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Rio Dulce
15°48.529'N, 088°45.614'W Chart icon.png
lat=15.80881 | lon=-88.76023 | zoom=16 | y
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From Daphne Becker - Tortugal Marina:

Good news for cruisers!

The Guatemallan Navy/Coast Guard is patrolling Rio Dulce in the area where most vessels are concentrated, which includes the following marinas: Tortugal, Tijax, Mario's Monkey Bay, Mar Marine, Nana Juana, Catamaran, Bruno's.

This 24 hour patrol began in October, 2008 and no further incidents have been reported within the patrolled area.

For the time being, it is best to plan to check into Livingston early in the morning and proceed up-river to anchor or pick up a mooring near one of the marinas mentioned above.

The organization of hotel and marina owners hopes that the government of Guatemala will extend this very successful program to other areas in Rio Dulce, such as the Canyon, Rio Tatin, and Livingston.

Río Dulce ("Sweet River") is a river in Guatemala. It is part of a lake and river system that has become a very popular cruising sailboat destination. It is entered at the town of Livingston. The river meanders for six miles in a spectacular gorge. The sides of the gorge rise up to 300 feet on either side and are covered with teak, mahogany and palms. Wild flowers bloom throughout the foliage and howler monkeys and toucans can be seen. Waterfalls flow over the lip of the gorge after rainfalls.

The river opens into a long narrow lake called El Golfete. To starboard is an island and a large natural anchorage. A few houses and a couple of small businesses are on shore. El Golfete is about 10 miles long and a couple of miles wide. At its farthest end it becomes river again for a couple of miles. It is this area that several marinas and resorts are to be found.

As the river is about to enter Lake Izabal it is spanned by one of the biggest bridges in Central America. On one side of the bridge is the town of Fronteras, the local center of commerce for the area. On the other side is Rellenos. Fronteras is where the local veggie market is and Indians come in from the countryside in dugout canoes. Most of these boats are powered with Japanese outboard motors but many come to market day paddling these “cayucos” by hand.


See Guatemala.


See Guatemala.


See Guatemala.


See Guatemala.

  • A boater's "round-table" net is conducted each morning at 7:30 AM on VHF 69. The net first handles any priority traffic, a mail call, services offered or needed, buy, sell or trade, along with some "commercial" announcements.


Crossing the bar

Approach and details?

Navigating the River

Details, dangers, etc.?


Marinas & Yacht Clubs


List anchorages including the ones of nearby islands list under "Islands" above. If there is more then 1-3 paragraphs for a given anchorage, create a dedicated page for it (Port/Stop Template). Remove this section if not applicable.

  • [[large Anchorage1]]
  • [[large Anchorage1]]


Water In Monkey Bay Marina and in RAM Marina
Electricity In Monkey Bay Marina and in RAM Marina
Toilets In RAM Marina
Showers In RAM Marina
Laundry In RAM Marina
Garbage ?
Fuel In RAM Marina
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers ?
Repairs In RAM Marina
Internet Free in RAM Marina
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals ?


In RAM Marina.

Eating out

In RAM Marina.


List transportation (local and/or international.)



Give a short history of the port.

Places to Visit

List places of interest, tours, etc.


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)



See Guatemala.


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