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  • Palmento Grove
  • About Belize
  • Hopkins Village
  • The Garifuna Culture

The name Palmento Grove was derived from the main vegetation of the land on which the Cultural & Fishing Lodge is located in Hopkins, Belize that is palmetto trees and mangrove. The name Palmetto was later tweaked to create Palmento Grove. The Martinez Family chose to focus on the Palmetto and Mangrove Trees because they represent who we are as the owners, which is resilient and dynamic and ready to take on the challenges of the business world determined to success as local native business owners offering the best Belizean Cultural Vacation Experience to every visitor at our native & exotic family Lodge.  Every visitor is a member of our family with whom we proudly share our culture.   We aim at delivering a tourism product that truly contributes to making the world a better place.  As avid contributors to our community and culture we actively strive to positively contribute to the preservation of the Garifuna Culture by sharing it with our valued guests that makes our business the success that it is.

Palmento Grove Cultural & Fishing Lodge in Hopkins Village, Belize offers an amazing and enriching cultural & fishing experience with memories to last a lifetime.  Palmento Grove Eco Cultural Fishing Lodge owned and operated by the Martinez Family welcomes you to submerge yourself in the unique beauty of Hopkins, Belize to enjoy all the wonderful Cultural, fishing adventure & Natural attractions.

Enjoy our rustic and native exotic Cultural & Fishing Lodge while being hosted by our hospitable family. Come experience Palmento Grove Cultural & Fishing Lodge in Hopkins, Belize located on the beautiful Fresh Water Creek Lagoon & rich in ambiance. Our Lodge is nestle in a quiet, peaceful, spacious and boastfully save property that is just a 5 minutes-walk off the coastline, minimum of ten - fifteen minutes from the nearest store, restaurant, bars and many attractions in Hopkins.  The Public Bus Stop is just a 2 minutes-walk from where we are located.

Palmento Grove offer a Belize Cultural & Fishing Adventure filled with rich diversity, fly fishing, bottom trolling, Garifuna drumming, singing and dancing lessons, tasty Hopkins Belize Cultural Foods and  Great Diving, Water Repelling, Ziplining, Cave Tubing and World Class Snorkelling on Belize’s World Heritage Barrier Reef.  Let your Hopkins Belize Cultural and Fishing Experience be remarkably fun, adventurous & awesome, punctuated with greater purpose having participated and contributed to the preservation of the celebrated indigenous Garifuna Culture.

Belize's Fishing experience is known to be one of the best and Hopkins, Belize is known to be home to the most avid indigenous fishermen that is sure to provide you with your most memorable fishing adventure.   Be one to brag about fishing with Belize's most elderly & respected Fly Fisherman that has over 50 decades of fishing experience. Such a trip affords you the opportunity to interact upfront and personal with this remarkable fisherman who can share with you many fisherman's folklore, history, jokes and life excitements from his unique & colorful perspective. So thinking fishing? Make Hopkins, Belize your next destination.

Traditional Early Morning Fishing: Accompanied by a folk fisher venture out to catch traditional fishing bait (sea roach) and then paddle out to the Freshwater Lagoon and/or Caribbean Sea in a traditional dorey to catch the fish for a meal of choice.

We also make kayaking fun.  Our GHETTO Tour can sure add some spark to your vacation.   It is a lagoon kayaking tour where you are accompanied by a fisherman in a traditional dorey who fishes utilizing traditional methodologies while you leisurely paddle enjoying the breath-taking view of the Fresh Water Creek Lagoon.  The catch of the day sure makes it to the lunch table on the beach where fresh fish is stylishly Barbecued and served with our Belizean Rum Drink Panty-rippers.

Palmento Grove Cultural & Fishing Lodge where an opportunity to interact with Native Garinagu excited to share their culture awaits.  Your vacation can sure be meaningful and amusing.  Immersing in the impressive masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity as declared by UNESCO it promises to be a memorable experience being engaged.

Garifuna Cooking Lesson: Experience the best in Belizean & Garifuna Cuisine in Hopkins when Dinning at Palmento Grove in a beautiful, private and secluded lagoon setting. Cultural Cooking Experience in Belize is AMAZINGLY FUN? Palmento Grove is the place to visit. We are delighted to share with you our unique and flavourful cultural recipes and food preparation methodologies. We will engage you in your food preparation from the garden to the table that includes the harvesting of the many food items cooked to your personal taste. Take on the cooking challenge today: Select and pull your coconut off the many trees on the premises & learn to husk and grate the coconut while listening to cultural tales. Have fun peeling Banana or Plantains and being creative at preparing the hudut, tapou, bundiga and other dishes. Most of all dig in and enjoy the tasty meal. Yummy, Welcome to our Cultural Food World!!! Reservations preferred... Its Belizean dinning filled with Garifuna hospitality at its best. We also serve Belizean Cuisine for brunch, lunch and dinner. Like to treat yourself to our Cultural Breakfast that includes a wide selection of our organic herbal teas, then feel free to make a reservation. We cater for every individual INCLUSIVE of VEGANS & VEGETARIANS, couple, family and Group with a seating capacity to accommodate 40 - 50 people.

Garifuna Drumming & Dance Lesson:  Fascinated by the pulsating rhythms of the Garifuna Drums. We are pleased to share in the fulfillment of your quest to learn to play the drums and become a member of our drummers club. Guest are taught the different Garifuna Rhythms and some folkloric songs. While the Garifuna Dancing Lesson is sure to teach you how to move to the pulsating rhythm of the Garifuna songs.

Garifuna Language Lesson: Learn conversational Garifuna, learn common slogans/greetings.

Palmento Grove Cultural & Fishing Lodge is your able host to enjoying an awesome relaxing and/or exciting Hopkins Belize Vacation.  Hopkins Belize offering an enriching vacation experience with memories to last a lifetime.

Belize, Wondrous and Unusual, is a unique destination for the traveler seeking to experience  vibrant culture and explore exotic environments

An English-speaking, democratic nation, Belize is blessed with an amazing variety of biogeographic regions, including the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, hundreds of tiny cayes (as the Belizeans call their islands, pronounced 'keys'), and miles of unexplored beaches. It offers world-class diving, snorkeling, and fishing.

Stretching 165 miles from the Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay of Honduras, the Belize Barrier Reef is renowned as one of the most pristine in the world. A fantastic diversity of habitat is found here: hundreds of islands, extensive shallow water flats, mangrove ranges, and innumerable coral reefs.

Belize is much more than a water sports destination - in a matter of a few hours you can travel from the coral reefs to the largest remaining tracts of undisturbed rainforest in all of Central America. Wildlife abounds; the rainforests are home to jaguar, Baird's tapir, tayra, agouti, and howler monkey. The bird life is world-famous - this is a land where it is still possible to see the legendary harpy eagle in the wild and where colorful tropical birds like toucans, trogons, and orependolas are seen daily.

Belize was once the heart of the Mayan civilization. With a cultural vista that stretches back over forty centuries to the beginning of the Maya, we can trace this ancient civilization through Belize's more than 600 archaeological sites. 

Since the decline of the Mayan empire, beginning around 900 AD, and the later arrival of Europeans, Belize has continued to evolve. Spanish explorers, Garifuna settlement, Scottish buccaneers, and a hundred years as a colony of Great Britain all contribute to the cultural mosaic we find in Belize today.

The primary languages of Belize are English, Creole, and Spanish.  Unlike many other countries in Central America, Belize has a relatively modernized infrastructure with safe food and clean drinking water. Looking towards the future, Belizeans recognize the incomparable value of their abundant wildlife, rainforests, and coral reefs and in the last decade have moved to protect them.  Over 36% of the country has been designated as marine reserves, parks, and wildlife sanctuaries.

In Belize, our trips take you to the most spectacular locations on sea and land and introduce you to an exciting variety of adventure activities. Group size is limited to 8-20 participants, providing a genuine and personalized travel experience.

We invite you to join us as we explore the most diverse and exciting adventure travel destination in the Americas. - See more at: http://www.islandexpeditions.com/incredible-belize/about-the-country-and-people#sthash.LfOVwjcD.dpuf

Belize, Wondrous and Unusual, is a unique destination for the traveler seeking to experience vibrant culture and explore exotic environments

An English-speaking, democratic nation, Belize is blessed with an amazing variety of biogeographic regions, including the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, hundreds of tiny cayes (as the Belizeans call their islands, pronounced 'keys'), and miles of unexplored beaches. It offers world-class diving, snorkeling, and fishing.

