The Garifuna people trace their ancestry to West African and indigenous Arawak people.  Around 1635, two Spanish ships carrying West Africans destined for North America were wrecked near St. Vincent in the West Indies.  Over the next 150 years the settlers began intermarrying, and the Garifuna ethnic group was formed.In 1798 part of the population were exiled to the Island of Roatan, an island off the coast of Honduras. From Roatan, the Garifuna migrated to the mainland of Honduras and settled all along the Caribbean coast of Belize (then British Honduras), Guatemala and Nicaragua. According to legend, the first Garifuna arrived in British Honduras on November 19, 1802. Today the unique Garifuna culture heritage is preserved and passed on through music, dance, storytelling, language, traditional foods, clothing, art and handicrafts.

Palmento Grove Garifuna Eco-Cultural & Fishing Institute in Hopkins Village, is an experience that keeps thes traditions alive. Along with the owner, Uwahnie Martinez, you can participate in a range of activities that showcase the Garifuna Culture, including cooking their delicious food!

  • Location:  In Hopkins Village, 30 mins south of Dangriga airport
  • Activities: Cultural immersion, cooking, drumming, coconut picking, fishing, kayaking
  • Trip Tip: Arrive with an empty stomach as the food is delicious
  • Accommodation: Day Trip or Private Rooms

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