Puerto Barrios is a small city along Guatemala's northern Caribbean coastline. Although nearby Livingston has a large Garifuna population, there are also a couple of thousand here. Garifuna people are descendants of a mix of African slaves and Carib Indians from the island of St. Vincent further east in the Caribbean.
There are regular connections to Guatemala City, taking about 5-6 hours, and to Rio Dulce (1.5 hours). You can also travel regularly by minibus (every 20 minutes or so during the day) to the border with Honduras, taking about 1.5 to 2 hours. Onward transport goes to Omoa, Puerto Cortes, San Pedro Sula and La Ceiba (for the ferry to Roatan). Whether you can reach Roatan in a day is a matter of luck, but try and get the first minibus from Puerto Barrios if possible.
There are a couple of ferries a day to Livingston (taking 1.5 hours), but much more (and faster) fast boats which leave when full and only take 30 minutes. A daily fast boat leaves at 10:00am to Punta Gorda in Belize, taking about 1 hour to cross.
See also International Telephone Calls
Help contribute to this article to share the ad revenue.
We don't currently have any Travel Helpers for Puerto Barrios
Except where otherwise noted, content of this article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License