Sunday, June 22, 2014

Almond Beach Resort, Hopkins Belize

  I am linking up with Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday 

HAPPY SUMMER  to all in the Northern Hemisphere!

With this post, I am taking you back to Belize..after spending 4 nights at the Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge we transferred to the beach and their sister resort called Almond Beach in Hopkins. Hopkins is a small fishing village with some shops, bars and restaurants. And of course some beach front resorts. We arrived at our beach resort and were greeted with a rum punch and a tour of the resort.





Our room was a beachfront room with a fantastic view of the Caribbean Sea. Every morning we enjoyed a beautiful sunrise.


We had a great room with the porch that led to the beach, towel animals on the bed, grass umbrellas and hammocks, infinity pool, a cafe and a restaurant. Magnificent Frigatebirds and Brown Pelicans flying up and down the coast.



 On the first day, we arranged to take the Bioluminescence tour. The boat ride started off  thru a tunnel of mangroves into a lagoon. The night sky was lit up with stars, more than I can ever remember seeing. And the lagoon was glowing from the schools of jellyfish. Some brave people on our tour were picking up the jellyfish, not me I am a chicken. If you do not pick these creatures up a certain way you will be stung.. The Bioluminescence tour was a cool experience!
 On the second beach day after breakfast we went on our second Hopkins tour, a hike to the Antelope Falls in the Mayflower-Bocawina Nat'l Park. Our hike passed by these partially excavated ruins, beautiful fauna and flora and the Black-cheeked Woodpeckers.



Our tour guide showing us the partially excavated ruins. The Maintzunun Terrrace Temple Mound, it is an acropolis complex dated back to approx 800AD.


Hubby took this shot of the Antelope Falls a 100ft waterfall. .. Also at this park, you can do the waterfall repelling and ziplining, there are 5 waterfalls, various trails and birdwatching. I hope you enjoyed seeing some of Belize thru my eyes and camera..

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 Thanks to our host: Mary our host of Mosaic Monday and to the hosting group of Our World Tuesday: Arija, Gattina, Lady Fi, Sylvia, Sandy and Jennifer.  I wish everyone a happy week ahead!

69 comments:

✿ chica said...

Que lugar maravilhoso! Quanto há de lindo por lá! Aproveita bem e um feliz VERÃO! beijos,chica

Carole M. said...

looking like a wonderfully relaxing location and interesting journey you enjoyed together Eileen Carole at http://snaphappyonline.blogspot.com.au/

Mersad said...

The sunrise is amazing, as well as the waterfall. Beautiful images.

Crafty Green Poet said...

wow, beautiful waterfalls, fascinating ruins! And bioluminescence is amazing

Beate said...

Wow, look at that breathtakingly amazing sunrise on the beach! I want to be there right now! So beautiful. I love all the other pictures of your trip, too. What a wonderful vacation!

Lynne said...

Was this the best vacation ever . . .?
SO BEAUTIFUL . . .
(I am happy you didn't "brave" the jelly fish!)

Chris Rohrer said...

Beautiful! I wod have loved to take that tour. Glad you both had a lot of fun. Belize is a great place to explore!

Beth of "E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

awesome. i think i don't need to say more. perfect. ( :

EG CameraGirl said...

Ah, the good life! :))

Irma said...

Hi Eileen,
What a great nature there, you had a wonderful time there.
The first picture is totally awesome.
Best regards, Irma

Linda W. said...

Love your first shot of the sunrise on the beach! What a fun trip and Belize looks amazingly beautiful.

rainfield61 said...

I like water fall.

I like the last picture.

Beth said...

Wonderful photos. I am glad you had such a great time!

Stephanie said...

Looks like an amazing trip! Enjoyed these series of images.

TexWisGirl said...

lovely place! yeah, i'd not be picking up jellyfish, myself...

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Wow that beach sunrise looks amazing. And Antelope Falls looks absolutely beautiful. I cannot imagine what it must have been like to see that in person.

Bob Bushell said...

Natural places to enjoy yourselves, great photos Eileen.

DIMI said...

Hello Eileen!!What a beautuful beach!!The sunrise is amazing,and the waterfall!Wonderful images!Great captures!!Have a lovely week!!Hugs!!
Dimi...

A wondering star said...

What a fascinerende place to visit.
I enjoyed seeing the collage, and the sunrise is beautiful!
Thank you for sharing this!

Eva Jorunn norway

Rajesh said...

Beautiful beach resort with so much to see.

Debbie said...

so much beauty, so much to see!! i think the waterfall is my favorite....i can feel a little bit of the mist!!!

Kathy said...

Wow what a lovely spot of heaven. I would love to go back for a visit and esp. to your special spot. I have come over from Dear Little Red House for the first time. Great photos. Thanks for sharing, Kathy

My name is Riet said...

What a beautiful place to stay Eileen. You must have had such a wonderful time
Have a nice week

Shey Wicklund said...

Wow, what a relaxing and great vacation you've had. So jealous. Nice captures too. :)

Nancy J said...

A lovely place to stay, and so much to see, love the bird in the tree, and your room with a view,Wow. Cheers,Jean.

