San Pedro la Laguna

thumb|San Pedro la Laguna

26 things to do

All Places Guatemala

Cafe Atitlan

Follow the trail of colorful coffee beans painted on the cobblestone beside Buddha Bar, and you’ll discover one of San Pedro’s most secluded and peaceful restaurants. The garden offers privacy beneath a big palapa with comfortable seating, as well a table with a big umbrella. Upstairs, the Canadian-style house (lots of wood) has indoor seating and a long terrace with a beautiful view of the lake and lots of flowers and trees. Even better, you get a free espresso with any meal or drink, plus there is free Wi-Fi for customers.

EAT   —  Map

Hotel Paraiso

One of the cheapest places to stay, the dorm rooms adjoining the office are only Q10 per person if 2 or more share them (Q15 for an individual). The showers are connected with the 115VAC directly to the plumbing, so it is ''strongly recommended'' to turn off the breaker and take a cold shower, otherwise touching the valve handle or the shower head can can be deadly. The owner knows this, and if you mention it to him you might be asked to leave. Several travelers have lost their life here, hence the name of the hotel.

SLEEP   —  path

Tepepul Kaan

Tepepul Kaan is located above the "calle Turistica" directly above Junior's Travel Agency about 100m left of the Pana dock. Locally owned Tepepul Kaan offers inexpensive rooms (Q50/75 all with private bathrooms), and a rooftop terrace to chill on. The hotel offers clean rooms at better prices than in Guate, and is one of the newer (and cleaner) hotels in San Pedro. Both backpaker and family friendly. Tepepul Kaan is also the only hotel that donates a portion of its money (25%) to a local childrens charity.

Hotel San Francisco

A popular location as some rooms have a kitchen and a bathroom, and the showers are warm (but not hot). Most rooms come with a great view of the lake and a balcony. This hotel is on the other side of the hill but all the locals know where it is, so start asking around once you reach the top of the hill. Because the quality of the rooms vary, ask to see a few before committing. You can bargain for cheaper rates if you stay 2 or more nights, say that you will look at other hotels to get the best rate.

SLEEP   —  5a avenida 2-32

Yo Mama's Casa

3 communal areas and garden. Cook your own meals in the kitchen (with fridge, stove/oven & a personalised basket for your groceries), beers on-site, pool table for free, hammocks. 30Q for a dorm bed, 40Q for a shared private and 50Q for a room. Literally one minute from the bar strip - close enough to crawl home, yet slightly removed from the hustle and bustle. Ask about discounts for longer stays.


Private rooms (some with shared & others with private bathrooms) in 2 buildings around pretty yard & gardens. Hammocks on patio in front of most rooms. 24-hr security. Guest kitchen shared. Wi-fi internet included. Bottled water provided. Great lookout over lake from roof of 3-story main building. Charged 50Q per person (150Q total) for private bath triple room on 3rd floor (Dec. 2011) for 1 night.

SLEEP   —  Map

The Buddha:

Located in San Pedro's hip, 'Otro Lado' a mere 5 minute walk from the main dock. Extremely good Asian & gourmet local dishes at very reasonable prices in an astoundingly beautiful setting. It's a three story bar, restaurant, lounge, cinema & cabaret with an amazing fusion of local and faraway exotic. Great place for traveler's to mingle with each other & locals over a game of pool.

EAT   —  Map

Le Jardin:

Run by French expats, this place has one of the coolest patios you'll ever see, with a variety of seating options from a candlelit table to a big group table with pillows for seats. Serves delicious French and Italian food. They use local ingredients and make everything in-house. Pretty expensive for the town, but you can get an amazing meal for under $10 (~Q83) per person.

EAT   —  Map

Mikaso Hotel

A Quebec family built this hotel in 2004-2005. It offers excellent cuisine and housing facilities in safe and peaceful surroundings, providing 12 rooms for 2, 3 or 4 persons, as well as a dormitory for 8 persons. Each room has its own bathroom with shower and hot water. Meals presented as self-service are served on the terrace on the third floor.

The Clover

With magical views of Indian Nose and the lake from the patio and bar, the only Irish bar and restaurant has international food and real Irish stew (a big bowl full of meat, potatoes and carrots in a thick sauce - tasty and filling). All meals include large portions, made from delicious ingredients, great drink specials, live music on weekends.

EAT   —  Map


"Laid back" in Hebrew, offers one of the most comfortable places to lounge around with your friends while you enjoy good food and drink at reasonable prices. Has some Israeli items, including falafel, on the menu but the coffee is locally-grown and doesn't include the ground cardamom that you'll find in some middle eastern restaurants.

EAT   —  path

Art Café El Colibri

Very nice and tranquil place with beautiful garden near the lake. Serves breakfasts and snacks. It has WIFI, computers and laundry too. It is connected with charity project to help local students to go study university. By painting a cup, you can support this project!

EAT   —  51150927 —  Zona 2, Xetagual

Art Café El Colibri

Very nice and tranquil place with beautiful garden near the lake. Serves breakfasts and snacks. It has WIFI, computers and laundry too. It is connected with charity project to help student to go study university. By painting a cup, you can support this project!

The Deep End Bar & Pool

Daytime chill place. Free pool use for customers. Bar food and lots of drink options. Free Pool Table, Boccie (pétanque) and a great Treehouse. Famous for its sunday BBQ with Smokin' Joes' BBQ. Located directly beside the Santiago Dock

DRINK   —  Map

Hotel Peneleu

Two tall orange concrete buildings with multiple balconies and terraces with tables and hammocks. Doubles start at Q50 for two people. Friendly owner and kitchen available. Good Wi-Fi and electric sockets all over the place.

SLEEP   —  Map

Jardin Net

Nice internet cafe offering salsa and art lessons, WiFi, international calls and Skype. Furthermore they offer breakfast and also hot and cold drinks as well as massage and laundry service.

DRINK   —  51150927 —  On the way to Zoola


Good food, and very chill atmosphere. Staff have a reputation around town for being rude. Israeli themed and run. (100 Q for private double room en suite). Walk-in only, no reservations.

SLEEP   —  (502) 5534 3111 —  path

The Buddha

Free pool table, dart board, Free large screen movies in second floor lounge/cinema, Hookah Pipes, three floors. Happy Hour from 12PM-5PM and 8PM-9PM.

DRINK   —  Map

El Barrio

A cozy and laid-back bar and eatery on the main path, toward the Santiago Dock. A favorite with local expats.

DRINK   —  Map


Best and cheapest food in town, roasted sausages and chicken with beans, guacamole and tortillas.

EAT   —  Map

Alegre Pub

British pub that also serves good food. Free movies on the roof at 7:30PM.

DRINK   —  Panajachel dock

Smokin' Joes' BBQ

The best BBQ in Guatemala. Every sunday at The Deep End Bar & Pool.

EAT   —  Map

Shanti Shanti

Inexpensive place to chill; good view of the lake.

DRINK   —  Map

El Otho Hollo

Food from Israel, very nice and affordable food.

EAT   —  Map

Nick's Place

See under '''Eat'''.

DRINK   —  Map

Source: wikivoyage