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Trip Report The Beaches of Monterrrico Guatemala Are Amazing

Monterrico (Guatemala) our final destination.
We decided to start this trip North of Monterrico at the Port of San Jose and then head south. We highly recommend the coastal road to anyone interested in seeing a variety of small sandy villages flying past the car window. Dogs lie in the middle of the road and we, like everyone else, obliged and went around the snoozing pooches. The odd pig or chicken crossing the road had Dahr providing a slowed accommodating speed.

We stopped at three resort hotels along the way. Here we found pristine lava sand beaches with no one on them. It was during the week so there were only one or two guests in any of these resorts. Weekends, we were told, find the resorts chock-a-block busy with families and partying groups. If a real and truly restorative beach experience is what you are after, go during the week.

Yolkobsen’s inspection netted three resorts along this route that we can recommend: El Pantanal; Cayman Suites; and Utz Tzaba. Double rooms range from $70 to $90 US and all have swimming pools, ever-present bar drinks and an “American plan” to cover all meals.

We Got There – The Beach at Monterrico Guatemala

We continued down the coastal road. Finally, the beach at Monterrico Guatemala was under our feet. By now it’s about 86 degrees F. Monterrico Guatemala is a tourist beach town serving gringos and Guatemalans alike. It’s full of hotels, bars and restaurants and the usual “muchachos” with official looking badges who will exhort you to go on a trip to the mangrove swamps, bird watching and viewing of turtles artificially released onto the beach. We gave all that the big miss.

It’s a beautiful beach, but somewhat littered with party detritus. And, again, no one was in the water and there were few people hunkered down on the beach’s warmth that work-a-day Tuesday. We found a restaurant on the beach which served a competently prepared dorado, fries and salad.

On the whole, were pleased with our trip and our experience of the beach. Most important, we were toasty warm, hot, in fact. None of us is a sun bunny, so we took pictures and applied copious amounts of sun block. Please bring a good hat if you go.

Going Home – Back to Antigua Guatemala

Dahr, ever the imaginative and informed guide, took us home in a completely different way. In Monterrico Guatemala, he steered the van toward the canal side of the town where we found flat-bottomed wooden barges docked along the marshy brackish fresh water canal that winds as a counterpoint to the sea.

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