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As the cultural seat of the Garífuna culture, Dangriga is a great place to pick up, or just admire, local arts and crafts.

Studio Gallery Cayetano at 3 Aranda Crescent (www.cayetano.de; tel. 628-6807) is the best place to explore paintings, murals, and thread arts reflecting the Garífuna journey. You will likely meet the legendary artists Pen and Ingrid Cayetano, who are each a wealth of information about art and Belizean history. The gallery is open every day from 9am-5pm, and costs BZ$5 to enter.

If the beat really gets to you, you can buy a handmade wooden drum from Austin Rodríguez (tel. 502-3752), at the Dangriga Cultural Center on the oceanfront on the north bank of North Stann Creek. Drums vary in size and cost between BZ$80 and BZ$300. Austin's daughter runs a separate drum shop at 32 Tubroose St.

Finally, Mercy Sabal, 22 Magoon St. (no phone), has become quite famous for her handcrafted Garífuna dolls. These small dolls are predominantly of female figures in traditional dress, and cost between BZ$30 and BZ$100.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.