Dangriga is a colorful, joyful town located on Belize’s southeastern coast at the terminus of the Hummingbird Highway. Known as the country’s cultural capital, Dangriga is home to an eclectic mix of musicians, artists, sculptors, and painters. Dangriga is also home to the Garifuna people, an Afro-Caribbean community that were recognized in 2001 by the United Nations for their contributions to the intangible heritage of humanity.
Here are four of some of the amazing things you can enjoy in and around Dangriga:
Pen Cayetano Studio
Decorated by Queen Elizabeth of England for his contributions to art and music, Pen Cayetano is widely considered to be Belize’s greatest living artist. The Pen Cayetano Studio is much more than just an art and music gallery, it’s a family-run center that conducts art workshops and musical performances.
The Pen Cayetano Studio is located in downtown Dangriga on Aranda Crescent.
Dangriga is located at the confluence of the Stann Creek River and the Caribbean Sea, and the riverfront area is a popular stop for visitors wanting to indulge in some shopping, eating, and watching local fisherman haul in their daily catch. A colorful, open-air market is also located in this area
Perhaps the most popular restaurant is known as King Burger, a locally-run joint that serves up huge portions of traditional Belizean fare and Garifuna classics.
Marie Sharp is alive and well, the proud owner and founder of Belize’s most iconic export, a range of hot sauces that have won several medals at international expositions. All of the hot peppers and other ingredients are grown right on the adjacent farm belonging to the Sharp family, and nearly every employee is related in some way to Ms. Sharp herself.
The factory is located just outside of Dangriga on Melinda Road, and bottles (or a whole case!) of hot sauce, jelly, jam, or seasoning make for great souvenirs.
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary
Established in 1986 as the first jaguar reserve on the planet, the vast, trackless wilderness of the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary (CBWS) is home to more than 200 of the elusive big cats as well as a cornucopia of other indigenous plants, birds, and animals. The CBWS is a great place to explore during a day hike or, thanks to a few campgrounds, a base of operations to enjoy multi-day explorations of one of the most pristine and beautiful natural areas of the country.