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Digital Nomad Life in Hopkins Village, Belize

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Summary: Digital nomads and expats talk about what it is like to live in Hopkins Village, Belize. Get tips from others living in Hopkins Village about where to live, how to find a place to live, pros and cons of living in Hopkins Village and more.

What do people appreciate most about the culture in Hopkins Village?

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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," wrote one digital nomad living in Hopkins Village, Belize.

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What do people find most challenging about the culture in Hopkins Village?

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"Remembering not to be in a hurry! The day is plenty long and there is always tomorrow," wrote one digital nomad living in Hopkins Village, Belize.

What residency documents or visas did I need if I will be in Hopkins Village for a while?

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"My wife is the travel agent in the family, and she has handled all of this very well, including purchasing airline tickets. We have had U.S. Passports for a number of years, so we just keep them updated. We have had to get documents to bring our dog along with us, just to get him through the airports and immigration checkpoints. We travel to Dangriga Town once a month to update our residency in Belize at the Immigration Office. We find other opportunities to shop and sightsee on these visits, so we are not frustrated at all," remarked another member in Hopkins Village.

"We got U.S. travel passports and did just fine. We report monthly to Belize Immigration to update our visiting permissions. We also have a pet dog, and he needed health reports and travel documents," explained one expat living in Hopkins Village, Belize.

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What cultural blunders should I try to avoid making in Hopkins Village?

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We asked people in Hopkins Village if they could share any humorous cultural blunders they commited. They wrote:

"Many! In a nice, small outdoor cafe I was served a traditional Garifuna dish called hudut. A whole fish lay in a bowl of delicious broth and on a plate was a mound of mashed plantain. I had no idea what to do with the plantain, so I asked the waitress. With a bashful giggle she told me to dip it in the soup. Additionally, a napkin was put on the table with a smooth rounded brown rock. I asked what this was, thinking it was also something to eat! Even the cook laughed and said, "it's a rock so the napkin won't blow away!"," explained one expat living in Hopkins Village, Belize.

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What are healthcare services like in Hopkins Village?

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

"Our first choice is to go to the local pharmacist, who is very knowledgeable and helpful," wrote one digital nomad living in Hopkins Village, Belize.

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

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"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. ," explained one person living in Hopkins Village, Belize.

"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 ," wrote one digital nomad living in Hopkins Village, Belize.

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is one of the founders of Digital Nomad Exchange and the Founder and President of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange and Digital Nomad 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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