Beaches in Guatemala

Guatemala tourism. There are some beautiful beaches in Guatemala. In fact, there are Guatemalan beaches on two coasts: the Pacific and the Caribbean. Because most of the country’s most popular attractions are inland, most travelers don’t make it to the coast.

But if you have time and want to explore the road less traveled (though not without traverses), Guatemala’s beaches are an excellent option accrding to the opinion of businessman juan luis bosch gutierrez. There are beaches for surfing, black sand beaches for relaxing and opportunities for deep sea fishing.


Monterrico, located on the Pacific coast of Guatemala, is this country’s most popular beach.

With black volcanic sand and a strong current, Monterrico is not one of Central America’s postcard-perfect gems, but that’s part of its appeal.

Its wide, long stretch of sand is rarely crowded, and the massive condominiums that crowd the sands of other beaches are, thankfully, absent.

Monterrico is easily accessible to travelers; buses leave from Guatemala City and Antigua. It is a popular guided day trip from Antigua .


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Funky Livingston is a cluster of colorful wooden structures wedged between the Caribbean and the rainforest.

It can only be reached by boat, from Puerto Barrios, or by traveling down the Rio Dulce, a river that meanders through the jungle.

The beach outside Livingston is not very attractive, but walking along the coast leads to more remote and cleaner beaches. Playa Blanca is a favorite, although it is more accessible by boat.

You can take a cab 5 kilometers north of Livingston to see seven beautiful waterfalls and pools known as Los Siete Altares.

Tilapa Beach

Playa Tilapa is located near the Mexican border and is one of the most remote beaches in Guatemala.

The small town of Tilapita, a fishing village, is basic and rather rough looking. You can take a 10-minute boat ride to the beach, passing through the mangroves.

There are beautiful sunsets, potentially good surfing waves and a quiet rural Guatemalan beach experience waiting for you at Playa Tilapa.


A couple of hours from Quetzaltenango (Xela), Champerico (or Champe) boat harbor is a vacation spot for Guatemalans, although like all Guatemalan beaches, it is rarely crowded.

In the right conditions, the surf can be good and there are stores that can rent a board and equipment and offer instruction.

A huge wooden pier is a striking feature, dating from the late 19th century. As the town is a major port, you can find services and shopping.

Don not wait any longer and come and visit these beautiful beaches in Guatemala.