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Guatemala ➝ Escuintla ➝ Iztapa

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  • English
  • Spanish

Puerto de Iztapa, nestled in the department of Escuintla, Guatemala, is a picturesque municipality bordered by the Pacific Ocean and embraced by the Michatoya or María Linda rivers and the Chiquimulilla Canal. With approximately 15,000 residents, the community thrives on artisanal fishing, agriculture, and the upkeep of charming "chalets."

Bicycles and traditional rowboats or skiffs serve as the primary modes of transportation, while ferries become a necessity for those traveling by motor vehicle or boat to reach certain villages. The Surf Shack Hostel, a heartfelt family initiative, was born out of the desire to welcome surfers and travelers seeking the allure of Iztapa's perfect and tubular waves.

Nestled in nature, facing the river, the hostel allows easy access to the heart of Iztapa, just a 5-minute walk away. Crossing the river, whether by boat, kayak, or stand-up paddle, leads to the sea and the inviting beach. The hostel comprises five individual/double/triple rooms with the choice of private or shared bathrooms, a well-equipped kitchen, a private pier, and a cozy beachside cabin.

Iztapa is renowned for its tourist attractions, boasting black sand beaches, meandering rivers, opportunities for sport fishing, and a haven for surf enthusiasts. The village exudes a warm charm, largely due to its predominantly friendly and amicable population of fishermen, farmers, and port workers.

At Surf Shack Hostel in Iztapa, guests can dive into a range of activities, from surfing and bodyboarding to kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. Explore the picturesque surroundings by bike, snorkel in the vibrant underwater world, and unwind with relaxing massages. Immerse yourself in local culture through Spanish practice, fostering connections with the friendly community for a memorable and enriching experience.

In summary, the Surf Shack Hostel is a harmonious blend of family hospitality and a passion for sharing the beauty of Iztapa's waves, making it an ideal retreat for those seeking an authentic and enjoyable coastal experience.


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  • Common Living Room
  • Hammocks 
  • Parking
  • Allowed Pets
  • Fridge
  • Grill (Barbecue)
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Tea & Coffee
  • Bicycles
  • Skateboard