Bertram's Destination of the Week: Marina Pez Vela, Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
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Sunset in the ancient city of Antigua in southern Guatemala. The small city is surrounded by volcanoes.
The Pacific coast of Guatemala is known as the sailfish capital of the world among traveling anglers, thanks to the local charter boats posting incredible billfish release numbers year after year. Double-digit releases have become the rule rather than the exception, and eager billfish enthusiasts have flocked here in droves in the hopes of experiencing such incredible fishing for themselves.
There’s only one marina on the Pacific in Guatemala—Marina Pez Vela, located inside Puerto Quetzal, a large commercial port and naval base. Many of the finest billfish captains in the world fish out of Marina Pez Vela. Two world-class lodges operate near Puerto Quetza—Casa Vieja Lodge and Pacific Fins Lodge—both offer great food and accommodations, combined with world-class offshore fishing. (Pacific Fins has a seven-slip marina for its own fleet which includes several Bertrams.)
Besides the fantastic fishing, the historic city of Antigua offers a flavor and environment that will keep you returning. It sits high in the mountains between several active volcanoes, and many of the buildings date back to the 16th century. It’s a wonderful place, and should be considered a must on any Guatemalan excursion.
If you’re searching for that fantastic sailfish bite, your chances are better in Guatemala than any place else. This is why we selected the area as our Bertram Destination of the Week.