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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Sep 17, 2022

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Hopkins Village, Belize. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

What do expats in Hopkins Village appreciate most about the local culture?

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"I appreciate being reminded that it's important to live as stress free as possible, and this includes appreciating the pace of the culture and not expecting North American precisene," added another expat who made the move to Hopkins Village.

What do expats find most challenging?

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"Remembering not to be in a hurry! The day is plenty long and there is always tomorrow," added another expat who made the move to Hopkins Village.

Is there a lot of crime in Hopkins Village?

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We asked people if there is a lot of crime. They answered:

"We have heard rumors of stealing, but have had no problems personally. I did pay a man to purchase a coconut palm tree for our property, but it was never delivered. I've learned to be wise," said another expat in Hopkins Village.

"We do not hear about much crime in the area. The most news has to do with petty theft, which is why we are careful," added another expat who made the move to Hopkins Village.

What are the pros and cons of living in Hopkins Village?

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Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Hopkins Village responded:

"Hopkins village is exactly what I was looking for in terms of living in Belize, beautiful seaside village, local culture, (Garifuna), friendly and welcoming people, fresh fish, small expat community, resort areas for the tourists. So many great dining options! In terms of healthcare there is a private ambulance service stationed at the Hopkins Road and highway junction should any emergency occur. The village has a rural feel with free range chickens in the yards and horses grazing at street corners. Many of the locals have farms to grow their local veg and fruits, cassava, plantain, and coco. Local shops are plentiful and carry a good variety of stock, although not clothing. Anything not found here can usually be found in Dangriga town just a 25 minute drive from here. There are two main vendors for fruit and veg although trucks do come around selling door to door as well. Bottled water, (5 gallon) is also available daily to your door. In my seven years here in Belize I have lived in three locations, Placencia, Seine Bight and now Hopkins and for me Hopkins definitely feels like home. ," said another expat.

"Hopkins is full of happy people who love music and dancing. The Garifuna drumming music can be heard all over the village on almost any day. The people generally wave and greet expats. They happily give directions when you need assistance. The sand flies on the beaches will bite and become itchy and uncomfortable so insect repellent is necessary. Seasonally "doctor flies" give a nasty itchy bite also. For such a small village the food is excellent and there are many restaurants, cafes, and street vendors. There's also delicious ice cream and bakery goods. Hopkins is located on the Caribbean Sea, but it's also located near the jungle so there are many outdoor activities and excellent local tour guides ," commented one expat living in Hopkins Village, Belize.

What type of social life can someone expect in Hopkins Village?

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When we asked expats and global nomads about their social experiences in Hopkins Village, they replied:

"It's beneficial to join in organizations offered in the village so you can be informed and make frirnds," added one expat living in Hopkins Village.

"Sharing experiences with Expats is good, but I was more interested in meeting and getting know Belizians," mentioned another expat inHopkins Village.

What are medical services in Hopkins Village like?

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When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in Hopkins Village, they replied:

"While there is a public healthcare clinic here in Hopkins the doctor is only here a few days a week and I have never had reason to see him/her. There is a private clinic about a 10 minute drive from here and the public hospital in Dangriga town is about a 25 minute drive," remarked another expat living in Hopkins Village.

Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Hopkins Village?

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"In the US I have Medicare and a supplemental insurance, which is fine and I have had no problems with coverage. In Belize, I do not purchase medical insurance because it is very expensive. ," said one expat living in Hopkins Village.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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