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Palmento Grove Eco-Cultural & Fishing Institute

Palmento Grove is a cultural haven on the north side of Hopkins, Belize, owned by local Garifuna people. Immerse yourself in authentic Garifuna history, cuisine, and drumming, while enjoying a tranquil retreat with stunning Caribbean views. This socially conscious destination blends cultural immersion with holistic relaxation, offering a unique and sustainable getaway.

About us

Authentic Garifuna Cultural Immersion

Palmento Grove provides an authentic experience of Garifuna history and culture in a serene village-like setting, owned and operated by local Garifuna people.

Nature Retreat for Holistic Relaxation

Be surrounded by nature and experience holistic healing and rejuvenation in an environmentally and socially conscious environment.

Best Experience in Hopkins. Palmento Grove Cultural & Fishing Lodge was an great experience! Hopkins local community is friendly and proud of their traditions. Everything from the cooking class and cultural museum, to the private drum lesson with a local legend was wonderful! This is an experience I treasure for a looonnngggg time!
If your looking to have a hand-on experience that will last visit the Palmento Groves Cultural

Erica W.

Wonderful cultural experience! Our family participated in this experience on Christmas Day and it was an amazing one! We learned about the history of the Garifuna people and their incredibly rich culture. Our group consisted of a teenager and 2 college students, as well as 2 parents. We all had a blast! Helping to make the delicious Garifuna dish of hudut and then learning some Garifuna rhythms on the drums was incredible. We will remember this experience forever!

Andrew G.

The best experience on my first trip to Belize!
The entire experience was a learning experience that I will never forget! I learned so much about the Garifuna culture and it was a completely immersive experience, down to getting dressed in the traditional wear. The culinary tour was the best experience of all! I learned how to make the entire meal from scratch, made it and it was delicious! Uwahnie was an amazing guide; well knowledgeable and it felt like home at the lodge. I will certainly be returning with guests!

Keena B.

I had a fantastic time at Uwahnie's. This is a must-visit if you are interested in experiencing the real Belize. When I arrived, Uwahnie picked me up by kayak -- we had a beautiful kayak ride (only about 5 mins) to the island where I was staying. The accommodations are simple but have everything you need. I highly recommend taking advantage of the cooking classes or cultural tours while you are here. I learned so much and had such a good time. I learned how to make fresh coconut milk and other local dishes. You can use the kayaks or the bikes to get around town, or walk along the beach to explore other parts. If I came back to Hopkins, I would definitely stay here!

Jessica

Great place to stay. You feel welcomed & at home, in a very beautiful special place.

Victoria

The owners are hospitable. Customer service exceeded my expectations and overall the environment was serene and clean. This place came highly recommended and I'm so glad I booked.

Estacy

Perfect place to detox from everyday life

Sharie

In a simple and inspiring way, you got to know the origin of the Garifuna and how they have cared for their culture food, music and more to our days ...The cooking course and the Drumming class was extremely fun and highly recommended it .

Carina
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Meet Our Team

At Palmento Grove, a passionate family team brings the vibrant Garifuna culture to life. From mesmerizing dances and rhythmic drumming to environmental stewardship and rich storytelling, our diverse talents create an unforgettable cultural experience. Join us and immerse yourself in the heart and soul of Garifuna heritage!

Uwahnie Martinez

Owner

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth.

Eugene Martinez

Historian

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth.

Wasani Martinez

Assistant Manager

Tyana Nunez

Dancer

Rayton Martinez

Drummer

Star

Assistant

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