Brian King said...

That's a gorgeous place! Talk about a fun vacation!

Our photos said...

Beautiful place !

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

You had me at the first shot, lol :)

Just gorgeous there :)

diane b said...

What a fabulous place for a vacation. The luminous tour must have been exciting.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

sold!

Where do I buy my tickets!

That sunrise WAS gorgeous

Stewart M said...

Looks like a remarkable place to visit - so many different things to see.

Just another part of the world to add to my bucket list!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Roan said...

I'm with you on the jellyfish. Great shot though!

Karen said...

What an adventure! Beautiful shots. I probably would have been one of those people that picked up a jellyfish!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

This is a glamorous side of Belize that we missed totally! What a wonderful resort.

Linley S said...

What a beautiful location. Great photos Eileen

Mary Cromer said...

So beautiful and I am with you, no picking up a jellyfish for me!!!I'll be back next week. Having some difficulty adjusting to new medication and old ones, but will in time~

Marco Luijken said...

Hello Eileen,
This is enjoy!! What a wonderful shots. So lovely that wonderful beach and good shots of that national park. That must be great to be there.

Best regards,
Marco

A Quiet Corner said...

The more I see of your trip, the more I want to go!!!!! Just so naturally beautiful...looks like paradise!...:)JP

Marie said...

That first photo is TO DIE FOR, Eileen! Wow! Makes me wish I was heading out this morning...Belize my destination! All the shots were wonderful! What a fascinating place, for sure! Love that little waterfall with the butterflies, by the way.

orchid Miyako said...

Wow, starting with the BEAUTIFUL sunrise , majestic photo of jellyfish on one's hand and closing picture of water fall♡♡♡ Wonderful trip to Almond Beach in Hopkins, Eileen. I told my husband that I wished to have such a trip in my life time p;)
Oh yes, watch out the jellyfish(*^_^*)

Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan to my American photographer friend Theresa, xoxo Miyako*

Sharon Wagner said...

We stayed a week in Hopkins and loved it as well. Is Driftwood pizza shack still open?

Here's a link to my illustrated Hopkins map!

http://www.theydrawandtravel.com/maps/hopkins-belize-sharon-wagner

Pat said...

Gorgeous photos. What a wonderful vacation!

Gail Dixon said...

What a dream destination! Those views of the Caribbean are awesome. Glad you had such a great trip.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Glorious!!!!!

A View From A Brown Dog said...

Wow that does sound like an amazing trip! I can't believe you picked up that jelly fish... yikes. Yay you!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Pretty place to visit. I am right there with you on not picking up a jelly fish.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

What a fabulous vacation, Eileen! I never thought about visiting Belize, but after seeing your photos I'd love to go there!

Happyone said...

Wow! Awesome sunrise over the water.

carol l mckenna said...

Love the sun shot over the water ~ greats shots for OWT ~ thanks, ^_^

artmusedog and carol ( A Creative Harbor)

Carver said...

Wonderful shots. Looks like a perfect place for a vacation.

Valerie said...

That first shot overlooking the ocean is a beauty, Eileen. I especially like the spiral effect of the palm fronds. Sounds (and looks) like a fabulous holiday location. Thanks for sharing.

Photo Cache said...

this is my kind of vacation. the beach is wonderful. i can sit on the lounge chair and watch the sea and the sky for hours.

Lady Lilith said...

Wow. Looks like you had some pretty views all around.

September Violets said...

What a beautiful spot for a holiday ... love the waterfall! Wendy x

Small City Scenes said...

Wowee! thanks for the lovely tour. Such beautiful pictures and awesome sights. As kids we used to play with the Jelly Fish but not the stinging kind. MB

Felicia said...

Beautiful images Eileen. Thanks for sharing. love the sunrise captures.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Eileen, Almond Beach resort looks like the perfect place for a laid back holiday!

Ein wenig hiervon & davon said...

I enyoyed the first part of Belize and this Part too! Great shots about a great trip.

Thanks for stopping by - and have a happy week!

Frauke

Indrani said...

Excellent captures. Loved the series Eileen. :)

Fun60 said...

What a beautiful place. I am very envious.

Helma said...

A very nice and interesting post Eileen.
Stunning images from your hotel room with the sunrise but the excavations of the Temple Mount. Palm trees, hotel, nature, and finally the waterfall. Really beautiful. I enjoyed :-)

Joyful said...

Eileen it does look like a beautiful place. Perhaps one day I will get to enjoy it first hand. In the meantime, I've enjoyed your photos!

Susan said...

Wow Eileen, what a fabulous holiday. Loved knowing about the luminescence tour too :D)

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

love your cover photos of purple flowers.

Kerry said...

Hey, do NOT pick up jellyfish! You and I are in agreement on that! Beautiful pics!

bettyl-NZ said...

What a great trip! Thanks for sharing it with us.

amanda | wildly simple said...

Fantastic, Eileen! What an amazing trip!

Elaine said...

What a glorious sunrise!!

NatureFootstep said...

what an interesting tour. I would have loved to join the Bioluminescence tour. I never even heard of a tour like that. :)

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