Puerto Quetzal is a marina and container port along Guatemala’s Pacific coast. It’s used mainly as a terminal for cruise ships, but is also a jumping off point for sport fishing excursions.
Puerto Quetzal is located 5 miles (8 km) east of Puerto San José. The Puerto Quetzal Cruise Shop Terminal is where most ships plying Guatemala’s Pacific coast make landfall. There is also a marina here that has nice facilities for yachts—it is from here that most sailfishing adventures depart. The waters off the coast have exceptional fishing and offer travelers the opportunity to hook sailfish, dorado, blue marlin, yellowfin tuna, snapper, and mahi mahi.
There are stands selling a variety of handicrafts and places to access the Internet or make phone calls. Tours to Antigua and Guatemala City depart from Puerto Quetzal.