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Livid! in Livingston

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A May 2007 trip to Livingston by Jose Kevo

Like a big ol Chicken! Photo, Livingston, Guatemala More Photos
Quote: Heading-off to unknown destinations is always purely speculative. To date, this controversial and menacing environment goes down as my all-time bust!

Livid! in Livingston

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Overview

Livingston Character Photo, Livingston, Guatemala
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What was to be the pinnacle of a 10-day Central American adventure literally sent me packing within 24-hours thanks to a milieu of mishaps, still contemptible almost one-year after the fact! Personalized traumas and dramas may have subsided, but there’s no filtering the bitter objectives towards blasting the town of Livingston – supposedly Guatemala’s funky little seaside Hot Spot.The town is unique with its blending of Caribbean, African and Latino heritages. Architectural styles were primitive yet colorful along active streets. Intriguing ...Read More

Hotel Caribe

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Hotel

Best for the Least Photo, Livingston, Guatemala
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After thoroughly scouting around town, settling into Hotel Caribe was definitely the best of the least for budget accommodations. The establishment has numerous rooms that sleep anywhere between two-to-eight people. If one can survive with bare-bone basics, this place might even prove rather homey.Unlike too many over-priced, darkened and dingy rooms found around town, Hotel Caribe was like a breath of fresh air – literally. Curtainless windows provide natural illumination. A large sitting room in the back, facing the Río Dulce, had refreshing breezes whipping through hallways....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 22, 2008

Casa de la Iguana

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Hotel

Private Cabañas Photo, Livingston, Guatemala
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Initially turned-off by the aggressive dockside touts pushing flyers and trying to lure new arrivals, the around-town marketing blitz had captured some curiosity when finally coming to this place at far end of the riverside/coastal road. So exactly what was all the fuss about? Plenty, and while I didn’t actually stay at Casa de la Iguana, I’m recommending this as the place to be for anyone that insists on coming to Livingston.Not only is this new facility compound removed from all the nonsense of town, its well off the road along a path that follows a wall before opening on edge of the jungle. The haven that awaited is exactly what the Livingston traveler needs!Casa d...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 22, 2008

Restaurante Bahía Azul

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Restaurant

Restaurante Bahía Azul Photo, Livingston, Guatemala
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Recommended as Livingston’s hallmark for dining, Restaurante Bahía Azul was my first stop after settling-in. Actually, it was in trying to pin-down details with Exotic Travel Excursions, which operates out of the dining room. While owner had pulled a vanishing act for the week, smells wafting from the kitchen indicated everything else was business as usual.Specializing in casual atmosphere, the place leaves no doubt this is Guatemala’s Caribbean! Main dining room is rather rustic with ample wooden tables, and chairs and décor that celebrates local Garifuna heritage, but it was the large, covered porch patio that st...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 22, 2008

Restaurante Bahía Azul
Left Side Of Main Road Up The Hill From The Docks
Livingston, Guatemala

Restaurante El Malecón

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Restaurant

Restaurante El Malecón Photo, Livingston, Guatemala
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Making a split decision to get the hell out of dodge, there was enough rationality to eat something before leaving. Restaurante El Malecón fit the bill in a way that only corroborates my unusual cache of Livingston hauntings.Entering the empty establishment, it took a bit for the portly pair behind the counter to realize they had a customer. The undeniable mother-daughter duo were even more curious acting than looking. Pear-shaped figures, pasted-down hair, and pencil-thin fuzz on the upper lip reminded me of Russian nesting dolls – one just big enough to enfold the other inside! Awkward fuss ensured over whether to order from a large take-out counter or be seated first. I chos...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 22, 2008

Restaurante El Malecón
Left Side Of Main Road Up The Hill From The Docks
Livingston, Guatemala

Like a big ol' Chicken! Photo, Livingston, Guatemala
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The only thing missing from this 66-th journal is another 6 ! Livingston turned-out to be nothing short of an evil eden; a pandora’s box of seething social adversity for Guatemala’s Caribbean nerve center. Various resources make the generic claim that crime-related incidents against travelers has improved, and perhaps they have. What that doesn’t take into consideration are blatant, age-old problems of communal catastrophe that could leave visitors caught in the cross-fire; literally!Progress or not, unsuspecting travelers should acknowledge that issues have taken generations to create, and will require as long to rectify. Bitter roots run deep for ...Read More

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Jose Kevo

Jose Kevo
Middle-of-Nowhere, Missouri

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