April 12th is a celebration called Settlement Day in the Garifuna community of Punta Gorda, Roatan. The date marks the occasion when the Garifuna people first landed on Roatan, after being exiled from St. Vincent (for more on the history of Garifuna, see this article: https://roatan.online/roatan-garifuna-people ). The day's celebration includes a reinactment of the boats landing, a parade and partying into the wee hours of the morning.
Mel is a Canadian who's been living in Roatan for 2 decades. Before being a single mom of 2, she used to travel around the world as a dive instructor. She looks forward to the opportunity to meet many other travelers in her hostel.