San Pedro is known for the sun, sea and endless adventures that may be had just off our shores on the world’s second longest Barrier Reef. Our warm, turquoise waters and sandy beaches beckon to our visitors – sit, relax, take a load off and sip on a perfectly blended margarita – or one of Belize’s pride: the Belikin beer.

Oh, but there’s so much more to do on the island and Black and White Cultural Center is at the forefront bringing the Garifuna Cultural experience to life.

Teacher Julia (as she is affectionately known) takes visitors to the center through the daily life of a Garifuna woman. She enlightens the visitor’s experience with audio visuals. Dressed in her traditional Garifuna outfit, Teacher Julia walks visitors through the various aspects of the Garifuna Culture that makes them so unique; all while injecting fun historical facts into her presentation.

Following her presentation of the art of (ereba) cassava bread-making and a show of the outfit used to dance the Jankunu (a dance with an origin formed through mimicking the white slave masters) participants are invited to view a 30 – 45-minute presentation on the Garifuna Culture featuring the late, great, Andy Palacio.

But the experience isn’t over then! Visitors are then invited to indulge in a buffet of traditional Garifuna food with a mixture of Creole cuisine! Mmmm…following a scrumptious meal – participants enjoy some Garifuna drumming and other traditional dances.

This is truly a unique experience – and can only be had at Black and White Cultural Center. You can be the next one to experience this truly amazing cultural simulation by contacting Julia Martinez at 605-2895 or 625-5204.

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About the Author: Tamara Sniffin

I’m a sucker for a fuzzy face, a feathered face, a face with fins or even one with scales! I am in love with the creatures and the flora that are synonymous with Belize and every opportunity I have to learn more about them and explore their wild habitats I am there! I’m the happiest when I’m snorkeling the reef and swimming with turtles, however my passion is not just limited to critters! Laced throughout this compact jungle gem of a country live the Kriol, Maya, Garifuna, Mestizo and Spanish people, and experiencing each culture, especially their celebrations is one of my favorite pastimes.


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