1 Tilapa and Tilapita

Palm trees line these fine, dark-sand beaches whose gently shelving profile makes this one of the coast’s best spots for a swim.

2 Takalik Abaj

This small but rewarding archeological site features well-executed Olmec and Maya carvings.

3 Xocomil and Xetulul leisure parks

The country’s largest water-park and its neighbouring amusement complex offer a glut of slides, pools and chutes, plus some thrilling rides.

4 Surfing

Guatemala’s best surf beach, Paredón, is beginning to take off with the opening of a hip new surf lodge.

5 Sport-fishing

World-class conditions are offshore Guatemala’s Pacific coast: the two main centres are Puerto Quetzal and Iztapa.

6 Monterrico

This oceanside village boasts Guatemala’s most enjoyable beach, famous for its nesting sea turtles, plus an extensive network of mangrove swamps to explore.

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