Stretching 165 miles from the Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay of Honduras, the Belize Barrier Reef is renowned as one of the most pristine in the world. A fantastic diversity of habitat is found here: hundreds of islands, extensive shallow water flats, mangrove ranges, and innumerable coral reefs.

Belize is much more than a water sports destination - in a matter of a few hours you can travel from the coral reefs to the largest remaining tracts of undisturbed rainforest in all of Central America. Wildlife abounds; the rainforests are home to jaguar, Baird's tapir, tayra, agouti, and howler monkey. The bird life is world-famous - this is a land where it is still possible to see the legendary harpy eagle in the wild and where colorful tropical birds like toucans, trogons, and orependolas are seen daily.

Belize was once the heart of the Mayan civilization. With a cultural vista that stretches back over forty centuries to the beginning of the Maya, we can trace this ancient civilization through Belize's more than 600 archaeological sites. 

Since the decline of the Mayan empire, beginning around 900 AD, and the later arrival of Europeans, Belize has continued to evolve. Spanish explorers, Garifuna settlement, Scottish buccaneers, and a hundred years as a colony of Great Britain all contribute to the cultural mosaic we find in Belize today.

The primary languages of Belize are English, Creole, and Spanish.  Unlike many other countries in Central America, Belize has a relatively modernized infrastructure with safe food and clean drinking water. Looking towards the future, Belizeans recognize the incomparable value of their abundant wildlife, rainforests, and coral reefs and in the last decade have moved to protect them.  Over 36% of the country has been designated as marine reserves, parks, and wildlife sanctuaries.

In Belize, our trips take you to the most spectacular locations on sea and land and introduce you to an exciting variety of adventure activities. Group size is limited to 8-20 participants, providing a genuine and personalized travel experience.

We invite you to join us as we explore the most diverse and exciting adventure travel destination in the Americas.

Belize, Wondrous and Unusual, is a unique destination for the traveler seeking to experience  vibrant culture and explore exotic environments

An English-speaking, democratic nation, Belize is blessed with an amazing variety of biogeographic regions, including the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, hundreds of tiny cayes (as the Belizeans call their islands, pronounced 'keys'), and miles of unexplored beaches. It offers world-class diving, snorkeling, and fishing.

Stretching 165 miles from the Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay of Honduras, the Belize Barrier Reef is renowned as one of the most pristine in the world. A fantastic diversity of habitat is found here: hundreds of islands, extensive shallow water flats, mangrove ranges, and innumerable coral reefs.

Belize is much more than a water sports destination - in a matter of a few hours you can travel from the coral reefs to the largest remaining tracts of undisturbed rainforest in all of Central America. Wildlife abounds; the rainforests are home to jaguar, Baird's tapir, tayra, agouti, and howler monkey. The bird life is world-famous - this is a land where it is still possible to see the legendary harpy eagle in the wild and where colorful tropical birds like toucans, trogons, and orependolas are seen daily.

Belize was once the heart of the Mayan civilization. With a cultural vista that stretches back over forty centuries to the beginning of the Maya, we can trace this ancient civilization through Belize's more than 600 archaeological sites. 

Since the decline of the Mayan empire, beginning around 900 AD, and the later arrival of Europeans, Belize has continued to evolve. Spanish explorers, Garifuna settlement, Scottish buccaneers, and a hundred years as a colony of Great Britain all contribute to the cultural mosaic we find in Belize today.

The primary languages of Belize are English, Creole, and Spanish.  Unlike many other countries in Central America, Belize has a relatively modernized infrastructure with safe food and clean drinking water. Looking towards the future, Belizeans recognize the incomparable value of their abundant wildlife, rainforests, and coral reefs and in the last decade have moved to protect them.  Over 36% of the country has been designated as marine reserves, parks, and wildlife sanctuaries.

In Belize, our trips take you to the most spectacular locations on sea and land and introduce you to an exciting variety of adventure activities. Group size is limited to 8-20 participants, providing a genuine and personalized travel experience.

We invite you to join us as we explore the most diverse and exciting adventure travel destination in the Americas. - See more at: http://www.islandexpeditions.com/incredible-belize/about-the-country-and-people#sthash.LfOVwjcD.dpuf
Belize, Wondrous and Unusual, is a unique destination for the traveler seeking to experience  vibrant culture and explore exotic environments

An English-speaking, democratic nation, Belize is blessed with an amazing variety of biogeographic regions, including the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, hundreds of tiny cayes (as the Belizeans call their islands, pronounced 'keys'), and miles of unexplored beaches. It offers world-class diving, snorkeling, and fishing.

Stretching 165 miles from the Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay of Honduras, the Belize Barrier Reef is renowned as one of the most pristine in the world. A fantastic diversity of habitat is found here: hundreds of islands, extensive shallow water flats, mangrove ranges, and innumerable coral reefs.

Belize is much more than a water sports destination - in a matter of a few hours you can travel from the coral reefs to the largest remaining tracts of undisturbed rainforest in all of Central America. Wildlife abounds; the rainforests are home to jaguar, Baird's tapir, tayra, agouti, and howler monkey. The bird life is world-famous - this is a land where it is still possible to see the legendary harpy eagle in the wild and where colorful tropical birds like toucans, trogons, and orependolas are seen daily.

Belize was once the heart of the Mayan civilization. With a cultural vista that stretches back over forty centuries to the beginning of the Maya, we can trace this ancient civilization through Belize's more than 600 archaeological sites. 

Since the decline of the Mayan empire, beginning around 900 AD, and the later arrival of Europeans, Belize has continued to evolve. Spanish explorers, Garifuna settlement, Scottish buccaneers, and a hundred years as a colony of Great Britain all contribute to the cultural mosaic we find in Belize today.

The primary languages of Belize are English, Creole, and Spanish.  Unlike many other countries in Central America, Belize has a relatively modernized infrastructure with safe food and clean drinking water. Looking towards the future, Belizeans recognize the incomparable value of their abundant wildlife, rainforests, and coral reefs and in the last decade have moved to protect them.  Over 36% of the country has been designated as marine reserves, parks, and wildlife sanctuaries.

In Belize, our trips take you to the most spectacular locations on sea and land and introduce you to an exciting variety of adventure activities. Group size is limited to 8-20 participants, providing a genuine and personalized travel experience.

We invite you to join us as we explore the most diverse and exciting adventure travel destination in the Americas. - See more at: http://www.islandexpeditions.com/incredible-belize/about-the-country-and-people#sthash.LfOVwjcD.dpuf
Belize, Wondrous and Unusual, is a unique destination for the traveler seeking to experience  vibrant culture and explore exotic environments

An English-speaking, democratic nation, Belize is blessed with an amazing variety of biogeographic regions, including the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, hundreds of tiny cayes (as the Belizeans call their islands, pronounced 'keys'), and miles of unexplored beaches. It offers world-class diving, snorkeling, and fishing.

Stretching 165 miles from the Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay of Honduras, the Belize Barrier Reef is renowned as one of the most pristine in the world. A fantastic diversity of habitat is found here: hundreds of islands, extensive shallow water flats, mangrove ranges, and innumerable coral reefs.

Belize is much more than a water sports destination - in a matter of a few hours you can travel from the coral reefs to the largest remaining tracts of undisturbed rainforest in all of Central America. Wildlife abounds; the rainforests are home to jaguar, Baird's tapir, tayra, agouti, and howler monkey. The bird life is world-famous - this is a land where it is still possible to see the legendary harpy eagle in the wild and where colorful tropical birds like toucans, trogons, and orependolas are seen daily.

Belize was once the heart of the Mayan civilization. With a cultural vista that stretches back over forty centuries to the beginning of the Maya, we can trace this ancient civilization through Belize's more than 600 archaeological sites. 

Since the decline of the Mayan empire, beginning around 900 AD, and the later arrival of Europeans, Belize has continued to evolve. Spanish explorers, Garifuna settlement, Scottish buccaneers, and a hundred years as a colony of Great Britain all contribute to the cultural mosaic we find in Belize today.

The primary languages of Belize are English, Creole, and Spanish.  Unlike many other countries in Central America, Belize has a relatively modernized infrastructure with safe food and clean drinking water. Looking towards the future, Belizeans recognize the incomparable value of their abundant wildlife, rainforests, and coral reefs and in the last decade have moved to protect them.  Over 36% of the country has been designated as marine reserves, parks, and wildlife sanctuaries.

In Belize, our trips take you to the most spectacular locations on sea and land and introduce you to an exciting variety of adventure activities. Group size is limited to 8-20 participants, providing a genuine and personalized travel experience.

