10 Things You Might Not Know About Dangriga
Dangriga in southeast Belize is becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country thanks to its easy access from Belize City, its beautiful location on the coast, and its status as a hub for exploring Garifuna culture.
Below are 10 things you need to know about Dangriga before you visit:
1 – Close to Belize City
Dangriga is just 90 miles by land from Belize City or 36 miles by sea.
2 – Stann Creek Town
Dangriga used to be called Stann Creek Town and is today the capital of Stann Creek District.
3 – Culture Capital
Dangriga is widely known as the cultural capital of Belize due to its rich blend of indigenous culture, food and music.
4 – Standing Waters
The name Dangriga means “standing waters” in the Garifuna language.
5 – Friendly Atmosphere
With just over 9,000 inhabitants, Dangriga is one of the friendliest towns in the country.
The most famous nature reserve in the country, home to the region’s last surviving jaguars, is located southwest of Dangriga.
7 – Punta Rock
This unique musical style, a close cousin to reggae, was invented in Dangriga.
8 – November 19
Every year, the town turns out to celebrate Garifuna Settlement Day in recognition of the arrival of the Garifuna people on this date in 1823. Food, dancing, and music make for a lively atmosphere with plenty to do and see.
9 – Food and Drink
Dangriga has many local specialties, including cashew wine, coconut fish dishes, and cassava bread.
10 – Belize Barrier Reef
Dangriga is the jumping off point for the southern area of the Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO Heritage Site and one of the most biologically diverse marine ecosystems in the world.
Located just eight miles offshore from Dangriga is the lovely island resort of Yok Ha. Situated on a privately-owned island, Yok Ha offers close access to all the attractions on the mainland and nearby reef while providing a uniquely intimate experience.