Advanced Search. While cruising through the Yucatan Peninsula, explore the modern cruise port of Santo Tomas de Castilla, located just to the southwest of Puerto Barrios in Guatemala. The natives are humble, polite and very hospitable, the hills around the cruise port are exceptional, the flora and fauna of Las Escobas Waterfalls are magnificent and the Mayan ruins at Tikal are a living testimony to a culture that once flourished is a dynamic way. As one of the most important port cities in Guatemala, Santo Tomas de Castilla has had it fair share of colonial influence, especially in the s when Belgian settlers called in home for long periods of time.
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The dock area is mostly a commercial loading area. There is a large building with local handicrafts, jewelry and t-shirts. You can also expect to see a representative from the INGUAT, the guatemalan tourism commission to provide tourism information and oversee that tour operators are not trying to rip off tourists. Cruise calendar for this port. Watch a destination video. Live Nautical Chart with Wikipedia Markers.
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Santo Tomas de Castilla Guatemala served until recent years solely as an industrial port for local resident and companies to send goods off and take goods in. However, its proximity to historical sites and unspoiled landscapes made it particularly appealing to cruise ship lines, and the pier has been pulling double duty for over a decade, still serving its industrial interests but also catering to guests aboard Western Caribbean cruises. As a result of this tourist destination in development status, the Santo Tomas de Castilla Guatemala port offers cruise tourists very little in the way of a tourist experience. A single warehouse turned market exists for those on the pier, and for some, this can be very off putting.
By cosytoes , January 28, in Guatemala. Just thought I would post some details about our recent day in Santo Tomas as there seemed very little info available on the forums. Our ship Marella discovery 2 docked in Santo Tomas which is a container port so there is no where to walk to.