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2018 International Costa Maya Festival #531038
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The International Costa Maya Festival is happy to announce that this year's festival will take place from Thursday, August 2nd to Sunday, August 5th in "La Isla Bonita, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. More updates coming soon...

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Ivy Queen to headline the 2018 Costa Maya Festival!

The International Costa Maya Festival committee has confirmed that the legendary Ivy Queen will be headlining the 2018 stage on Saturday, August 4th. Martha Ivelisse Pesante Rodríguez – Ivy Queen – is a Puerto Rican singer, songwriter, rapper, actress and record producer. Referred to as the Queen of Reggaeton, Ivy Queen’s music focuses on themes of female empowerment, infidelity, and relationships. Her vibrant stage presence, strong vocals and original sound will make for an incredible concert on Saturday, August 4th. The songstress will be performing some of her best hits, including “Yo Quiero Bailar”, “La Vida Es Asi”, “Pobre Corazon”, “Tuya Yo Soy”, “Dime” and much more!

The festival is being planned for August 2nd through the 4th, with opening ceremonies and cultural performances taking place on Thursday, August 2nd. The anticipated international pageant will move to Friday, August 3rd.

All eight countries have confirmed their participation: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama. Noche Internacional, headlined by Ivy Queen, is on Saturday, August 4th.

The pageant will be held at the festival grounds inside the Hon. Louis Sylvester Sporting Complex in “La Isla Bonita”, San Pedro Ambergris Caye, Belize. Delegates from Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama will all be on stage with her on Friday, August 3rd, vying for the coveted title of Miss Costa Maya International. The title is currently held by Belize’s very own Michelle Estrella Nuñez. Hosts for this year’s pageant will be Daedra Haylock and the ever-effusive Eiden Salazar Jr.

Intermission performances will be done by Grupo Crash from El Salvador. After the winner is announced, the after party will be headlined by Belize’s very own Chico Ramos. He will be accompanied by Sweet Pain band, so get ready for some amazing Belizean soca and punta!

There has been a change in schedule for the festival, with the pageant moving up a day. Thursday August 2nd will feature the official opening ceremonies, as well as pageant preliminaries.

Entertainment will be provided by Ballet Folklorico De Quintana Roo, Charikanari Dance Group of San Pedro, Belize and Grupo Crash from El Salvador. After the preliminaries and official stage events, the Youth Connection Band, alongside Ernestine Carballo and Dawgy and DJ Patron will lead the after-party.

Saturday August 4th – Noche Internacional – features the amazing headliner Ivy Queen. The Queen of Reggaeton will be on the island performing her greatest hits. Also on stage will be the Garifuna Collective, Grupo Crash and Tagg International.


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Ticket prices and vendors are out! Who is excited about this year’s events?



We are proud to announce that Marlyn Vansen will be performing Saturday, August 4th!

Some of her hits include: Ladies Night, Forever, Rocky, and Loving me!

We are so excited to hear here perform in this year’s festival!



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Introducing Miss Belize!

Marcia Moody is 23 years old and is from San Ignacio! Can’t wait to see you on stage! Born and raised in San Ignacio, Cayo District, the 23-year-old Belizean beauty holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Primary Education. She enjoys playing football, swimming and fishing, dancing and pageantry. She is no stranger to the stage, as she most recently placed as first runner-up in the 2016 Miss Universe Belize. She has also participated in Queen of the West (winning in 2012), Queen of the Bay (2012 – 3rd runner-up) and Miss West Indies Belize (2015).


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Introducing Miss Honduras!

Her name is Mary Cruz Cardona Galindo and she is 18 years old! Can’t wait to have her here for this year’s festival! Mary Cruz Cardona Galindo is a stunning 5’5” brunette TV presenter who enjoys playing wind instruments, volleyball, visiting historic locations, and learning about new cultures. Mary is excited to be part of the Reina de la Costa Maya 2018 pageant, and is ambitiously seeking to take the title home to Honduras.


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Introducing Miss Panama!

