Frequently Asked Questions
Planning Your Vacation to Hopkins, Belize?
Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about Belize, Hopkins Village and Jaguar Reef Lodge. If you have any more questions about our Belize beach resort, please feel free to contact us.
What is the recommended length of stay at Jaguar Reef Lodge?
In order to sample the tremendous variety of activities available at the Lodge we recommend that our guests plan to stay with us for at least 7 – 10 days. Too many guests depart from here commenting that they wish they had known that there were as many activities and amenities available because they would have planned a longer stay. Many guests get attached to our staff who treat them like gold and there are often tears shed upon their departures. Many of our guests return a second and even a third time in order to enjoy the many tours and other activities available at the Lodge, a list which is growing every year.
What’s the best way to reach Jaguar Reef Lodge in Hopkins from Belize City International Airport?
Most of our guests prefer to reach us by catching a 15 minute commuter flight to Dangriga on Maya Airways or Tropic Air. The cost of the flight is US$148.50 per person USD return. We will be happy to arrange your in-country flight. Please fax or e-mail us your arrival time in Belize City and we will take care of the rest. Once you arrive in Dangriga, one of our drivers will be waiting for you at the airstrip and will transfer you to the lodge by vehicle (about 30-40 minute drive).
Road Transfer – Dangriga to Hopkins, Belize -Jaguar Reef Lodge
- $55 – One way 1-4 pax
- $110 – Return 1-4 pax
- $15 – Per person over 4 – one way
Road Transfer – Belize City to Hopkins, Belize – Jaguar Reef Lodge
- $250 – One way 1-4 pax
- $500 – Return 1-4 pax
- $25 – Per person over 4 – one way
Please add 12.5% GST for all land transfers.
Are your room rates per person?
No, our nightly room rates are based on double occupancy and priced per room. There is a $20 per night charge for each additional person over four staying in the Beachfront Two Bedroom Suites.
What is the weather like in Belize?
Temperatures annually range from 50-95°F, with a mean annual temperature of 79°F (30°C). Temperatures are cooler and rainfall is decreased, though it is not unusual to have rain, it just tends to fall in shorter spurts. The driest months are February and March, and the temperature then peaks in April and May.
The mountains are cooler than the rest of the country, especially in the evenings. At Jaguar Reef Lodge you’ll enjoy tropical breezes wafting through the palm trees, providing you with natural air conditioning! Temperatures along the coast are in the 70-80s (20°C – 30°C) for most of the dry season, but can reach into the 90s during April and May. Water temperatures along the barrier reef range from the mid-70s to the mid-80s. From June through December the weather is hot and humid.
What is the best time of year to travel to Belize?
Many people think the best time to visit Belize is during the dry season. The dry season in Belize usually starts later in December and extends through May. The “green season” – – which is the period June through November – – is a time when you can expect more precipitation. These rains seldom last very long, often just a few minutes, and rarely interrupt our touring activities.
What is the potential for a hurricane affecting our vacation?
Hurricanes are a reality anywhere in the Caribbean and southern United States during the summer and fall. The central coast of Belize where we are located is considered a low risk for hurricanes and we have not experienced a serious hurricane for over 40 years ( hurricane Hattie 1962 ). Despite the fact that we are not in a high risk area we do monitor the weather channels daily during the season ( June – Nov ) and have an evacuation plan in place in the unlikely event that we are ever threatened by one of these storms. We have made arrangements with a luxury resort high in the Mayan Mountains, approximately 3 hours drive, that we can transport our guests to and accommodate them in total comfort and safety far away from any danger created by such an event.
Are we likely to actually see Jaguars and other large mammals?
Although this area of Belize, particularly the Cockscomb Basin, is believed to have the world’s highest concentration of large cats including jaguar, puma and jaguarundi, actual sightings are quite rare. Remember, these animals are nocturnal, and are generally only active during the evening. You are likely to see evidence of these creatures including tracks, especially in the rainy season.
There is however a good chance of seeing monkeys, parrots, toucans, crocodiles, dolphins, manatees and other bird and animal life.
Are there places outside of the Lodge to eat?
Yes, there are a few small eating establishments in the nearby village of Hopkins. You may want to ride a bike or sea kayak the mile or so down the beach to experience these intriguing local eateries for lunch or dinner.
What about crime in Belize?
Crime is quite rare in our area. Violent crimes are unheard of. Statistically, 99% of the crimes in Belize occur in Belize City. You will find the locals very friendly, and they will make you feel right at home although sometimes they are a little shy at first. Hopkins Village was recently voted “The Friendliest Village in Belize!” (Belize First Magazine).
Do I have to decide on tours and diving before I arrive?
There is no need to pre-book your diving, fishing or other tours as you can do that once you arrive and are settled in.[/accordion_item][accordion_item title=”How bad are the bugs in your area?”]Bugs are a factor in almost every tropical destination. To the extent we are able we have taken on and to a large degree minimized this problem. The spraying program which was started last year using an organic insecticide has diminished the number of biting bugs and the incidence of bites considerably. Although most guests are not bothered by these bugs some are especially sensitive and we do recommend that they bring a good insect repellent with them, especially when they go out on tours to the jungle where bugs are sometimes a factor. Dry season ( Jan. – May ) is often a better time to travel for those who are sensitive to bug bites as their numbers are naturally lower at this time of the year. Effective repellent is always available at our gift shop.
How do we make our reservation at Jaguar Reef Lodge?
You may choose to book either our packages that provide savings and simplicity, or just reserve your room and other added services (meal plan, transfers, etc.) you choose to include.
Simply fill in our on-line reservation form or contact our U.S. reservations office (toll free US/Canada) 1-646-503-1735, in Belize at 011 (501) 533-7040, fax 011 (502) 523-7210 or send us an email: . We will respond in most cases to your reservation request often within the hour, but always by the next business day.
Upon confirmation, we will email or fax details of your reservation with payment and deposit requirements. Full payment is due at time of Booking for Room Only and 50% Deposit at time of booking for packages. You can make your payments by personal check or credit card (Visa and Master Card). The balance of the invoice is due 30 days prior to your scheduled arrival date. All additional items (gifts, drinks, etc.) can be charged to your room and paid for upon your departure.
About travel in Belize
Please see our Belize Traveler’s Page for specific information about travel in Belize, including monetary exchange, language, entry requirements and more.