Places to Visit in Guatemala
If you’re adventurous and have more time next on the list would be: Rio Dulce, Livingston, Lanquin and Semuc Champey.
Yet what most people miss out on is Monterrico and other beach areas.
What To Do, See, and Stay in Monterrico, Guatemala
Without a doubt, this is the most incredible attraction about Monterrico. It is a rare and amazing moment when you get to hold a day old turtle in your hand and then release it into theBig Blue or dark sea, as it is in Monterrico.
If you can come for just this experience, you will never regret it and your kids will be remembering it forever!
Of course you come here for the beach. The black, volcanic sand is so fun to play in and perfect for building and creating in as well.
However, it’s important to note, this is not a beach for swimming. The riptide is terrible and the waves can be relentless. Actually, this is the very reason it’s perfect for turtles. They love the surf.
I love towns where the main roads are made of dirt and sand. They just add to the uniqueness of the village.
Aside from being one main street there are cute local eateries.
Food Stands in center of town.
Shopping time – local jewelry.
Local Street Art – is it worth buying?
Main Street of Monterrico welcomes you.
Daily Life of Monterrico Locals
Playing with fish swimming around in the side walks on main street – possible turns into dinner when no one is looking.
My favorite thing was that you can enjoy a cold Michelada Draft while walking around in a bathing suit and flip flops.
And this is the big supermarket in town and where you buy Micheladas, Ice T’s and other important necessities to survive the heat.
I love the quote, “Getting there is half the fun”. In this case, it’s so true. Before the new bridge was built and you can drive directly to Monterrico, you had to take a ferry through the mangroves and canals.
But it’s no ordinary ferry and service making this one of the funnest parts of visiting Monterrico.
Getting the car on this ancient ferry is a feat in itself and involves the whole village to pitch in.
Waiting is half the fun
Chilling with my boys on the ride
Life on the canal – this place is called home to some people
Oh wait, traffic jam
We have arrived
You can still do either option. The bridge costs around $2 to drive over, and it’s not much of a drive. Or you can pay $10 for the ferry and have a blast!
Lodging and Serious Pool Time
What’s a hot beach destination without pool fun. Especially visiting with kids.
Monterrico is extremely hot. And during certain times of the year has way too many mosquitos.
So when I searched for a hotel for my family it had to have two requisites:
1. Air Conditioner – to keep us cool and not let in any flying insects
2. Pool and garden
I found Hotel Atelie del Mar which had everything I was looking for.
The tropical hotel had the biggest pool we have ever seen in any hotel we have stayed at in a long time. And we stay in many hotels.
The hotel is very simple, with cable and a restaurant with lots of options for lunch and dinner.
Typical Chapin breakfasts are included in your price for the night. And nothing beats eating breakfast outside on a patio.
The owners Stig and Violeta are very accommodating. Violeta, from meeting her, seemed to be a very special and lovely person. Even though she is 90% blind her colorful art works are displayed all over the hotel bringing it to life.
Places to Visit in Guatemala – Short Guide to Monterrico