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In a letter sent out to the local community of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, proprietor of Black and White Reggae Bar, Julia Martinez acknowledged the fact that the establishment had obtained a bad reputation on the island, but that she is in the process of transforming it once again into the reputable business it once was.

“For me at this time and age, I strongly believe that bringing the bar back to a Cultural Entertainment place will be more beneficial to my family, my place of business, the community I served and most of all promoting the Belizean Garifuna Culture in a very unique manner to our tourists, visitors and friends,” commented Ms. Martinez.

Black and White Reggae Bar had become a place for the bad element in town, creating an unhealthy environment on the island. Ms. Martinez has realized that this is not what she intended for her business to become. She is now promising the community of San Pedro that her establishment will once again be known as a Garifuna Cultural Entertainment Bar where they display and promote Belize’s Garifuna culture to visitors.

“My place of business got out of control and became a “girl bar” due to me renting it out and more so because of me being so committed to my teaching profession,” commented Ms. Martinez. “As a well known citizen of this beautiful Island, which I have served in many ways, I would gladly appreciate the assistance of the tourism board, the hotels, restaurants, golf cart rentals and taxi association by helping in the process of encouraging guests to see and learn of what San Pedro has to offer in a cultural way at our local place of business.”

Black and White Reggae Bar is in the process of providing daily tours to their establishment where visitors will be hosted to a presentation that includes a 20-minute video on the history of the Garifuna of Belize, displays of their cultural clothing, utensils, dances, live drumming and even learning some of the language.

For more information on the presentation and/or reservations you can contact [email protected] of call 605-2895/625-5204. Transportation will be provided by taxi as Black and White Reggae Bar is located opposite SP Hardware on Sea Grape Drive.

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