We invite you to join us as we explore the most diverse and exciting adventure travel destination in the Americas. - See more at: http://www.islandexpeditions.com/incredible-belize/about-the-country-and-people#sthash.LfOVwjcD.dpuf
Belize, Wondrous and Unusual, is a unique destination for the traveler seeking to experience  vibrant culture and explore exotic environments

An English-speaking, democratic nation, Belize is blessed with an amazing variety of biogeographic regions, including the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, hundreds of tiny cayes (as the Belizeans call their islands, pronounced 'keys'), and miles of unexplored beaches. It offers world-class diving, snorkeling, and fishing.

Stretching 165 miles from the Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay of Honduras, the Belize Barrier Reef is renowned as one of the most pristine in the world. A fantastic diversity of habitat is found here: hundreds of islands, extensive shallow water flats, mangrove ranges, and innumerable coral reefs.

Belize is much more than a water sports destination - in a matter of a few hours you can travel from the coral reefs to the largest remaining tracts of undisturbed rainforest in all of Central America. Wildlife abounds; the rainforests are home to jaguar, Baird's tapir, tayra, agouti, and howler monkey. The bird life is world-famous - this is a land where it is still possible to see the legendary harpy eagle in the wild and where colorful tropical birds like toucans, trogons, and orependolas are seen daily.

Belize was once the heart of the Mayan civilization. With a cultural vista that stretches back over forty centuries to the beginning of the Maya, we can trace this ancient civilization through Belize's more than 600 archaeological sites. 

Since the decline of the Mayan empire, beginning around 900 AD, and the later arrival of Europeans, Belize has continued to evolve. Spanish explorers, Garifuna settlement, Scottish buccaneers, and a hundred years as a colony of Great Britain all contribute to the cultural mosaic we find in Belize today.

The primary languages of Belize are English, Creole, and Spanish.  Unlike many other countries in Central America, Belize has a relatively modernized infrastructure with safe food and clean drinking water. Looking towards the future, Belizeans recognize the incomparable value of their abundant wildlife, rainforests, and coral reefs and in the last decade have moved to protect them.  Over 36% of the country has been designated as marine reserves, parks, and wildlife sanctuaries.

In Belize, our trips take you to the most spectacular locations on sea and land and introduce you to an exciting variety of adventure activities. Group size is limited to 8-20 participants, providing a genuine and personalized travel experience.

We invite you to join us as we explore the most diverse and exciting adventure travel destination in the Americas. - See more at: http://www.islandexpeditions.com/incredible-belize/about-the-country-and-people#sthash.LfOVwjcD.dpuf
Belize, Wondrous and Unusual, is a unique destination for the traveler seeking to experience  vibrant culture and explore exotic environments

An English-speaking, democratic nation, Belize is blessed with an amazing variety of biogeographic regions, including the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, hundreds of tiny cayes (as the Belizeans call their islands, pronounced 'keys'), and miles of unexplored beaches. It offers world-class diving, snorkeling, and fishing.

Stretching 165 miles from the Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay of Honduras, the Belize Barrier Reef is renowned as one of the most pristine in the world. A fantastic diversity of habitat is found here: hundreds of islands, extensive shallow water flats, mangrove ranges, and innumerable coral reefs.

Belize is much more than a water sports destination - in a matter of a few hours you can travel from the coral reefs to the largest remaining tracts of undisturbed rainforest in all of Central America. Wildlife abounds; the rainforests are home to jaguar, Baird's tapir, tayra, agouti, and howler monkey. The bird life is world-famous - this is a land where it is still possible to see the legendary harpy eagle in the wild and where colorful tropical birds like toucans, trogons, and orependolas are seen daily.

Belize was once the heart of the Mayan civilization. With a cultural vista that stretches back over forty centuries to the beginning of the Maya, we can trace this ancient civilization through Belize's more than 600 archaeological sites. 

Since the decline of the Mayan empire, beginning around 900 AD, and the later arrival of Europeans, Belize has continued to evolve. Spanish explorers, Garifuna settlement, Scottish buccaneers, and a hundred years as a colony of Great Britain all contribute to the cultural mosaic we find in Belize today.

The primary languages of Belize are English, Creole, and Spanish.  Unlike many other countries in Central America, Belize has a relatively modernized infrastructure with safe food and clean drinking water. Looking towards the future, Belizeans recognize the incomparable value of their abundant wildlife, rainforests, and coral reefs and in the last decade have moved to protect them.  Over 36% of the country has been designated as marine reserves, parks, and wildlife sanctuaries.

In Belize, our trips take you to the most spectacular locations on sea and land and introduce you to an exciting variety of adventure activities. Group size is limited to 8-20 participants, providing a genuine and personalized travel experience.

We invite you to join us as we explore the most diverse and exciting adventure travel destination in the Americas. - See more at: http://www.islandexpeditions.com/incredible-belize/about-the-country-and-people#sthash.LfOVwjcD.dpuf
Belize, Wondrous and Unusual, is a unique destination for the traveler seeking to experience  vibrant culture and explore exotic environments

An English-speaking, democratic nation, Belize is blessed with an amazing variety of biogeographic regions, including the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, hundreds of tiny cayes (as the Belizeans call their islands, pronounced 'keys'), and miles of unexplored beaches. It offers world-class diving, snorkeling, and fishing.

Stretching 165 miles from the Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay of Honduras, the Belize Barrier Reef is renowned as one of the most pristine in the world. A fantastic diversity of habitat is found here: hundreds of islands, extensive shallow water flats, mangrove ranges, and innumerable coral reefs.

Belize is much more than a water sports destination - in a matter of a few hours you can travel from the coral reefs to the largest remaining tracts of undisturbed rainforest in all of Central America. Wildlife abounds; the rainforests are home to jaguar, Baird's tapir, tayra, agouti, and howler monkey. The bird life is world-famous - this is a land where it is still possible to see the legendary harpy eagle in the wild and where colorful tropical birds like toucans, trogons, and orependolas are seen daily.

Belize was once the heart of the Mayan civilization. With a cultural vista that stretches back over forty centuries to the beginning of the Maya, we can trace this ancient civilization through Belize's more than 600 archaeological sites. 

Since the decline of the Mayan empire, beginning around 900 AD, and the later arrival of Europeans, Belize has continued to evolve. Spanish explorers, Garifuna settlement, Scottish buccaneers, and a hundred years as a colony of Great Britain all contribute to the cultural mosaic we find in Belize today.

The primary languages of Belize are English, Creole, and Spanish.  Unlike many other countries in Central America, Belize has a relatively modernized infrastructure with safe food and clean drinking water. Looking towards the future, Belizeans recognize the incomparable value of their abundant wildlife, rainforests, and coral reefs and in the last decade have moved to protect them.  Over 36% of the country has been designated as marine reserves, parks, and wildlife sanctuaries.

In Belize, our trips take you to the most spectacular locations on sea and land and introduce you to an exciting variety of adventure activities. Group size is limited to 8-20 participants, providing a genuine and personalized travel experience.

We invite you to join us as we explore the most diverse and exciting adventure travel destination in the Americas. - See more at: http://www.islandexpeditions.com/incredible-belize/about-the-country-and-people#sthash.LfOVwjcD.dpuf
Belize, Wondrous and Unusual, is a unique destination for the traveler seeking to experience  vibrant culture and explore exotic environments

An English-speaking, democratic nation, Belize is blessed with an amazing variety of biogeographic regions, including the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, hundreds of tiny cayes (as the Belizeans call their islands, pronounced 'keys'), and miles of unexplored beaches. It offers world-class diving, snorkeling, and fishing.

Stretching 165 miles from the Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay of Honduras, the Belize Barrier Reef is renowned as one of the most pristine in the world. A fantastic diversity of habitat is found here: hundreds of islands, extensive shallow water flats, mangrove ranges, and innumerable coral reefs.

Belize is much more than a water sports destination - in a matter of a few hours you can travel from the coral reefs to the largest remaining tracts of undisturbed rainforest in all of Central America. Wildlife abounds; the rainforests are home to jaguar, Baird's tapir, tayra, agouti, and howler monkey. The bird life is world-famous - this is a land where it is still possible to see the legendary harpy eagle in the wild and where colorful tropical birds like toucans, trogons, and orependolas are seen daily.

Belize was once the heart of the Mayan civilization. With a cultural vista that stretches back over forty centuries to the beginning of the Maya, we can trace this ancient civilization through Belize's more than 600 archaeological sites. 

Since the decline of the Mayan empire, beginning around 900 AD, and the later arrival of Europeans, Belize has continued to evolve. Spanish explorers, Garifuna settlement, Scottish buccaneers, and a hundred years as a colony of Great Britain all contribute to the cultural mosaic we find in Belize today.

