New Year’s Eve Parties and Dinners at Lake Atitlan

San Pedro Parties

There’s a New Year’s Eve dinner from 6-9 PM at Cafe la Puerta, with choice of three gourmet entrees for Q65. A few steps down Seventh Avenue from this restaurant, El Barrio’s bash has an open bar (with wrist band) from 9 PM to midnight, with live music and drink specials.

In the zona viva, Alegre Pub’s New Year celebrates the ringing of Big Ben at 6 PM, with live video from London. Live music from 6:30-8 PM, and the official New Year’s Eve party at 9 PM with DJ Freddy.


Ven Aca will have food and drink specials, drink specials, musical entertainment. Open microphone night.

Santa Cruz

Gourment dinner at Hotel Isla Verde.


Parties at Chapiteau Disco and Circus Bar.


Posada de Santiago

Dinner at 7 PM with seven small courses accompanied by three wine. Vegetarian options available. The Ravioli filled with Lobster and Bleu Cheese on a Fresh Tomato-Herb Sauce and Covered with a Creamy Garlic-Parmesan Sauce sounds incredible! Also Beef Tenderloin with Chipotle Béarnaise and amazing side dishes and desserts. Plus a boat ride at 11:30 to view fireworks. Q350, or Q50 just for boat ride.

San Marcos

Party at Hotel La Pax.

Legal Marijuana Sales in Guatemala Hoax

Cannabis (Marijuana) Still Illegal in Guatemala

A recent story in Guatemala’s El Periodico reporting that over-the-counter marijuana sales will being on January 15 in four provinces proved to be a joke. It came out on December 28, Day of the Innocents, which is the local version of April Fool’s Day.

Marijuana Laws in Guatemala

However, the President continues to lobby for legalization of drugs for commercial growing and sales, both in Guatemala and other Central American countries, and has even done so at the United Nations. While marijuana remains illegal, the laws against possession of small amounts are rarely enforced at Lake Atitlan and other parts of Guatemala, as long as people don’t smoke openly.

Hotels and Hostels in San Pedro la Laguna

Many hotels and hostels in San Pedro la Laguna are full today, so count on looking around town if arriving without a reservation. But don’t panic! There are lots of hostels in San Pedro. Guides who greet the shuttles will know which places have vacancies.

Hotels in San Pedro, Lake Atitlan: Mikaso

The town’s top hotel is Hotel Mikaso, near the dock for boats to Santiago. Mikaso has views of the volcanoes and the lake, a great restaurant and is reasonably priced for such a nice place. The Colonial-style architecture gives it the feel of a Zorro film, and it is close to El Barrio Bar, The Blue Parrot Bar and Grill, and other bars along 7th Avenue.

San Pedro Hostels: Zoola and Casa Atitlan

Midway between the Santiago and Panajachel docks, Hostel Zoola and Casa Atitlan are centrally located and convenient to all the restaurants, bars and schools in San Pedro La Laguna. Both have private rooms as well as dormitories.

Zoola’s Bar Pool is the town’s only heated pool, with a close-up lake view and a big bar at the entrance overlooking the pool. Q25 entry includes first drink. Great restaurant too.

Casa Atitlan, at the former site of Jarachik, has rooftop rooms have fine vistas, and the Cafe Atitlan restaurant has booths and covered tables in the garden. And the bar serves house drinks like Cuba Libres and Gin and Tonics for Q9.

For more about lodging and rooms, see San Pedro la Laguna hotels.

Cheap Booze and Food Specials in San Pedro Today

Q5 Vodka and Orange Juice? Only at Alegre Pub, near the Pana dock. Free first-run movie at 7:30.

Q10 Brahva Extras and cheap tequila until dark at The Deep End Bar and Pool, brought to you by Mr. Mullet’s Hostel, Yo Mama’s Casa and Hotel Mikaso.

Thursday is Steak Night at The Clover restaurant in San Pedro la Laguna. Imported T-bone and Sirloin with side dishes. The Clover is on 7th Avenue, between Casa Atitlan and El Barrio Bar.

Tonight’s Christmas Eve Parties in San Pedro la la la Laguna

Where to Party in San Pedro Tonight

The best bets for a Christmas Eve party tonight are at Alegre Pub, El Barrio and Zoola.

Live Music and Theme Parties

At Alegre Pub tonight, Roots Cafe will play Reggae & Hip Hop. El Barrio is hosting a Pajama Party with a live reggae band, and Zoola has a Night Before Christmas Party with live music at the pool.

Happy 10th Anniversary to Alegre Pub in San Pedro!

This is the day to party at Alegre Pub, San Pedro’s original sports bar. Brahava and Bravha Extras are only Q5, and the Brahva girls will be dancing tonight.

More Parties in San Pedro la Laguna Tonight

On the way to the Alegre Pub tonight, I’m stopping by El Barrio, Zoola and for a few King Kong Cuba Libres.

For more info on Alegre Pub, see Alegre Pub San Pedro Atitlan.

Today’s Parties in San Pedro la Laguna

At The Deep End Bar and Pool, the Day After the End of the World Party is already underway and lasts till dark.

Alegre Pub’s 10th Anneriversary Party is tonight, with Q5 Brahvas and Brahva Extras, plus the Brahva Girls. Drink discounts all day, too.

December Parties at El Barrio in San Pedro

Christmas Eve Party

Dance all night at El Barrio Bar’s reggae Xmas eve Pajama Jammin! Party dance at 8 in San Pedro la Laguna.

New Year’s Party

El Barrio teams up with Mr. Mullet’s and Yo Mama’s Casa for an all inclusive party. Fifty wristbands available at Q40, then price goes up! Music, Prizes, Fireworks, Champagne, drinks ALL NIGHT long!!

13 Baktun Ceremonial Meal in San Pedro la Laguna

Mayan Dining for End of the World at Lake Atitlan

In San Pedro on December 21, 2012, Cafe la Puerta will serve nine tipico Guatemalan foods starting at noon. Some are World Heritage dishes, and it’s only Q40.

Restaurante Cafe la Puerta in San Pedro la Laguna

Cafe la Puerta is a great place for lunch or breakfast all year ’round. They make their own bread, even the tortillas. For more info, see Cafe la Puerta.