Kelly McGuire is Back On Ambergris Caye – First Show for A Packed Palapa Bar

Texas singer/song writer Kelly McGuire is back in San Pedro for his annual Birthday Bash.  Kelly’s albums “Boat in Belize” & “King of the Island” and many lyrical references to spots around San Pedro make him popular but it’s his super friendly, fun personality…the way he learns everyone’s names and his easy going story telling about his time here that make him beloved.


Yesterday he did his first show (really a last minute booking with his friends Scott and Jodie of Palapa Bar) and filled the place.

And for a small concert and sing-a-long, I can think of few better places.

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I chatted with him for a few minutes before the show.  He’s switched up his venues a bit this year and remains committed to keep the shows open (not selling passes that might make his shows less accessible to his local fans.)  He is also working on his next album.  “80% there” he says.  If there is a theme, Kelly told me, it’s autobiographical.   And based on the songs that he played during yesterday’s show…I’m hearing that Kelly is in love.

Here’s one that he played for the very first time live.

The release date is planned for April 1st.

Here are pictures from yesterday:

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Lots of good eats before the show.  The bartenders and the kitchen were working double time.


I conveniently located some friends in the “front row” and got a great seat.

IMG_7157 IMG_7159Dean Cavill was playing the steel guitar, an instrument that I’m slightly obsessed with.  It almost sings…
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The view downstairs…IMG_7168

Kelly singing a bit of “Boat in Belize”

And look!  A sticker.  Gotta love this bar.


Great show.

IMG_7177 IMG_7180He’ll be here for about another week.  HERE IS HIS SCHEDULE.  Do make sure to stop in to see at least one show, ya hear?

Friday, August 6th:  2-5pm Beach party at Ramon’s Village

Saturday, August 7th:  Snorkel Cruise to Hol Chan and Palapa Bar 11-4 pm, Meet at the Fuel Dock by 10:30, Tickets $80 per person US, includes beer, soda, water, ceviche, chips, equipment and park fee. Pay by paypal to or by CC in advance to reserve your spot, it is 1st come till the boat fills up. Email Sandy at or call Sandy at 713-857-1346 to pay by CC. Reservation required before or at the show on Feb 6th at Ramon’s

Sunday, August 8th:  2-5pm Island Time Bar & Grill  and then 7pm:  Dinner Concert at Ramon’s Village

And make sure to LIKE Kelly McGuire on Facebook to keep updated if any new shows are announced.



  • Jjwstalker

    He tried the expensive passes but he couldn’t draw.. So he had to open up.. Just doesn’t draw like Jjw or JB ..

    • Belize Blog

      We love all those guys. Not a competition. And I respect how JJW brings in a huge crew. They are both great.

    • MIke Weber

      Sorry jjwstalker, Kelly has NEVER charged anyone to see him play on this island, and his shows are always jam packed and everyone has a great time…I am JJW fan, and have been for 42 years, I know and love both guys. Not sure why there needs to be any negative posts about anyone, lets just enjoy “ALL” the music get along.