Monterrico Guatemala is a top beach destination of the country and the most popular beach among locals. It consists of a teeny tiny town with very limited accommodation options. You won’t find in it huge beach resorts, however, there isn’t a shortage of private vacation rentals for all budgets. There is also a number of beachfront bars and a nearly deserted beach. However, it has been quickly developing in the last couple of years and becoming more noticeable for travelers.
These travelers are all wondering, what is there to do in Monterrico outside of enjoying the beach and partying. Keep scrolling down to find information about five of the top things to do in the area.
It is a beautiful and quiet black sanded beach backed by coconut palms and mangroves. But by far the best attributes of the region are its natural charms. For example, these beaches are prime nesting grounds for several species of sea turtles, and the beach’s backing mangrove forests have been protected as part of the Reserva Natural Monterrico and are home to a wide range of tropical flora and fauna.
The best places to visit in the area for nature lovers are: Parque Hawaii (Hawaii Park), Reserva Natural de Monterrico (Monterrico Nature Reserve), Tortuguerio Monterrico.
What to Do in Monterrico
The area is flooding with all kinds of gorgeous birds that any animal lover would enjoy checking out. The best thing to go about this is to start inquiring in travel agencies from Antigua or to start researching on the internet before you get there. There aren’t as many tourism oriented businesses in the area so you might not find anyone offering it near you.
2. Boat tours along the mangrove canals
Mangroves here are amazing the best time to do these is early in the morning as the sun comes out or for sunset. This is where you get the best chances to catch as many different kinds of animals as possible.
3. Turtle tours at night
If you are in Guatemala during the sea turtle nesting season you will definitely love this. These tours are mainly held to educate people about these delicate animals and to avoid poachers to get to the nests as soon as the eggs are laid.
4. Baby sea turtle release
A few weeks after the nesting season comes the hatching season. During this time the conservation organizations also organize tours where you get to help see that one newly hatched sea turtle makes its way to the ocean safely. Once more this allows for sea turtle numbers to go up.
5. Volunteering at Tortugario Monterrico
If you have a little more time, there are organizations like tortugario Monterrico that are always looking for volunteers to help them run the organization or to care for the animals.
The beaches of Guatemala are not the most beautiful in the region, but as you can see there are some fun things to do in Monterrico.
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