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Livingston (Guatemala)

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Introduction

Livingstone

Livingstone

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Livingston is a small city along Guatemala's northern Caribbean coastline. The town can only be reached by boat from a number of places in Guatemala and from Belize. It a major Garifuna town, descendants of a mix of African slaves and Carib Indians from the island of St. Vincent further east in the Caribbean.

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Getting There

By Boat

There are multiple daily connections from both Rio Dulce and Puerto Barrios in Guatemala, and internationally you can travel twice weekly to Punta Gorda, Belize (7:00am on Friday and Tuesday) and usually daily to Omoa in Honduras as well. There is also a combined boat-bus shuttle to La Ceiba, Honduras, which leaves Livingston early morning in time to meat the last ferry to Roatan or Utila.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Rios TropicalesCalle Principalguesthouse-
Vecchia ToscanaBarrio ParisHotel-
Casa De La IguanaBarrio Marco Sanchez DiazHOSTEL97
Casa NostraCalle Marcos Sanchez DiazGUESTHOUSE-
The Round HouseLa Pintada, Rio DulceHOSTEL-
El Hotelito PerdidoRio Lampara, Rio DulceHOTEL-
D Luxe HotelHawkbrae Ladywell West,HOTEL-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet access is widely available. Even most of the more remote areas have some type of internet access available. Many larger areas also have WiFi. All of the Camperos chicken/pizza restaurants (which are numerous) offer free WiFi, as well as many other restaurants and cafes. Some hotels may also offer computer banks with internet access. Just ask and you eventually will find some sort of free access.

If you have a smartphone such as iPhone, Google Android, you just need a local SIM card (roughly Q25) and can start enjoying the prepaid access plans, which generally come in lots of an hour, a day, or a week.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

Guatemala's emergency phone numbers include 110 (police), 120 (ambulance) and 123 (fire). Guatemala's international calling code is 502. There are no area codes. Phone numbers all have eight digits.

The phone system isn't great, but it works. Tourists can call abroad from call centers, where you pay by the minute. It is also easy to purchase a calling card to use at public pay phones. The phones there do not accept money, so to use a public phone on the street you must purchase a telephone card. Typically, the cost is around 8 quetzals for a 10-min call to North America, and slightly more to Europe. Cell phones are quite cheap and calling overseas through one can get as low as $0.08 a min. If you are planning to stay for a while and plan to use the phone, you should consider buying a cheap prepaid phone. Wireless nation-wide internet access for laptops is also available as a service from some companies. Telefónica has good coverage with their PCMCIA EV-DO cards.

Post

El Correo is the national postal company in Guatemala. It offers a wide range of services, including sending cards and packages both domestically as well as internationally. Most Guatemalan towns have a post office, although your best bet is to send mail from a large city. Service at El Correo is improving, thanks to consultation and assistance from Canada Post. Most post offices open from 8:30am to 5:30pm. Airmail letters to North America and Europe cost from Q6.50 and take a week or two to arrive. High-end hotels can usually send your mail for you, too. Expect packages you send through the Guatemalan mail system to take a very long time to arrive. They usually get there in the end, but it's worth paying extra for recorded delivery (correo registrado). Many stores can ship your purchases for you, for a cost. Valuable items are best sent with private express services. Couriers operating in Guatemala include DHL, UPS, and FedEx. Delivery within two to three business days for a 1-kg package starts at about Q500.

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