- 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.