Latin Salsa Festival on the Emerald Coast

The first Latin Salsa Festival was held in 2008 at the Eglin AFB Beach Park on Okaloosa Island and was themed, 'A Caribbean Style Beach Party.' An attendance of 500+ people made it a success and sparked further interest to make it bigger and better.

NWFBA, Inc was the first to bring a Latin Salsa style event to the Emerald Coast bringing festival attendees as far as South Florida, Jacksonville, FL; Atlanta, GA; Birmingham, AL; Montgomery, AL; and Gulf Shores, AL and surrounding areas. With support from family and friends, such as Roberto Rivers and Ivan Blanco; Jose (NWFBA, Inc Founder and President) has been able to achieve his creation and dream of sharing and celebrating his beloved country of Puerto Rico's culture.

LSF - Photos belong to NWFBA, Inc.


'Nuestra Historia y Mision'

The Northwest Florida *Boricuas Ausentes, Inc. (NWFBA), is the presenting organization of the “Latin Salsa Festival”. The event is the main fundraising activity for the mission above mentioned. We are a group of volunteers whose wish is to promote and share Hispanic culture and heritage with our neighbors regardless of their ethnic background, social status or, even their dancing ability. (Smile). We love to have fun but, at the same time we enjoy supporting the at risk young adults in our communities.

Having our unique organization allows Puerto Ricans and other Latin cultures in the area to have a taste of their traditions brought to them in a high quality, high energy, family-friendly event.

What’s in the name? The Indian word *“Boricuas” translates to native “Puerto Ricans” and the word “ausentes” translates to “absent” so “Boricuas Ausentes” translates to Puerto Ricans absent from Puerto Rico.

No matter if you are an Emerald Coast native, new to the area, from one of our closed by states or, a visitor to the beautiful and ethnically colorful Emerald Coast, be sure to treat you, your family and friends to come by and meet us at one of our “Latin Salsa Festival” events. Everyone will feel rewarded!

- Jose L Garcia

President and Founder

Our Story and Mission