Check in is at 2 pm and check out at 11 am. You are welcome to come use the beach early on check in day and stay on the beach after check out time.
Is there air conditioning?
We have natures best air conditioning--the sea breeze. Each room has a ceiling fan and a standing fan. Jungle Loft Cabana has air conditioning to help cool it's high loft area.
Is there a restaurant on site?
Our Al Fresco restaurant serves breakfast, and lunch and dinner. Dinner is by request and the local chef can cook wonderful traditional dishes for you: Garifuna Hudut, Stew Chicken, Lobster, Curry Shrimp, and she makes a delicious fresh coconut pie with coconut right from the beach!
What languages are spoken in Hopkins?
Belize is an English speaking country so you can chat with anyone! In Hopkins many of the residents speak Garifuna, Belizean Kriol, Spanish, and some Mopan & Q'eqchi Maya.
How far is it to the village?
It's about 1/4 mile or a 15 minute walk along the beach or the road, or a 5 minute bicycle ride.
Do you have a bar?
Jungle Jeanie's has a full bar open daily. Belikin Beer and cold soft drinks are always available.
How far can I walk along the beach?
The beach in Hopkins is a 5 mile long stretch, from False Sittee Point to the lagoon. It's great for jogging or walking and is lined with coconut palms, local homes, colorful guesthouses & resorts, and a some local eateries.. The village of Hopkins lies around the middle of the stretch of beach.
What should I bring?
Comfortable clothing and footwear, bathing suit, towel, sunscreen, bug spray, a camera.
What about Sargassum?
Sargassum is a vine-like floating algae (seaweed) that regularly circulates throughout the Gulf of Mexico and North Atlantic. It forms the nearly 2 million square mile Sargasso Sea. Sargassum has been an on again off again problem all over the Caribbean and beyond since 2011. When we do have sargassum, here at Jungle Jeanie's we have an elaborate beach maintenance program where we tackle the problem on a day to day basis; sometimes raking it up and carrying it to the back of the property to use as a nutrient rich fertilizer, sometimes drying piles of it, and burying those piles in the sand. Our ongoing effort at sargassum beach management has helped us to retain much of our beach where others have lost ground to beach erosion.
Who are the Garifuna?
Although commonly referred to as "Garifuna", the people are "Garinagu" and the culture and language are "Garifuna". The Garinagu, Black Caribs, settled the southern coast of Belize in the early 19th century after coming through Honduras after being expelled from the Caribbean island of St Vincent. According to tradition, the first Garifuna arrived in then British Honduras on November 19th, 1802. This day is now a national holiday 'Garifuna Settlement Day' in Belize celebrated with drums, dancing and pageantry. Today, the Garinagu struggle to keep their culture alive. hey have retained numerous traditions and rituals from their Afro-Caribbean heritage. Central to the Garifuna community is the belief in and respect for the ancestors. This spiritualism spawns a wealth of creativity among Garinagu in the form of music, dance and art. Paranda and Punta Rock are modern musical interpretations of the Garinagu culture. Hudut is a traditional Garifuna dinner of fish boiled in a coconut milk broth and served with mashed plantain dumplings. We make a great Hudut at Jungle Jeanie's. Let us know if you'd like some for dinner!
Do you have laundry service?
We can do your laundry for a small fee you while you are staying at Jungle Jeanie's.
Is there security at the hotel?
We have 24 hour staff security, and our team of German Shephard dogs will alternately delight and protect you.
What are your policies?
Reservation and Deposit Policy A 50% deposit is required to secure all reservations. The remaining 50% is payable 30 days prior to check in date. Payment in full is required at time of reservation for all bookings of only one night and those made less than 30 days in advance.
Cancellation Policy An administration fee of $75 Belize/$37.50 US dollars will be charged for all cancellations. If notification of cancellation (either full or partial) is received more than 60 days prior to expected arrival date a full refund of deposit will be provided, less the $75 Belize/$37.50 US dollars administration fee. If notification of cancellation (either full or partial) is received more than 31 days but less than 60 days prior to expected arrival date a 50% refund of deposit amount will be provided, less the $75 Belize/$37.50 US dollars administration fee. If notification of cancellation (either full or partial) is received 30 days or less prior to expected arrival date no refund will be provided. No refund is provided for premature departures (prior to original check out date).
What about extra people in the room?
Children 12 and under are free when accompanying adults in a room. Rates are based on double occupancy and there is a $10/per night for extra adult persons in a room.
Can I drink the water in Hopkins?
The tap water is good for washing and safe for brushing your teeth and showering. You don't have to worry about getting any in your mouth. We do provide each room with a bottle of purified drinking water. Refills of the bottle, or filling your own jug of water are $1.00 BZ at the dining area.
What is the best season for traveling in Belize?
Belize's high season for tourism runs from late November to late April, which also coincides the chill of winter in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. The high season is also the dry season. During this period (and especially around the Christmas and Easter holidays), the tourism industry operates at full tilt -- prices are higher, attractions are more crowded, and reservations need to be made in advance. The weather in Belize is subtropical and generally similar to that of southern Florida. Average daytime temperature on the coast and cayes is around 80°F (27°C), although it can get considerably warmer during the day during the summer months. During the winter months, December through February, northerly breezes can make it more comfortable, with a slight chill to the air. The best months for guaranteed sun and fun are March through May, when the waters are warm and the sun is shining. The rainy season usually runs from June to mid-November. For the most part, the rainy season is characterized by a dependable and short-lived afternoon shower.