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Going Home – Back to Antigua Guatemala

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After Puerto de San Jose Guatemala we were back again on the southeastward road that ran along the coast with Monterrico (Guatemala) as our nearby destination.  We highly recommend the coastal road to anyone interested in seeing a variety of small sandy villages flying past the car window.  Dogs lie in the middle of the road and we, like everyone else, obliged and went around the snoozing pooches.  The odd pig or chicken crossing the road had Dahr providing a slowed accommodating speed.

We stopped at three resort hotels along the way.  Here we found pristine lava sand beaches with no one on them.  It was during the week so there were only one or two guests in any of these resorts.  Weekends, we were told, find the resorts chock-a-block busy with families and partying groups.  If a real and truly restorative beach experience is what you are after, go during the week.

Yolkobsen’s inspection netted three resorts along this route that we can recommend:  El Pantanal; Cayman Suites; and Utz Tzaba.  Double rooms range from $70 to $90 US and all have swimming pools, ever-present bar drinks and an “American plan” to cover all meals.

We Got There – The Beach at Monterrico Guatemala

We continued down the coastal road.  Finally, the beach at Monterrico Guatemala was under our feet. By now it’s about 86 degrees F.  Monterrico Guatemala is a tourist beach town serving gringos and Guatemalans alike.  It’s full of hotels, bars and restaurants and the usual “muchachos” with official looking badges who will exhort you to go on a trip to the mangrove swamps, bird watching and viewing of turtles artificially released onto the beach.  We gave all that the big miss.

It’s a beautiful beach, but somewhat littered with party detritus.  And, again, no one was in the water and there were few people hunkered down on the beach’s warmth that work-a-day Tuesday.  We found a restaurant on the beach which served a competently prepared dorado, fries and salad.

On the whole, were pleased with our trip and our experience of the beach. Most important, we were toasty warm, hot, in fact.   None of us is a sun bunny, so we took pictures and applied copious amounts of sun block.  Please bring a good hat if you go.

Going Home – Back to Antigua Guatemala

Dahr, ever the imaginative and informed guide, took us home in a completely different way.  In Monterrico Guatemala, he steered the van toward the canal side of the town where we found flat-bottomed wooden barges docked along the marshy brackish fresh water canal that winds as a counterpoint to the sea.

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Antigua Guatemala Weather | Update February 1st

Antigua Guatemala Weather celebrated the first week of February with weather as always, the weather was unpredictable. Mayan history in Guatemala Weather always tells us that February is a month of many changes and the first week of February.  Antigua Guatemala had weather as predicted, changing every day.

We found each of the first days of February in Antigua Guatemala Weather had temperatures ranging from 78 for a high to 45 for a low in the highlands surrounding Antigua. The second of February in Antigua was cold and damp and we decided to leave Antigua in search of warmer weather along the beaches of Guatemala.

We headed to the pacific coast of Guatemala in the region known as Monterrico which greeted us with high temperatures of in the mid 90s and very warm Pacific Breezes. The morning weather in Monterrico was foggy and overcast. Which quickly burned off by mid morning. We had a chance to play in the ocean, enjoyed the break from the cold weather that had stalled over Antigua Guatemala.

We checked in with friends in Livingston Guatemala to get a read on the temperatures on the Caribbean side of Guatemala. The Caribbean coast of Guatemala was basked in high 90 degree temperatures which is common for the Livingston Guatemala region of Guatemala. Livingston along with high temperatures for the first week in February had very high humidity.

Lake Atitlan maintained good weather with just a few showers in isolated spots around the lake. We checked in with Kayak Guatemala adventure center to get our report from around Lake Atitlan. Lee explained that winds came up a few days over the first week of February making for a few white caps on Lake Atitlan. Mostly pleasant weather prevailed over the Lake.

Friday a front come in from the Pacific coast of Guatemala brought rain to much of the country. In Antigua just a few drops of rain. The weather forecast for Antigua for the end of the second week of February is high temperatures closing in on the 80 degree range.

More weather for Guatemala and Antigua coming in a week.

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