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Destination guide

A grand farewell to Central America in Guatemala

Guatemala is like the stopper between Central America and North America. It fuses mystical Mayan history with truly sublime landscapes of cloud-gathering volcanos and primeval jungle, as if to offer one last flurry of exoticism before the change of region. Highlights range from the mirror-like waters of Lake Atitlan to the gasp-inducing pyramids of Tikal – said to be the most impressive pre-Columbian site in the Americas. Guatemala vacation rentals cover all sorts, from beachside shacks on the Caribbean shores to rainforest ecolodges in the misty highlands.

Things to do

Guatemala – a window onto ancient Maya

Greece has the Parthenon, Rome has the Colosseum, Guatemala has Tikal. It's hailed by many archaeologists and anthropologists as the single most important relic of the mighty Maya empire in the Americas, and it really does take the breath away. You'll spy out soaring stepped pyramids, carved stelae and mysterious burial tombs. Of course, Tikal isn't the only historic site in Guatemala. Antigua has charming Spanish-era buildings to see, while Guatemala City's acclaimed National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology bursts with trinkets and totems and more.

Activities

Guatemala is a place to go off track

Many say Guatemala is among the last, true, undiscovered countries on earth. With so much impenetrable jungle and so many soaring volcanos to deal with, it's easy to see why. If you think you're ready to channel your inner expeditionist, get ready for all sorts of off-road pursuits. From rainforest hikes to bathing in steaming hot springs, whitewater rafting down roaring rivers to conquering the peaks of mighty volcanic mountains, there are all sorts of challenges on the menu. Don't worry – both Caribbean and Pacific beaches can help you unwind after the adventure.

Weather

Guatemala – "Land of Eternal Spring"

Guatemala really does deserve its nickname as the "Land of Eternal Spring". Mild days, loads of sunshine and cool nights dominate right across the country, pretty much the whole year round. Thanks to the high altitude in many places, that's backed up with clean, fresh breezes. Only once a year is the cycle broken, by the so-called rainy season – "so-called" because the months from May to December only really see sporadic downpours once or twice per day.

Natural features

Coast to coast in Guatemala

Guatemala spreads from the Caribbean to the Pacific. Guatemala vacation rentals in the west might shoulder above surf-washed beaches that are totally empty, their stretches of black sand overshadowed by the rises of a cone-shaped volcano. In the east, Guatemala vacation rentals might dot the seas along gorgeous Amatique Bay. Inland, swatches of rainforest, jungle-clad lowlands and untrodden highlands take over. They hide the shimmering waters of Lake Atitlan and the smoke-belching peaks of Volcan de Pacaya – climb it, if you dare.

How many vacation rentals are available around Guatemala?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 480 vacation rentals around Guatemala. From 247 house rentals to 55 villa rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Guatemala?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Guatemala. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Antigua Guatemala: 188 vacation rentals
  • Santa Cruz la Laguna: 113 vacation rentals
  • Guatemala City: 111 vacation rentals
  • Lake Atitlán: 117 vacation rentals
  • Panajachel: 109 vacation rentals

And Vrbo offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Guatemala! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Guatemala?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Guatemala:

  • Antigua Guatemala: 188 rentals
  • Santa Cruz la Laguna: 113 rentals
  • Guatemala City: 111 rentals
  • Panajachel: 109 rentals
  • San Marcos La Laguna: 106 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Guatemala?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Guatemala are:

  • La Aurora Airport (GUA): 267 vacation rentals
  • Independence and Mango Creek (INB): 287 vacation rentals
  • Hector Silva Airstrip Airport (BCV): 38 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Guatemala?

Vrbo offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Guatemala. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Lake Atitlán: 117 rentals
  • Paseo Cayala: 265 rentals
  • Puerto San Jose Beach: 37 rentals
  • Quetzaltenango Central Park: 29 rentals
  • La Recoleccion: 271 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Guatemala listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Guatemala

Antigua Guatemala
188 vacation rentals
Santa Cruz la Laguna
113 vacation rentals
Guatemala City
111 vacation rentals
Panajachel
109 vacation rentals
San Marcos La Laguna
106 vacation rentals
Monterrico
38 vacation rentals
San Antonio Palopo
92 vacation rentals
Tzununa
113 vacation rentals
Port of San Jose
27 vacation rentals
San Pedro La Laguna
113 vacation rentals
San Lucas Tolimán
106 vacation rentals
Santiago Atitlán
113 vacation rentals
San Juan La Laguna
87 vacation rentals
El Hawaii
26 vacation rentals
Cerro de Oro
108 vacation rentals
San Lucas Sacatepéquez
225 vacation rentals
San José Pinula
77 vacation rentals
San Mateo Milpas Altas
183 vacation rentals
Madre Vieja
27 vacation rentals
Alotenango
171 vacation rentals