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Livingston is a town in Guatemala.
There are no land access routes to Livingston; although Livingston is situated on Guatemala's mainland. Access can only be made by water; either by travelling up the Rio Dulce or by entering the port of Livingston on the Caribbean. Boats come frequently from Rio Dulche Town and Puerto Barrios.
A ferry leaves Puerto Barrios for Livingston Monday to Saturday at sometime in the morning (sometime around 11:00, but confirm first) and at 17:00. It costs 10 Quetzales. Collectivo Lanchas from Puerto Barrios to Livingston leave all day and cost 30 Quetzales.
Boats also arrive on the Caribbean route from Punta Gorda, Belize.
Livingston is a very small town and it does not take long to become familiar with the place. The main street running through Livingston is Calle Principal. The majority of the towns shops, restaurants and bars are situated on this road. Everything else is situated on roads directly leading from Calle Principal.
Livingston is a strange mix of cultures on the isolated Caribbean coast of Guatemala. The people of Livingston are a mixture of the Black Garifuna, Spanish Guatemalans and Mayan Guatemalans. A number of languages are spoken including Spanish, Garifuna and English is also widely spoken.
Livingston has two not very impressive beaches. The beach to the North of Livingston is unclean and is patrolled by armed police as there have been a number of recorded incidents there in the past. The central beach is pleasant enough, although grass grows into the water at various points. Children come here to fly kites most evenings and this is a friendly beach where the locals come to swim. The Hotel Dona Alida is situated directly above the central beach proving great sea views.
Other beaches close to Livingston include Playa Quehueche which is a few kilometres along the Northern coast, and Playa Blanca which is 12km along the North coast. Exotic Travel are just one of the tour operators who organise boat trips to the latter.
5km to the North of Livingston are the beautiful waterfalls known as Los Siete Altares. These are a set of seven freshwater pools and waterfalls leading into the Caribbean.
There are a number of tour companies operating from within Livingston.
Livingston was traditionally a small fishing town and therefore carries a good selection of seafood. Many places serve very cheap grilled shrimp.
Tapado is a soup made from fish, prawn and shellfish, served with crusty bread. Cooked in coconut milk and garnished with coriander.
There are a large number of restaurants spread out around Calle Principal and the streets leading from this. These restaurants include:
The local drink here is Coco Loco. This is a coconut based drink where the top is cut off a coconut and a very generous serving of run is poured in. These are delicious and very potent.
There is live Garifuna music in many bars most nights. A local set of musicians do a tour of the restaurants playing traditional Garifuna music with traditional set up of large drums, a turtle shell, conch shell and maraccas. Words are chanted in the background which makes an interesting accompaniment to a meal.
There are many places to sit and enjoy a drink in Livingston.
Boats depart twice daily from Rio Dulche at 9.30am and 1.30pm the standard price is $10 per person. Boats depart twice daily (exept sunday!!) across the bay to Puerto Barrios at 5 am and 2 pm. 10 Quetzales (1,20 USD).
As well as the scheduled boats it is very easy to negotiate chartered boats with many captains around the marina. If there is demand you will be able to find a boat going to Puerto Barrios (30 Quetzales - 4 USD), Rio Dulce Town or Puerto Gorda, Belize.