The primary languages of Belize are English, Creole, and Spanish.  Unlike many other countries in Central America, Belize has a relatively modernized infrastructure with safe food and clean drinking water. Looking towards the future, Belizeans recognize the incomparable value of their abundant wildlife, rainforests, and coral reefs and in the last decade have moved to protect them.  Over 36% of the country has been designated as marine reserves, parks, and wildlife sanctuaries.

In Belize, our trips take you to the most spectacular locations on sea and land and introduce you to an exciting variety of adventure activities. Group size is limited to 8-20 participants, providing a genuine and personalized travel experience.

We invite you to join us as we explore the most diverse and exciting adventure travel destination in the Americas. - See more at: http://www.islandexpeditions.com/incredible-belize/about-the-country-and-people#sthash.LfOVwjcD.dpuf
Belize, Wondrous and Unusual, is a unique destination for the traveler seeking to experience  vibrant culture and explore exotic environments

An English-speaking, democratic nation, Belize is blessed with an amazing variety of biogeographic regions, including the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, hundreds of tiny cayes (as the Belizeans call their islands, pronounced 'keys'), and miles of unexplored beaches. It offers world-class diving, snorkeling, and fishing.

Stretching 165 miles from the Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay of Honduras, the Belize Barrier Reef is renowned as one of the most pristine in the world. A fantastic diversity of habitat is found here: hundreds of islands, extensive shallow water flats, mangrove ranges, and innumerable coral reefs.

Belize is much more than a water sports destination - in a matter of a few hours you can travel from the coral reefs to the largest remaining tracts of undisturbed rainforest in all of Central America. Wildlife abounds; the rainforests are home to jaguar, Baird's tapir, tayra, agouti, and howler monkey. The bird life is world-famous - this is a land where it is still possible to see the legendary harpy eagle in the wild and where colorful tropical birds like toucans, trogons, and orependolas are seen daily.

Belize was once the heart of the Mayan civilization. With a cultural vista that stretches back over forty centuries to the beginning of the Maya, we can trace this ancient civilization through Belize's more than 600 archaeological sites. 

Since the decline of the Mayan empire, beginning around 900 AD, and the later arrival of Europeans, Belize has continued to evolve. Spanish explorers, Garifuna settlement, Scottish buccaneers, and a hundred years as a colony of Great Britain all contribute to the cultural mosaic we find in Belize today.

The primary languages of Belize are English, Creole, and Spanish.  Unlike many other countries in Central America, Belize has a relatively modernized infrastructure with safe food and clean drinking water. Looking towards the future, Belizeans recognize the incomparable value of their abundant wildlife, rainforests, and coral reefs and in the last decade have moved to protect them.  Over 36% of the country has been designated as marine reserves, parks, and wildlife sanctuaries.

In Belize, our trips take you to the most spectacular locations on sea and land and introduce you to an exciting variety of adventure activities. Group size is limited to 8-20 participants, providing a genuine and personalized travel experience.

We invite you to join us as we explore the most diverse and exciting adventure travel destination in the Americas. - See more at: http://www.islandexpeditions.com/incredible-belize/about-the-country-and-people#sthash.LfOVwjcD.dpuf
Belize, Wondrous and Unusual, is a unique destination for the traveler seeking to experience  vibrant culture and explore exotic environments

An English-speaking, democratic nation, Belize is blessed with an amazing variety of biogeographic regions, including the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, hundreds of tiny cayes (as the Belizeans call their islands, pronounced 'keys'), and miles of unexplored beaches. It offers world-class diving, snorkeling, and fishing.

Stretching 165 miles from the Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay of Honduras, the Belize Barrier Reef is renowned as one of the most pristine in the world. A fantastic diversity of habitat is found here: hundreds of islands, extensive shallow water flats, mangrove ranges, and innumerable coral reefs.

Belize is much more than a water sports destination - in a matter of a few hours you can travel from the coral reefs to the largest remaining tracts of undisturbed rainforest in all of Central America. Wildlife abounds; the rainforests are home to jaguar, Baird's tapir, tayra, agouti, and howler monkey. The bird life is world-famous - this is a land where it is still possible to see the legendary harpy eagle in the wild and where colorful tropical birds like toucans, trogons, and orependolas are seen daily.

Belize was once the heart of the Mayan civilization. With a cultural vista that stretches back over forty centuries to the beginning of the Maya, we can trace this ancient civilization through Belize's more than 600 archaeological sites. 

Since the decline of the Mayan empire, beginning around 900 AD, and the later arrival of Europeans, Belize has continued to evolve. Spanish explorers, Garifuna settlement, Scottish buccaneers, and a hundred years as a colony of Great Britain all contribute to the cultural mosaic we find in Belize today.

The primary languages of Belize are English, Creole, and Spanish.  Unlike many other countries in Central America, Belize has a relatively modernized infrastructure with safe food and clean drinking water. Looking towards the future, Belizeans recognize the incomparable value of their abundant wildlife, rainforests, and coral reefs and in the last decade have moved to protect them.  Over 36% of the country has been designated as marine reserves, parks, and wildlife sanctuaries.

In Belize, our trips take you to the most spectacular locations on sea and land and introduce you to an exciting variety of adventure activities. Group size is limited to 8-20 participants, providing a genuine and personalized travel experience.

We invite you to join us as we explore the most diverse and exciting adventure travel destination in the Americas. - See more at: http://www.islandexpeditions.com/incredible-belize/about-the-country-and-people#sthash.LfOVwjcD.dpuf
Belize, Wondrous and Unusual, is a unique destination for the traveler seeking to experience  vibrant culture and explore exotic environments

An English-speaking, democratic nation, Belize is blessed with an amazing variety of biogeographic regions, including the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, hundreds of tiny cayes (as the Belizeans call their islands, pronounced 'keys'), and miles of unexplored beaches. It offers world-class diving, snorkeling, and fishing.

Stretching 165 miles from the Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay of Honduras, the Belize Barrier Reef is renowned as one of the most pristine in the world. A fantastic diversity of habitat is found here: hundreds of islands, extensive shallow water flats, mangrove ranges, and innumerable coral reefs.

Belize is much more than a water sports destination - in a matter of a few hours you can travel from the coral reefs to the largest remaining tracts of undisturbed rainforest in all of Central America. Wildlife abounds; the rainforests are home to jaguar, Baird's tapir, tayra, agouti, and howler monkey. The bird life is world-famous - this is a land where it is still possible to see the legendary harpy eagle in the wild and where colorful tropical birds like toucans, trogons, and orependolas are seen daily.

Belize was once the heart of the Mayan civilization. With a cultural vista that stretches back over forty centuries to the beginning of the Maya, we can trace this ancient civilization through Belize's more than 600 archaeological sites. 

Since the decline of the Mayan empire, beginning around 900 AD, and the later arrival of Europeans, Belize has continued to evolve. Spanish explorers, Garifuna settlement, Scottish buccaneers, and a hundred years as a colony of Great Britain all contribute to the cultural mosaic we find in Belize today.

The primary languages of Belize are English, Creole, and Spanish.  Unlike many other countries in Central America, Belize has a relatively modernized infrastructure with safe food and clean drinking water. Looking towards the future, Belizeans recognize the incomparable value of their abundant wildlife, rainforests, and coral reefs and in the last decade have moved to protect them.  Over 36% of the country has been designated as marine reserves, parks, and wildlife sanctuaries.

In Belize, our trips take you to the most spectacular locations on sea and land and introduce you to an exciting variety of adventure activities. Group size is limited to 8-20 participants, providing a genuine and personalized travel experience.

We invite you to join us as we explore the most diverse and exciting adventure travel destination in the Americas. - See more at: http://www.islandexpeditions.com/incredible-belize/about-the-country-and-people#sthash.LfOVwjcD.dpuf
Belize, Wondrous and Unusual, is a unique destination for the traveler seeking to experience  vibrant culture and explore exotic environments

An English-speaking, democratic nation, Belize is blessed with an amazing variety of biogeographic regions, including the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, hundreds of tiny cayes (as the Belizeans call their islands, pronounced 'keys'), and miles of unexplored beaches. It offers world-class diving, snorkeling, and fishing.

Stretching 165 miles from the Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay of Honduras, the Belize Barrier Reef is renowned as one of the most pristine in the world. A fantastic diversity of habitat is found here: hundreds of islands, extensive shallow water flats, mangrove ranges, and innumerable coral reefs.

Belize is much more than a water sports destination - in a matter of a few hours you can travel from the coral reefs to the largest remaining tracts of undisturbed rainforest in all of Central America. Wildlife abounds; the rainforests are home to jaguar, Baird's tapir, tayra, agouti, and howler monkey. The bird life is world-famous - this is a land where it is still possible to see the legendary harpy eagle in the wild and where colorful tropical birds like toucans, trogons, and orependolas are seen daily.

