Monterrico listed among world’s “10 Best Beach Destinations”

Monterrico listed among world’s 10 Best Beach Destinations (photo by Mario Meaulieu -

With its black-sand beaches, powerful waves and sea turtle nesting grounds, Monterrico has been ranked among the 10 Best Beach Destinations in the World by Yahoo Travel.
Guatemala’s quaint, south coast community joins the ranks of Ka’anapali, Maui, Hawaii; Hahei Beach, New Zealand; and Sanur Beach, Bali, in Yahoo’s global hit list of beaches to visit in 2011.

“When it comes to something a bit different, our readers recommend the black volcanic sands of Monterrico, Guatemala,” according to the Yahoo Travel scribes.

“Located on the Pacific coast, Monterrico differs from the calm waters and soft sands of other popular vacation spots—its powerful waves are suitable for only the strongest swimmers,” the description continues.

“Aside from the challenging surf, most people come to see the endangered sea turtles that use the beach as a nesting ground. You might even catch a glimpse of the newly-hatched offspring during your visit. The small fishing village of Monterrico provides plenty of options for inexpensive accommodations and restaurants.”

Atop the list was Anse Lazio, Seychelles. Other destinations in the Top 10 are Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres, Mexico; Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, USA; Cas Abao Beach, Curacao; Santa Marta, Colombia; and Coronado Beach, San Diego, California, USA.

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