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Cancellation / No Show & Reduction in Numbers Policy

no refund on the booking for a cancellation, no show or reduction in numbers 14 days prior to arrival. 14 days to 30 days prior to arrival 50% refund and over 60 days prior to arrival 75% refund. Your card will be charged the full amount 2 weeks prior to your arrival.

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The Funky Dodo Backpackers Hostel

Book more than 8 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
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Property Description

The Funky Dodo Backpackers Hostel is located right in center of the original Garifuna village of Hopkins on the Caribbean coast of Belize. We can help organize tours, activities and adventures in the local area.

We offer comfortable budget accommodation in the spacious 16 bed dormitory (2 rooms with 8 beds in each room) in full size single bunk beds and we have 10 private rooms that accommodate from 1 to 4 people with either shared or private bathrooms. All of our showers have solar-powered hot water.

We have free high speed Wi-Fi everywhere on the property and cool shaded sandy yard where you can relax and chill out. We have hammocks and plenty of seating, a well equipped kitchen free of use and plenty of new clean bathrooms around the place.

We can help you book trips and will be able to get out there and see the sights for the best prices in town.

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.

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. On a motorcycle or bicycle tour? The Funky Dodo has secure, roofed parking inside our compound, and an overnight security guard.

Within a 30 second walk from the hostel there are bars and restaurants, cafes, the beach, and a supermarket. A 5 minute walk will take you to several more bars, restaurants and shops.

We will help and assist you with any information you need and make sure your stay is comfortable and enjoyable.

The village is known as the safest place in all of Belize. You can walk the streets anywhere in the village alone at any time of day or night without a single worry. The local crowd is really friendly and kind and people and will smile and wave as you go by.

Located 60 meters from the Caribbean Sea, close to all amenities and a perfect location to catch a boat out to the reef for some snorkeling and diving, floating about in the river and lagoons for some fishing.

A great location from where one can visit all the inland sites, the Cockscomb basin Jaguar sanctuary that covers 130,000 acres of tropical jungle, crystal clear rivers, streams and waterfalls where you can swim and relax on the rocky formations.

The Mayflower reserve is also very close by where you can study abundant wild life and stunning vegetation and see the highest waterfall in the country known as Antelope falls.

Just beyond Mayflower reserve there is the longest Zip line in Belize that has 8 white knuckle lines one of which is half a mile long and you can hit 40 mph…

There is a vast network of lagoons where there are crocodiles, iguanas and a wide variety of birds and wildlife in general. There is a lookout tower where one can view the sea on one side and the mountains on the other. 1 and 2 person kayaks or canoes are available to hire close by to take in to the lagoon on the north side where there is a canal that leads into the lagoon.

You can take a boat out along the river for a night time river trip with a guide and experience the phosphorescence plankton in the wake of the boat and the glowing eyes of the crocodiles in the dark. The trip lasts about 3 hours and your guide will show you the amazing wild life along the banks of Sittee river and in the lagoons.

Several of Belize’s archeological sites can be comfortably seen on a day trip from here.

Tours available include marine excursions in the blue Caribbean waters, jungle treks & swimming in waterfalls. Night time crocodile spotting adventure on the river & Mayan ruin exploration in the whole country of Belize.

Full day snorkeling adventures
Cave tubing
Mayflower nature reserve
Manatee spotting at Gales point
Cockscomb Jaguar reserve
Billy Barcadier waterfalls
Mayan sites
Night time river tours
Our tours start for as little as $30.00 US per person
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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.0

  • Security 9.1

  • Location 9.6

  • Staff 9.2

  • Atmosphere 8.6

  • Cleanliness 8.9

  • Facilities 8.5

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    12 Mar 2020
    staff went ABOVE AND BEYOND. SO helpful they will tell you how to get anywhere, what trips to book, etc. Rooms and showers were clean, social, inviting atmosphere and plenty of space to cook or enjoy the beach. Bike rental was also very cheap. THANK YOU we had the best time here :)
    Canada, All Female Group, 25-30
  • 10.0