Belize was once the heart of the Mayan civilization. With a cultural vista that stretches back over forty centuries to the beginning of the Maya, we can trace this ancient civilization through Belize's more than 600 archaeological sites. 

Since the decline of the Mayan empire, beginning around 900 AD, and the later arrival of Europeans, Belize has continued to evolve. Spanish explorers, Garifuna settlement, Scottish buccaneers, and a hundred years as a colony of Great Britain all contribute to the cultural mosaic we find in Belize today.

The primary languages of Belize are English, Creole, and Spanish.  Unlike many other countries in Central America, Belize has a relatively modernized infrastructure with safe food and clean drinking water. Looking towards the future, Belizeans recognize the incomparable value of their abundant wildlife, rainforests, and coral reefs and in the last decade have moved to protect them.  Over 36% of the country has been designated as marine reserves, parks, and wildlife sanctuaries.

In Belize, our trips take you to the most spectacular locations on sea and land and introduce you to an exciting variety of adventure activities. Group size is limited to 8-20 participants, providing a genuine and personalized travel experience.

We invite you to join us as we explore the most diverse and exciting adventure travel destination in the Americas. - See more at: http://www.islandexpeditions.com/incredible-belize/about-the-country-and-people#sthash.LfOVwjcD.dpuf
Belize, Wondrous and Unusual, is a unique destination for the traveler seeking to experience  vibrant culture and explore exotic environments

An English-speaking, democratic nation, Belize is blessed with an amazing variety of biogeographic regions, including the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, hundreds of tiny cayes (as the Belizeans call their islands, pronounced 'keys'), and miles of unexplored beaches. It offers world-class diving, snorkeling, and fishing.

Stretching 165 miles from the Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay of Honduras, the Belize Barrier Reef is renowned as one of the most pristine in the world. A fantastic diversity of habitat is found here: hundreds of islands, extensive shallow water flats, mangrove ranges, and innumerable coral reefs.

Belize is much more than a water sports destination - in a matter of a few hours you can travel from the coral reefs to the largest remaining tracts of undisturbed rainforest in all of Central America. Wildlife abounds; the rainforests are home to jaguar, Baird's tapir, tayra, agouti, and howler monkey. The bird life is world-famous - this is a land where it is still possible to see the legendary harpy eagle in the wild and where colorful tropical birds like toucans, trogons, and orependolas are seen daily.

Belize was once the heart of the Mayan civilization. With a cultural vista that stretches back over forty centuries to the beginning of the Maya, we can trace this ancient civilization through Belize's more than 600 archaeological sites. 

Since the decline of the Mayan empire, beginning around 900 AD, and the later arrival of Europeans, Belize has continued to evolve. Spanish explorers, Garifuna settlement, Scottish buccaneers, and a hundred years as a colony of Great Britain all contribute to the cultural mosaic we find in Belize today.

The primary languages of Belize are English, Creole, and Spanish.  Unlike many other countries in Central America, Belize has a relatively modernized infrastructure with safe food and clean drinking water. Looking towards the future, Belizeans recognize the incomparable value of their abundant wildlife, rainforests, and coral reefs and in the last decade have moved to protect them.  Over 36% of the country has been designated as marine reserves, parks, and wildlife sanctuaries.

In Belize, our trips take you to the most spectacular locations on sea and land and introduce you to an exciting variety of adventure activities. Group size is limited to 8-20 participants, providing a genuine and personalized travel experience.

We invite you to join us as we explore the most diverse and exciting adventure travel destination in the Americas. - See more at: http://www.islandexpeditions.com/incredible-belize/about-the-country-and-people#sthash.LfOVwjcD.dpuf
Belize, Wondrous and Unusual, is a unique destination for the traveler seeking to experience  vibrant culture and explore exotic environments

An English-speaking, democratic nation, Belize is blessed with an amazing variety of biogeographic regions, including the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, hundreds of tiny cayes (as the Belizeans call their islands, pronounced 'keys'), and miles of unexplored beaches. It offers world-class diving, snorkeling, and fishing.

Stretching 165 miles from the Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay of Honduras, the Belize Barrier Reef is renowned as one of the most pristine in the world. A fantastic diversity of habitat is found here: hundreds of islands, extensive shallow water flats, mangrove ranges, and innumerable coral reefs.

Belize is much more than a water sports destination - in a matter of a few hours you can travel from the coral reefs to the largest remaining tracts of undisturbed rainforest in all of Central America. Wildlife abounds; the rainforests are home to jaguar, Baird's tapir, tayra, agouti, and howler monkey. The bird life is world-famous - this is a land where it is still possible to see the legendary harpy eagle in the wild and where colorful tropical birds like toucans, trogons, and orependolas are seen daily.

Belize was once the heart of the Mayan civilization. With a cultural vista that stretches back over forty centuries to the beginning of the Maya, we can trace this ancient civilization through Belize's more than 600 archaeological sites. 

Since the decline of the Mayan empire, beginning around 900 AD, and the later arrival of Europeans, Belize has continued to evolve. Spanish explorers, Garifuna settlement, Scottish buccaneers, and a hundred years as a colony of Great Britain all contribute to the cultural mosaic we find in Belize today.

The primary languages of Belize are English, Creole, and Spanish.  Unlike many other countries in Central America, Belize has a relatively modernized infrastructure with safe food and clean drinking water. Looking towards the future, Belizeans recognize the incomparable value of their abundant wildlife, rainforests, and coral reefs and in the last decade have moved to protect them.  Over 36% of the country has been designated as marine reserves, parks, and wildlife sanctuaries.

In Belize, our trips take you to the most spectacular locations on sea and land and introduce you to an exciting variety of adventure activities. Group size is limited to 8-20 participants, providing a genuine and personalized travel experience.

We invite you to join us as we explore the most diverse and exciting adventure travel destination in the Americas. - See more at: http://www.islandexpeditions.com/incredible-belize/about-the-country-and-people#sthash.LfOVwjcD.dpuf
Belize, Wondrous and Unusual, is a unique destination for the traveler seeking to experience  vibrant culture and explore exotic environments

An English-speaking, democratic nation, Belize is blessed with an amazing variety of biogeographic regions, including the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, hundreds of tiny cayes (as the Belizeans call their islands, pronounced 'keys'), and miles of unexplored beaches. It offers world-class diving, snorkeling, and fishing.

Stretching 165 miles from the Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay of Honduras, the Belize Barrier Reef is renowned as one of the most pristine in the world. A fantastic diversity of habitat is found here: hundreds of islands, extensive shallow water flats, mangrove ranges, and innumerable coral reefs.

Belize is much more than a water sports destination - in a matter of a few hours you can travel from the coral reefs to the largest remaining tracts of undisturbed rainforest in all of Central America. Wildlife abounds; the rainforests are home to jaguar, Baird's tapir, tayra, agouti, and howler monkey. The bird life is world-famous - this is a land where it is still possible to see the legendary harpy eagle in the wild and where colorful tropical birds like toucans, trogons, and orependolas are seen daily.

Belize was once the heart of the Mayan civilization. With a cultural vista that stretches back over forty centuries to the beginning of the Maya, we can trace this ancient civilization through Belize's more than 600 archaeological sites. 

Since the decline of the Mayan empire, beginning around 900 AD, and the later arrival of Europeans, Belize has continued to evolve. Spanish explorers, Garifuna settlement, Scottish buccaneers, and a hundred years as a colony of Great Britain all contribute to the cultural mosaic we find in Belize today.

The primary languages of Belize are English, Creole, and Spanish.  Unlike many other countries in Central America, Belize has a relatively modernized infrastructure with safe food and clean drinking water. Looking towards the future, Belizeans recognize the incomparable value of their abundant wildlife, rainforests, and coral reefs and in the last decade have moved to protect them.  Over 36% of the country has been designated as marine reserves, parks, and wildlife sanctuaries.

In Belize, our trips take you to the most spectacular locations on sea and land and introduce you to an exciting variety of adventure activities. Group size is limited to 8-20 participants, providing a genuine and personalized travel experience.

We invite you to join us as we explore the most diverse and exciting adventure travel destination in the Americas. - See more at: http://www.islandexpeditions.com/incredible-belize/about-the-country-and-people#sthash.LfOVwjcD.dpuf
Belize, Wondrous and Unusual, is a unique destination for the traveler seeking to experience  vibrant culture and explore exotic environments

An English-speaking, democratic nation, Belize is blessed with an amazing variety of biogeographic regions, including the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, hundreds of tiny cayes (as the Belizeans call their islands, pronounced 'keys'), and miles of unexplored beaches. It offers world-class diving, snorkeling, and fishing.

