On the mouth of the Río Dulce, at the Gulf of Honduras (Caribbean Sea), is Livingston — a
founded by ex-slaves — with a culture perhaps more fitting for Belize than
Livingston and Puerto Barrios are the only two Guatemalan towns on the
Caribbean coast. Puerto Barrios is a busy port town
We tried the famous local tapado — a coconut-based seafood soup — and also some intensely sweet homemade toasted coconut candy. The soup's flavor was unique to this coastal area — very different from the one we tried in Panajachel, but it still required a similar amount of work to eat!
Many buildings had murals painted on them, including this curious yellow baby chicken-man eating money.
A three-wheeled car (taxi).
We enjoyed a long afternoon beachside chat with Karim, who lives in Livingston, and Charly, our backpacker friend from Río Dulce.
You don't visit Livingston for its beaches, but snorkeling is available after a (long) boat trip to Belize. We were excited to touch the water, breathe in the sea air, and watch the pelicans and royal terns fly around.
We found this burned-down night club on the beach. We later learned that this club was recently burned by angry residents in response to a shooting. We had read about some crime/safety issues before visiting Livingston, and so it was difficult to not always be our guard there — but we really don't like being overly cautious travelers.
At our hotel in Livingston, we encountered an electric shower inline hot water heater. (It wouldn't be our last.) If you remember to check the fuse (it's likely blown), this device actually does work to make hot water. After some mildly shocking experiences, however, we do not recommend touching the metal shower faucet while standing barefoot in the shower.