Her name is Emigdielys Samaniego and she is an 18-year-old model from Chepo, Panama. Emigdielys is both a model and a model instructor at Physical Modelos, who enjoys public speaking and considers herself quite the extrovert. She is eager to bring her fashion and modeling savvy to the stage at the Costa Maya Festival. We can’t wait to see her this year for the International Costa Maya Festival!


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Introducing Miss Mexico!

Her name is Cynthia Alejandra De La Vega and she is 26 years old! She hails from Nuevo Leon, Mexico, and she is proud to represent her country at this year’s Reina de la Costa Maya 2018 pageant. 26 year old Cynthia holds a degree in International Finance, and stands at 5’9”. No stranger to pageantry, Cynthia was Miss Nuevo Leon 2010, Nuestra Belleza Mundo México and even represented Mexico in Miss Supranational 2016 in Poland. We can’t wait to see her this year for the International Costa Maya Festival!


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Introducing Miss El Salvador!

Her name is Naydin Madelline and she is 20 years old! Originally from San Salvador, the 20 year old is in her second year of International Relations Bachelor’s Degree studies. She enjoys dancing, socializing with friends and family, photography, running and studying. She speaks Spanish, English and a little bit of Italian as well. We can’t wait to see her this year for the International Costa Maya Festival!


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We are happy to introduce Miss Costa Rica!

Her name is Adriana Moya Alvarado, is 24 years old and hails from San José, the capital city of Costa Rica. We can’t wait to have her here!


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Introducing Miss Guatemala!

Hilary Dhianette Castillo Cumings is proud to represent her beloved country of Guatemala. The 26-year-old Architecture and Interior Design student enjoys volunteer work, and when she isn’t organizing events, she loves to dance, garden and catch up on her studies. Look out for her in this year’s Costa Maya Festival!



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The delegates arrive tomorrow! Are you ready?!

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Reina de la Costa Maya 2018 delegates begin arriving on Ambergris Caye

Miss Mexico, Miss Honduras and Miss Guatemala have all touched down on Ambergris Caye ready to begin preparations for the Reina de la Costa Maya pageant. Arriving first on the 9:40AM Maya Island Air flight was Cynthia de la Vega, of Mexico. She welcomed Miss Honduras Mary Cardona – who arrived shortly after, and alongside reigning queen Michelle Nuñez, the delegates awaited Miss Guatemala at the Maya Island Air waiting lounge.

The Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant will be held on Friday, August 3rd of this year, and will be hosted by Daedra Haylock and Eiden Salazar Jr. Pageant preliminaries will be held on Opening Night, Thursday, August 2nd. An after-party will take place with the fantastic sounds of Belize’s very own, Chico Ramos, and he will be accompanied by Sweet Pain band. Of course, another hotly anticipated evening is International Night, August 4th. The fabulous sounds of songstress Ivy Queen will be filling the arena, and you do NOT want to miss this event!

Season passes for Adults is $120 and Children $70. Thursday – Opening Night/ Pageant Preliminaries: Adults $20, Children $10. Friday – International Costa Maya Pageant: Adults $50, Children $30. Saturday – International Night/Ivy Queen: Adults $70, Children $40. Sunday – Festival at the Field: Free

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Three more delegates arrive for Reina de la Costa Maya 2018!

At 5:20PM, Maya Island Air touched down with three more beauties aboard: Miss Costa Rica, Miss El Salvador and Miss Belize!

Costa Rica’s Adriana Alvarado, El Salvador’s Naydin Renderos and Belize’s Marcia Moody were all smiles and waves as they alighted the plane, greeting their chaperones and the media gathered to photograph their arrival. After the requisite arrival photos, they boarded the classic red Ramon’s Village Resort golf carts and whisked away to their rooms.

At their host resort, Ramon’s Village, they joined Miss Mexico Cynthia de la Vega, Miss Honduras Mary Mary Cardona and Miss Guatemala Hilary Cumings. Ramon’s is the grand sponsor for the pageant, having hosted the ladies every year since the international pageant began in earnest. Accompanied by Michelle Nuñez, the ladies will begin their preparations in earnest. The only delegate yet to arrive is Panama’s Emigdielys Batista, as the Costa Maya Festival Committee regrets to inform that there will be no contestant from Nicaragua this year.

