Palmento Grove Garifuna Eco-Cultural & Fishing Institute

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Company
Tagline
Belize Adventure with a natively younique exotic Garifuna Experience
Languages
Languages spoken by staff
Creole, English, Garifuna
Service Types
Tours | Activities
Shuttles
Accommodation
Vacation Packages
Cruise Excursions
Years of Experience
Years of experience.
11
Tour Guide License
07-332
Tour Operator License
05-105
Status of Listing:
Published
About Provider
Located on the north side of Hopkins Village in southeastern Belize, Palmento Grove Garifuna Eco-Cultural and Fishing Institute consists of both a private island retreat and an inland Tour & Travel Services Business designed to reflect the authenticity of a traditional Garifuna village. Owned and operated by local Garifuna people, an Afro-Caribbean culture indigenous to Belize, Palmento Grove is one of the best places to experience authentic local culture in Belize.

For more than 10 years, Palmento Grove Garifuna Eco-Cultural and Fishing Institute has served as a sustainable tourism business and a cultural preservation center. Situated amongst beautiful mangrove bushes on the edge of Fresh Water Creek Lagoon where it meets the Caribbean Sea, Palmento Grove feels like a world away. Specializing in authentic Garifuna cuisine and cultural activities, the institute serves as an outstanding introduction to Garifuna history and culture. 

Guests of Palmento Grove can wander the footpaths on this isolated strip of island or head out with local fishermen to try your luck at catching some of the many abundant species of fish and seafood that thrive in the area. Guests can use fresh-caught fish mixed with fresh vegetables from the gardens to learn how to cook mouthwatering traditional dishes like hudut, a Garifuna fish stew made with coconuts and plantains, all accompanied by the sounds of traditional Garifuna drumming. 

Designed to promote holistic healing and rejuvenation, Palmento Grove is a true sanctuary where guests are surrounded on all sides by fresh air and delightful scenery. Rooms at Palmento Grove are cozy and comfortable, furnished in the traditional Garifuna style, and with magnificent views looking out at the pristine garden & water view. 

Palmento Grove is an environmental and socially conscious business that is dedicated to empowering people through the promotion and preservation of traditional cultural knowledge, history, and way of life. Palmento Grove Garifuna Eco-Cultural & Fishing Institute is also the organizer of the Belize Paranda MusicFest, which promotes and protects traditional Garifuna Music in Belize as well as sponsoring an annual cultural and entrepreneurial summer camp for local youths. 

If you're looking for an oasis away from the stresses and strains of modern life, then Palmento Grove Garifuna Eco-Cultural & Fishing Institute is exactly the place that you've been looking for. Palmento also organizes tours to nearby attractions on the reef and mainland, including snorkeling, scuba diving, and trips to ancient Maya cities. The Institute can be reached from Belize City in about two and a half hours and is located in the historic Commerce Bight area on the north side of Hopkins Village in Stann Creek District. 

For a truly authentic Belizean experience, choose Palmento Grove Garifuna Eco-Cultural and Fishing Institute.
 
