The destination known as Stann Creek Town wouldn’t change its name to Dangriga until after the arrival of the Garifuna people — but this Afro-Caribbean culture is a critical component of the town’s personality now. Widely lauded as the “cultural capital of Belize”, Dangriga is a refreshing change of pace from tourist-heavy regions like Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker, but that also means the activities in town aren’t quite as strongly sign-posted. Here are five unique things to do while visiting Dangriga.
1. Rub Shoulders With Locals at Market
Located on the shore of North Stann Creek River is the Central Market — a local commercial hub that’s always stocked with fresh fish, produce, and other goods brought in locally. Vendors can be found working as early as 6 AM. And while it’s a great place to pick up some fresh food or souvenirs, it’s just as promising for the potential people-watching.
2. Learn About the Local Culture at Gulisi Garifuna Museum
Descended from enslaved people carried over from the Europeans, the Garifuna went on a long and arduous journey before finally setting down roots and finding a home for themselves along Belize’s coast. The Gulisi Garifuna Museum embraces that history and provides context for how these fascinating people fit into the larger cultural tapestry of Belize.
3. Zip Line Through Rainforest Vistas
Roughly 15 miles to the west of Dangriga is Mayflower Bocawina National Forest, and it’s one of the best places to go looking for some of the beautiful and tropical birds that call Belize home. But in addition to bird watching, this national forest is also home to three high octane zip lining courses that allow you to get an adrenaline rush in among your sightseeing.
4. Work On Your Rhythm and Dancing Skills
Drums and dancing are an integral part of the Dangriga cultural heritage, and they’re more than happy to help visitors learn about the rhythm. Whether you’re looking to see how the local drum-makers craft their instruments or pick up the fundamentals of their dance, it’s not hard to find lessons throughout town.
5. Test Your Tolerance For Spice
Food is a big part of Garifuna culture, and spice is an integral part of capturing the cuisine. Marie Sharp’s hot sauce is a staple on most Belize dinner tables, and the factory that produces this wide range of sauces can be found in Dangriga. Take a tour of the factory, and be sure to bring some of the sauce home with you.
No matter what sort of experience you’re trying to have, Uncharted Jewel Belize can help you develop the perfect itinerary. Staffed by locals who are passionate about Belize, we have both the experience and the knowledge to show you the more fascinating corners of life in Dangriga.