there is a turtle research center in mote rico.every saturday they let baby turtles out in to the ocean.for a 1 dollar donation you can sposor your own baby turtle.you get to hold him for a few minutes before you let him out in the ocean.if your turtle get's out before the other turtles you will be awarded with a free meal in a local restaurant.more
If you are in Monte Rico, a boat tour through the mangoves is a thing to do. Although you have a little change of seeing a croc, you will see lot's of birds and if you are in the summer lot's of butterfies (those you will see anywhere in central america and mexico during summer, millions of them)'. And strange fish, very strange fish.The best way...more
When we first got to Monte Rico we didn't know anything and as we hit the water right away we didn't have time to investigate, so we just ate at one of the hotels, and ouch that hurt the old wallet. It still is cheap for western people, but been on the road for a while we were used to different prices.
So next day we started to search and found this little place in the village (well village, there are a few hotels and a small market and a disco restaurant. And there also behind a big hotel there is this small place with tables and chairs where you can get delicious local food and it is cheap. So we ended up having breakfast, lunch and dinner there, and I never had a bad meal.
they say that during the weekend the nightlife is good, very good, cause all the students from antigua that study spanish there are going to monte rico to relax and party, and yes it is full in the weekends. And guys, you will like this, most of the students are girls hehe.
But unfortuanatly we didn't party, cause the weekend we were there, a big thunderstorm was on, and before getting to a bar you will be completely soaked.
Dress Code: dress code???? what where you wearing on the beach during the day??? oh that, well keep it on.
There is only one way to get to Monte Rico, and that is to take a lancha (a very small boat). Just get from Guate City to one of the chicken busses, and transfer to a lancha.
Tip: when getting of the bus (especially if it isn't the end stop of the bus) Get your stuff quick, cause the drivers ain't the patient kind of people.
You are in a mangrove, in a swamp, so there will be mozzies, and lot's of them. During the day they are harmless, unless you really go in the swamp, but at dust they come out and they do sting, a lot. So use long pants and reppellent, we tried long sleev shirts aswell, but we decided we didn't wanna die of a heat stroke, so we skipped that. And even though the locals say that malaria and dengue isn't present (dengue I believe cause it ain't an urban zone) but do you want to risk it?? I don't think so.
when we were there, there was only one hotel that had internet access, so it is very expensive. The connection is fast, so you no delays there. But it tend to disconnect often. Make it short Ok, you are on a holiday, so how much do you really need internet??? You really need it to have fun?? To enjoy the beautifull weather???, To relax???? No I...more
There is NO bank in Monte Rico, so make sure you have enough money with you to last the whole holiday and get you away again. A few banks will change US dollars, for a bad rate, but travelers checks are a big NO.You can get to the mainland to change money, but it will be a waste of your day.So make sure you cash in before you come.more
Luggage and bags:
A backpack is the best, cause there ain't a real taxi service, and the busses are real chicken busses
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: some good shoes, sandals light clothing and some cloting to cover up against the mozzies.
And don't take any fancy stuff with you, cause you won't be wearing it, it will only get dirty, VERY dirty.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There isn't much there so take all you can and need (diarhea pills for sure)
Photo Equipment: If you wan't to photograph birds, then take a long lens, otherwise stick to the short-medium lenses, cause that is what you will be using most.
And the film should be medium to fast, cause on the boat tours i the morning you can't use a tripod.
Miscellaneous: Money, enough money
OK, so Monte rico isn't a typical beach resort but it is a lot of fun. In order to get to Monte Rico you have to take a dirt road into the village. My only problem was having to help push the vehicle through the sand. You see I did plenty of that while I was in Guate. I would not say I had fun but it was quite an experience. So there you have it,...more
As it is on the ocean, there are waves. Very powerfull shorebreak waves. And therefor not really suited for surfing (unless on the right swell on low tide, you can get some good ones, if it ain't over 5 feet), so body boarding is the go. And then it will be pull in closeout shorebreak tubes which won't let any light through cause of the black sand, so it is a funny experience being in a pitch black tube.
ps. leatherbacks come here on the beach to lay eggs, so watch out where you walk and watch the sharks.
Equipment: just your favorite shorebreak board.
There is not much in Monte Rico, just the swamp and beaches. So it is perfect for relaxing and see some wonderfull nature.And that is what most peopel come here to do, do watch the wildlife of the swamp, and later just relax in a hammock. If you lucky, you will see leatherbacks (we didn't get lucky)more