Green Bay Hotel
Farther along this same road is the 50-room Green Bay Hotel (tel. 7948-2361, $60 d room-only or $130 d all-inclusive), which was built way ahead of its time in the early 1990s but now seems perfectly situated to cater to cruise-ship day trippers. The comfortable thatched-roof duplex bungalows are built into the side of a beautifully forested hillside near the water’s edge and have all the comforts, including air-conditioning, TV, private hot-water bathroom, and bay windows that look out to the jungle.
Although the exteriors are thatched-roof, it’s really only for show, as the room interiors pretty much look like any standard modern hotel room. There is an airy, thatched-roof restaurant and bar overlooking the swimming pool and Bahía de Amatique. In addition to seafood, the restaurant serves international dishes including pasta, sandwiches, and grilled steaks. It’s a bit overpriced at about $8 for pasta.
Out front is a dock from where you can book a tour of the bay or a motorboat transfer to Punta de Palma Beach, Punta de Manabique Wildlife Refuge, Lívingston, or Río Dulce. Call 7948-1067 and ask for Bobi or inquire at the hotel’s boat dock. Otherwise, you can catch some rays on the lagoon-front beach or explore the waters in a kayak. Two small mangrove islets, known as the Cayos del Diablo, lie just off the coast.
Mountain bikes are also available for rent and there’s a sandy beach volleyball court. As at most of Guatemala’s Caribbean beaches, the water here is not clear like that along the Yucatán Peninsula, but more emerald in color. It’s what the tourism promoters have called, “A different Caribbean.”
© Al Argueta from Moon Guatemala, 3rd Edition. Photos © Al Argueta www.alargueta.com