Lighthouses of Guatemala: Pacific 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 Pacfic coast, and there is a separate page for those of the Caribbean 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.
- General Sources
- Online List of Lights - Guatemala Pacific
- Photos by Capt. Peter Mosselberger posted by
- World of Lighthouses - Guatemala
- Photos by various photographers available from Lightphotos.net.
- Central American Lighthouses
- Photos by Larry Myhre.
Entrance Range Front Light, Puerto Quetzal, May 2012
Flickr Creative Commons photo by Larry Myhre
- Escuintla Department Lighthouses
- Puerto Quetzal (Giratorio, San José)
- Date unknown. Active; focal plane 30 m (98 ft); two white flashes every
5 s. Approx. 28 m (92 ft) triangular skeletal tower, painted with red and white
horizontal bands. The shadow of the tower is seen in Bing's satellite
view. NGA lists this as an aviation light, but there is no airport nearby;
the light appears to function as the landfall light for the port. Puerto
Quetzal is Guatemala's principal port on the Pacific; its dredged harbor
has replaced the open roads of nearby San José. The port serves both
commercial traffic and cruise ships. Located
just to the east of the harbor entrance. Site status unknown. Admiralty G3386.6;
- Puerto Quetzal Water Tank
- Date unknown. Active; focal plane 29 m (95 ft); white flash every 4 s. Approx. 25 m (82 ft) square skeletal tower carrying a round water tank. Tower and tank painted red. Google has a satellite view. Located a short distance northwest of the harbor. Site status unknown. Admiralty G3387.
- Puerto Quetzal Entrance Range Front
- Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); quick-flashing white light. Approx. 10 m (33 ft) square skeletal tower with gallery, painted white. The front of the tower carries
a rectangular daymark, red with a white vertical stripe. Myhre's photo is at the top of this page, and Bing has a satellite
view. Located in a picnic area on the west side of the harbor entrance. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty G3385; NGA 111-15361.
- Puerto Quetzal Entrance Range Rear
- Date unknown. Active; focal plane 18 m (59 ft); white light occulting once
every 4 s. Approx. 16 m (52 ft) square skeletal tower with gallery, painted red. The tower carries
a long rectangular daymark, red with a white vertical stripe. Myhre has a 2012 photo, and Bing has a satellite
view. Located on the south shore of the
harbor. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty G3385.1; NGA 111-15361.5.
San Marcos Department Lighthouses
- * Ocos Range Front
- Date unknown. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); white flash every
4 s. Approx. 12 m (39 ft) square cylindrical concrete tower with lantern
and gallery, attached to a 1-story equipment building. Lighthouses
painted with vertical blue and white stripes (the color pattern of
the Guatemalan flag); lantern painted red. Anton Jensen has a view from the rear light, and Google has a satellite
view. This range marks Guatemala's border with Mexico. Located
about 200 m (220 yd) southeast of the Mexican border at Los Faros (The Lighthouses), about 5 km (3 mi) west of Ocos.
Site open, tower status unknown. Admiralty G3397; NGA 111-15354.
- * Ocos Range Rear
- Date unknown. Active; focal plane 29 m (95 ft);
white flash every 4 s. Approx. 24 m (79 ft) square
cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery,
attached to a 1-story equipment building. A reduced
version of Anton Jensen's photo is
at right, Juan Bauer has a photo, and a view from the sea is available. The lighthouse is noticeably taller than the
front light in a Google satellite
view. Located about 350 m (380 yd) northeast of
the front light. Site
open, tower status unknown. Admiralty G3397.5; NGA
Ocos Range Rear Light, May 2007
Panoramio photo copyright
Anton Jensen; used by permission
Information available on lost lighthouses:
- San José (1890-?). This light was displayed from the cupola of Government House. ARLHS GUL-002.
Adjoining pages: North: Guatemala: Caribbean | Southeast: El Salvador | Northeast: Mexico South Coast
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Posted October 31, 2008. Checked and revised July 15, 2016.
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