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Caribbean Coast Guatemala Holiday

Caribbean Coast Guatemala holidays

Lake Izabal & Rio Dulce Canyon National Park

On Guatemala’s Caribbean coast is Lake Izabal, home to the elusive aquatic Manatee, the largest lake in the country at a length of more than 45 kilometres. It is surrounded by lush, tropical rainforest inhabited by hundreds of bird species, monkeys and many other animals.

El Estor enjoys a lovely spot on the northwest shore of the lake, backed by the Santa Cruz mountain range.

Mariscos is positioned on the southern shore, which is a popular place with Guatemalans who have holiday homes located here.

Caribbean Coast, Guatemala

Holidays In Caribbean Coast Guatemala

The Rio Dulce National Park boasts a beautiful river gorge and the town of Fronteras, better known as Rio Dulce. Its attractive riverside setting offers many choices. Explore other places around the lake and river, walk in the nearby jungle or enjoy a relaxing meal in one of the various restaurants.

The old Spanish fortress of San Felipe is also located nearby and was built in 1651 to keep out marauding pirates. Our hotel is based here.

Livingston can be visited by boat from Rio Dulce. This is home of the black Garifuna people, who originally fled the Caribbean island of St Vincent over 200 years ago. It is a small town with nothing much to do other than eat great seafood, drink rum and dance punta! It is the only presence of black/Caribbean culture in the whole of Guatemala and contrasts strongly with the Maya culture. The boat trip to Livingston is wonderful as you pass through a rainforest canyon with many birds, fishermen, hot-springs, lilipad pools and small communities living alongside the river. It is also the centre for fishing and shrimping in the Bay of Amatique. The town is small and everything is within easy walking range.

On the peninsula opposite to Livingston is Punta de Manabique with white sand on its eastern side and mangrove on the other. It is covered by virgin tropical forest, where howler monkeys, iguana, tapirs and parrots live. Between June and October, Baule turtles nest in the area.

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