"Dangriga - Maybe Not!" Dangriga by Bwana_Brown

Dangriga Travel Guide: 11 reviews and 24 photos

It was our 9th day in Belize by the time we made a small side-trip to Dangriga, since we were staying only 20-miles (32-km) south in the village of Hopkins (see my separate page for the details on that). With a population of 11,000 Belizians, we could immediately tell from the traffic and hustle-bustle that we were now in a real town instead of a sleepy palm-fringed village!

The town owes both it's beginnings and much of the culture to the 1823 landing of the 'Garinagu', a group of African descent who had managed to escape from slavery during the colonization of the West Indies. Starting from the early 1600s, over 4 million African slaves were transported to the various parts of the West Indies to work the sugar plantations. In 1635, an intended slave cargo from Nigeria washed up on the remote island of St. Vincent, off the north coast of South America, following the sinking of two Spanish ships. These Africans eventually mixed with the local Carib natives, gradually forming the Garinagu culture over the next 100 or more years. However, in the British-French wars for control of St. Vincent, the Garinagu paid a heavy price for their alliance with the French losers. At the end of the war, in 1796, the British rulers of St. Vincent forceably evicted them almost 1700 miles to the west, onto the small island of Roatan (in present-day Honduras) not far off the coast of Belize. It was from there, over the next few decades, that the Garinagu finally reached the back-water of Belize, where maybe they could be left in peace (my 'General' tip has a map that shows the location of Dangriga).

Although Dangriga turned out to be mostly a busy commercial town with few tourist attractions that we could see in our short time there, it's main claim to fame is the various cultural events that are held to celebrate it's unique heritage.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Unique cultural activities
  • Cons:Busy commercial town with few tourist attractions
  • In a nutshell:Not nearly as relaxing as nearby Hopkins!
  • Last visit to Dangriga: Feb 2006
  • Intro Updated Apr 19, 2006
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  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    Oct 17, 2009 at 10:10 AM

    Somehow missed this little stop on your Belize travels, Glenn but glad you bypassed BK for some more local digs and found your ATM and Internet cafes too. Nice to meet up with friends and share a vehicle on a great road trip like this.

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Apr 11, 2009 at 1:11 PM

    no wine, money or communications - what a fix - (great photo of the bellycans)

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2008 at 2:16 AM

    Great info of the history. Sounds like you had an interesting trip to Dangriga.

  • starship's Profile Photo
    May 30, 2007 at 6:10 AM

    Very interesting page Glenn. Garifuna history especially. Boy, who would have guessed renting a car and fuel expenses would have been so expensive!!

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    May 1, 2007 at 8:48 PM

    I did not expect to see pelicans perched on a wire! Interesting to learn about the Garifunas. I did not know about them.

  • sachara's Profile Photo
    Oct 17, 2006 at 1:58 PM

    Glenn, just the 'nothing to do' places have their own charm.

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Apr 28, 2006 at 4:17 AM

    A very interesting page on a little Belize town. Sounds good to me.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Apr 25, 2006 at 11:44 PM

    Looks like an interesting little town, and this internet cafe sounds strange :-)

  • acemj's Profile Photo
    Apr 24, 2006 at 5:13 PM

    Ouch. That's an expensive rental car/SUV. Interesting history here.

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