There are many different Garifuna communities in Atlantida, both around Tela as in La Ceiba. You can actually go exploring them on your own, and if you are driving your own car, we encourage you to do so!
Garifuna Communities in Tela
The Garifuna are happy, friendly people, and they will not feel you are being invasive by visiting their communities. If you are in Tela, and with your own transportation, take a tour along the coast, visiting the communities of San Juan and Tornabe. There is a dirt road that runs parallel to the beach that will take you to both communities.
Take note that if you do this, Tornabe is just on the opposite side of a sand bar, which is usually closed, so you can actually drive through it. Do not do so unless you are driving a four wheel drive vehicle! You may get stuck and spend the rest of the day trying to get your car out of the sand. If you do get stuck, be careful and don’t spin your wheels till the car is resting in the sand, get some help. Tornabe is just on the other side! Both of these communities have some restaurants, bars and even small hotels where you can stay in. Prices are very reasonable. Other Garifuna communities near Tela include Miami, Triunfo de La Cruz and La Ensenada.
Communities in La Ceiba
Since the life of the Garifuna is so related to the sea, you will want to spend some time on the beach, watching them arrive or depart for their fishing trips, so make sure you bring your bathing suit. Another must is some sunscreen and certainly some cash, to purchase some food, drinks or local handicrafts. You will find that touring Garifuna communities can be fun, entertaining and educational!