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Climb to the top of 1000 foot waterfall through lush rainforest learning about the flora & fauna on the journey. End the challenging 1.5 hours hike with a refreshing swim in the ... moreemerald pools on the mountain top and take in the breathtaking view of the Tropical Rainforest & Caribbean Sea. Take the exhilarating 250ft rappel in two stages. Overcome the steep, rugged and slippery terrain and create true memories of your heroic moments.
Departs From:
Hopkins
The blue turquoise water calls in Southern Belize the only English speaking country in Central America, where you get to venture out to Southwater Caye Reserve home to an abundance ... moreof bonefish. They are easy to see but takes great skill to get them in the boat. This experience includes an expert local fisher guide that has been fishing for decades whose passion it is to share in his hobby that of being a sustainable seaman. Authentic local food and rum punch or beers are provided for lunch on one of our many islands where we get to unwind and share stories.
Departs From:
Hopkins
Travelers will be engaged in traditional hand line fishing on the pristine beach and test their luck in the emerald green waters of the Fresh Water Creek Lagoon. Let our indigenous ... morefisherman teach you the tips and tricks to hooking that beautiful & tasty black snapper a winning that fight to get it on your plate. If you're really lucky you even might be able to catch a grouper.
Departs From:
Hopkins
Enter our traditional Garifuna Kitchen where we share with you. Our Cooking Class at Hopkins Belize is always a fun time. Earn your bragging rights by overcoming the heat in the kitchen. ... moreCook on a traditional open fire heart for a unique signature experience where you get to prepare your own traditional meal depending on the time of day you choose. We have specials for breakfast, lunch or dinner. From the Hudut, Bundiga, Boil Up and more for lunch to fluffy fry jacks, fresh fish, banana fritters, and more for breakfast or dinner. If it's a cultural meal your seeking, all you need to do is ask and we'll have fresh ingredients ready to satisfy your taste buds and a lesson to satisfy your culinary interests. Culminate your Garifuna Cooking Experience with a delicious cultural dessert.
Departs From:
Hopkins
Engage in baking a traditional Garifuna wonder bread with our master indigenous baker over an open flame traditional fire heart. We start by picking all organic ingredients out of ... moreour local garden. You then experience how to pull out the cassava root straight out the ground to prepare for your plate. Then we go through the traditional process of preparing the cassava for baking. All that hard work will surely pay off as you enjoy that mouth-watering taste of the wonder bread that can last for up to 5 years and has allowed the Garifuna people to win wars against western society.
Engage in baking a scrumptious black cake the traditional Garifuna way with our master indigenous baker over an open flame traditional fire heart. We start by picking all organic ingredients ... moreto make whatever your sweet tooth craves. Then start to make a delicious black cake from the finest organic ingredients with all our love put into it. We also add delectable flavors from our not so secret ingredients surely to entice your sweet tooth. All that hard work will surely pay off as you enjoy that mouth-watering sweet treat and will have all bragging rights at your next family gathering after you prepare it for them. Also, enjoy the ambiance of our secluded cultural island.
Departs From:
Hopkins
Bird watching can be enjoyed all year round outside the heat of the day. Belize has well over 500 residential and migratory bird species with 80% being residential. Whether you are ... morean experienced ornithologist or a birding beginner, Belize is a birdwatcher’s paradise. Enjoy a leisurely stroll and cruise through Sittee River and the rich farmland of Hopkins by boat and feet. Travel through a diverse ecosystem with literal forests with 3 types of mangroves, red, white and black. Mangroves are an excellent habitat for crocodiles, turtles, fish, and year-round water birds, like The Great Blue Heron and White Heron, Egrets, Pelicans, Osprey, Hawks, Falcons, Frigate birds, ducks, and the pink Roseate Spoonbills. While also giving you access to other bird species that are also found inland and not on the coast. Best of Both worlds
Departs From:
Hopkins
Perfect for birders or adventure seekers this tour will take you with our indigenous guide on a scenic 1/2 mile hike through a bio-diverse rain forest in the Maya Mountains up to the ... morenesting area of the majestic scarlet macaws.Where you will be able to see from 15-40 birds flocking in their majestic hues. Our guides are skilled nature lovers and will also show you distinct flora and fauna along the way. This tour is seasonal and operates from December to March.
Departs From:
Hopkins
Go through the process of making your own traditional Garifuna Drum with our master Drum Maker. Carved from one block of wood, animal skin, and vines; this ancient instrument gives ... moreoff some of the most beautiful rhythms and uplifting beats. Perfect for musicians who keep their instruments dear to their hearts and even perfect for visitors seeking a hands-on adventure. Take home your self made and functional souvenir and keep a token of the Garifuna culture with you for generations to come. Tour also includes a 1-hour drumming lesson.
Departs From:
Hopkins
Be immersed in the rich Garifuna culture and enjoy a unique art form by making your own handcrafted traditional basket with our master indigenous craftsman using only resources sourced ... morefrom the natural environment. This art form will surely leave your hands aching to make more as you use only locally sourced vines and fibers to create your one of a kind masterpiece; which will last to be cherished even by your great-grandchildren.
Departs From:
Hopkins
Contact Information
Provider Certifications
Hotel License:
1459
Licensed issued by the Belize Tourism Board
Location Information
Business Address:
Over Johnson Island/Peninsula, Hopkins Village
District/Region:
Stann Creek
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