My honey loves the beach. So I am forced to go looking for beaches, povracita si? That is badly translated as “poor baby, right”? As soon as we finished up our business in Guatemala City we rented a car and hit the road. We were late in Guatemala City and ended up sleeping in a little place in Escuintla. We drove straight into town as it was getting dark, turned right and there is a gate we drove up just passed the Chinese restaurant. The hotel was a safe place for the car, mattress was okay, it was quiet and about $12 that is the pros, cons lots of them, including not clean. It was however better than driving lost in the dark. We walked to the Chinese place and the food there was amazingly good.
We got up in the morning and hit the road. I found a spot on the map,San Jose Rama Blanca and we were headed there. It is west of Sipacate. We stopped in a truck stop for coffee and gas and asked for directions. We were driving through some absolutely gorgeous countryside. I could easily be convinced to buy a place and move there in two years. We drove into Sipacate parked the car 5Q and took a boat 15Q to MarMaya for breakfast. This is a great spot for breakfast and coffee. Beautiful, huh.
They have rooms for 2 for 450Q and two bedroom bungalows for $100 http://kekeotripz.com/hotels/marmaya-rancho-carillo/#rates 5517-1069 The two bedroom place we looked at had a queen size bed in one bedroom and two bunk beds in the other with a full kitchen and hot water in the shower! The property has several pools, hot tubs, volley ball nets and play grounds for the kids. Some people complained of slow service in older reviews, we had no issues when we were here for breakfast. We did not stay, I would love to, and it was not busy. Both could make a difference. http://kekeotripz.com/hotel/ This link has several hotels.
We found “our spot” El Rancho a few miles out of town in Rama Blanca. It has two rooms both have a queen bed and two twins. It is right on the beach with a pool just a few feet outside the door. The food was good and reasonably priced. It is actually a restaurant with only two rooms for rent and people pay to use the pool. Nestor, the manager, does woodworking and builds really nice wooden lockers,tables and things. This is the closest to a resort I have ever stayed in. We stopped in just for a drink and ended up staying 4 nights.
http://www.restaurantelrancho.com/ 5301-9052 or 5301-9110 The food was good, they have live Tilapia and you can pick which one you want and how you want it prepared. People come in for the pool, we had an International volleyball game, with a girl from Germany, one from Colombia, someone from Mexico, us from the USA and people from Guatemala of course. Service was great, cold drinks brought to you in the pool, we ran a tab and it was right on. We’d order dinner a particular way at 6:00 and it would be ready. During the volleyball game the staff came over and discreetly asked my husband if he wanted to have dinner alone with me or all together with the group. They seated the people who spoke English the best near me! This amazed me the small courtesies of the Guatemalan people. From waiting to see if they need to help push your car to arranging the seating so the dumbbell who doesn’t speak well, does not feel left out. The Guatemalan people are truly wonderful.
We asked about laundry and someone next door washed our clothes. They appeared clean, dried and folded on the bed when our room was cleaned. They have free wi-fi it is a shared claro stick and works well. We had spent several days in Guatemala City before heading down to the beach so we had more dirty clothes than clean. The table in the room has a locker on it with a key only you have so any valuables would be safe.
Our stay at El Rancho 400 Q was great we had four relaxed days in warm sunshine, I can’t wait to get back here again. To get here by car is simple to come down by bus would be more complicated. I found instructions on a surf camp website. I am adding it at the bottom of the page, if you follow them using the buses in Sipacate you can have a tuk tuk take you to El Rancho or any other hotel.
Hotel Villa Barroca Sipacate 4772-1673 $53 water slide at hotel you can book this at http://www.booking.com
Nearby is the Paredon area where surf camps abound It looks like the drive to these hotels would be from Puerto San Jose. I don’t see a road across the Rio Acome. If you take buses or a shuttle you want to go to Sipacate. http://www.pelicanoshotelguatemala.com $74 excellent ratings on http://www.booking.com firstname.lastname@example.org 3032-2514 and horseback riding. There is also a turtle hatchery in the area.
http://www.paredonsurf.com/ email@example.com 5691-3096 360Q for a double room and 85Q for a spot in the loft
http://www.surf-guatemala.com 4593-2490 firstname.lastname@example.org $25 for a private room $8 for a bunk
http://www.driftwoodsurfer.com $39 Thedriftwoodsurfer@gmail.com 3036-6891 a private room is 295Q and a dorm bed is 65Q
From Antigua by public transportation is about 4-5 hours:
– Buses leave Antigua (from the bus terminal behind the market) toward Escuintla every hour or so starting early in the morning.
– On this first bus, before you get to Escuintla, ask the driver’s assistant to drop you off at the station where the buses leave to Sipacate and change buses there. You can take a Tuk Tuk in Sipacate to get to hotels there.
– To go to el Paredon on the second bus, ask the driver to drop you off at the gas station just before Sipacate and from there take a tuk-tuk or “flete” (pick up truck) to El Escondite, a public pier on the shores of a channel in the Mangrove Reserve to go to El Paredon.
– Take the public boat to El Paredon, which takes you through the mangroves for about 10 minutes before you reach the village. Ask the boat driver to leave you at the pier near the main road.
– From there walk straight on the main road through the little village and continue until you see a hotel you want.
– The whole trip should cost between Q.50 and Q.60 per person, depending on your skills of negotiation…