San Pedro and the rest of the lake is filled with travelers from Guatemala as well as from around the world, all here to celebrate Semana Santa. Look for parades, bands and “flower carpets” in the main part of town, such as el centro (up the hill) in San Pedro.
Across the lake, Circus Bar, Cafe Atlantis and Restaurante Casablanca have Semana Santa specials, with live entertainment at Circus Bar and Atlantis.
Parties, Bands, DJs in San Pedro
Lots of parties, too. Tonight there’s live music at Zoola and Alegre Pub. El Barrio Bar’s “Fiesta Latina” kicks off with a band tonight and features live music or a DJ through the rest of the week. Lots of action at the new Paul’s Gaff, too.
In the zona viva, people are partying in the street from noon until late. For something different, grab a liter of draft Gallo beer in front of Johanna’s Mini-Mercado.
If you are here for Easter Sunday, head over to Smokin’ Joes’ BBQ at the pool on the way to the Santiago dock.
Celebrate New Year’s Eve UK time (6 PM in Guatemala) at Alegre Pub in San Pedro la Laguna, and get a free beer after Big Ben rings in 2015. The dinner special is Steak and Ale Pie, but order in advance to be sure you get one.
Other big New Year’s Eve parties in San Pedro will be at Hostel Fe, El Barrio Bar, Hotel Mikaso and Hostel Zoola. Best idea is to hit them all and stay for midnight Guatemala time at your favorite.
Homemade bread and pastries attracted a crowd of locals and tourists at a bread-tasting event at El Barrio Bar in October. Patricia, who bakes everything fresh daily, offered samples of a multi-grain wheat bread that makes sandwiches taste even better, a delicately-flavored citrus bread, cinnamon raisin rolls, sourdough bread and other options.
They were served with an assortment of marmalades and Patricia’s lemon curd, which is out of this world. Other jams and marmalades were provided by Eric, whose fresa and pineapple were very tasty. Pies, cookies and cakes are also available.
These range from apple pie to lemon chiffon, dark chocolate espresso cupcakes and carrot cake with cream cheese filling. You can find Patricia’s Sweet Buns at El Barrio, Humus Ya and 5th Dimension in San Pedro
Every Friday night in September, ladies drinks and beers are half-price at the lakeside bar, where this photo was taken last week. And you can get an all-night Jacuzzi Pass for just Q50. El Dragon also has a great restaurant, and the best Key Lime Pie south of the Florida keys. A friend who was there last Friday said, “Dragon rocks!”
Complimentary snacks are served at 8 PM, and “Roving Boca Blasts” are also on the agenda. El Dragon is near the football field in San Marcos la Laguna, a quick boat ride from San Pedro and Santa Cruz. For more info, see El Dragon Hotel.
Whenever you hear the local high school marching bands practicing day and night anywhere in Central America or Mexico, you know a big holiday is coming soon. Right now, everyone is gearing up for the September 15 fiesta to celebrate Guatemala’s birthday all over the country.
September 15th is also the birthday of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua, which all declared independence from the Kingdom of Spain in 1821. The nations of Central America were initially a union called the Federation (or United States) of Central America.
The grand reopening of El Barrio Bar in San Pedro la Laguna take place on June 20 at 6 PM. Lots of drink and food specials are planned.There’s a new cook in town, Rick, and San Pedro’s top bartender, Eric, who poured the first King Kong Cuba at Barrio years ago, is back at the bar.
The Summer Solstice party starts with a solstice ceremony on Saturday at 6 PM. For more info on the local bar scene, see San Pedro Nightlife.
A pre-Grand Opening Party on Thursday night packed the house with locals, all glad to see the place open again and with an excellent staff.