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.

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.

Finalist for “best small accommodation in Belize 2019”

We were honored to be among the finalists nominated for the “best small accommodation in Belize” by the BTB. The awards ceremony was last night. The Funky Dodo didn’t win, but it’s nice to be in consideration with places that have daily rates three or four (or more!) times our highest room rate. We congratulate all the winners in the various categories.
A huge “thank you” to the judges and the Belize Tourism Board for their regard and the honor of being chosen a finalist.
We thank all the rest of you–our amazing staff, our wonderful guests, and our fabulous friends in the village–for your continued support!


Finally completed the TreeTop rooms and the TreeTop deck!

No more bar, but two brand new rooms with Queen beds and private bathrooms. There is also a brand new deck where you can hang out up in the treetops- great for sunbathing or stargazing!

TreeTop Deck

TreeTop rooms 9 and 10

TreeTop room -Queen bed, private bath


Not that this will be so noticeable to guests…but the upgrades/rehabbing continue. We have now completely re-done the entire plumbing system. New pipes, new and better septic system.
Great water pressure in all showers and faucets…finally. Still no hot water…looking into a solar water heater, but those are very expensive, so it will be a while before we can do that, but it’s in the plan…
More to come!

Group accommodation and group transport in Belize

The Funky Dodo Backpackers Hostel, Bar & Tour operator, Belize, Central America

Group accommodation

  • Accommodation for up to 40 guests at one time.
  • dormitories and rooms with or without bathrooms.
  • free lockers
  • Free luggage storage
  • Food and drink available on site
  • Further overflow accommodation available

Group transport

  • comfortable safe transport by sea or by land anywhere in the country for up to 40 people.
  • any multi day excursion or day trip for up to 40 guests.
  • activities or events required can be organized and managed by us.
  • breakfast lunch and dinner on site or on the go.
  • We can provide guides, equipment or anything you need.
  • Transport to/from Mexico & Guatemala also available

The place

  • The Funky Dodo Backpackers Hostel is located in center Hopkins Village, Belize.
  • We provide budget accommodation & transport.
  • We have 40 beds in 9 rooms of varying configurations.
  • We offer great rates for groups of 10 or more.
  • On site we have a treetop bar under a Mayan thatched roof where we serve a selection of drinks as well as breakfast and bar food.
  • We offer our guests free Wi-Fi, guest kitchen, information, hammocks, books and we are 1 min walk from the beach.
  • Our front desk is open from 6am – 10pm everyday and we have 24 hour security
  • We are fully licensed and insured tour operators.

Great deals for groups

  • Great rates for group accommodation & transport in Belize and neighboring countries.
  • Detailed trip planning and event management available.
  • Please contact us and we can put together a quotation for your group travel and accommodation needs in Central America. – Anna:  +501 676 DODO

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The Funky Dodo Backpackers Hostel, Bar & Tour operator, Belize, Central America


Similar to Costa Rica, Belize has a very stable political system and a very peaceful history. Belize is a democracy, the economy in Belize is stable and the currency is attached to the US dollar, the legal system is based on the British laws from the days of the empire, and Belize is still an member of the Commonwealth.


The U.S. dollar is accepted everywhere in Belize, and the Belize dollar has been set for many years at the current rate of 2 BZ to 1 U.S.D Anything of substantial value, such as real estate, is priced in U.S. dollars. This means that prices in Belize are more stable than is the case in other countries.


Everything including street signs, laws & land documents, food menus and real estate contracts are in English.  This makes Belize very attractive to English speakers as an investment, retirement, or vacation home destination. You don’t need to learn a new language, because English in the national language.  Belize is the only English speaking country in all of Central America, which make transactions and procedures easy for English speaking people.


International flights to Belize are available from just about anywhere. Belize is easy to reach from the US and Canada, and now also from Europe.  Its proximity to Canada and the US make a quick travel time and there is little jet lag due to time change.  (Belize is on Central Time.) Flights to Belize depart from Charlotte, Newark, Miami, Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, Houston, and Toronto.  Belize has a safe and reliable bus network that runs country wide 7 days a week from sunrise until 10 pm or so. There are around 15 main bus companies with their respective names, logos and colors and you can travel the whole length of the country for under US$20.00

Nature and History

Thousands of species of trees and flowers, hundreds of kinds of birds and butterflies can be found in Belize.  It has tropical rain-forests, reefs, beaches, and mountains, hundreds of Mayan ruins, and many rivers alive with wildlife and rare flora.  From cave tubing to zip-lining, diving to sailing, snorkeling to fishing, and exploring Mayan ruins. Almost half of Belize is protected –with National Parks and Marine Reserves, including United Nations World Heritage sites such as the 27,000 acre Balcalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. Belize has the 2nd largest and most complex barrier reef in the world.  The marine activities  and water sports are often rated among the very best in the world. This ecologically diverse, unspoiled paradise is Belize, which is also one of the least densely populated countries in the western hemisphere.


The overall climate of Belize can be described as sub-tropical. Average temperature is 83oF (29oC). In winter the temperature in Belize rarely falls below 60°F (16°C), while throughout summer the mercury sits at around 86°F (30°C). Humidity is also fairly consistent at around 85 percent.