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The Pacific Lowlands Travel Guide

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Plan Your Pacific Lowlands Vacation

Even old Guatemala hands scratch their heads when someone mentions its little-known Pacific coast. The country's 266-km (160-mi) Pacific shoreline could lay the groundwork for a string of beach resorts like those in neighboring Mexico, but a rugged coast, dark-sand beaches, and water too rough for swimming conspire to make things otherwise. Except for the beach town of Monterrico, a

fun-in-the-sun vacation culture has barely developed here, and even there, no one would mistake the locale for Acapulco.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Zoning out at the beach Guatemala's sights assault your senses. A break at the beach town of Monterrico might be the relaxing antidote the doctor ordered.
  2. Pondering the mystery of the sea turtles The odds seem against Guatemala's three turtle species surviving at all, but carry on they do along this coast.
  3. Reeling in the big one Or brag about the one that got away. Guatemala's sportfishing industry centers on Puerto San José.
  4. Careening down the rapids The Pacific lowlands are home to four white-water rivers ideal for beginner or intermediate rafters.
  5. Building up your repertoire of Mayan ruins You've done the big ruins. Two lesser-known sites, both with considerable Mexican influence, let you delve further into Mayan history.

When To Go

When to Go

The year here divides into rainy (May-October) and dry (November-May) seasons. Unlike those in most of the rest of Guatemala, hotels here do obse...

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