Belize is a one of a kind destination!
An English speaking country in the heart of Central America and the Mayan world. A small population of about 350,000 make up the country and include: Creole, Garifuna, Maya, Mestizo, Mennonite, Chinese as well as a smattering of Canadians, Americans and Europeans. A straightforward money system is fixed at 2 to 1 to the US dollar. You can use American dollars everywhere as well as Belize dollars. The country was called British Honduras before it's independence in 1981 and Belize is still part of the British Commonwealth. Belize is a small country in size (8,500 sq miles) but big in protected areas; roughly 26% of the land and sea is preserved. Belize has huge tracts of undisturbed, virgin jungle and the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere! Caribbean vibes & Central American hospitality rolled into one perfect place!!
Hopkins is the semi-undiscovered gem in Belize!
Because of it's small population of 1,500 villagers, the beaches and surrounding areas are still pristine and ready for exploration. Hopkins is a top dive and snorkel destination because it's a 20 minute boat ride to the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world. Hopkins is also close to many natural parks, preserves, Mayan ruins, caves, waterfalls, a jaguar reserve and the longest zip-line in Central America. The village is a hub of music and culture. Garifuna drumming, paranda, punta, reggae, marimba, pop and rock fill the air!
Jeanie first came to Belize in 1989 from Kelowna, BC, Canada with her husband John to live and work in Belize.
Jean and John fell in love with Belize; it's beautiful climate,
the flora and fauna and most of all they fell in love with the
They traveled the country in search of a special spot on the beach where they could build a resort for their family and friends.... and all the friends they hadn't met yet.
Their dreams came true in 2003 when they found a little slice of paradise just south of the Garifuna village of Hopkins...
a white sand Caribbean beach on one side and an unspoiled tropical jungle on the other, it was exactly what they were looking for! Most importantly, Jeanie & John's
four-legged junior partners Volga and Zena (pictured left), loved the spot too so Jungle Jeanie's by the Sea was born!
Jungle Jeanie's vision and mission was to
place the charmingly rustic cabanas among the trees and to maintain the surrounding jungle around the buildings. Jungle Jeanie's unique design came to be
a unique 'eco-resort' setting!
Jungle Jeanie's is set amongst fan palms,
coco plum, sea grape, craboo, gumbo limbo and many more species. The grounds are home to many varieties
of birds, iguanas and mammals. You can
hear them and sometimes see them as you
walk the sandy beach-jungle paths.
Jeanie's love of animals got the couple involved
in helping establish the "Hopkins-Sittee Humane Society", and Jeanie as an adventure sports enthusiast ran marathons around the country, and completed the La Ruta Maya River Canoe Race. She has climbed Victoria Peak-the highest mountain in Belize! John, who passed in 2014, was chief chef and storyteller and kept everyone laughing. These days Jeanie puts her focus on building the resort's reputation both as an eco-resort and as a Yoga Retreat and also enjoys playing very entertaining water games with her dogs.