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Puerto San José is a city of 24,000 people (2018) in the Pacific Lowlands region of Guatemala.


Puerto San José was founded in 1853. The port is at the end of a railway line that begins in Puerto Barrios on the Atlantic coast. Until the 1980s, Puerto San José was Guatemala's most important port.

Puerto Quetzal was built around 1980 as a container port, and within a few years it developed into the country's largest port on the Pacific coast.

In addition to the large port complex, tourism is an important economic factor due to the holiday resorts of Chulamar and Likín.

Get in[edit]

By plane

  • 1 San Jose Airport (Aeropuerto de Puerto San José). The airport is only of regional importance; it also serves as an alternate airport for Guatemala City Airport. San José Airport (Q3272989) on Wikidata San José Airport (Guatemala) on Wikipedia

By car[edit]

Puerto San José is about 110 km south of Guatemala City on the CA-9 motorway.

By ship[edit]

Cruise ships dock in the port of Puerto Quetzal, either at the 1 Marina Pez Vela or at a container quay.

Get around[edit]

Map of Puerto San José


The two cities of Puerto San José and Puerto Quetzal and the surrounding area do not offer any special sights. Cruise passengers will find interesting excursion destinations in the hinterland, but should always think about the departure time of their ships due to the distances.


Go fishing.





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