    25 Feb 2020
    Great place to stay at. It’s located in a prime location close to the beach, bus stop, lots of restaurants and local stores. Very chill vibe. The people that work at the front desk are very helpful in providing you suggestions on budget friendly places . I stayed in one of the private rooms and I had the best sleep every . Room is very spacious and clean. I would totally recommend staying here !
    Canada, Female, 31-40
  • 10.0


    09 Jan 2020
    The Funky Dodo is one of my favorite hostels that I've ever stayed at! The beds in the bunk rooms are huge! A nice surprise after several stays in Twin XL bunk rooms. The staff are so genuinely interested in helping you and making sure you have a fun, safe, adventure filled time. There is an awesome binder of activities that the hostel has put together that include prices, how to get there, what to bring. Everything was neat, clean, and gorgeous. So close to the beach, and tons of activities!
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    09 Dec 2019
    This hostel is one of the best I've ever been to. GREAT location in a fantastic town - it's very close to the beach and within walking distance to all of the restaurants. The beds are great (big drawers and shelves to stay organized), everything is super clean and the outdoor common area fosters wonderful conversations and new friendships. Bikes are available to rent for cheap (1BZ/hr), there are several hammocks for lazy mornings and the kitchen has everything you need. Can't recommend enough.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 9.7


    08 Jan 2020
    A very chill and relaxing place to stay if you’re visiting Hopkins. The rooms have fans to keep cool and the showers are solar powered! The staff has excellent recommendations and there are bikes for rent.
    USA, All Female Group, 25-30
  • 9.4


    03 Mar 2020
    We had such a great stay at Funky Dodo's. The Chicken Bus was just around the corner, so very easy to come there. The area is beautiful with the trees and plants. Also the hammocks were comfortable to chill. Our twin bed room was clean, but at night it got very hot, because we just had a fan. The beach is just 1 minute away and not very busy. The only bad thing was our trip to the river. We didn't see a crocodile or any bioluminescence, the hostel should has told us. Still a very nice place!
    Germany, Female, 18-24
  • 9.4


    17 Feb 2020
    Very central location in Hopkins and right on the beach, owners and staff very helpful - lots of great recommendations for activities and places to eat. Good kitchen facilities, outside hammock/seating area, clean dorms but the non-AC fan rooms did get quite warm at night as expected. Solar powered water heater always had hot water during my stay. Would recommend
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 9.1


    01 Jan 2020
    The owners were truly lovely people and very helpful in all ways, giving advice on getting around, tours, shops and even offering some natural ointments for insect bites (which smelled great!). Thank you so much, we really enjoyed our stay with Funky Dodo, I will advise anyone visiting to Belize to stop by!
    England, Couple, 25-30
  • 8.6


    28 Feb 2020
    Staff was great. People I met were great, but of course it’s a decent size hostel so as always who’s around is a gamble. Generally Hopkins atmosphere is great though so no worries there! Only real complaint was the beds/pillows were old and the bugs were bad at night as the rooms are naturally ventilated to outdoors. All of Hopkins was low on water so asked to conserve water. Overall the value is good & reflects this and I would stay again, but due to bedding maybe not for too long!
    Canada, Male, 25-30
  • 7.4

    Very Good

    13 Mar 2020
    Described as a backpacker hostel but the majority of the other guests were part of a school trip. These took over the communal areas during the key portions of the day. Bathrooms were often messy and it was noisy from 5am, well before the end of the official 'quiet time'. Easy to walk in and out unnoticed and unchallenged from both front and rear entries (although Hopkins is a lot safer than Belize City). Hopkins is small enough for any location to be central. Staff friendly and helpful.
    England, Male, 41+
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  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Common Room
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Reading Light
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Utensils
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Board Games
  • Wi-Fi