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Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala Cruise Port

41%

good (179 votes)

What people said about this port:

"In addition, we toured along the Rio Dulce and Children 's School." in 7 reviews.
"We did the Banana Plantation tour-very interesting... Grey Line here was fantastic!!!" in 6 reviews.
"If you do n't have a shore excursion planned, there is not much to do." in 4 reviews.

126 reviews and tips of Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala




Traveled As:
Couple Experience:
7+ cruises
Not Good

We didn't see anything on the trolley tour. It seemed a shame to exploit these people with a trolley going through this depressed area. We didn't stop so couldn't even help their economy. Trolly was very bumpy and hard on your back. My husband was unable to get around the next day due to back pain

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Traveled As:
Large Group Experience:
7+ cruises
So, So

We didn't venture too far from the ship, just shopped at the port and back on the ship..again book an excursion with the cruise ship to feel safe and secure on this island too.

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Traveled As:
Singles/Friends Experience:
1 cruise (first)
So, So

This is a newish port, and there isn't much there, other than a welcome center. The welcome center has some local dancing/singing entertainment and a large group of vendors. The best items there to buy are textiles and coffee. Again, be sure to barter for a good price.

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Traveled As:
Couple Experience:
1 cruise (first)
Very Good

An absolutely beautiful place once you get past the town that surrounds the port. The second you walk out the gate you're bombarded by begging children who want $1 and dozens of taxi drivers! My advice: take the excursion to the see the rain forest and swim in the waterfalls. It was the best part of our entire trip. So beautiful and peaceful. The water is crystal clear.

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Traveled As:
Couple Experience:
2-3 cruises
So, So

This port was more accomodating to tourists. It had a warehouse-like location filled with shops, food and music. The port itself other than that one location was very ugly. It was quite industrial. There was not enough to do to be there for 8-10 hours. If I stopped there again I would take an excursion. I wish I went on the Banana Plantation excursion.

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Traveled As:
Family w/young children Experience:
1 cruise (first)
Very Good

We went to the Amatique Bay Resort. We were pleasantly surprised. The resort had a beach, big pool and, best of all, waterslides. My daughter went down those slides the entire day. The food wasn't great, but we had a great time.

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Traveled As:
Couple Experience:
7+ cruises
So, So

Not much at this Guatemalan container port. We felt it best to stick with a ship tour at this stop and limit ourselves to shopping at the port area. We selected a tour of the countryside followed by a guided visit to the Mayan Archeological site at Quirigua. If you are into history and culture like us it's worth it otherwise find something else to do.

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Traveled As:
Couple Experience:
2-3 cruises
Very Good

The beach excursion was very nice and the pool was large and inviting. It wasn't at all crowded and the BBQ lunch was quite good. Shopping next to the dock is good and we also enjoyed the local dancers.

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Traveled As:
Large Group Experience:
1 cruise (first)
So, So

At first,being docked in a shipping yard is not very appealing. We discovered the poor side of town with a local excursion. Not very impressed. Any site seeing takes a lot of time.

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Traveled As:
Singles/Friends Experience:
1 cruise (first)
So, So

This is a newish port, and there isn't much there, other than a welcome center. The welcome center has some local dancing/singing entertainment and a large group of vendors. The best items there to buy are textiles and coffee. Again, be sure to barter for a good price.

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Traveled As:
Family w/older children Experience:
4-6 cruises
Very Good

A slightly unusual port of call but very interesting. Not very touristy, so it was nice for a change. Not many port activities, but those they had were refreshing. People were very freindly and not pushy like in Mexico.

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Traveled As:
Large Group Experience:
2-3 cruises
So, So

this is a very-very limited port small shopping area but a must see these people try so hard to please you and actually lined up on the pier (all of them cab drivers included) to see us off. you can walk out into the town but it has armed guards walking around and they only speak spanish

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