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Warasa Garifuna Drum School

New Road, Punta Gorda, Belize
+501 632-7701
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Family Fun Indigenous Garifuna Drumming Lesson
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Drumming Dancing and Dinner Indigenous Garifuna Style
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Full Day Garifuna Cultural Experience
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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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Hours Today: 08:00 - 18:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
New Road, Punta Gorda, Belize
+501 632-7701
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Our family had a private drumming lesson with Ray when we were visiting Punta Gorda and it was super fun! Ray was very patient with us and our differing levels of drumming ability. He is an amazing drummer and listening to him play and sing...More

Thank Mattbella1912
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I decided to visit this place when passing through PG after going to the Gulisi Museum in Dangriga and learning a little about the Garifuna culture there and I'm glad I did. Ray is a very friendly and knowledgeable teacher, the drum school itself is...More

Thank kevguerra87
Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

This place is amazing the teacher is an expert and is very talented and knowledgeable about the Garifuna people and drumming. He answered all my questions and more. The lunch was delicious and filling. Some perks of the lesson was that it was only me...More

Thank Andrea P
WarasaDrumming, Owner at Warasa Garifuna Drum School, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2017

Hi Andrea - thank you so much for the wonderful review - it was our please hosting you and Katie!

Reviewed 8 June 2017

Ronald emailed us right away after our inquiry to set up a time for the drum lessons. He was awesome and made our drum lesson very interesting and educational. We were made to feel at home. The experience was worth it and when we go...More

Thank Misty B
WarasaDrumming, Owner at Warasa Garifuna Drum School, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2017

Thanks so much for the lovely review Misty - it was great having you and we welcome you back any time!

Reviewed 31 March 2017

We really enjoyed our evening with Ronald McDonald, his family and a diverse group of fellow tourists. Punta Gorda was our favorite part of Belize, the friendliest and with the most authentic local culture, and this attraction exemplifies its spirit. It's a join-in, partcipatory experience,...More

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Thank lastmate
Reviewed 30 March 2017

Enjoyed experience and highly recommend it for families. Learn the tradition of Garufuna Drumming from construction through the actual beat.

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Thank BlueCreekBelize
Reviewed 23 March 2017

Warasa Garifuna Drum School is the one place that really surprised me in many ways. My friend and I had trouble getting there by bus and, therefore, arrived about an hour late. I couldn't believe it at first when Pip (of PG Tours), who came...More

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WarasaDrumming, Owner at Warasa Garifuna Drum School, responded to this reviewResponded 25 March 2017

Dear Sherrie - thanks so much for the lovely review! We have a great relationship with PG tours and didn't want the hudut we had cooked for you to go to waste :-). Glad you made it and enjoyed your night.

Reviewed 14 March 2017

Every traveler to Belize must experience the rich culture of the Garifuna. The best way to embrace this opportunity is in Punta Gorda, Toledo District. Simply make arrangements on-line for an evening of drumming, dinner & dancing at Ray McDonald's Warasa Garifuna Drum School. It...More

1  Thank Brenda C
WarasaDrumming, Owner at Warasa Garifuna Drum School, responded to this reviewResponded 25 March 2017

Dear Brenda - thanks so much for coming to us - next time remember to try a group drumming lesson with your hudut dinner!

Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

As a drumming lover I booked a Christmas lesson for me and a friend when we stayed in Punta Gorda on the 24th December. Ray not only showed us some interesting rhythms but explained a lot about the Garifuna culture as well. Afterwards he took...More

Thank Margarete C
WarasaDrumming, Owner at Warasa Garifuna Drum School, responded to this reviewResponded 25 March 2017

Dear Margarete - it was wonderful having you and glad you enjoyed a unique Christmas. Ray.

Reviewed 3 February 2017

My husband and I reserved our spots for a drumming class with Ronald, the owner, through the local Visitor’s Center in Punta Gorda. We took a taxi (they are plentiful and we only paid BZ $6, one way) to his home and outdoor hut, where...More

1  Thank Elena L
WarasaDrumming, Owner at Warasa Garifuna Drum School, responded to this reviewResponded 25 March 2017

Dear Elena - I'm so happy you enjoyed yourself. I love drumming and teaching others so I often lose track of time and end up giving guests some free extra time :-).

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