Lighthouses of Guatemala: Caribbean Coast
Guatemala is the northwesternmost country of Central
America, bordering Mexico. The country has a coastline about 250 km
(150 mi) long facing south on the Pacific Ocean and a short coastline
facing northeast on the Gulf of Honduras, an arm of the Caribbean Sea.
The principal ports include Puerto Quetzal (San José) on the
Pacific and Puerto Barrios on the Gulf of Honduras. This page is for lights on the Caribbean coast and there is a separate page for those of the Pacific coast.
Aids to navigation in Guatemala are the responsibility of the national port authority, the Comisión Nacional Portuaria. The Spanish word for a lighthouse is faro. In Spanish-speaking
America this word is used generally for all navigational lights, large
and small, although smaller lights are also called balizas (beacons).
ARLHS numbers are from the ARLHS
World List of Lights. Admiralty numbers are from volume J of
the Admiralty List of Lights & Fog Signals for Caribbean
lights and from volume G for Pacific lights. Light List numbers are
from NGA Publication 110.
- General Sources
- Online List
of Lights - Guatemala Atlantic
- Photos by Capts. Theo Hinrichs and Peter Mosselberger, posted by
- World of Lighthouses - Guatemala
- Photos by various photographers available from Lightphotos.net.
- Navigation chart information for Guatemala.
Cabo Tres Puntas Light, Puerto Barrios
photo copyright Capt. Theo Hinrichs; used by permission
Izabal Department Lighthouses
- Matias de Galvez Range Front
- Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); quick-flashing yellow light. 10 m (33 ft) skeletal mast painted white and carrying a large white triangular daymark, point up. Trabas has Capt. Peter's photo and Google has an indistinct satellite view. NGA desribes the daymark as being red. The rear light is on a similar, shorter skeletal mast on a hillside 347 m (380 yd) south of the front light. Located on the waterfront of the naval base in Puerto Barrios, next to the cruise ship terminal. Site and tower closed but the light can be seen from approaching ships. Admiralty J5989; NGA 16412.
- Puerto Barrios
- Date unknown. Active; focal plane unknown; white
flash every 8 s. Approx. 25 m (82 ft) triangular
skeletal communications tower painted with red
and white horizontal bands. Trabas has Capt. Peter's photo,
and Google has a street view, but the tower is inconspicuous in Google's satellite view of the location.
Located on a low hill about 1.6 km (1 mi) east
southeast of the main quay in Puerto Barrios. Site
status unknown. Admiralty J5985; NGA 16418.
- Cabo Tres Puntas
- Date unknown. Active; focal plane 40 m (131 ft);
white flash every 3 s. 39 m (128 ft) square skeletal
tower with gallery. Trabas has a photo by
Capt. Theo (a portion is seen at the top of this page) and Bing has a satellite view.
Located about 2.5 km (1.5 mi) east of the tip of the peninsula sheltering the
bay of Puerto Barrios, near the village of Santa
Chicar. Site status unknown. ARLHS GUL-001; Admiralty
J5992; NGA 16424.
Information available on lost lighthouses:
Adjoining pages: North: Belize | East: Honduras | South: Guatemala Pacific
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Posted October 31, 2008. Checked and revised October 7, 2019.
Lighthouses: 3. Site copyright 2019 Russ Rowlett and the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill.