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Santo Tomas de Castilla Luxury Cruises

The port of Santo Tomas de Castillo in Guatemala is the gateway to one of South America’s most untouched countries, a land overseen by towering volcanoes and covered by tropical jungle. It’s a relatively modern port and constantly expanding, and with a dedicated terminal for cruise ships, it grants tourists access to this unique country and its diverse culture. From the port of Santo Tomas, travellers can discover ancient Mayan ruins, serene lakes and ravaged desert lands.

Sightseeing in Santo Tomas

Santo Tomas is still relatively small, and although it offers tourists an insight into local Guatemalan culture it doesn’t offer the large range of tourist attractions many cruise ship ports can boast. However, some of the country’s most interesting sights and attractions are within a reasonable travelling distance of the terminal. You won’t have a great deal of time to spend exploring Santo Tomas when your cruise ship stops over in Guatemala, but here are some experiences that are worth having:

Quirigua

This site of ancient Mayan ruins is a popular day trip for many visiting cruise ship tourists. These temples don’t have quite the magnificence of the ones at Chichen Itza in Mexico but they’re still an impressive sight and give a good indication of the magnitude and scale of early architectural sites like these.

Lake Izabal

This magnificent expanse of water was once used by pirates who weighed anchor in the harbour and came upriver in search of food and treasures to plunder. It is watched over by the impressive Castillo de San Felipe and is also populated by families of manatee and various species of monkey.

Livingston

This local town is a well-developed tourist destination thanks to its lively personality and traditional Guatemalan style. Boats run to its jetty from the port at Santo Tomas and it can also be reached by road. It’s an interesting location for some alternative shopping options and has a lovely, palm-lined beach to enjoy.

Shopping in Santo Tomas

Santo Tomas is still developing as a tourist destination in its own right but it does offer some shopping opportunities on the harbour itself. A large warehouse that was originally used for cargo shipping has been turned into a store that sells all manner of tourist items from T-shirts and hats to jewellery and local crafts. For a more immersive shopping experience, head to Porto Barrios just up the coast. It’s actually the second port serving the same town but here you’ll find a central market where a wider selection of products is available.

Eating out in Santo Tomas

Santo Tomas doesn’t have any restaurants on its doorstep, but Porto Barrios has a variety that can be reached by taxi. The journey only takes a matter of minutes after disembarking your cruise ship, and you’ll have the choice of a popular steak house as well as a number of restaurants overlooking the sea. Guatemalan food is characterised by spicy seasoning that resembles Spanish or Mexican cooking. A popular local dish is tamale, a steamed dough ball containing a variety of stuffing, from meats to cheese. They are eaten all year round and can often be found in major cities served on street corners by local vendors.

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1 Mayan Marvels - Miami to Miami
24 March 2020 - 10 nights

Miami | Costa Maya | Harvest Caye | Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala | Roatan | Cozumel | Georgetown (Grand Cayman) | Key West (Florida), United States | Miami more

Fly Cruise £5149pp
Cruise Only £4589pp
2 Callao (Lima) to Fort Lauderdale
08 December 2020 - 15 nights

Lima, Peru | Lima, Peru | Salaverry | Manta | Fuerte Amador | Fuerte Amador | Puerto Limon | Roatan | Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala | Belize City | Cozumel Quintana Roo Mexico | Fort Lauderdale more

Fly Cruise £6659pp
Cruise Only Call
3 Fort Lauderdale to Fort Lauderdale
18 January 2021 - 11 nights

Fort Lauderdale | Key West (Florida), United States | Cozumel | Belize City | Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala | Roatan | Progreso/Yucatan | Progreso/Yucatan | Fort Lauderdale more

Fly Cruise £3459pp
Cruise Only £3459pp
4 Miami to Miami
26 January 2021 - 10 nights

Miami | Great Stirrup Cay | Key West (Florida), United States | Cozumel | Roatan | Harvest Caye | Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala | Costa Maya | Miami more

Fly Cruise £4999pp
Cruise Only £4219pp
5 Miami to Miami
16 February 2021 - 10 nights

Miami | Cruising The Straits Of Florida | Cozumel | Costa Maya | Roatan | Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala | Harvest Caye | Belize City | Cruising The Straits Of Florida | Key West (Florida), United States | Miami more

Fly Cruise £2949pp
Cruise Only £1949pp
6 Fort Lauderdale to Fort Lauderdale
04 March 2021 - 11 nights

Fort Lauderdale | Key West (Florida), United States | Cozumel | Belize City | Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala | Roatan | Progreso/Yucatan | Progreso/Yucatan | Fort Lauderdale more

Fly Cruise £3459pp
Cruise Only £3459pp
7 Miami to Miami
17 December 2021 - 10 nights

Miami | Great Stirrup Cay | Key West (Florida), United States | Cozumel | Roatan | Harvest Caye | Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala | Costa Maya | Miami more

Fly Cruise £5599pp
Cruise Only Call
8 Miami to Maimi
13 January 2022 - 21 nights

Miami | Puerto Plata | San Juan | Basseterre | Roseau | Castries | St. John’s, Antigua | Gustavia | Miami | Great Stirrup Cay | Key West (Florida), United States | Cozumel | Roatan | Harvest Caye | Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala | Costa Maya | Miami more

Fly Cruise £9589pp
Cruise Only £8589pp
9 Miami to Maimi
24 January 2022 - 10 nights

Miami | Great Stirrup Cay | Key West (Florida), United States | Cozumel | Roatan | Harvest Caye | Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala | Costa Maya | Miami more

Fly Cruise £5499pp
Cruise Only £4499pp
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