Details for Monkey Bay Marina
Name

Monkey Bay Marina
Position

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Average rating 4.9 stars from 12 reviews

Address Rio Duice

Phone5334-6474

After hours contact



Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - NO

VHF channel

68

Web sitewww.monkeybaymarina.com

Email contact

monkeybaymarina@gmail.com

Owner, manager

Karl Jacobs

Harbormaster

Jim and Kitty Kenworthy

Dockmaster

Jim and Kitty Kenworthy

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Payment accepted in US cash. US check, Paypal, and Guatemalan Quetzals.

Payment discounts



Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:

Approach

0.5 miles east of the bridge on the port side of the river.

Tide

Unknown

Current

Weak

Tide & current additional info



Depths

Approach: 15
Transient dockage: 15
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info: 15 foot depth at all the docks in the front.

Dock typesWood - YES
Concrete - NO
Floating - NO
Fixed - YES
T/Alongside - YES
Other - YES

Additional info: Monohull slips are all side ties, catamaran slips are med moored (lines attached to a solid building not anchors or mooring balls).

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info: No size restriction.

Slips

Transient: 20
Total: 20
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: Daily rate is $10.00 US. Monthly is $210 US for a mono-hull.

Moorings

Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: Prices are per day per boat. Daily rate is $10.00 US. Monthly is $210 storage for a mono-hull.

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - NO

Additional info: Good quality electricity with ample back up generator for all boats.

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)



Phone hookup (and pricing)

Yes - All phone connections are cell phone.

Water (and pricing)

Yes - Free wash and potable water at all docks.

Dinghy access

Yes - Specially built dinghy dock for loading and unloading passengers and stuff.

Liveaboard info

Yes - Liveaboards welcome with a special cooking area provided for free.

FuelGas: NOT AVAILABLE
Diesel: NOT AVAILABLE

Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:

Propane



Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access



Launch service

Yes

Pump out

No

Ice

Yes - Community freezer for do it yourself ice.

Trash

Yes - Recycling plastic and glass bottles, and aluminum cans.

Showers

Yes - With instant on heaters.

Heads

Yes - 2 heads no waiting , cleaned daily.

Laundry

Yes - Available at the marina and also in town.

Grocery

No

Hardware

No

Restaurants

No - Keeps strangers away from your boat.

Bars

No - Keeps strangers away from your boat.

Hotels or motels



Repair capabilities



Haul out capabilities



Storage facilities

Yes - Space is available for dry storage of your dinghy/motor or other things you wish to remove from your boat for more comfort while at the dock..

Fishing supplies



Chartering capabilities



Internet access

Yes - Onsite MCSE/Internet technician, Internet is with a 3.5 g modem and routers.

Boat ramp availability



Transportation

Yes - Arranged as needed.

Other services

$15 extra per month for large space to hold dinghy, motor, and whatever else you want to stick in it.

Attractions

Local attrations include a Hot Water Fall, numerous mayan ruins, jungle setting, unique river location, and Golden Mantle Howler Monkeys.

Reviews for Monkey Bay Marina
Secure, comfortable home away from home., 2016-09-26
Captain: , Panacea, FL (10)

First off, this is a nice quiet place to stay while waiting out the hurricane season. The docks are solid and in great shape. Lots of cleats and pilings to secure your boat to and all are in very good condition. Water and electrical connections are convenient.
There is a very nice community area they call the Rancho. Nice kitchen facilities with microwave and BBQ grill. The showers and restrooms are very nice and always clean. There is a great workshop area with some community tools for tackling your boat repair projects.
Jim and Kitty do a great job of managing the marina. They are friendly and attentive to your needs. They went way above and beyond for me when engine problems challenged my arrival into the river.
You should be aware that there is no land access to the marina. Everything is done by boat here! It does greatly enhance the privacy and security, but you need to plan accordingly. It is a short dinghy ride into town plus the Casa Guatemala grocery boat stops here twice a week!!



Quiet and secure, 2016-06-15
Captain: , Washington DC (10)

Jim and Kitty are hosting an ice cream party to say goodbye to those returning home for the season. That's typical of their attention to their guests. The marina is quiet and feels extremely safe. If you want to have a cosy, secure place with rustic charm, this is it! Town is a short dinghy ride away, and so is the creek where you can watch the howler monkeys. You'll feel at home here.



Quiet, Secure, Relaxing, 2016-06-06
Captain: , Edmonton (110)

This is the second marina I have given a 5 star rating to this trip. Good solid docks, staff are excellent, large Ranchito to relax in, great showers and restrooms, work shop area. Away from the noise of the bridge traffic and no road access for added security. Every thing is close by dinghy so no worries.



