One of the pleasant surprises when visiting, or living in Belize, is that itÂs not unusual to encounter a famous ÂpersonalityÂ here.Â It could occur on your flight to, or from, Belize... Or you might bump into an unexpected "recognizable celebrity" while bopping around San Pedro Town.Â Take Mike Cobb, for instance.Â He recently had a memorable encounter at the Belize International airport, in line for his TACA flight.Â He met a group of Latin beauty queens, returning home after competing in the Costa Maya beauty pageant, held in San Pedro.
Belize is such a small country. Â There is only one international airport.Â Many of our local residents and visitors had a chance to meet the beauty contestants. Mike ran into them on his flight from Belize back to Nicaragua, where he resides. Other friends of ours met them in town, as the ladies participated in photo shoots around town. Â Of course, for anyone who was reading the local paper, we all knew about the organized events where the community could meet the lovely ladies
But this is just one example.Â Some of you may watch rock star Gene Simmon's Family Jewels. Â His recent reality show special was set in Belize, and on Ambergris Caye.Â He was seen driving all around the island, with his long-term squeeze, Shannon.Â He dropped in at REICA realty, the group that represents our Grand Baymen properties.
And many of us have seen Harrison Ford and Colista, January Jones, or Leonardo DiCaprio, when they visit our fair islandÂ Without their makeup and entourage, sometimes itÂs hard to know if itÂs really them.Â But the sightings are always confirmed in the local media.
MikeÂs Unexpected Encounter with Latin Beauty Queens
Mike Cobb is contributing his take on the chance meeting with Miss Nicaragua, and the other beauty queens.Â He also added a bit about the Costa Maya Festival.Â (For last week's detailed review of the Costa Maya Festival, connect here to the prior blog entryÂ )
And if you would like to learn more about Miss Nicaragua, click here to link to Ambergris Today's article about her...
Mike is one of the founders of Grand BaymenÂs parent company, ECI Corporation.Â He is currently the Chairman of ECI.Â He was actually on the island to speak at the Financial Conference, vs. the Costa Maya Festival.Â Â (Here is the link to the Financial Conference reviewÂ )
In the future, Mike will be a guest contributor to the Grand Baymen blog.Â HereÂs MikeÂs first contribution, about his chance meeting with Miss Nicaragua, and the other lovely pageant delegates.
ÂFlying back from Belize I had the opportunity to meet and talk with Miss Nicaragua,Â Gisselle de los Angeles Alvarez RamirezÂ for a while. Â She was returning from the Costa Maya Festival on Ambergris Caye Belize. Â It happened that as I was checking in for my TACA flight in Belize and four attractive ladies were in line ahead of me.Â They were hard to miss, especially because the shortest of the four was probably 5'11" and the tallest, Miss Honduras was at least 6'8", admittedly wearing 4 inch heels, but nonetheless, very tall.
The Costa Maya Festival is held each year in early August and is one of the largest international festivals in Belize. Â And it all happens right here on Ambergris Caye. Â Rooms on the island are booked up and every golf cart is rented. Â The festivities start on Friday night with a beauty contest and continue through the day Saturday with lots of merry making and celebration of the Mayan heritage. Â The party continues until dawn when things start to wind down.
As it turns out Miss Mexico won the role of Queen at the Festival this year and Miss Nicaragua came in second. Â Not for lack of a phenomenal head dress however. Â She was toting through the airport the bright peacock feather plumage weaved into a jewel encrusted crown you can see in the picture. Â It didn't want to fit into the overhead space, but with some gentle coaxing, it finally did.Â