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Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala Cruise Port

41%

good (179 votes)

What people said about this port:

"beautiful trip down the rio dulce and hot springs we did n't venture too far from the just..." in 7 reviews.
"We traveled to a banana plantation and packing plant." 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:
Singles/Friends Experience:
2-3 cruises
Very Good

A lot of people skipped this stop. The actual port doesn't have much to offer. You have to take a cab or a boat somewhere. We took a boat to green bay resort it was the most beautiful place I have ever seen. Merchandise in the market was extremely cheap.

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Traveled As:
Family w/older children Experience:
4-6 cruises
So, So

We were on a 10-hour excursion to Tikal that we loved, had a glimpse at the city only on our quick bus transfer. Less poor area than Belize, still I wouldn't stroll downtown like I would do in Key West.

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Traveled As:
Family w/young children Experience:
7+ cruises
So, So

see honduras, same, nice people, we toured Qurigua, interesting, but one hour bus ride nothing to see but poverty, we stop at the banana plantation too, on the way back

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

We loved Guatemala. We immediately felt like we were able to mingle with the locals, and they were the warmest and friendliest people of all. They gave us a touching farewell that brought tears to my eyes.

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Traveled As:
Couple Experience:
4-6 cruises
Very Good

Shopping was easy and care free. lots of merchants. but beware, hangling is a must. Nice entertainment. Fruit smoothies are MMMMM good ($2). The jade jewelry is a must to buy but avoid the expensive crap. Little or no liqour for sale.

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Traveled As:
Singles/Friends Experience:
7+ cruises
So, So

Took the waterfall tour. Since it was during the dry season, the the waterfalls had little to no water! The walk in the jungle going to and coming from the waterfalls was very interesting. No time to do any restaurants or shopping due to the length of time in port.

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Traveled As:
Couple Experience:
2-3 cruises
Not Good

Not much to offer. We were told it was unsafe to go into town so we were stuck at the port building for the vendors. The port was for commercial shipping so not much to look at.

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Traveled As:
Singles/Friends Experience:
2-3 cruises
So, So

Beautiful place, but the "las escobas waterfall" excursion is not really a waterfall like you would think, more of a tiny amount of water trickling down a rock. Not worth the money.

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