Belize’s wetlands are home to the fresh water Morelet’s Crocodile and the saltwater American Crocodile, that can be spotted in Sittee River and the freshwater lagoon in Hopkins.
Mangos are the world’s most popular fruit and Hopkins is the “mango capital” of Belize.
Approximately 1,000 Mayan ruins are scattered throughout Belize. Most are unexplored. Xunantunich and Caracol are some of the most impressive sights in Belize.
Belize’s Black Howler Monkeys are one of the top 10 loudest animals in the world.
Belize is the first and only country in the world to create a Jaguar nature preserve (officially titled The Cockscomb Wildlife Sanctuary and Jaguar Preserve) and it is located about 15 minutes from Hopkins.
Belize is home to the second largest barrier reef in the world. It is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site and home to some of the best scuba diving on the planet.
Cashew trees are all over Hopkins Village and Will and I even have one! (Cashews don’t come in shells.) Instead, they grow from a fruit called the cashew apple. The fruit is edible, but the nut must be roasted to remove the toxins as it cannot. Want to see a photo of a cashew nut? Check out the Hopkins Inn Pinterest page.
Over 540 species of birds have been recorded in Belize. In Hopkins, we regularly spot the Jabiru stork and roseate spoonbills, just on the Hopkins Road. A little further out and we have spotted green parrots. At the inn, we have hummingbirds, brown pelicans, frigate birds, and just today, we spotted a mockingbird with her babies in their nest in our palm tree.
There are no fast-food chains in Belize. (That’s right, no drive through Chick-fil-A’s, Starbucks, McDonald’s, Subways, etc.) And there are no “big box” stores like Walmart and Target. Will and I like that Belize is filled with locally owned “mom and pop” stores and restaurants that serve fresh food. Nothing fast here, as all food is prepared to order.