International Costa Maya Festival

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Type Of Event
Start Date
Thursday, 1 Aug, 2024Annually
Entrance Fee
Opening Night: Adult-$20|Kids-$10; International Pageant: Adults-$50|Kids-$30; International Night (Ivy Queen): Adults-$70|Kids-$40; Three Night Pass: Adult-$120|Kids-$70; Festival at the Field: Free
8/5/2023 - 8/8/2023

  • Beauty Pageant
  • Culture
  • Live Music
  • Dancing
  • Food
  • Art
  • Games
About Event

Costa Maya International Festival

The Costa Maya International Festival has grown to be one of Belize’s largest and most anticipated cultural events. Annually, it is held in the Town of San Pedro in August. This celebration is a three-day event, usually held on at the end of a week, that comprises of live music and entertainment, cultural performances from the region’s top acts, traditional and fusion cuisines and treats, games, and the infamous Miss Costa Maya International pageant. The goal of the festival is to continue promoting the culture of the Mundo Maya countries with their folklore dances, music, and food, while promoting tourism in the island of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

The festival kicks off with the election and coronation of Miss Costa Maya International. Contestants from all over Central America, where the Maya population once thrived, compete for the coveted title and crown. After the crowning, officials and foreign diplomats formally announce the opening of the Costa Maya Festival.

The celebrations carry on for the weekend with seafood cookouts, mechanical rides, games, football marathons, parades, and international musical presentations. There is a cultural event of “Noche International,” where some of the top bands in the Latino world perform on stage. The Costa Maya Festival traditionally concludes with other cultural shows, live music and entertainment, food, and dances from participating countries.

2023 Costa Maya International Festival

Details for the 2023 Costa Maya International Festival are yet to be announced. All events will be happening at Hon. Luis Sylvester Sporting Complex in San Pedro.

Why should you attend the 2023 Costa Maya International Festival?

This event is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year! Visitors from all over Central and Latin America come to San Pedro to celebrate the Maya heritage of their country and to showcase their native country's talent. You don't want to miss this event! Each year is bigger and better!
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  • Camera
  • Comfortable Clothing
  • Sunblock
  • Beachwear
  • Nightwear
Water Rappelling
Water Sports
Outline of Event
Contact Information
Location Information
Hon. Luis Sylvester Sporting Complex
San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, Belize
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We specialize on private charters where our vision is to let you design your own tour. We always aim high for comfort, service and safety. Our team has long experience and most importantly, we love what we do and this shines through every day!
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Coral Gardens is a small concentration of very colorful corals along the reef. This area is known for captivating, vibrant coral formatons that are living there. There is also a wide ... morevariety of marine life, such as manatees and fishes, that can be seen in the area. Dipping into the shallow reef of Coral Gardens, you will be able to see a rainbow of coral formations.
Type of Attraction:
Aquatic Wonder, Barrier Reef
Near Ambergris Caye
San Pedro Town is the main town and heart of Ambergris Caye. It dominates the entire southern half of Ambergris Caye and is one of the go-to destinations for visitors. The town is ... morelocated just off the coast of the world's second-largest Barrier Reef, making it a popular destination for scuba diving, snorkeling, and fishing. 

In addition to its aquatic attractions, San Pedro Town also offers a variety of other activities and amenities, including shopping, dining, and nightlife. The town is also home to a number of Mayan ruins, making it a great place to learn about Belize's rich history.

If you are looking for a vibrant and exciting destination in Belize, San Pedro Town is the perfect place to go. The town has something to offer everyone, from adventure seekers to relaxation lovers.
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Caye (Island), Town
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Departs From:
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
The All-in-1 is a "best of tour" that includes the most requested by our guests - an Exclusive tour only with Catamaran Belize!... more
We depart later to let you sleep in, avoid the crowds, and see the sunset at the end of the tour. We start with snorkeling at Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley. Hol Chan has the largest variety of species to be seen in the area and is often compared to an aquarium, while at Shark Ray Alley you get to experience a close encounter with nurse sharks and stingrays. Watch from the boat or swim with them! We then serve our famous Belizean buffet lunch on board. Traditional dishes like stewed chicken and rice and beans with our Captain’s secret recipe BBQ fish! After lunch, we stop at the neighboring island Caye Caulker for approx. 1 hour of free time to explore the island, followed by a relaxed sunset cruise back to San Pedro, with ceviche served. An open bar with local rum, vodka, gin, soft drinks, and juices is included. Try the specials, rum punch, and "panty rippers"!
/ Adult
Departs From:
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
Explore the pristine Northern coast of Ambergris Caye, with amazing blue waters and beautiful views along the way. While we start our morning sail, we serve you fresh fruit and meat ... morepies. At the end of 2015, Mexico Rocks became a part of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, to protect its rich marine life and precious corals. We do our first stop for snorkeling there and then continue to our favorite spot - a shallow area close to the reef, that is just like a natural pool (great for non-swimmers as well)! Here we make a break to relax in the shallow warm water, while the crew prepares our famous Belizean buffet on-board. Traditional dishes like stewed chicken and rice and beans with our Captain’s secret recipe BBQ fish! After lunch, we return South doing a second snorkel stop at Tres Cocos. An open bar with local rum, vodka, gin, soft drinks, and juices is included. Try the specials, rum punch, and "panty rippers"! There are min. 8 and max. 16 guests on this tour.
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Departs From:
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
Wake up to the sunrise and join us at 9 am, or Sleep in, have lunch and join us for this awesome 1 tank dive at 2 pm. All we know is you will be happy you did, especially after our ... morePADI-certified Divemaster leads you through the epic swim-throughs and point out magnificent Eels, nurse sharks, and if you are lucky, dolphins.