Stretching 165 miles from the Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay of Honduras, the Belize Barrier Reef is renowned as one of the most pristine in the world. A fantastic diversity of habitat is found here: hundreds of islands, extensive shallow water flats, mangrove ranges, and innumerable coral reefs.

Belize is much more than a water sports destination - in a matter of a few hours you can travel from the coral reefs to the largest remaining tracts of undisturbed rainforest in all of Central America. Wildlife abounds; the rainforests are home to jaguar, Baird's tapir, tayra, agouti, and howler monkey. The bird life is world-famous - this is a land where it is still possible to see the legendary harpy eagle in the wild and where colorful tropical birds like toucans, trogons, and orependolas are seen daily.

Belize was once the heart of the Mayan civilization. With a cultural vista that stretches back over forty centuries to the beginning of the Maya, we can trace this ancient civilization through Belize's more than 600 archaeological sites. 

Since the decline of the Mayan empire, beginning around 900 AD, and the later arrival of Europeans, Belize has continued to evolve. Spanish explorers, Garifuna settlement, Scottish buccaneers, and a hundred years as a colony of Great Britain all contribute to the cultural mosaic we find in Belize today.

The primary languages of Belize are English, Creole, and Spanish.  Unlike many other countries in Central America, Belize has a relatively modernized infrastructure with safe food and clean drinking water. Looking towards the future, Belizeans recognize the incomparable value of their abundant wildlife, rainforests, and coral reefs and in the last decade have moved to protect them.  Over 36% of the country has been designated as marine reserves, parks, and wildlife sanctuaries.

In Belize, our trips take you to the most spectacular locations on sea and land and introduce you to an exciting variety of adventure activities. Group size is limited to 8-20 participants, providing a genuine and personalized travel experience.

We invite you to join us as we explore the most diverse and exciting adventure travel destination in the Americas. - See more at: http://www.islandexpeditions.com/incredible-belize/about-the-country-and-people#sthash.LfOVwjcD.dpuf
Belize, Wondrous and Unusual, is a unique destination for the traveler seeking to experience  vibrant culture and explore exotic environments

An English-speaking, democratic nation, Belize is blessed with an amazing variety of biogeographic regions, including the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, hundreds of tiny cayes (as the Belizeans call their islands, pronounced 'keys'), and miles of unexplored beaches. It offers world-class diving, snorkeling, and fishing.

Stretching 165 miles from the Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay of Honduras, the Belize Barrier Reef is renowned as one of the most pristine in the world. A fantastic diversity of habitat is found here: hundreds of islands, extensive shallow water flats, mangrove ranges, and innumerable coral reefs.

Belize is much more than a water sports destination - in a matter of a few hours you can travel from the coral reefs to the largest remaining tracts of undisturbed rainforest in all of Central America. Wildlife abounds; the rainforests are home to jaguar, Baird's tapir, tayra, agouti, and howler monkey. The bird life is world-famous - this is a land where it is still possible to see the legendary harpy eagle in the wild and where colorful tropical birds like toucans, trogons, and orependolas are seen daily.

Belize was once the heart of the Mayan civilization. With a cultural vista that stretches back over forty centuries to the beginning of the Maya, we can trace this ancient civilization through Belize's more than 600 archaeological sites. 

Since the decline of the Mayan empire, beginning around 900 AD, and the later arrival of Europeans, Belize has continued to evolve. Spanish explorers, Garifuna settlement, Scottish buccaneers, and a hundred years as a colony of Great Britain all contribute to the cultural mosaic we find in Belize today.

The primary languages of Belize are English, Creole, and Spanish.  Unlike many other countries in Central America, Belize has a relatively modernized infrastructure with safe food and clean drinking water. Looking towards the future, Belizeans recognize the incomparable value of their abundant wildlife, rainforests, and coral reefs and in the last decade have moved to protect them.  Over 36% of the country has been designated as marine reserves, parks, and wildlife sanctuaries.

In Belize, our trips take you to the most spectacular locations on sea and land and introduce you to an exciting variety of adventure activities. Group size is limited to 8-20 participants, providing a genuine and personalized travel experience.

We invite you to join us as we explore the most diverse and exciting adventure travel destination in the Americas. - See more at: http://www.islandexpeditions.com/incredible-belize/about-the-country-and-people#sthash.LfOVwjcD.dpuf

The beauty of Belize is far more than just its small tropical islands, palm trees, Caribbean Sea, coral reefs and flats teeming with live coral and fish. Belize's real beauty lies in its unique diversity, encompassing the beauty of Caribbean, yes, but also its tropical forests, Mayan ruins, jungle rivers, caves, cane farms, banana plantations, groves of sweet smelling oranges and grapefruits, jaguars, manatees, dolphins, toucans, Coatimundis, mahogany, hibiscus, Xate, bonefish, deer and tapirs -- to just start the list.

Most importantly, this diversity encompasses the people and the communities of Belize --  Mennonites, Ketchki and Mopan Mayas, Garifuna, Creole, Chinese, Taiwanese, Indian, Middle Eastern, and Guatemalan, Honduran, Italian, North American and British immigrants -- all living and working together -- and truly glad to welcome visitors to our beautiful country Belize.  (Most visitors who return to Belize again and again, do so because of the incredible warmth of its people.)

 

Hopkins is a small, vibrant & beautiful coastal Garifuna village in southern Belize.

Hopkins is a Garifuna village on the coast of the Stann Creek District in Belize. Hopkins is considered by some Belizeans to be the cultural center of the Garifuna population in Belize. The Village hosts its own national holiday, Hopkins Day, and welcomes people for their celebration on Garifuna Settlement Day as well, they do this with drum ceremonies that can last till early hours in the morning.

Hopkin stretches along a two-mile strip of beach surrounded by the Maya Mountains and the Cockscomb Range inland, and the Caribbean Sea on its shore. The approximately 3,000 villagers live mostly by farming and fishing and more recently many have found work in the growing tourism industry.

Hopkins Garifuna are a distinct ethnic group emanating from the intermingling of West African slaves and indigenous Amerindians from South America. The Garifuna are known for their friendliness and genuine hospitality, and welcome visitors to their village. Hopkins was recently voted "The Friendliest Village in Belize" by Belize First Magazine and nearly everyone in the village speaks English. Hopkins has a selection of gift shops, restaurants and small bars which are popular with guests.

Hopkins is located 10 miles south along the coast and 25 miles by road from Dangriga

The village is separated into two parts; the Northside (Baila) and the Southside (False Sittee). Hopkins is surrounded by the Maya Mountains and the Cockscomb Range inland, and the Caribbean Sea on its shore. The village was created in 1942 to replace the village of Newtown, which was devastated by a hurricane further up the coast.

Hopkins is ideal for day adventure and family activities such as:

Zip-lining, hiking, kayaking, diving, snorkeling, fishing and sailing or if you are an avid birder the area offers exceptional birding on land or over water or you can enjoy spending time biking around the village, taking a drumming lesson or relaxing at a beach-front resort.

SCUBA Diving

The Hopkins area provides relatively easy access to thousands of acres of coral reef with unlimited dive opportunities. The Blue Hole and Turneffe Atoll are within easy reach. Nearby are Glover’s Reef Atoll and South Water Caye Marine Reserve. Gladden Spit lies to the south and is the place to view migrating whale sharks (March-June)

Snorkeling

The Southern Barrier Reef offers a number of different snorkeling sites for both beginners and experienced snorkelers. A favorite place to snorkel is at South Water Caye Marine Reserve, about 30-40 minutes from Hopkins. With visibility ranging from 60 to 100 feet, snorkelers often have close encounters with eagle rays, sea turtles, and other exotic marine life.

Water Sports

Fishing - Try your luck at a variety of fishing excursions. Fly fish the flats for permit and bonefish or target tarpon and snook in the river and lagoon. Catch live bait and troll for barracuda, snapper and kingfish. Try a little drop fishing at some coral heads. Do it all with knowledgeable guides whose have fished these waters their entire lives.

Day Sails with Snorkeling can be arranged on sail or cruise boats. Day excursions leave in the morning and return at sunset or plan a romantic sunset cruise and watch the sunset over Victoria’s Peak while sipping wine or tropical libations. On day trips you can expect to stop at several cayes along the reef where you'll have time to snorkel and swim. Along the way relax on deck and enjoy appetizers savory dishes paired with local beers, drinks and rum punch and soak in the warm sunshine as you sail to your next stop.

