Isla Cozumel to Host 2003 Reggae Festival

Isla Cozumel, the largest island in the Mexican Caribbean, will host its first Reggae Festival on Sept. 28 to celebrate and promote the unique culture of the island through music. With its Mexican roots and Caribbean influence, Cozumel has a rhythm of its own. The Reggae at the Beach event will showcase music by eight of the best reggae bands in Mexico including Antidoping, Raz Carmelo, Ganja, Theremoto, AcuÌÁticos, I & I, Splash and Planeta Tierra.

The festival, promising authentic Caribbean rhythms and beach-side excitement, will take place at the “Andale” Restaurant at San Martin beach. The festivities begin at noon and bands will be playing throughout the day from 2:00 p.m. to midnight.  In addition to the performances by these top Mexican bands, some of Mexico`s best athletes and national champions will be presenting their skills in various extreme water sports including windsurfing, kiteboarding and surfing.  Tickets are available in advance at the Chedraui Supermarket, San Francisco Supermarket or Video Vision for $8 and are $10 if purchased the day of the event.

“We are excited to share this experience with guests of the island and hope to give them a taste of reggae, as well as the culture deeply rooted within Cozumel,” said Gaston Cantarell Diaz, president of the Isla Cozumel Hotel Association and private sector representative for the tourism foundation.  “We look forward to continuing this as an annual celebration and hope that more visitors will join us each year for this tribute to the music and flavor of Cozumel.”