The origins of the Garifuna you meet today stem from 1675 when a boat carrying hundreds of African slaves was shipwrecked on the island of St. Vincent in the Caribbean. They joined the Carib Indians there to exterminate the Europeans and for a while lived together in harmony, even intermarrying among them and eventually making there way across the Caribbean to Belize.
This incredible Garifuna experience starts with the very important task of picking your own traditional clothing, getting you in the mood to work and learn. The head of this community at Palmento Cove, Uwahnie Martinez, will then give you an overview of the fascinating history of the Garifuna, from their origins on the African Slave ships to their modern day lobster festivals in Belize. You then start climbing in order to pick your very own coconuts. Pick well as you and the coconut will need to work together over the coming hours. Learn how to husk the coconuts by hand before cutting and drinking their delicious milk.
Palmento Grove is home to this Garifuna Immersion project. Found in the norhtern part of Hopkins, this center is integral to keeping the Garifuna traditions, including cooking, clothing, dance and music alive. Not only is this experience supporting the center, it is also supporting the local musicians and artists that are hired as part of your immersion day.