Port of Puerto Barrios is a city in Guatemala and the capital of Izabal Province. It is located in the eastern part of the country, 297 kilometers from the capital Guatemala City. It was built in 1895 and covers an area of 1,292 square kilometers. , An altitude of 3 meters, and a population of 40,900 in 2003.
- Population: 40,900 (2003)
- Area 1,292 square kilometers
- Port coordinates: 15.73225° / -88.607245°
Puerto Barrios is a city in Guatemala, located in the Gulf of Honduras. The bay where the port is located is called Bahia de Amatique. Barrios is the capital of Izabal and the administrative seat of the municipality of Barrios.
Guatemala’s main Caribbean port, along with its modern dual-port city, in the southwest, SantoTomas de Castilla. In 2003, Puerto Barrios had an estimated population of 40,900 people. Puerto Barrios is located 297 kilometers (185 miles) northeast of Guatemala City. It is the terminus of the CA9 highway, starting from the Pacific port city of San Jose and passing through the country of Guatemala City.
The population of this city is mainly of African descent, Guatemalan, Maya, Afro-Caribbean (such as Afro-Jamaica) and West Indian groups. Its heyday was in the 19th and early 20th centuries. With the construction of a railway connecting a large banana and coffee plantation with a shipping terminal, it was all controlled by the Central American International Railway Corporation and the Great White Fleet, both of which were owned by United Fruit the company.
The Barrios Islands are divided by many communities or Barrios, such as El Rastros, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Ramstein, La Victoria, La Serres, Lat and Ayre. Although the town is small, due to the nature of its harbour, many of its visitors are ship crews, often in the nightlife entertainment center throughout the town.
Puerto Barrios is beginning to attract more tourists in the new century, because the nearby town of Santo Tomas Castilla has begun to accept cruise ships. Puerto Barrios Airport has been refurbished in order to receive scheduled flights.
Many nearby tourist attractions include the Mayan ruins of Quirigua. The Castillo Felipe Lara, an ancient Spanish fortress Rio Dulce, guards the entrance to Lake Izabal. Another tourist hotspot is the lively town of Livingstone where the Garifuna culture can be experienced, with pontoon and Yankunu dances.