Guatemala Beaches is not the first thing that comes to mind about this Central American Country. It has lakes, forests, volcanoes, important Mayan Ruins, colonial architecture and much more.
But it also has beautiful beaches on the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. From stretches of black sand pounded by the rough Pacific Ocean, to white powdery sand beaches lines with palm trees on the Caribbean side. There also beaches on both lakes Atitlan and Izabal.
So when you visit all the attractions inland, take a few days and explore the beautiful beaches offered by Guatemala.
Peaceful Black Sand Beach on Guatemala's Pacific
Pacific Ocean Coast
The Pacific coast of Guatemala is lines by many beaches, all of them with volcanic black sands. These beaches are great for surfing due to amazing waves. Nearly all of Guatemala's Pacific beaches have a strong undertow, so even strong swimmers should avoid straying too far from shore.
For hotels, bars and restaurants Monterrico and Champerico are ideal. Some more isolated beaches are Barra del Jiote, Las Lisas and Tulate.
Monterrico Beach is the most popular beach in Guatemala
This is the most popular of Guatemala Beaches, with black sands and great waves.
Located on the Pacific coast it is a wide and long beach, almost never crowded like many other beaches.
It is easily accessible by bus from Guatemala City and Antigua
This former shipping port located a few hours from Quetzaltenango, is a popular vacation spot for locals.
Like many Guatemala Beaches this one is never crowded.
Puerto San Jose
Located near Monterrico this is a port home to 20,000 people dedicated mainly to fishing and known for the best fish in the area.
It also has a beach worth visiting.
Playa Tilapa is located right near the Mexican border on the Pacific Ocean, and is one of the most remote Guatemala beaches.
This is one of Guatemala’s most scenic dark sand beaches.
Like San Jose it used to be a port, but know is known as a base for the best sail fishing.
Guatemala Beaches on the Caribbean Sea
Beaches on the Caribbean coast
Guatemala has a narrow stretch open to the Caribbean Sea, between Belize and Honduras. This is where you’ll find the white sand beaches in Guatemala
If it's white sand you're looking for, try Guatemala's narrow stretch of Caribbean coast.
Livingston Beach in Guatemala
Between the Caribbean and the Forests
This town between the Caribbean and the forest is a mass of colorful wood structures. You may reach this town only by boat from Puerto Barrios or down the Rio Dulce through the jungle.
Accessible only by boat, this is a white sands beach surrounded by coconuts.
Punta de Palma
Only 15 Km south of Puerto Barrios, this is an isolated beach popular with the younger crowd
30Km from Puerto Barrios by boat is another popular Caribbean beach.
This port town in Guatemala’s Caribbean serves as a reach point for Livingston and for travelers heading for Punta Gorda across the border in Belize. Also to beaches like Punta de Manabique and Playa Blanca.
Lake Atitlan in Guatemala among the most beautiful in the world
This like has been named as one of the most beautiful in the world. It is located on the western hills of Guatemala and lines by three volcanoes it offers amazing views.
Panajachel, the lake’s major town features a public beach. As well as some of the local hotels that offer access to the beach.
Lake Izabal is the largest lake in Guatemala
This is Guatemala’s largest lake connected to the Caribbean Sea by Rio Dulce. Playa Dorada on the south side of the lake offers golden sands and calm waters.
This beach is ideal for families with small children. It has a few hotels and restaurants.
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