Located on the north side of Hopkins Village in southeastern Belize, Palmento Grove Garifuna Cultural & Fishing Institute consists of both a private island retreat and an inland lodge 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 is one of the best places to experience authentic local culture in Belize.

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

Guests of Palmento Grove can wander the footpaths on this isolated strip of land 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 over the Caribbean.

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 is also the organizer of the Belize International Paranda Folkart & Music Festival, which promotes and protects traditional music in Belize as well as sponsoring an annual Belize Eco Cultural & Entrepreneurship Summer Camp for local youths.

If you're looking for an oasis away from the stresses and strains of modern life, then Palmento Grove 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 Lodge 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 Cultural & Fishing Institute.

  • Jordan
    My girlfriend and I did the cooking class at Palmento Grove (the cheapest option), which included snagging fresh coconuts from the trees and using them to cook an authentic Garifuna meal...and we had a blast!
  • Brenda
    Don't miss out on this great adventure! We were able to prepare our own dinner and we also were taught to play the drums.
  • Great Explore
    Our multi-generational family had a great experience at the Palmento Grove Lodge.
    Great Explore
  • Alan
    Bed was good. The people there were really nice.
  • Belizean guest
    It was nice place. The owners where great.
    Belizean guest
  • Jason
    It's been a great experience staying in the lodge..quiet secluded place...friendly atmosphere
  • Lynne
    Would Definitely come again
  • Kathryn

    Lovely people, lovely place!

  • Alice

    The setting is amazing! Hosts are interesting and very informative. Would go back in a heart beat!!!