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From Puerto Quetzal, it's about 45 miles north to Guatemala City and 80 miles east to Santa Ana.
If the sun is shining, set off to San Jose Beach. It's 7 miles to the west and is a great place to absorb the ocean vistas.
Checking out Chiquimulilla Canal and Biotopo Monterrico-Hawaii in Monterrico, some 14 miles from Puerto Quetzal, is worth considering.
Approximately 40 miles to the north of Puerto Quetzal is Santa Maria de Jesus, a regional hub known for La Azotea Cultural Center, Iglesia y Convento de Santo Domingo and Casa Santo Domingo Museum. Don't rush back until you've also gone to Jade Maya Factory and Museum and Iglesia de la Candelaria.
In order to truly understand the essence of Escuintla, you'll have to surround yourself with its distinctive aromas and flavors.
Beans (frijoles) and chicken are two popular ingredients that you're sure to come across.
Chiles rellenos (bell peppers stuffed with meat and vegetables) and gallo en chicha (chicken stew) are popular dishes for both tourists and local foodies alike.
Delectable desserts, such as coconut flan, are definitely worth a try.
If you enjoy sampling the world's beers, head to the nearest watering hole and order a round of Victoria. Clink glasses and enjoy one of the region's most popular brews.
If you are not really a drinker, tea is a good choice.
If you're after the perfect wine to complement your meal, why not open a bottle of Château DeFay White Merlot or Château DeFay Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot?
Seasoned travelers have learned that the best way to make the most out of any journey is to look up at least a few phrases in the native language. ¡Salud! is Spanish for cheers/good health. No comprendo is also useful. It means I don't understand.
National pride is on full display on the 15th of September for Independence Day.
When it is time to depart Puerto Quetzal, put the lens cap back on your camera, spend your remaining quetzals on last-minute mementos and say a warm "Adiós" to this unique part of the world.
If you are arriving and departing by plane, don't forget that the handiest airport is approximately 45 miles to the north.
Expedia's database currently shows no vacancies in Puerto Quetzal. There's not need to panic though, as you can always spend a night or two at the Hotel Soleil Pacifico, which is some 3 miles away in Puerto San Jose.
Situated near the beach in Monterrico, this hotel is in the same region as Chiquimulilla Canal.
Nestled on the beach, this Monterrico hotel is in the entertainment district, 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Chiquimulilla Canal, and 30 mi (48.3 km) from San Jose Beach.
Nestled on the beach, this Puerto San Jose resort is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from San Jose Beach and 31.4 mi (50.6 km) from Chiquimulilla Canal.
This beachfront lodge is located in Monterrico, where regional attractions include Chiquimulilla Canal.
Nestled on the beach, this Monterrico hotel is 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Chiquimulilla Canal and 30.5 mi (49.1 km) from San Jose Beach.
Wake up to the ocean at your door at this Monterrico apartment building, which is set on its own private beach. Regional attractions also include Chiquimulilla Canal.