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Warasa Garifuna Drum School

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Address: New Road, Punta Gorda, Belize
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+501 632-7701
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Owner & musician Ronald Raymond McDonald provides a hands-on way to...

Owner & musician Ronald Raymond McDonald provides a hands-on way to learn about Garifuna drumming and culture. Experience the rich history and heritage of the Garifuna whilst learning the different traditional drumbeats & dance rhythms that influence music throughout Belize and Central America.

Located in the peaceful coastal town of Punta Gorda, Belize, Warasa and its local founder Ray, provide lessons and performances to suit any individual or group requirements; whether you are looking to build your own drum to take home, dance to the Punta rhythms or simply learn some basic Garifuna drum beats we can meet your desires. Along with this, half-day packages and group performance by the Warasa Garifuna drum group are also available.

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US$ 12.50*
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Family Fun Indigenous Garifuna Drumming Lesson
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US$ 16.50*
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Drumming Dancing and Dinner Indigenous Garifuna Style
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US$ 105.00*
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Full Day Garifuna Cultural Experience

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This is the #1 thing to do in Punta Gorda!!

I say this because I was here over Easter weekend 2016, and into the following week, and the Chocolate Factory has been closed the entire time! Emory, on the other hand, responded... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 March 2016
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Denver
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2016

I say this because I was here over Easter weekend 2016, and into the following week, and the Chocolate Factory has been closed the entire time! Emory, on the other hand, responded to my e-mail for a lesson, and came to the hostel to pick me up on his motor bike. He drives me to a beautiful "suburb" of PG... More 

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Boone, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016

It was a fun experience, and really fantastic food! I feel like I learned a lot about the Garifuna culture.

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Duluth, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2016

I was lucky enough to experience drumming while on the Toledo Culture trail. For one and half hours I was mesmerized by Ronald and his family. When I arrived, a large group had to cancel, so I had a private lesson. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would love it so much. The history of the Garifuna... More 

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Thank cutie39
ruthalicesherratt, Manager at Warasa Garifuna Drum School, responded to this review

Thank you so much for such a glowing review! I think this is our favourite review of all time - you're not our first and certainly won't be our last grandparent at Warasa (we had a 72 year old grandmother and her 14 yr old granddaughter do a half-day package with us in the past!) but you definitely left the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2016 via mobile

Ray McDonald's Warasa Garifuna drummers came to Cotton Tree Lodge while my boyfriend and I were staying there for a night of drumming and dancing. We had an absolute blast learning about the Garifuna culture, listening to the drumming and singing, and learning some dance moves! We learned the "Punta" and they had everyone staying in the lodge up and... More 

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Thank Priscilla M
ruthalicesherratt, Manager at Warasa Garifuna Drum School, responded to this review

Dear Priscilla - thank you so much for the great review - we're glad you loved the performance at Cotton Tree and hope you make it back to Toledo one day and visit us at our beautiful traditional thatch palapa for another performance or a lesson. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2016

this is an excellent school. Learn to make a drum and how to play some basic patterns. I recomment this highly

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2016

Ray, Ivan and their father were absolutely fantastic! I really enjoyed learning more about the history of the Garifuna people, and we had a great time learning the different rhythms and dances (they were so patient with us!!!). We chose the drum and dance lesson (they also offer a traditional Garifuna meal as an alternative/additional experience). Well worth the visit!

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Thank DawnMR
ruthalicesherratt, Manager at Warasa Garifuna Drum School, responded to this review

Dear Dawn - thanks so much for the lovely review - it really means a lot to us a small family business. We hope you come back again and try out some other activities! Please spread the word about Warasa - all the best, Ray, Ruth, Ivan and Mario. More 

Venus, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2015 via mobile

This was the best culture experience I've experienced in Belize!! Absolutely love Ray and his family!!! Great experience and a must see. They are so accommodating.

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Thank Etidwell143
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2015

The place is so authentic! I absolutely love Ray McDonald! He was an amazing historian and so genuine about doing what he loves which is music! He gave us an amazing view of the Garifuna culture! He gave us immediate love and genuinely! It is definitely a place you want to visit in Punta Gorda. The family even treated us... More 

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ruthalicesherratt, Manager at Warasa Garifuna Drum School, responded to this review

Dear Alexis - thank you so much for the great review - we love it when guests come to eat hudut because there's normally some left over for us! Hope you make it back one day... More 

Lebanon, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2015

If you find yourself traveling to Punta Gorda, make sure you visit Ray McDonald and his family for the ultimate Garifuna experience. Even though you will likely be meeting Ray for the first time, he immediately takes you in as part of the family to share and teach the Garifuna culture with you. The Garifuna cultures is one of the... More 

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ruthalicesherratt, Manager at Warasa Garifuna Drum School, responded to this review

HI Jacob - glad you finally got around to reviewing us after all your visits! Thanks for getting us one step closer to No. 1 in PG! Hope you make it back to PG one day... More 

Houston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2015

This is so long overdue! My friend and I went to learn the drumming and the process of creating a drum and it was awesomesauce! This was an amazing experience! The family is so inviting and very knowledgeable. They really create a very inviting cultural experience. Go with a group! It is more fun that way! This hands-on experience should... More 

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ruthalicesherratt, Manager at Warasa Garifuna Drum School, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the great review and thanks for being the first reviewer to call us "awesomesauce" :-) More 

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