Yesterday was a beautiful, sunny day in Hopkins, and it was my final day there. I was a little melancholy about it, since I was having so much fun with my client, the other guests at the hotel, and of course, I was enjoying the ocean.
Not in a hurry to get out of town, I took my client over to Sittee River, a nearby village. There’s a road connecting Hopkins Village to the Sittee River area (you can also access it from the Southern Highway-one exit past the Hopkins exit). This area has been under development for a while, with a lot of ocean front and river side lots for sale, many with homes already built on them.
There is also a nice marina there, with a restaurant/bar called “The Curve,” which was closed this time of year, as well as what looked like some jeeps for rent. If it weren’t the slow season, it would be a nice little spot only about two miles from the hotel we were staying at to go have lunch and chill.
After we were done looking around, I dropped her off at the hotel and hit the road. I had a long 2 ½ hour drive back to Cayo. This is one of my favorite drives anywhere in Belize because I absolutely love the Hummingbird Highway. Whenever people ask me what they should not miss seeing in Belize, they probably think I’ll say the ruins at Xunantunich or Lamanai, or the Great Barrier Reef. Instead, I tell them they should drive the Hummingbird Highway.
It is stunningly gorgeous, with tons of palm and coconut trees, orange groves, rolling mountains, and bright red and yellow plants of all shapes and sizes. It is dotted with one quaint Maya village after another, and their humble thatch roof homes, giving you a real flavor for how the local people live. There’s also one or two good places to stop and either eat or hike, like “Over the Top-The Cool Spot,” or The Blue Hole National Park. Ian Anderson’s Cave Branch Jungle Lodge is also located on this stretch. You could quite literally spend a couple of days on the Hummingbird Highway and not get bored.
I was glad to reach home, though, and see Nige. I made some spaghetti, we watched some tv, and it was nice to be back sleeping in my bed.
What do you miss most when you travel?