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Around Km 218 is the turn-off to the out-of-the-way fishing town of Mariscos. Buses traveling along the CA-9 Carretera al Atlántico can drop you at the junction from where you’ll need to catch a ride with a passing mini bus. The main reason, perhaps the only reason, to visit Mariscos is to take a boat round the coast of magnificent Lago Izabal to stay at the paradisiacal hideaway Denny’s Beach. Set on a sandy shore on the south side of the lake against an impressive range of rich green mountains, this blissfully peaceful resort offers a real opportunity to get away from it all. Go kayaking or jet skiing, indulge in a massage or follow the trails through the woods on horseback and then treat yourself to some nambé home-baked bread with a delicious seafood tapado cooked up by Doña Julia. Rooms range from Q200 to $100. There is Internet available at a charge and dollars and credit cards are accepted. If you call ahead the Canadian owner Denny can arrange for you be picked up at the highway junction and will also send a lancha to meet you at the jetty in town. Tel: 502-4636-6156, Cell: 502-5171-7477, E-mail:, URL:

On the main street in town there are a few places to eat, the best being the Antojitos Dayli which has an awesome view out over the lake and a nice breeze to cool you down as you eat meat burritos, mojarra fresh fish or a healthy fruit licuardo. Comedro Mary and Antojitos Wanda serve cheap breakfasts and lunches and cold beers. There is also the Hotel Leo which has basic rooms. The Banrural does not have an ATM but will change dollars, open 8.30a.m. – 5.30p.m. Monday- Friday and 9a.m. – 1p.m. on Saturdays. And if you need to pick up a pair of shorts before you go swimming in the fresh-water lake there are a few stores on the high street.


Other places nearby Mariscos: Chiquimula, Jalapa, Jutiapa, Rio Dulce, Esquipulas, Lake Izabal, Quiriguá, Fronteras/El Relleno (Rio Dulce), Río Lámpara and Río Hondo.

By Joanne Sykes

Born and raised in Yorkshire, England, Jo is currently working as a freelance travel writer in Latin America. With degrees in...

20 Jul 2010

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