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 Guatemala - Profile

Facts

  • The Rio Dulce on Guatemala's Caribbean coast is the ultimate destination of almost every yacht cruising this part of the world; yachts that are not hampered by too deep a draft can negotiate the bar at the entrance to the river, after which the river virtually belongs to them.
  • Facilities on the Rio Dulce have greatly expanded in recent years, with several marinas on the river catering for visiting yachts where it is possible to leave the boat to travel inland, either to the capital or the ancient Maya sites.
  • Guatemala is now one of the more expensive countries to visit. An alternative is to visit the country from Puerto Chiapas, Mexico.

Security

Care should be taken here as there have, in the past, been a number of yacht boardings and robberies, and indeed a French Catamaran was robbed early 2012 in Cayo Quemado. Increases in patrols in the Rio Dulce area has resulted in better security, however the Navy do not patrol at all times and it is not recommended to anchor in lonely anchorages overnight.

Local advice is to moor in one of the many marinas that are around the bridge, which are not expensive. Or, if you really do not want to to go in a marina, anchor in front of the village of Fronteras or in front of Ram Marina - Nana Juana. If you want to anchor down the river then choose Texan Bay.

It is recommended that anchoring overnight in or near the Rio Tatin should be avoided.

Hoist your dingy and outboard on deck always at night here and be sure to secure them properly to the yacht.

As with everywhere in Central and South America, avoid walking alone during the night or in isolated places.

The U.K. Foreign Office advise caution in all areas of Guatemala City due to violent crime, this includes a recent rise in kidnappings.

Free Cruising Guides have completed the Caribbean Security Index (CSI) review of 2013 and updated the country ratings. The latest update of the CSI contains new information that may be important to you to “route around crime.”
See this report athttp://www.noonsite.com/General/Piracy/caribbean-crime-caribbean-security-index-csi-review-of-2013

Last updated February 2014.

Weather

The climate depends very much on the altitude and the coast is hot and humid. The Caribbean coast is occasionally affected by northers in winter. Throughout the year the local prevailing winds are easterly.

Guatemala Weather Forecast

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Richard Voswinckel
Richard Voswinckel says:
Oct 16, 2013 04:33 PM

When arriving or leaving Guatemala via Livingston it is best to use a "tramitador" or agent for a reasonable amount. The one to use is Raul Morales Veiz, tel +502 7947-0888 mobile +502 5510-9104, navieraservamar@gmail.com Livingston Izabal Guatemala

tanny
tanny says:
Nov 09, 2013 09:37 PM

Be advised that after the first 3 months in Guatemala, you must be staying at one of 8 'registered' marinas in order to qualify for a 12 month extention. Marina rates are going up as services remain the same...

Captain John Brandes
Captain John Brandes says:
Mar 30, 2014 03:42 PM

On Friday March 28 there was a meeting at Nana Juana Hotel & Marina in Rio Dulce that was hosted by the Guatemala Ministry of Tourism (INGUAT) where it was announced that the rule regarding vessels having to leave the country for three months has been rescinded and the old system will be implemented. This is very good news for all.

The rule that will take effect April 1 is as follows:

1. Boats when initially entering Guatemala from abroad will receive a cruising permit valid for three (3) months. The cost for this permit will be $50.00 US dollars plus Q60.00 (about $7.80 US).

2. Boats who wish to remain longer have the option to obtain an additional nine (9) month permit at a cost of $150.00 US Dollars.

3. Boats who wish to remain after the first 12 months as described above may obtain a permit to remain an additional 12 months at a cost of $150.00 US Dollars.

4. The extension described above for periods beyond the initial 12 month period may be renewed each 12 months thereafter indefinitely for a fee of $150.00 US Dollars. These extensions also require that the vessel be located in an INGUATE registered marina and there must be a contract with the marina.

There is no requirement that vessels leave the country for three (3) months or any other period to qualify for these extensions.

The fees stated above are SAT fees and do not include fees that may be charged by immigration or an agent.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jul 09, 2014 03:14 PM

Re. the above comment, Raul Veliz, the customs agent in Livingston, reported that these rules have not officially been approved yet. More information when we have it.

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