Why we choose Monkey bay/Pourquoi choisir Monkey Bay, 2016-06-02
Captain: , Anvers (10)

Otter II ( Belgium)
Monkey Bay is a quiet, secure marina. No public bar or restaurant. No noise from the town or the bridge.
The town is only at a few minutes dinghy ride away.
The docks are strong, high, and in good shape.
The management is very friendly and helpful.
The breeze comes in every afternoon, so, it's not too hot. There are no extra fees for letting workers outside the marina come to work on your boat.
You may use the washer and dryer for a small fee.
The showers and restrooms are clean and very nice.
There is a very nice and well equiped outdoor kitchen with a barbecue, microwave, ice maker, fridge, and a gas cook top.
There is a beautiful palapa for a good nap in a hammock, for reading a nice book, for having a drink with friends, and for sharing a good meal.
And last but not least, there is a nice workshop that you can use for all your projects.
The gardens are beautiful, and very often the monkeys come to spend some time in the trees.
And finally, there is free wifi.



Quiet and nice with very personal services, 2016-05-31
Captain: , Munich (10)

It's a wonderful place for them are looking for a quiet place without many people and activities round the berth. I enjoyed twice the very individual care givem by John, Kitty and Jim and Epharim and his familiy.



Monkey Bay excellence, 2016-05-04
Captain: , Liverpool UK (20)

A quiet and very friendly marina with a lot of facilities including an excellent shop and a huge rancho with kitchen. The breeze in the afternoon is wonderful. It is efficiently managed by John Moore and in his absence Jim and Kitty on Dreamaway are doing a great job! Favourite things - the breeze and the showers. The guardien Ephraim and his family are very reliable and helpful.
The howler monkeys and the beautiful orchids in the garden add to this delightful marina.



Slice of Paradise, 2015-07-22
Captain: , Houston, TX (144)

Here we are, back at Monkey Bay Marina again, and loving every minute of it. We were here before, in early 2011, and looked forward to getting back. Things haven%u2019t changed much. The docks are still study and high, always dry, even when the river rises, and most everyone else%u2019 docks are under water. The water is double-filtered, potable and delicious. The local electricity is supplemented by the on-site generator, when needed, so we have no power worries. The showers are the best ever %u2026 unlimited on-demand hot water %u2026 and the shower rooms are big. The restrooms are nice, too. Everything is clean and well stocked with the necessities. There are three common areas. One is the %u2018ranchito%u2019, which houses the communal fridge/freezer and the washer & dryer. It%u2019s also a good place to take advantage of the free WiFi, although that does extend out to most of the boats on the dock. There is a great outdoor kitchen, complete with grill, fridge, microwave, gas stove, and a cold box full of beer and soft drinks (available for purchase on the honor system). The real jewel is the %u2018rancho%u2019 %u2013 a big, open air palapa with a high thatched roof. If there is any breeze at all, one can catch it full when lounging in the swings, hammocks, or settees, or at one of the various sets of tables and chairs. We really enjoy cooking in the outdoor kitchen, and then eating in the palapa. It%u2019s easy and fun, and a good time to visit with neighbors. Which brings me to a salient point about this marina %u2013 it is tranquility itself. From the gorgeous gardens to the quiet, relaxing atmosphere, this is the place to chill out. One is only a short dingy ride from the town, so resources and entertainment abound nearby. But one is also far enough away to be insulated from the noise, and the flow of human traffic that is constant at most of the other marinas. With the Casa Guatemala boat bringing fresh foods to the marina twice a week, and housekeeping services available here on-site, this is a sweet, easy place to live. We call it home, and we love it. We do want to give a nod of appreciation to the manager, John Moore. He is capable, hospitable, and helpful in every way. His being bilingual has helped us immensely, and his ability and willingness to solve any issues that may arise are greatly appreciated. We actually came to Monkey Bay because, at a far earlier time, when we stayed at Tortugal Marina, up river, John was the manager there, and we were impressed. When he moved to Monkey Bay, a number of boats followed him, and we were one of them. It%u2019s always nice to have a manager in whom you have confidence. You may contact John (harbormaster@monkeybaymarina.com ) or look at the website (http://www.monkeybaymarina.com) for details and to make reservations. You%u2019ll be glad you did. This is the best buy for your money on the Rio Dulce, Guatemala.



Charming, quiet, close to town, 2015-06-02
Captain: , Fort Myers, FL (1039)

Monkey Bay is a quiet getaway or long term marina for people who like simple and quiet.