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Costa Maya Delegates are here! Official welcome dinner took place last night at Pineapples Restaurant at Ramon’s Village! Welcome to La Isla Bonita!

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This is the official lineup of local and international musicians and dance groups that will be performing live at the 2018 International Costa Maya Festival!

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The Costa Maya Delegates say Hello from Ramon's Village Resort!

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Secret Beach Lunch with the Mayor and Town Councillors





SOOOOO EXCITED! Can’t wait to see @ivyqueendiva live and in concert on Saturday, August 4th! Get your tickets!!!!!!


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Miss Costa Maya Delegates at The Truck Stop Trivia Competition

It was time for some friendly family fun competition last night as the pageant delegates were invited to play a game of Family Feud!

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Costa Maya Pageant Delegates Enjoy Island Charm In San Pedro
From dining under the stars on a sunset cruise on board the Yolo, swimming with the sharks and rays at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, dancing at Maxi's, shopping at Friki Tiki, sampling at the Chocolate Boutique, to dining at Elvi's Kitchen, Pineapple's Restaurant, El Patio, (and many more) the seven delegates of the Miss Costa Maya Pageant, including reigning Miss Costa Maya 2017 Michelle Nuñez, were hosted by various businesses around Ambergris Caye. Never a dull moment, they have been kept very well fed and entertained like no other place in Belize can. This week the ladies prepare for pageant night at the Costa Maya Festival that included a preliminary competition on Thursday, August 2 and main pageant on Friday, August 3. See you at Costa Maya Festival 2018!



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Discussing The 2018 International Costa Maya Festival on La Isla Bonita on Open Your Eyes

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Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Councilors Hector Alamilla, Gary Greif and Gabriel Nuñez had a luncheon with the delegates vying for the title of Miss Costa Maya Intl. 2018 along with the reigning Miss Costa Maya 2017, Michelle Nuñez. They were all graciously hosted by Secret Paradise Beach Bar & Grill, with a buffet of lobster, fish and shrimp fingers just to name a few, and of course delicious frozen drinks to beat the heat! After lunch, Mayor Daniel Guerrero and Councilors, presented each delegate and reigning Miss Costa Maya, with a small gift for their participation. Thank you Secret Paradise Beach Bar for this exquisite lunch and picturesque setting!

P.S. On the way back, Miss Panama was brave enough to drive back from Secret Beach to town. She feels at home already! Hold on tight Mayor!

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We are just a few days away from the 2018 International Costa Maya Festival and tickets are already going fast! Don't be left out of this weekend's festival activities! Purchase your seasons pass tickets at only $120BZD adults and $70BZD for children, at one of several outlets on the island today!


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Miss Costa Maya 2018 Delegates Official Photo Shoot

Miss Costa Maya 2018 Delegates Official Photo Shoot at Caribbean Villas Resort & Ramon's Village Resort

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Costa Maya Festival Kicks Off With Packed Lineup Of Entertainment

With a very hot, lively and energetic line up of performances, the San Pedro International Costa Maya Festival kicked off last night on Ambergris Caye, Belize. The show included theatrical and lively performances by the Alma Caribeña dance group from Mexico, the explosive dance presentations by Grupo Crash of El Salvador, the cultural drumming and dancing of the Charikaniri Garifuna Dance Group of Belize and the lively sounds of Belize’s Youth Connection Band accompanied by an energetic Ernestine Carballo and Harrison “Dawgie” King; DJ Patron kept the music flowing.

For the first time at the festival, pageant preliminaries of the Miss Costa Maya took place in the midst of all the performance of the evening. Costa Maya Festival continues this evening with Pageant Night and a host of other performances from Belize and the region. San Pedro is boasting a packed island with thousand of visitors from around the country and world coming to enjoy a fun-filled weekend in La Isla Bonita.

