Juan Gaviota, a huge planned community spanning 15 kilometers of beachfront located 12 kilometers west of Puerto San José , is the newest enclave of Guatemala’s elite and has all the feel of a Miami subdivision.
The first of several construction phases encompassing this ambitious project is Marina del Sur, which features a central clubhouse with a restaurant fronting the Pacific Ocean, in addition to swimming pools, tennis courts, soccer fields, and beach volleyball courts. Juan Gaviota is equipped with a boat marina, and future plans call for a golf course, timeshare condos, and hotels. A few homes are available for rent.
The best place to look for beach villa rentals in this neck of the woods is on the website of Antigua-based Century 21 Casa Nova (www.century21casanova.com ). Homes here rent for about $700 a week, or $400 for a weekend. This is a self-contained, gated community and you won’t find much of anything in this sparsely populated area of the Pacific Coast.