Chillin’ with the Garifuña

We’ve been in the coastal village of Hopkins , Belize for the last two days, enjoying some of this country’s most beautiful beaches. Our time here has been pretty uneventful. We enjoyed the beach, walked through the village, ate some good food, and just chilled out.

Hopkins is a Gaifuña village. The Garifuña are known for their drumming and our group enjoyed a private demonstration around the fire here at the resort. I had a headache so skipped the pounding of the drums. We all need a little downtime. We’ve been staying at a very tired lodge called Jungle Jeanies by the Sea. Jeanie is still running the place despite losing her husband a few months ago.

Our little cabana had a bed, cold shower, and bathroom sink that’s stainless steel with pvc piped in that drains down to the sand. Rustic is a generous way to describe it. The views are fabulous which seems to make up for the bare accommodations. We’re off to the Cayes today where we’ll finish our adventure with four days of reggae. Our last base will be Caye Caulker, so stay tuned for pictures.

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