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 for Caribbean lights and from Publication 111 for Pacific lights.
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Adjoining pages: North: Belize | East: Honduras | South: Guatemala Pacific
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Posted October 31, 2008. Checked and revised November 25, 2013. Lighthouses: 2. Site copyright 2013 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.