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Costa Maya International Festival has begun!
The much-anticipated Costa Maya International Festival began on Thursday, August 2nd with the preliminary Costa Maya Pageant. The evening saw the girls gracing the stage in outfits created by talented designers from their countries of origin. The beauties also participated in a short chit-chat session with hosts Deli Eiley and Horacio Louis Guerrero. One by one the beauties shared their experiences in Belize so far, endearing them even further with the public and judges (who will be revealed at the actual pageant on Friday, August 3rd).



Queen of Reggaeton Ivy Queen Arriving in San Pedro. Performing at Costa Maya Festival Saturday, August 4th.


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Miss Honduras wins La Reina De La Costa Maya 2018

After several hours of competition, Mary Cardona captured the crown with first runner up going to Mexico. Tune in at 6 p.m. on Saturday for the full coverage of the pageant on Channel Five.





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Miss Costa Maya 2018-2019 is Miss Honduras Mary Cruz Cardona!!




Miss Honduras new Reina De la Costa Maya! Honduras takes home the grand title of winner!

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International Costa Maya Festival 2018

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Mary Cruz Cardona Galindo, Miss Honduras is Reina de la Costa Maya 2018!

Taking the 2018 title of Reina de la Costa Maya is Mary Cruz Cardona Galindo of Honduras! Charming the judges and the crowd, Mary Cruz was able to walk away with the crown and title of Miss Costa Maya International 2018-19. She was selected after an elegant show of beauty, glamour and culture onstage at the Honorable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex on Friday, August 3rd.

Kicking off the show was the talented Alma Caribeña dance troupe from Mexico, with their fantastic acrobatics and showy costumes. Their dance performance was the perfect segue into the contestants’ elaborate and breathtaking cultural costume segment.

Reigning Miss Costa Maya Michelle Estrella Nuñez gave her final walk across the stage to deliver her farewell address. Visibly emotional, Michelle told the audience that she is officially finished with pageantry as she will be devoted to her studies at the University of Belize. The pageantry world will certainly miss one of its best contestants. Her final walk was to thunderous applause from an appreciative Costa Maya audience.

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Miss Honduras Claims Crown At Costa Maya Pageant 2018
With a commanding stage presence, poise, elegance and intelligence, Miss Honduras, Mary Cruz Cardona Galindo captured the Miss Costa Maya 2018 title during the Costa Maya Festival held in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye Belize. Rounding up the top three were Miss Mexico (also winning Best National Costume) in second place and Miss Costa Rica in third. The stage was filled with bright colors as the seven contestants left the audience in awe with their cultural costume presentations, playfully flirted in their swimsuits and captivated everyone’s attention with glamorous evening gowns. Entertainment was provided by Alma Caribeña dance troupe from Mexico and Grupo Crash from El Salvador.


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Ivy Queen live on stage at Costa Maya Festival!!!



International Night - Ivy Queen

Night three of the International Costa Maya Festival ends with a bang as queen of Reggaeton Ivy Queen owns the stage. Openers included The Garifuna Collective and singer Marilyn Vanson.

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Reggaeton royalty Ivy Queen rocks Costa Maya 2018 stage
The legendary Ivy Queen delighted hundreds of fans during her concert at the International Costa Maya Festival on Saturday, August 4th. International Night featured a medley of artists leading up to the grand finale, and the audience was treated to some top notch performances. Grupo Crash opened the ceremonies with a high-energy dance routine, and they were followed by a quick rap solo by Frank ‘El Killer’, a local island talent. The iconic Belizean group Garifuna Collective came up next, bringing the best of their hits to life. The audience was treated to a spectacular show of drumming, singing and dancing – there was even a quick demonstration of the Jankunu!

Ivy Queen Delivers Memorable Performance At Costa Maya Festival
Ivy Queen, the Queen of Reggaeton, had the masses singing and dancing during her performance at the International Costa Maya Festival that was held over the weekend in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. She performed on Saturday, August 4 to the delight of hundreds of fans that crowed the venue. International night proved to be the most successful night of the festival with top performances prior to Ivy Queen’s headliner appearance on stage. The Queen of Reggaeton performed her greatest hits such as “Yo Quiero Bailar, Que Lloren, Soy Libre” and much more. Fans as far away from Mexico and Colombia travelled to the island to meet and see her perform.


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