Guatemala for Kids – Family Friendly Resorts are a Fun Option

Lake Atitlan in Guatemala is considered to be a one of the top ten most beautiful places in the world to visit. Once you’ve been there, you would totally agree. However, when traveling with kids views and scenery only go so far. After ten minutes of soaking in the beauty, restlessness and suppressed energy wins over and you better come up with some fun ideas for them or no one will be happy.

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Are Family Friendly Resorts better than Luxury and Boutique Hotels?

On our last trip to Lago Atitlan, we discovered that having kid friendly amenities definitely helps – a lot.

It isn’t necessary to stay in a Guatemala resort with these amenities, certainly helps, but you can visit one for a portion of the day to let the kids release the energy while enjoying amazing views and also eating yummy food.

We did just that.

Since we decided to stay in a 2 bedroom villa overlooking the lake, we had little actual activities on the property and searched for a fun option. That’s how I discovered Porta Del Lago Resort.  Our vacation rental didn’t have a typical Guatemala breakfast included, and I certainly wasn’t about to start cooking on my trip, so I made reservations for breakfast at the hotel and also play time for my kids.

Mayan Mural, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

I’ll be honest with you, I’m quite biased about the Porta Hotels. Living in Antigua we have spent many, many mornings and afternoons at Antigua Hotel, which is the sister hotel of Porta Del Lago of these resorts in Guatemala. So I had a good idea of what to expect.

However, unlike Hotel Antigua, the lake resort had a lot more activities for kids to do.

Of course you have the pool with an amazing view.

Pool with a view, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Huge chess pieces that the kids can play with outside. Also, checkers, a basket ball court, football court and a playground. These are all located on the property which is well secured and you don’t have to worry about the kids too much.

Chess Anyone, Lake Atitlan - Resorts in Guatemala

A Taste of Traditional Guatemala Food 

Another difference between the two hotels was the breakfast.  We’ve only experienced the breakfast buffet at Antigua Hotel, here you get to order a la carte. They have set menu, but we were able to order a custom made breakfast for my son as well.

Breakfast is one of my favorite meals of the day, so it’s hard to impress me with this meal. But I was truly surprised. At first we wondered why it took longer than usual for the food to come out. But when it did, it made total sense.

Typical Guatemala food - Typical Guatemala Breakfast

The dishes were large and, even though my husband got the typical breakfast and my son an omelet, I always go with a bacon accompanied breakfast. So the big surprise was the overflow of bacon on my dish. Usually restaurants serve two tiny pieces, but this time I had so many I gladly shared with my kids and husband.  Yes, I do judge my breakfasts by the bacon and, as far as I’m concerned, this won extra stars in my book. Plus, the dishes themselves were homemade, not canned beans, and quite yummy.

Bacon Galore, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Before the plates were cleared off the table, my kids were in the dressing rooms throwing on their swimming suits for some serious pool time, while my husband and I chilled out looking at the lake and digesting our meal.

A great way to start the day.

NOTE:  $10 entrance to use the grounds is an incredible deal and a great way to spend some time relaxing while the kids have tons of fun.

Porta Hotel on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala Resorts


Family Friendly Resorts on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

 

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Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 10+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

7 Responses to Guatemala for Kids – Family Friendly Resorts are a Fun Option

  1. This is not one place that I would have thought of to take kids – actually it is not someone where I had though to travel. hanks so much for enlightening me.
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  2. Arianwen says:

    Looks lovely! Reminds me a lot of Costa Rica, which I guess isn’t majorly surprising! I’d love to visit Guatemala one day though too!
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  3. Muza-chan says:

    Beautiful place…
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  4. Costa Rica has so much to offer and while I realize that your focus in this post was on family-friendly options, it was the gorgeous view that caught my attention! Thank you for the great recommendations and gorgeous images!
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  5. I like the idea of family friendly resorts. I think there would be a better range of activities to take advantage of that way.
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  6. Jenna says:

    What a beautiful view of the volcano! Traveling with 2 boys is so fun but can also be tiring (at least with mine…), so I think that hanging out at such a resort for a little downtime is a great idea.
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  7. Jennifer says:

    That’s a beautiful view of the volcano!
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