Fresh Water Lagoon Kayaking - Explore the Fresh Water Lagoon and on kayak! The Freshwater Lagoon is filled with opportunities to view wildlife. Many of these animals would be almost impossible to spot were it not for your ‘eagle eyed’ tour guide who will identify the many types of wildlife that call the Fresh Water Lagoon their home.

Inland Excursions from Hopkins there are a number of inland attractions, including zip-lining and waterfall rappelling, guided hikes to the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve, visiting Maya ruins and Birding.

Bocawina Zip line & Waterfall Rappelling - Soar high above the jungle floor canopy and view the rain forest from a whole new perspective on the largest zip-line in Belize and Central America with 12 platforms and a total length of 1.5 miles. Nearby is Bocawina Waterfall Rappel. The longest zip line runs is 2,300 feet long.

Bocawina Waterfall Rappel tours begins with a short hike thru the tropical rainforest while guides explain the flora and fauna. The waterfall is an easy rappel and no experience necessary as guides will accompany you as you rappel 100 feet down to a refreshing pool where you can enjoy a cool swim before hiking back.

Mayflower Ruin Hiking Tour - Visit the Mayflower site before hiking to Antelope Falls. After a brief tour of the ruins, which has evidence of several ceremonial mounds as well as a ball court, you then continue on with your hike to Antelope Falls.

Antelope Falls with a drop of some 500 feet, cascades down a massive rock face, forming small pools along the way down. A steep trail leads to the top of the falls, and from this vantage you can enjoy picturesque views over the jungle and out to the sea. Continue on your own upstream, where you will find more pools and more cascading waterfalls. You can also choose to rappel down Antelope Falls.

Sittee River Wildlife & Birding - For Birders, the Hopkins area has some exceptional birding. The tour begins overland as you head out towards Sittee River Village, with stops along the way for interesting bird sighting; Then board a boat for the river portion of the tour to spot more birds such as trogans, aracari, pygmy kingfishers and tiger herons, along with iguanas sunning themselves on tree limbs and crocodiles idling peacefully near the shoreline. Learn about the Black mangroves that grow all along the river banks which are so important to preserving the habitat.

Scarlet Macaw Tour (January - March) - There is a place in Belize where you can see Scarlet Macaws by the dozens. Red Bank Village is the seasonal home of one of the largest concentrations of Scarlet Macaws in Central America. The macaws are seen in this area for only a brief period each year. They emerge from the Chiquibul forest and congregate around Red Bank, with a voracious appetite for the ripe fruit of the annato and the locally-named, “pole wood” trees, which cover the hillsides. When this fruit season is over, they depart, only to return the following year. Nothing beats viewing these magnificent birds in the wild!

 

 

Garifuna Culture, the Intangible Heritage...

Though commonly referred to as "Garifuna", the people are properly called "Garinagu" and the culture and language are "Garifuna". The Garinagu are recent arrivals to Belize, settling the southern coast of Belize in the early 19th century. The epic story of the Garinagu begins in the early 1600's on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent.

During the 1600's, several slave ships wrecked off the coast of St. Vincent, an island in the southern Caribbean. The Africans who had been on board soon found the Island Carib Indians, who inhabited St. Vincent and several nearby islands. In defense of their land and freedom, Africans joined with Indians and the Garifuna culture was born.

In 1635, two Spanish ships carrying Nigerian slaves floundered and sank off the coast of St. Vincent. The slaves that survived and swam ashore found shelter in the existing Carib Indian settlements. Over the next century and a half, the two peoples intermixed, intermarried and eventually fused into a single culture, the Black Caribs or Garinagu.

By 1773, the Black Carib was the dominant population of St. Vincent. But, European politics began to exert its influence throughout the Caribbean. A series of wars between the French and British on St. Vincent culminated in a final battle on June 10th, 1796, where the French and their Carib allies where forced to surrender and leave the island. Thus would start a journey by the exiled Caribs in search of a home.

The Island Carib Indians were descendants of the several waves of migration into the Caribbean by seafaring people from the Orinoco River area of South America. The earlier migrants were maniac farmers, whose ancient and specialized techniques of food preparation are retained to this day among the Garifuna, as well as among their distant relatives in the tropical rainforests of South America.

The British deposited the Caribs on the island of Roatan, Honduras. Shortly after, the entire marooned population migrated to the mainland of Honduras and allied with the Spanish in the fortress town of Trujillo. Unfortunately, a brief civil war in 1832 found the Caribs on the wrong side and once again many were forced to flee to neighboring British Honduras.

In 1823, the Garifuna in Honduras sided with the Royalist cause in an abortive attempt to overthrow the government in Honduras and to avoid escape of persecution many fled to British Honduras (Belize) under the leadership of Alejo Beni where they founded Dangriga.

In 1837, soldiers killed Garinagu in Honduras. A number of them fled to British Honduras (Belize) where they founded the village of Yonton, from whom the present inhabitants of Hopkins originated.

Between 1832 to1900, the Garinagu in Belize consolidated their settlements and spread from Dangriga to Seine Bight, Monkey River, Punta Negra, Barranco, Livingston, Hopkins and Georgetown.

We offer our guests an opportunity to go back in time and come live in a different world for a while. We welcome you to learn the ways of the Garifuna. You'll go on fishing trips, then prepare your catch along with other delightful Garinagu foods with the help of your family hosts. You'll interact with the community in Hopkins and Dangriga visiting schools, local Garifuna Artisans and Landmarks including the Gulisi Museum. In the evening, we'll teach you our traditional dancing and playing of drums.

Garifuna Drums, Artifacts & Cultural Apparel are available. Please contact us for ordering and shipping details.

Garifuna Culture

Today, the Garinagu struggle to keep their culture alive. It is the devotion of the Garinagu to their roots which sets them apart from the other ethnic groups in Belize. While many Garinagu are professed Catholics, they have retained numerous traditions and rituals from their Afro-Caribbean heritage.

Central to the Garifuna community is the belief in and respect for the ancestors. The Garinagu retain their powerful spiritual connection with past generations of any family group through a ritual called "Dugu". A Spiritual leader called a "Buyei" or shaman presides over family members, who travel from all over the world to gather at the dugu meeting place called a "temple". No expense is spared as fresh seafood, pork, fowl and cassava bread are prepared for days of healing, dancing, drumming and communing with the spiritual world.

This spiritualism spawns a wealth of creativity among Garinagu in the form of music, dance and art. Punta Rock is a modern musical interpretation of a Garinagu cultural dance. The Punta dance accompanying the music - with its seductive movements and rhythmic beat - is Belize's most popular dance.

Another favorite dance - the "John Canoe" - is performed during the Christmas season. The dancer wears a mask which resembles an English face topped by a hand-made hat similar to the English naval hats of the 18th century. The dance displayed the skills of warrior-slaves while mocking their British overseers.

The traditional Garifuna colors are yellow, black, and white. Women often wear long dresses sewn from checkered material along with colored head pieces. Bright colors, distorted perspective and historical themes dominate the work of the many talented Garinagu painters. Hand made drums of cedar and mahogany, stretched with deer skin, continually pound the African beat in most Garifuna villages. Garifuna crafts include traditional cloth dolls, coconut leaf baskets and maracas made of calabash gourds.

Traditional Garifuna foods are based on coconut milk, garlic, basil, and black pepper. Banana and plantain are grated, mashed, boiled or baked. Fish boiled in coconut milk, called serre, served with mashed plantain called hudut, is a deliciously rich meal.

Cassava, or manioc, is a woody shrub or herb which, like potatoes, has tuberous roots. But unlike potatoes, the juice which lies between the fibers of the manioc root is poisonous. The secret of extracting the root, involves a two-day process. First, the root is dug out before daybreak. The skin is peeled off, and the root is grated into a mash on stone studded boards. This mash is placed into a wala, a long, narrow, loosely woven tube made of palm fronds. When stretched, the wala compresses the mash, squeezing out the poisonous fluid. The resulting dehydrated cassava mash is then sun dried and made into flour, which can be sifted and baked into flat round loaves. The course "trash" left from the sifting is baked black and simmered with ginger, sugar, and sweet potatoes into a favorite drink called Hiu.

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About Palmento Grove

 

Hopkins Belize Primer Cultural & Fishing Lodge offers an amazing and enriching cultural experience with memories to last a lifetime.  Palmento Grove Cultural & Fishing Lodge owned and operated by the Martinez Family welcomes you to submerge yourself in the Beauty of Hopkins, Belize to enjoy all the wonderful cultural, fishing & natural attractions.

