PLACENCIA

Placencia village is located at the tip of a long, narrow 16 mile peninsula separating the Caribbean Sea and the mangrove-fringed Placencia Lagoon. The road into Placencia Village is bordered by the lagoon and the Caribbean Sea. Locals boast about Placencia Village to be one of the oldest continually inhabited communities in Belize. Reportedly, it was founded by English buccaneers in the early 1600's. Before tourism arrived. Placencia was primarily a fishing village. Today many of the fishermen have given up their lines and spear guns for binoculars and dive gear, using their local knowledge to guide. Placencia’s walkway had the distinction of being the narrowest street in the world, according to the "Guinness Book of World Records". Today, Placencia is well known for its beautiful beach, restaurant and giftshop.

 

 

 

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Placencia/Dangriga

DANGRIGA

Dangriga was settled before 1832 by Garinagu (Black Caribs, as they were known to the British) from Honduras. For years it was the second largest population centre in the country behind Belize City, but in recent years has been surpassed by Orange Walk Town. Since the early 1980s Garífuna culture has undergone a revival, as part of which the town's name of Dangriga, a Garífuna word meaning "standing waters", became more widely used (but was initially adopted around 1975). Dangriga is also known as the culture Capital of Belize where the sound of the Garifuna drum is used as a powerful instrument to unite the. It is a popular town for making of traditional Garifuna drums and cassava baking.

TIME APPROM. 45minute