Miss Nicaragua, Maritza Rivas, was crowned on Thursday, August 6th, 2009 as the new International Reina de la Costa Maya. Nicaragua's first time winner is the beautiful Maritza, who captured the judges with her charisma, beauty, poise and personality. Congratulations to Miss Rivas, the new Miss Costa Maya 2009-2010!!! Maritza also took home the prize for Best National Costume.
Second runner up was Miss Mexico, Marliese Ayala, and First Runner Up was Miss Guatemala, Angelica Guevara Morfin. Congratulations to all the beautiful ladies, who did an amazing job and represented their countries beautifully!!
Miss Nicaragua Maritza Rivas last night won the Miss Belize Reina de la Costa Maya Beauty Pageant at San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.
Maritza has a Master's Degree in Tourism Management and Development which according to her, is crucial for her home country of Nicaragua.
"Tourism is the future of my country, all it takes is envisioning it," she stated.
Maritza won over the judges with her energy and sense of humor.
She describes herself as spontaneous, charismatic, very happy, loves to laugh, enjoys sharing and making people feel good about themselves.
The Costa Maya Festival is in its 18th year and attracts thousands of visitors from across Central America to Belize.
The festival features a beauty contest, dances and international artists such as this year's featured performer Christian Castro,
Pics from San Pedro Sun