Let your Hopkins Belize Experience be remarkable adventurous. Enjoy our rustic and native exotic Cultural & Fishing Lodge while being hosted by our hospitable family. Come experience Palmento Grove Cultural & Fishing Lodge in Hopkins, Belize located on the beautiful Fresh Water Creek Lagoon rich in ambiance. Our Lodge is nestle in a quiet, peaceful, spacious and boastfully save property that is just a 5 minutes-walk off the coastline, minimum of ten - fifteen minutes from the nearest store, restaurant, bars and many attractions in Hopkins.  The Public Bus Stop is just a 2 minutes-walk from where we are located.

Book your stay with us in the beautiful coastal Garifuna Village of Hopkins, Belize and let your Hopkins Belize experience be the best while you snorkel, hike, kayak, zipline, horseback ride & visit the magnificent Maya Ruins just to mention some of the many wonders of Belize Hostel World. For the culturally adventurous at heart, explore the Indigenous Garifuna & Mayan Culture through the soul of hospitable Belizeans that is sure to make your cultural vacation first-class.   Palmento Grove Cultural & Fishing Lodge is where an opportunity to interact with Native Garinagu excited to share their culture awaits.  Your vacation can sure be meaningful and amusing.  Immersing in the impressive masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity as declared by UNESCO it promises to be a memorable experience being engaged. Discover our vivid arts and let the Garifuna Drums move your body & soul.  Explore an indigenous culture and people through:

Garifuna Cooking Lesson: Experience the best in Belizean & Garifuna Cuisine in Hopkins when Dinning at Palmento Grove in a beautiful, private and secluded lagoon setting. Cultural Cooking Experience in Belize is AMAZINGLY FUN? Palmento Grove is the place to visit. We are delighted to share with you our unique and flavourful cultural recipes and food preparation methodologies. We will engage you in your food preparation from the garden to the table that includes the harvesting of the many food items cooked to your personal taste. Take on the cooking challenge today: Select and pull your coconut off the many trees on the premises & learn to husk and grate the coconut while listening to cultural tales. Have fun peeling Banana or Plantains and being creative at preparing the Hudut, Tapou, Bundiga and other dishes. Most of all dig in and enjoy the tasty meal. Yummy, Welcome to our Cultural Food World!!! Reservations preferred... Its Belizean dinning filled with Garifuna hospitality at its best. We also serve Belizean Cuisine for brunch, lunch and dinner. Like to treat yourself to our Cultural Breakfast that includes a wide selection of our organic herbal teas, then feel free to make a reservation. We cater for every individual INCLUSIVE of VEGANS & VEGETARIANS, couple, family and Group with a seating capacity to accommodate 40 - 50 people.

Garifuna Drumming & Dance Lesson: Fascinated by the pulsating rhythms of the Garifuna Drums. We are pleased to share in the fulfilment of your quest to learn to play the drums and become a member of our drummers club. Guest are taught the different Garifuna Rhythms and some folkloric songs. While the Garifuna Dancing Lesson is sure to teach you how to move to the pulsating rhythm of the Garifuna songs.

Garifuna Language Lesson: Learn conversational Garifuna, learn common slogans/greetings.

Palmento Grove Cultural & Fishing Lodge is your able host to enjoying an awesome relaxing and/or exciting Hopkins Belize Vacation.  Hopkins Belize offering an enriching vacation experience with memories to last a lifetime.

Dining experience in Hopkins, Belize provided by the father & daughter team (Eugene & Uwahnie Martinez) at RAGIGI DINER at Palmento Grove Cultural & Fishing Lodge in Hopkins, Belize is one of the best. A choice from our Natively Exotic Starch such as Cassava, Yampi, Yam, Plantains, Banana, Coco & Chocho with fresh meat options ranging from Fish, Shrimp, Lobster, Pork Chops, Gibnut, Steak and Chicken  frilled with fresh vegetable salads and Desserts will be sure to satisfy your taste buds.   Our restaurant and Bar nestled in a scenic and tropical environment is the ideal venue for groups visiting Hopkins, for recreation, business, or a special occasion such as wedding or a family reunion. Our special catering services delivered by a pleasant staff ready and willing to assist awaits you. 

Explore the Fresh Water Lagoon like the avid native fishermen once did courtesy BROKEY KAYAKING ADVENTURE by choosing from the numerous kayaks that are available while staying at Palmento Grove Cultural & Fishing Lodge.  Explore the magnificent waterways, scenic view and flora and fauna unique to Hopkins Village.  Our Kayak rental service is available to all visitors to Hopkins and at preferential rates for Palmento Grove's guests upon signing liability waiver. We make kayaking uniquely fun.  Our GHETTO Tour can sure add some spark to your vacation.   It is a lagoon kayaking tour where you are accompanied by a fisherman in a traditional dorey who fishes utilizing traditional methodologies while you leisurely paddle enjoying the breath-taking view of the Fresh Water Creek Lagoon.  The catch of the day sure makes it to the lunch table on the beach where fresh fish is stylishly Barbecued and served with our Belizean Rum Drink Panty-rippers.

Belize's Fishing experience
is known to be one of the best and Hopkins, Belize is known to be home to the most avid indigenous fishermen that is sure to provide you with your most memorable fishing adventure.   Be one to brag about fishing with Belize's most elderly & respected Fly Fisherman that has over 50 decades of fishing experience. Such a trip affords you the opportunity to interact upfront and personal with this remarkable fisherman who can share with you many fisherman's folklore, history, jokes and life excitements from his unique & colourful perspective. So thinking fishing? Make Hopkins, Belize your next destination.  Just want a fresh fish for breakfast then our Traditional Early Morning Fishing accompanied by a folk fisher venturing out to catch traditional fishing bait (sea roach) and then paddling out to the Freshwater Lagoon and/or Caribbean Sea in a traditional dorey to catch the fish is a great choice.

Palmento Grove Cultural & Fishing Lodge offers Cultural Entertainment and live music on major Holidays and on request. To our valued our customers who are seeking a peaceful and quite Belizean vacation a entertainment schedule can be provided in order to assist in your vacation planning.  THURSDAYS we provide live cultural entertainment and Open Mic with Belizean Drinks at Happy Hour Prices.  HOLY SATURDAYS you surely want to be at Palmento Grove for our annual HOPKINS INTERNATIONAL PARRANDA FEST which is an elegant cultural music festival.

Palmento Grove Cultural & Fishing Lodge in Hopkins Belize is your able host to enjoying a breath-taking and exciting Hopkins Belize Vacation.  Hopkins Belize Vacation Destination offering an enriching vacation experience with memories to last a lifetime.

Palmento Grove Cultural & Fishing Lodge is your able host to enjoying a breath-taking and exciting cultural vacation in Hopkins Belize.  Our thatch huts are built from a mixture of native and contemporary material offers a unique nightly experience.   Our rooms are equipped with private bath, Air Condition/fan, 2 beds with orthopaedic mattresses, WIFI and Cable TV to surely provide you a good night’s rest after a day full of adventure.

Our meeting facility is a one of its kind in Hopkins Village. Nestled in scenic & private grounds, the facility can host up to 75 persons.  Catering arrangements can be tailored to taste and budget.

The name Palmento Grove was derived from the main vegetation of the land on which the Lodge is located in Hopkins that is palmetto trees and mangrove. The name Palmetto was later tweaked to create Palmento Grove. The Martinez Family chose to focus on the Palmetto and Mangrove Trees because they represent who we are as the owners, which is resilient and dynamic and ready to take on the challenges of the business world determined to success as local native business owners offering the best Belizean Vacation Experience to every visitor at our natively exotic family Hostel.  Every visitor is a member of our family with whom we proudly share our culture.   We aim at delivering a tourism product that truly contributes to making the world a better place.  As avid contributors to our community and culture we actively strive to positively contribute to the preservation of the Garifuna Culture by sharing it with our valued guest that makes our business the success that it is.

Adventure & Pleasure with a native and exotic Garifuna Flavour!

From the comment book

Marianne Marzano (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)

Beautiful property! excellent food! Gracious hosts!: Palmento Grove Lodge Guest Book - Hopkins Vacation - February 2014

Pete & Fran Evans (CUMBRIA, UNITED KINGDOM)

Warm and friendly hospitality, tranquil environment.  Funky Cabana!! Excellent supper and breakfast!  Thank you.: Palmento Grove Lodge Guest Book - Hopkins Vacation - February 2014

Douglas Miller & Patty Man (CANADA)

Lovely spot!  Great meals and friendly owners!! Thank you (best shower yet!!): Palmento Grove Lodge Guest Book - Hopkins Vacation - February 2014

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