Dangriga is the capital of Belize’s Stann Creek District. Commonly referred to as the “Culture capital of Belize” due to its influence on Punta music and other forms of Garifuna culture. Dangriga is the largest settlement in southern Belize. Dangriga was settled by Garinagu from Honduras. For years it was the second largest population centre in the country behind Belize City, but has been surpassed by San Ignacio, Belmopan and Orange Walk Town.
Formally called Stann Creek Town, Dangriga, a Garífuna word meaning “standing waters”, became more widely used and eventually became the town’s official name.
Dangriga is home to the Garifuna, a cultural and ethnic group, descendants of shipwrecked slaves and native Caribs. The Garifuna have adopted the Carib language but kept their African musical and religious traditions. Dangriga is also where the Caribbean music, Punta Rock, originated.
In November each year there is a week long festivity leading up to Garifuna Settlement Day. It includes a torch-lit parade and wreath-laying ceremony at the monument of the patriot and social activist Thomas Vincent Ramos, selection of Miss Garifuna, parades and special church services, and The T.V. Ramos Classic Bike Race.