Best hotels and hostels in Caribbean Coast

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Lívingston

    Casa Rosada

    Casa Rosada is a one-stop spot that manages somehow to do it all, and do it well. The owner, Ismael, is a wealth of knowledge about the area and can arrange tours, set up performances and offer advice or suggestions, as well as handle issues that come up. Bungalows (all with clean shared bathrooms) are delightful, as is the food. You need to order up to two hours early to have dinner, but the restaurant is open the rest of the day for walk-ins, and has great coffee, good breakfasts and tasty margaritas. The dock and hammocks make it easy to jump on boats or just lounge the day away. It's Lívingston slow luxury at its best.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Lívingston

    Casa Nostra

    A lovely spot right on the water with (on a good day) views of Honduras from the upper floor, the Casa Nostra is a place that feels like home. Owner Stuart makes incredible food, the staff are friendly, and the spot exudes just the right balance of casualness and style. Pick-ups and drop-offs are available from the dock. Even if you're staying elsewhere, don't miss the chance to swing by for one of Casa Nostra's seafood pizzas, a delight even for those who are picky about their seafood.

  • Lodging in Lívingston

    Dos Arboles

    A relative newcomer in what was the Vecchia Toscana, Dos Arboles is a fun, hip hostel and more, with live-music shows, a lovely pool with hummingbirds, and experienced owners who know what makes a place tick. Any closer to the water and you'll be wading. Good mosquito nets mean that you'll actually get some sleep here too.

  • Lodging in Lívingston

    Finca Tatin

    Experience the forest at this rustic B&B at the confluence of Ríos Dulce and Tatin, 10km from Lívingston. Four-hour guided walks and kayak trips, some visiting local Q'eqchi' villages, are offered. Accommodations are in funky wood-and-thatch cabins scattered through the jungle and spiffy riverfront cabins (double Q350 to Q400, depending on room layout and beds) with balconies overlooking the water. There are trails, waterfalls and endless river tributaries that you can explore with one of the cayucos (indigenous fishing dugouts) available for guest use (per day Q80). Guided night walks through the jungle offer views of elusive nightlife, and cave tours are good for swimming and soaking in a natural sauna. You can walk to Lívingston from here in about four hours or take your kayak. Alternatively, staff from Finca Tatin will come pick you up. A temescal sauna is a new addition for those needing a good purifying sweat.

  • Lodging in Lívingston

    Hotelito Perdido

    This beautiful, secluded hideout is a five-minute boat ride from Finca Tatin. The ambience is superb – relaxed and friendly. The whole place is solar powered and constructed in such a way as to cause minimal impact on the environment. Wi-fi is slow at times. The two-story bungalows are gorgeous: simple yet well decorated, with a sleeping area upstairs and a small sitting area downstairs. It's a small, intimate place, so it's a good idea to book ahead. You can organize many of the activities available at Finca Tatin from here as well.

  • Lodging in Lívingston

    Hotel Villa Caribe

    The 45-room Villa Caribe is a luxurious anomaly among Lívingston's laid-back, low-priced Caribbean lodgings. Modern but still Caribbean in style, it has many conveniences and comforts, including extensive tropical gardens, a restaurant, a big swimming pool and two bars, one (appropriately) next to the pool. Rooms are fan-cooled with modern bathrooms; little balconies overlook the gardens and river mouth. The bungalows are air-conditioned.

  • Lodging in Lívingston

    Hotel Salvador Gaviota

    Beautiful simple wood and bamboo rooms set back 200m from a reasonably clean beach. Day-trippers going to and from Los Siete Altares drop in for meals (Q50 to Q100) and drinks here – otherwise you may have the place to yourself. It's 500m from the swing bridge where the road ends – a tuk-tuk will charge about Q5 to get you there, a taxi Q10.

  • Lodging in Lívingston

    Casa de la Iguana

    A five-minute walk from the main dock, this happy-to-admit-it party hostel offers good-value cabins, camping and hammocks. The cabins are wooden affairs, with simple decoration. Happy hour here leads, hours later, to beer pong…which comes with a roulette wheel of fates that befall the losers: most involve drunkenness, nudity, or a combination. So don't come planning on going to sleep at nine.

  • Lodging in Lívingston

    Roundhouse

    This medium-sized hostel, 20 minutes by boat from Lívingston, has a 1st floor with a pleasant riverfront bar/restaurant/hammock area. On the 2nd floor there's a spacious dorm and some good, simple private rooms. Snorkeling and sailing tours are usually on offer, and there's a launch service to Lívingston (Q40) at 12:30pm and 4pm.

  • Lodging in Lago de Izabal

    Hotel Vista al Lago

    Set in a classic historic building down on the waterfront, this place has plenty of style, although the rooms themselves are fairly ordinary. Views 'of the world's largest swimming pool,' from the upstairs balcony are superb. Rooms with fans have negotiable prices always lower than those with air-con.

  • Lodging in Lívingston

    Posada El Delfín

    Down by the waterfront, this is a big modern construction with reasonably sized, spotless rooms and a great swimming pool overlooking the river. Don't expect views from your room – the (recommended) 2nd-floor restaurant steals them all.

  • Lodging in Lago de Izabal

    Viñas del Lago

    Near the Hotel Don Humberto, but much fancier, with 21 spacious rooms. The ones out the back have good views. The grounds are large and there's a restaurant (mains Q50 to Q100) with views of Lago de Izabal.

  • Lodging in Lívingston

    Hotel Ríos Tropicales

    The Ríos Tropicales has a variety of big, well-screened rooms facing a central patio with plenty of hammocks and chill-out space in the 2nd-floor lounge. Rooms have private bathrooms but no air-con.

  • Lodging in Lago de Izabal

    Hotel Villela

    The rooms are less attractive than the neat lawn and trees they're set around, but some are airier and brighter than others. All have fan and bathroom. Significant discounts in the off season.

  • Lodging in Lago de Izabal

    Hotel Monte Verde

    One of the best deals for miles around – generously sized rooms, a huge pool set in a lush garden and an onsite bar-restaurant.

  • Lodging in Lago de Izabal

    Restaurante Típico Chaabil

    Although they go a bit heavy on the log-cabin feel, the rooms at this place, at the west end of the street, are the best deal in town. Get one upstairs for plenty of light and good views. The restaurant here, on a lovely lakeside terrace, cooks up delicious food, such as tapado (Garifuna casserole). The water here is crystal clear and you can swim right off the hotel's dock.

  • Lodging in Lago de Izabal

    Mansión del Río

    For those seeking some downtime and resort-style pampering, this place is the only standard 'resort' in town, with two pools, a Jacuzzi, a restaurant, bar, gym, and somewhat plain rooms with garden or lake views. Dedicated kiddie pools, animal statues and a waterslide make for family fun.

  • Lodging in Lago de Izabal

    Hotel Don Humberto

    Near El Castillo, offering basic rooms with big beds and good mosquito netting. It's nothing fancy, but is more than adequate for a cheap sleep.