I mean when you see them).
Different topic: the ATM in Hopkins is still not working most of the time. Stop off before you get here to stock up on cash (Belmopan or Dangriga–Scotia Bank usually works)

20% off all private rooms!

The Funky Dodo Backpackers Hostel is open, BTB Gold Standard certified, and ready to greet you. We are open to any and all who need a comfortable and economical place to stay, at extra special reduced rates for our private rooms.
No minimum nights, no charge to change dates. Click the link and use the promo code “welcomeback” when you make your reservation to receive 20% off!
*looking for longer term or need group housing? Contact us directly!
**rates include free WiFi, a fully equipped kitchen for you to use, 24 hour security, the friendliest staff with tons of local info, and so much more. See you soon!
***Valid for bookings made directly on our website, subject to change without notice. Cancellation policy remains in effect. See our website for details.
We would also like to inform our guests that we are cleaning and sanitizing our rooms, beds, and common areas thoroughly, according to World Health Organization guidelines.  We have been Gold Standard certified for cleanliness and sanitization by the Belize Tourism Board. We are being extremely vigilant as it pertains to cleanliness of the entire property. We also provide alcohol-based sanitizer, hand-soap, dish soap and bleach-based cleaners to our guests during their stay. Cleanliness has always been of the utmost importance to us at the Funky Dodo, and it will always remain a priority. Stay safe and healthy, and we will see you soon!
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Funky Dodo is open for you!

OK, it’s our turn for what seems to be the obligatory corona virus post:
during the current COVID-19 crisis, The Funky Dodo Backpackers Hostel, Hopkins Village, Belize is getting hammered with cancellations and refunds. Our season is effectively over. Our low-season prices will begin today.
If you can — please re-schedule, don’t cancel.

Our cancellation policy is still in force (this is one example of what trip insurance is for), and if you cancel, you will lose your deposit.
If you postpone, we will happily waive the cancellation fee and apply your full deposit to the new booking.
If you do cancel, and are entitled to a refund, we beg for patience as we sort out our finances. We will process cancellations promptly, but it may take a day or two for the refund to hit your account.

The Funky Dodo Backpackers Hostel, Hopkins Village, Belize will not close, unless the government tells us to. We have made a commitment to our employees that they will not be laid off, and will still be paid. We remain open to anyone who needs a home during this time, at our low-season rates. We will, of course, continue to keep everything spotless and disinfected, just as we always have done, just maybe a little more so.

If you are “stuck” in country, and need a place to call home, The Funky Dodo Backpackers Hostel, Hopkins Village, Belize is here for you. If you need a place to self-quarantine, we have rooms available, and we will be happy to assist with shopping and the like.

This is going to be a rough time for all of us, especially those in the hospitality business. But, if we all pull together, we will weather this storm and come out the other side that much stronger.

Stay healthy and safe, everyone.