Spread over a 589.6 square kilometer area, Lake Izabal, which is the largest lake in Guatemala is also known as the ‘Golfo Dulce’. Nourished by the Polochic River waters, this lake, which is only a meter above sea level, eventually drains into the Gulf of Honduras within the Caribbean Sea. Surrounded by lush tropical rainforests which are home to numerous bird species, monkeys, jaguars and other interesting wildlife including the manatee, Lake Izabal is an extremely rich source of fresh water fishes. The Old Spanish Fort of San Felipe, Rio Dulce and the towns of Frontera, Livingston and Puerto Barrios are other exciting tourist attractions along Lake Izabal and the Guatemala Caribbean Coast.
With regular boats and tours for Livingston and Belize departing from Puerto Barrios which serves as a convenient base for tourists, this regional capital of Izabal state is a busy place now. However, the modern port of Santo Tomas de Castilla built close by allows access to scores of other tourists and cruise ships exploring the splendid beauty dotting along the Caribbean coastline.