Our group sizes are always kept for 8 or less.
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Departs From:
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
Shark ray alley has dozens of stingrays and nurse sharks. Be sure to bring your camera along or rent a GoPro in our shop, the natural light makes for epic memorable photos. Coral Garden ... moreis plentiful in marine life and a snorkeler's dream.
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Departs From:
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
Six miles north of San Pedro Town in North Ambergris Caye, you will find one of the most beautiful snorkel sites known as Mexico Rocks & Tres Cocos. Unlike many of the snorkeling ... morespots in Belize that are right on the barrier reef, Mexico Rocks & Tres Cocos is a star coral patch that is located in the shallow waters midway between the great barrier reef and the island of Ambergris Caye.

Mexico Rocks are known for many conches, banded shrimps, arrow crabs, grunts, yellowtail snappers, and an assortment of Butterfly and Angelfish. Tres Cocos is named after three tall coconut trees on shore used to locate the site. The reef here gets as shallow as four feet. Here you will find the most beautiful corals, colorful species of both large and small fishes, shrimp, parrotfish, fairy basslet, sea urchins, spider crabs, lobster, and many other small critters of the sea. You will also see magnificent elk horns, sea whips, and sea rods that make good protection for juvenile fishes. The highlights of this trip are the mountains of brain coral, which grow up to 20 feet. On the sandy seabed, you might even see stingrays, eagle rays, and peacock flounder. The nurse shark is a common site as well.

Mexico Rocks & Tres Cocos is protected from ocean swells and currents, so it makes for easier snorkeling, perfect for beginners. Depth is only about 6 to 12 feet, so you can see everything up close. Water visibility in this area of the crystal clear Caribbean Sea is about 50 feet or more.
/ Group
Departs From:
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
Half-day Reef Fishing. Join us for a half-day of reef fishing--we will provide fishing gear, bait, and beverages of choice. We can't guarantee you'll catch anything, but we can guarantee ... moreyou'll have a great time. No need to book individually as the $250 fee includes 4 guests--additional guests are $30 per person.

Full-day Reef Fishing.

When a half day on the barrier reef just won't do...
The full day of fishing includes all fishing gear, bait, drinks of choice, and a lot of sun. The $400 fee is for up to 4 people, additional guests can be booked for $50 per person.

Full Day Reef Fishing, Snorkeling, & Beach BBQ: $450 USD

Of course, we can add a beach BBQ.

We will provide fishing gear, bait, rum punch, water, and experienced guides. We can’t guarantee you’ll catch anything, but we can guarantee you’ll have a great time and possibly some great stories.
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Departs From:
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
Half-Day Deep Sea Fishing This 4-hour fishing trip includes all fishing gear, bait, beverages of choice, and the opportunity to try your hand at deep-sea fishing. The $450 fee includes ... more4 people, each additional person is $50.

Full Day Deep Sea Fishing

Double your time, double your chances of a big catch. This full-day tour includes all bait, fishing gear, lunch, beverages of choice, and the opportunity to tell a new story about the one that got away.
The $900 fee is for 4 people, additional guests can be added for $50 each.
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Departs From:
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
Depart Blue Tang Inn on the Sirena Azul Sailboat at 8:30 am. Sail, relax, and enjoy the aqua-blue Caribbean for about 45 minutes to Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Here, a guide will lead ... moreyou along the reef, pointing out the many interesting fish and coral formations. This beautiful, small channel contains many different schools of fish. Turtles, stingrays, groupers, horse-eyed jacks, snappers, and sergeant majors will escort you through this very scenic tour around the channel. The next stop is Shark Ray Alley, where you can snorkel with friendly Nurse sharks & southern stingrays next to the boat. Once back on board you can rinse off with fresh water and settle in for the sail to Caye Caulker. When you reach Caye Caulker you will have time to have lunch on your own & explore our quaint sister island. After lunch, enjoy a leisurely sail back to San Pedro to return by 5pm. Includes Beer, soda, rum punch, bottled water and fresh fruit. Bring a towell, sunscreen, hat and a light sweater along. Snorkel gear is available at the Blue Tang Inn office.
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Departs From:
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
Depart Blue Tang Inn at 4:30 pm for a relaxing and enjoyable sail along the Southern tip of Ambergris Caye. Admire the sunset with the warm Caribbean breeze blowing through your hair ... moreand a cool cocktail in hand. A perfect activity for a group of friends or family. All ages will enjoy this trip. Return to Blue Tang Inn at 7:00 pm, just in time to head to your favorite restaurant in San Pedro Town.
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