Take a flight from Belize City to Dangriga and then a taxi to Hopkins.
Our Property Manager, Cheryl, can arrange a taxi for you from Dangriga to Hopkins if you provide your flight information.
By Car from Belize City
We recommend using Crystal Car Rental. You can access them online and arrange to have the car picked up or dropped off in different locations for an additional fee. Google Maps has Casita del Mar listed.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are using a GPS, it may try to take you on the Coastal Road and will also give you a driving time of about 2 hours. DO NOT TAKE the Coastal Road, it is in poor condition. Driving time via Belmopan is at least 3 hrs.
Take the Airport road to the Northern Highway. There will be a gas station on your left at this intersection. (~ 2 minutes, 1 mile, 1.6 km)
Turn left on the Northern Highway and travel to the Burrell Boom cutoff. There will be a couple of tall communication towers on the left side of the road before the Burrell Boom cutoff. (~10 minutes)
Turn left on the Burrell Boom road and take it until it meets the Western Highway at a roundabout in Hattieville. Stay right. (~ 15 minutes, 11.5 miles, 18.5 km)
Turn right or west on the Western Highway and continue past the Coastal Road turnoff (Car rental companies do NOT permit the use of the Coastal Road due to its very poor condition) until you reach the Hummingbird Highway which goes through the outskirts of the capital, Belmopan. (~ 40 minutes, 32 miles, 51.5 km)
Turn left onto the Hummingbird Highway. There are several gas stations just past this and if your gas is low, get it here. Continue on the Hummingbird Highway through the Maya Mountains until you reach the Southern Highway.
The Hummingbird Highway is a beautiful drive but due to the narrow one way bridges (that come up fast!) and the unmarked speed bumps, it is NOT recommended that you drive this section at night. Watch for the Shell gas station on your right which is just before the turn off for the Southern Highway and Hopkins ( last gas station before Hopkins)There will be an Shell gas station on your right just before the turn off to the Southern Highway. Another good spot to fuel up. (~ 1 hour, 10 minutes, 48 miles, 76 km).
Turn right on the Southern Highway to Hopkins. Soon after you pass through Silk Grass village there will be a road to the left toward Hopkins. You will see a covered bus stop on the left. This is the Hopkins Road. Turn Left here. (~ 15 minutes, 10 miles, 16 km)
Take the Hopkins Road until you reach Hopkins Village. (~ 10 minutes, 6 miles) You will see Bus Stop & Grocery store on left. Take a right.
Check-In If You DO NOT have a Cell Phone which works in Belize: Proceed to the house, use the house internet and send Cheryl a message that you have arrived. NOTE: You will receive the internet Password for the house WiFi in communications sent to you once you have reserved your vacation time.
Check-In if You HAVE a Cell Phone which works in Belize: Proceed directly to Casita Del Mar with the directions noted below. Call Cheryl at 501 615-0947 and she will meet you at the house for check-in.
OR, load WhatsApp onto a computer device before you leave home. Once you have arrived at the house, access the house internet and call Cheryl at 011-501-615-0947 using WhatsApp. NOTE: You will receive the internet Password for the house WiFI in communications sent to you once you have reserved your vacation time.
Please note that check-in time is 3pm and check-out time is 10am.
From the four corners entry to Hopkins, continue south for .7 miles, watch for the Dong Lee Store on the left. Just past Dong Lee’s there is a lane way to the left. Take this left and almost to the beach you will see another lane way to your right, follow that parallel to the beach. You will be following the concrete fence of our neighbour. Stop at the end of the concrete wall as our driveway ends there. If you drive further onto the sand you risk getting stuck.
What to Bring:
Hopkins is a very informal place, so casual clothes are the order of the day.
* Beach wear,
* light long pants and maybe a light sweater (There is nearly always a breeze at the house)
* recyclable water bottle
* hiking shoes
* long sleeve shirt
* bug repellant (You can purchase it locally as well.)
This is a Non-smoking home. Guests are asked to smoke outside and dispose of extinguished butts safely in garbage bins.
Sorry, no pets.
No candles, please.
Housekeeping: Our “Go Green” Linen Exchange and Cleaning Service will provide linen and towels to last up to a week and will provide fresh linens and towels on a weekly basis or more frequently upon request. We also provide cleaning service on a weekly basis or more frequently if requested. This is included in your rental rate.
Recycling: We do try to recycle what we can. We can collect beer bottles, along with Coke, Fresca, Fanta, Sprite plastic and glass bottles.
Environmentally Friendly: Belize is a third world country and we believe that as guests to this country we have a responsibility to “be as green as possible”. Our cleaning staff use environmentally green cleaning products, and our lights are all energy efficient. We ask our guests to contribute to our efforts by turning off lights and AC when not in use. We encourage our guests to bring reusable water bottles for hiking and trekking. Regrettably, water bottles are not yet recyclable in Belize.