The Funky Dodo Backpackers Hostel, Hopkins

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Location, facilities, vibe, owners -- somehow everything at The Funky Dodo Backpackers Hostel is great. This hostel is a perfect storm of excellence!

The Location

Even in the small town of Hopkins, Funky Dodo still has a pretty solid location, as it is close to the town's major intersection where buses/cars will drop off travelers as well as having the out-of-town buses stopping directly in front of the hostel. There is a good supermarket just across the road and a few cafes and restaurants just down the road with more options further afield. Parking is readily available on the street.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Dorm rooms come in four bunk-bed options and are simply excellent. There are curtains (for the lower bunk at least), dual power points, and a reading light for each bed with lockers located directly under the beds -- whoever designed these dorms did their homework. The dorms themselves do not lock, but as the in-room lockers are large enough to fit all but the heaviest-packed traveler's possessions in them and there is a twenty-four/seven security presence, this isn't too big of a concern. There are also private rooms available, which follow the same trend (comfortable, convenient, well-equipped) but are lockable.

Bathrooms and showers are also excellent with a great design sense. There are four sinks are located in a central column with four showers and four toilets arrayed around this central column. All facilities are clean and spacious with hooks and shelves for clothing and toiletries.

Common Spaces

Unsurprisingly, common spaces are excellent too. The ground level area is divided into a clean, well-stocked kitchen that is easily navigable despite appearing a little small; a dining area that is a great place to start up conversations with other travelers; and the sandy hammock area which needs no hype (sand, hammocks, good times). Upstairs, there is a seating area as well, which affords decent views of the surrounds. There is also a good-sized book exchange.


It is always great to find a hostel that has gone the extra ten percent necessary to turn a good hostel into a great hostel; it is all about attention to the little details. There are lots of different hang-out areas without ever cutting any of them off entirely, power points above mini shelves for every bed, and owners/staff that actively engage with guests and go the extra mile. It's a shining example of hosteling.
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The Funky Dodo Backpackers Hostel, Hopkins
The Funky Dodo Backpackers Hostel, Hopkins
The Funky Dodo Backpackers Hostel, Hopkins
The Funky Dodo Backpackers Hostel, Hopkins
The Funky Dodo Backpackers Hostel, Hopkins
The Funky Dodo Backpackers Hostel, Hopkins
Candy Staff Reviewer
Published on May 29, 2019


The Funky Dodo Backpackers Hostel is located right in center of the original Garifuna village of Hopkins on the Caribbean coast of Belize. Perfect for people backpacking and people on shorter trips, we offer comfortable budget accommodation in the spacious 14 bed dormitory in full size single bunk beds, Private twin or double rooms We have a guest bar with backpackers prices, lockers, free Wi-Fi, free drinking water, shaded outdoor chill out area with hammocks, well equipped kitchen free of use, indoor lounge with comfy sofas and movie watching facilities, new clean bathrooms a transport service and a laundry service.

We are here to help and we will make sure you know where you are going and you know how to get there and that you are fully aware of all the things to see in and around the village.

The Hostel always has a good atmosphere, a wide range of music and fun people to meet and folk have good things to say about the place. We now have a bar that sells booze at backpacker prices.

If you are backpacking or on holiday in Belize or traveling through Latin America take some time to checkout Hopkins for water sports, wild life and nature reserves and true Garifuna culture.

Within a 30 second walk from the hostel there is The King Casava bar and restaurant, internet cafe, cafes, the beach, and a supermarket. A 5 minute walk will take you to several more bars, restaurants and shops.

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Location and Contact


• Contact:
• (+501) 667 0558
• Belize has a safe and reliable bus network that runs country wide 7 days a week from sunrise utill 10 pm or so. There are around 15 main bus companies with their respective names, logos and colors and you can travel the whole length of the country for under 15.00 USD
• Local Public transport
• From Philip Goldson international airport:
• There is no bus service from the airport to Belize city which is a 30 min drive. A taxi will charge in the region of 20 USD to take you in to Belize city Bus terminal. If you need to leave the bus terminal for any reason we advise to please use a taxi. The local fare is only 2.50 to 5.00 USD for 1 – 4 people depending on where in town you go.
• From Belize city/Belmopan/St ignacio/Dangriga:
• At Belize city bus terminal ask for a bus going to Dangriga. There are many buses leaving all day long from 5 am until 9 pm including an express bus at around 2 pm. The journey will go via Belmopan where the bus from St Ignacio will stop, and takes about 3 hours to reach Dangriga. From Dangriga bus terminal you will need to catch the Hopkins bus that leaves at 10:30 am and 5 pm from the bus terminal. If you miss the Hopkins bus the other option is to take any bus heading south and ask to be dropped off at the Hopkins Junction 25 minutes down the road. At the Hopkins junction you can easily catch a ride in a passing vehicle for the last 4 miles in to the village. A taxi from Dangriga to Hopkins village will cost around 30 – 40 USD for up to 4 people.
• From Punta Gorda, Independance, Placencia:
• All the buses that go up the southern highway will come past the Hopkins Junction and you can ask to be dropped off at the Hopkins junction at the end of the Hopkins road. From there it is 4 miles to the village. It is easy to hitch a ride in a passing vehicle or wait at the junction for the bus from Dangriga to Hopkins that will collect you. Buses leave Dangriga at 10:30 am and 5:00pm and will take roughly 25 mins to reach the Junction.
• National and international public transport
• Getting from Mexico to Belize:
• You can get a direct bus to Belize city from Cancun, Playa del carmen, Tulum and Chetumal with ADO bus lines (no need to book) and from there a local bus to Dangriga which run throughout the day from 5 am till 9 pm. To get from Dangriga to Hopkins there is a bus that leaves at 10:30 am and 5:00pm from the bus terminal on the south side of town.
• Coming to Belize from Guatemala by land you will come to Flores and cross the border at Benque Viejo where there will be buses or taxis that will take you to the Benque Viejo bus terminal and from there the route is to St Ignacio, then Belmopan, Dangriga and then Hopkins Village. Buses run all day and it takes no more than 3 hours to reach Dangriga.
• Getting from Guatemala to Belize by boat:
• There are boats every day except Sundays from Livingstone and Puerto Barrios to Punta Gorda From Punta Gorda it is a 3 hour bus ride to The Hopkins junction. There are also Boats from Puerto Cortez in Honduras once a week on a Monday morning.
• One can also fly with a local airline to Dangriga from either Belize city, Orange walk, St Ignacio, Punta gorda, Belmopan, Corazal, St Pedro and Key Calker. Tickets start at around 50 USD.



Address: Main street Hopkins, Hopkins, Belize

Distance to city center: 0.04 km

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Phone Number: +501 6670558
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Facilities and Amenities

Digital Nomads

Family-Friendly Hostel

Older travelers (+50)

Party Hostel

Quiet Rest

Solo Traveller


Lockers in Rooms

Luggage Storage


Safe Deposit Box


Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Wi-Fi in Rooms

Airport Pickup (180.00)

Breakfast (5.00)

Dinner (8.00)

24 Hour Security

BBQ Grill



Book Collection/Exchange

Cable TV

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments


Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Outdoor Seating

Power Point/Sockets in Rooms


Swimming Pool

Entirely Non-Smoking

Wheelchair Accessible


Service Animals

Genders: Males & Females

Max. Age: All Ages

Min. Age with Parent (dorms): 8

Min. Age with Parent (private room): All Ages

Min. Age without Parent: 14

Checkout: 12:00 (12 Noon)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 24 Hours

Size: Medium (30-60 beds)

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