The Belize Tourism Board, this week, became the grand sponsor for the Costa Maya Festival, something that the festival committee is very happy and appreciative for. The sponsorship promises to greatly assist the festival in ensuring proper funding for activities of the festival.
Although the festival commences until next week Thursday, the festive activity starts today with the arrival of the pageant contestants. And after today, the beauty contestants are whisked away into a whirlwind of activity that will allow the community to meet and interact with them. In turn, San Pedro extends its warm welcome and its charm toward the international delegates.
Here are some of the highlighted events before pageant night and the festival:
Thursday: Welcome dinner at Fido's Restaurant and Bar. The contestants will have dinner and given a warm welcome to San Pedro by the crowds at Fido's. Make sure you join the fun.
Friday: Mayan Buffet night at Elvi’s Kitchen. The contestants experience the amazing Mayan Buffet signature of the Famous Elvi’s Kitchen.
Saturday: Noche Tropical at Ramon's Village. The contestants from Belize, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama are formally introduced to the community during a fashion show and cultural presentation on the beach. The contestants will model clothing by Moondancer, official sponsor of the pageant. Preliminary judging will also take place as the ladies showcase in a cultural costume presentation. The event is open the public, free of cost and starts at 7p.m. See you there!
Sunday: Day trip to Caye Caulker. The contestants are treated to a day of fun in the sun, sea and a tour of our neighboring island of Caye Caulker, whose village council has proudly sponsored the visit.
Monday, August 1: Saga Humane Society fundraiser and Captain’s Casino Night. The contestants and World Series of Poker player Badih Bounarha will be hosted to an evening of gambling and entertainment at the newest entertainment spot on the island.
* Guests will be treated to a night of glamour and gambling from 7pm-10pm for a $20Bze entrance fee.
* Captain's Casino promotional ticket value $10US to use for play
* Free Drinks for all players- cash bar available
* Free Appetizers– mini pizza, shrimp cocktail, beef and pork sliders
* Raffle drawings
* Free boat to Captain Morgan's arrive Fido's Dock @ 6:30, 7:30, 8:30pm. – Free return to town on coastal express
After Monday the ladies commence the vigorous training for pageant night, but they will still be out and about visiting gift shops, boutiques and dining all around the island at restaurants that have proudly sponsored the festival.
Pageant night is on Friday, August 5 and by then the festival is already in full swing. Season pass tickets and tickets for only concert night for international artist Marisela on Saturday, August 6, are already on sale at these following outlets:
Reef Radio/Beauty Club, Emely Salazar 664-7592/650-7484
Ilna Nunez, Carlos Salon 602-2308
Milo’s Center, Rilma Givini 226-2196
Milo’s Ice 226-2033
Wally’s Electric, Leni Nunez 226-2408
Post Office, Angel Valdez 226-2250
Marisa Salazar, at Office 664-7492
Emerita Munoz 226-2085
Efrain Guerrero 602-5055
La Divina Providencia, Suzana 226-4205 (Escalante)
El Patio Restaurant 226-3898
Island Gear 226-4327
Regina Brown 629-1742