Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala Port Review & Port Guide

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Best Rated Shore Excursions & Cruise Excursions in Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala
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Destination Facts

World Region
Central & South America
Time Zone
GMT -06:00 (it's currently 03:06 pm there)
International Calling Code



Guatemalan Quetzal

Police / Emergency Phone Number



Santo Tomás de Castilla is one of the most important port cities in Guatemala. It is located in the eastern Gulf of Honduras coast on the Amatique Bay. Santo Tomás de Castilla was originally settled in the 19th century by Belgian explorers. The port was built in the 1960s and for many years Santo Tomás de Castilla received only cargo ships. In 2004, Santo Tomás de Castilla began accepting cruise ships that made their way through the Caribbean. The cruise industry brings tourists to this before much neglected coastline, and the local economy appreciates visitors.

As the attractions for cruise passengers in the area are very limited, Santo Tomás de Castilla serves mainly as a cruise passenger’s gateway to the inland attractions.

Cruise Ship Pier Location

The docking facility in Santo Tomas de Castilla is a long pier on the west side of the town. It’s mainly a commercial loading area.

Self-guided Shore Excursions & Cruise Excursions

For security reasons, we don’t recommend any self-guided excursions in Guatemala.

Taxi Transportation

For security reasons, we don’t recommend that you take any taxis or self guided excursions in Guatemala.

General Store Opening Hours

Most shops are open Monday through Thursday 10 am to 7 pm and Friday and Saturday 10 am to 9 pm. Usually shops are closed on Sundays.

Service Locations


It’s strongly recommended not to use local ATMs. Scams are often observed.

Tipping / Bargaining Habits

If the service on a restaurant or bar is included you will see the word “propina” on the bill. If not then a tip of approximately 10% is expected. In opposite, tipping is not expected by taxi drivers but rounding up the fare is still perceived as a nice gesture.

Safety Advice

High murder rates mark Guatemala as one of the most dangerous countries in the Western Hemisphere. While the vast majority of murders do not involve foreigners, we recommend that you be extremely careful. Only travel with authorized tour groups and stay in well-lit, public areas. Only take the cash that you need and keep your passports and jewelry locked up on the cruise ship.

Embassy / Consulate Contact Data

Embassy of the United States of America, Avenida Reforma 7-01, Zona 10, Guatemala City, Tel.: +502 2326-4000, Fax: +502 2326-4654

British Embassy, Edificio Torre Internacional, Nivel 11, 16 Calle 0-55, Zona 10 Guatemala City, Tel.: +502 2380-7300,

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, 9A Calle, Guatemala City, Tel.: +502 2364 6700