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Warasa Garifuna Drum School

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Address: New Road, Punta Gorda, Belize
Phone Number: +501 632-7701
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9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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$13*
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Family Fun Indigenous Garifuna Drumming Lesson
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$17*
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Drumming Dancing and Dinner at Indigenous Garifuna Style
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$105*
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Full Day Garifuna Cultural Experience

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Hands Down - An experience you will not forget!

Found this by accident while visiting friends in the area. Highlight of our trip. Even with a broken arm (my 15 year old) & a mom with little coordination we experienced this... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Found this by accident while visiting friends in the area. Highlight of our trip. Even with a broken arm (my 15 year old) & a mom with little coordination we experienced this amazing cultural activity of learning, listening, and participating. It was EPIC. So much history, vibes, energy and love wrapped up in PG! Thanks to Ronald & his beautiful... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My girlfriend and I unexpectedly found ourselves with a day or two to spare in Punta Gorda while we waited for hurricane Earl to blow over, so dropped an email to Ray at the Garifuna drumming school to arrange an email for the next day. In the end I couldn't have been happier that we got stuck in that town,... More 

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Thank Arthur L
Woodside, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the highlights of our trip to Punta Gorda was learning about Garifuna culture and learning to play Garifuna drums from Ray McDonald at the Warasa Drum School. Ray is a wonderful and patient teacher in addition to being a superb drummer and singer. We enjoyed our evening of drumming in a relaxed and fun environment. We even got... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

We had a great morning today with Ray and his family. Loved learning about the culture and helping to make the drums. Ray is so cute and fun to be around and his energy is just an added bonus. Don't miss this if you are in Punta Gorda

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 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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Thank Crystal N
Boone, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 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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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 stars Reviewed March 5, 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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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 stars Reviewed February 25, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 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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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 

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