Monterrico

Pacific Slope

Monterrico is a tranquil town along Guatemala’s Pacific coast. This formerly sleeping fishing village is becoming increasingly popular with travelers, many of whom come here to see nesting sea turtles.

Monterrico has grown steadily over the past few years. The infrastructure has been upgraded and now includes pedestrian walkways and a boat marina. The accommodation options have also improved.

Monterrico is located within the Biotopo Monterrico-Hawaii, a nature reserve that stretches along a 13-mile (20-km) section of the coast. The reserve covers both the beaches and mangroves of Monterrico and those of the adjoining Parque Hawaii. The entire area is a prime nesting site for leatherback and olive ridley sea turtles. The Tortugario Monterrico, located in the heart of town, is a turtle hatchery where eggs are reburied and allowed to hatch under protection. While here, visitors may witness the hatching and release of baby sea turtles.

The Monterrico beach is narrow, but opens onto a beautiful scene—the expansive, undulating Pacific Ocean. The waves do, however, break close to the sand and there is a dangerous undertow. Be cautious when swimming. The beach tends to be more deserted the farther away one goes from town. For wider beach scenes, consider Iztapa or Tilapa.

There is a large mangrove swamp that extends behind the beach and village. Four types of mangrove grow here and all kinds of fish, reptiles, and mammals depend upon the area for food and protection. The mangrove canals can be toured with a guide.

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Night Walk On The Beach

4-in-1 combo|2hrs

Monterrico

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Night Walk On The Beach

Sea turtles regularly nest on the beach at Monterrico. During this night tour you'll see turtles nesting or watch them being released.

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Mangrove and Salt Mine Boat Ride

3-in-1 combo|2hrs

Monterrico

4.5 / 5.0
Starting At$15
Mangrove and Salt Mine Boat Ride

Mangroves are some of the most biologically productive places in Central America. This tour explores the mangroves around Monterrico, as well as a local salt mine.

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Beach and Nature One-Day Tour

3-in-1 combo|8hrs

Monterrico

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Beach and Nature One-Day Tour

This tour of Guatemala’s Pacific coast will put you in touch with nature, and allow you to experience the laid-back vibe of the Monterrico beach. As such it's a...

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Mangrove Forest & Tule Boat Tour

3-in-1 combo|2hrs

Monterrico

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Mangrove Forest & Tule Boat Tour

Monterrico's mangroves are a great place to see birds and other animals. This tour explores the mangrove forests and tule grasses that grow alongside the banks of...

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Dos Mundos Beach Resort

Monterrico

Air Conditioning

Bar

Free Breakfast

Restaurant

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5.0 / 5.0
From$250

Dos Mundos Beach Resort

The Dos Mundos Beach Resort is located along the beach just outside Monterrico. The hotel has awesome access to the coast, good food, and a beautiful pool.

5.0 / 5.0
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Hotel Pez de Oro

Monterrico

Bar

Restaurant

Swimming Pool

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From$69

Hotel Pez de Oro

Hotel Pez de Oro is set along the Pacific Coast of Guatemala in the town of Monterrico. This hotel has a peaceful coastal atmosphere and simple bungalows.

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Café del Sol Hotel

Monterrico

Air Conditioning

Jacuzzi

Restaurant

Swimming Pool

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Café del Sol Hotel

Café del Sol Hotel offers clean, simple accommodations right next to the beach. You can spend your entire vacation reveling in Guatemala’s sun and sand.

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Dulce y Salado

Monterrico

Restaurant

Swimming Pool

Wireless Internet

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Dulce y Salado

Dulce y Salado is a small hotel located in Monterrico. This hotel has eight tidy rooms and is located along the shores of the Pacific Ocean.

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Utz Tzaba

Monterrico

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Utz Tzaba

The Utz Tzaba Beach Hotel is set along the Pacific coast of Guatemala near the town of Monterrico. This hotel has a stellar beachside location and a large refreshing...

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