Not far from Monterrico, Puerto San Jose is a port town home to 20,000 Guatemalans, the most of any town along Guatemala's Pacific Coast.
There's a Guatemala beach worth checking out, and the sailfishing off the coast ranks among the world's best.
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As a matter of fact, there are Guatemala beaches on two coasts: the Pacific, and the Caribbean.
Because the majority of the country's most popular attractions are inland, most travelers don't make it to Guatemala beaches.
But if you have the time, and want to explore the road less traveled (though not untraveled, don't worry), the beaches of Guatemala are a great choice.
The beach right outside of Livingston isn't too inviting, but hiking along the coast leads to more remote, cleaner beaches.
Playa Blanca is a favorite, though more easily accessible by boat.
Puerto Barrios is a port town on the Caribbean coast of Guatemala.
Monterrico, located on Guatemala's Pacific Coast, is the most popular Guatemala beach.
With black volcanic sand and a strong current, Monterrico isn't one of Central America's postcard-perfect gems, but that's part of its draw.
Its wide, lengthy stretch is rarely crowded, and the massive condo structures that cram the sands of other beaches are happily absent.
Monterrico is easily accessible for travelers; buses leave from Guatemala City and Antigua.