Do not mistake it for Luvis next into the bay. Luvis can be identified by all the metal shed roofs over the power boats. Luvis has tried to build docks that encroach on Monkey Bay, and various other unseaman-like behaviors, avoid the place.

Monkey Bay is palapa roofs and jungle, some semi-wild orchids, lots of epiphytes. The howler monkeys do occasionally speak up from the jungle (they are easy to spot once you know where to look but they are very shy and nver come down to the ground) but they are more intriguing than annoying. There is no pool or restaurant/bar. Those are easily found in Fronteras or "Shell Bay" which are 5-10 minutes away by dingy, eg. Bruno's. The jungle behind the marina buffers you from the hubub, the placement of the docks gives great breezes in the afternoon when it comes up (which is nearly every afternoon). Wakes are said to be an issue here during the holdiay seasons when the big power yachts all come out and ignore the no-wake designation of the river. The common palapa with outdoor kitchen has hammocks and sofas, a book exchange, fun and funky art, lots of floor space for yoga or just chilling.

We are tied up on the land side of the main dock, sterns to the dock, bows towards the shore. Monohulls get the river side of the dock and tie to pilings med-moor style. Docks are very solid and John is quite dilligent about maintaining them. The structures and bathrooms are built from varnished hardwoods, can't imagine how much work it takes to keep up that much varnish. Everything is clean and tidy thanks to the caretaker family who live on the property. The full time staff ensures the security of the boats here as well as provide for immediate help if issues arise. Power is pricey but it is the same or worse everywhere on the Rio, and Monkey Bay has a backup generator that kicks in when the lines from town go down. There is no strict need for A/C since the breeze keeps things well ventilated. The caretakers will also air your boat, wash it, run engines, etc for very modest fees, if you are away for extended periods of time.

Note the afternoon wind - it should be figured in to your plans to arrive. Arriving after about 12:00 will set you up to have to deal with strong winds while docking, or you can just anchor out in the very nice bay and wait for the morning calm to come in to dock. And for going in to town, if you have a small/slow dingy you may want to ask John for a lift in the afternoon winds. He is delighted to do that, and gave us great orientation tours to the town too.

Don't miss the Castello de San Felipe. Amazing fortress and piece of colnial maritime history. The park there has lots of big trees and lawns, a very pleasant swimming beach and small restaurant. Other highlights inlcude the Finca El Paraiso hotsprings waterfall.



One of the best marinas on the Rio Dulce, 2012-11-25
Captain: , Travemuende (830)

This is a great marina and place to leave your boat for the hurricane season. Like all marinas here it is small, but there is a lovely communal and cooking area. Internet and power are available. A launcher is also available to take you the 5 minutes boat journey to Fronterra for shopping. You really are living in the jungle here with lots of birds and monkeys. It is close to paradise. This year over 500 boats visited te Rio !



Monkey Bay Okay, 2011-12-27
Captain: , Clearwater, FL (70)

This is our first year at Monkey Bay and I can only give it four stars. The staff is great and they try and take care of everything. However the facility is getting a bit rundown and in typical Central American fashion it's easier to remove the problem or ignore it then to fix it. A first class BBQ area is available for the use of the boaters and is a great plus. The downside is that there is no restaurant and no bar (honor system beer & soda). If you need anything then it's into the dinghy and off to town unless the Dockmaster is going into town and then he will pick up what you need. Since Monkey Bay is backed up to what is basically the jungle the 'skeeters are ferocious and after 6:00 PM you'll be huddled up on your boat to escape the hordes. Bring lots of Deep Woods Off!! All in all the experience here has been pleasant and I would come back here again. Four stars just because it lacks a few of the niceties.



Slice of Paradise, 2011-12-15
Captain: , Rio Dulce (82)

A unique marina in a heavenly place. Quiet location but close enough to visit the surrounding areas. Small enough for personal attention. wonderful afternoon breezes with a large covered area to enjoy them.. Dockmaster extremely attentive to checking your boat and needs



The best in the Rio, 2011-12-15
Captain: , Portland, OR (10)

We spent 5 hurricane seasons there and tried a couple of marinas before we found Monkey Bay. Small so your boat gets the attention it needs. The same staff (Gringo and Local) have been there for years and treat your boat like it's their own. Great off-the-boat cooking facililty (not just a BBQ). Storage for your boat gear if you want to take some off the boat if you leave it for long-term. MB abutts a nature perserve so there is no town access from locals - the only marina in the area like it (so the security is great). And there are really Monkeys that come visit ...very cool.

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