Details for Monkey Bay Marina

Monkey Bay Marina

Display in The Interactive Cruising Guidebook
Average rating 4.9 stars from 16 reviews

Address Creek Leon
Rio Duice / Fronteras /IZABAL


After hours contact

Facility type

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

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

Karl Jacobs


Jim and Kitty Kenworthy


Jim and Kitty Kenworthy

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Payment accepted in US cash, Euros, US check, Paypal, and Guatemalan Quetzals. (No credit cards.)

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


0.5 miles east of the bridge, on the south side of the river.





Tide & current additional info


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 - NO

Additional info: Monohull slips are all side ties, catamaran slips are med moored (lines attached to a solid building rather than anchors).

Size restrictionsLOA max: 55
Beam max: 15.5

Other info: No size restriction.


Transient: 20
Total: 20
Transient price: Unknown

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


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: Daily rate is $10.00 US for temporary visitors. Monthly rate is $210 for monohulls, catamaran rate depends on width. See website for rates.

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

Additional info: Good quality electricity with ample back up generator for all boats. Voltages provided are 120 VAC and 240 VAC.

Pricing info: Electricity is metered at $0.50 per kwh.

Cable TV (and pricing)

No - They have a TV and DVD player for watching movies in the Rancho.

Phone hookup (and pricing)

No - All phone connections are cell phone.

Water (and pricing)

Yes - Free potable water at all docks.

Dinghy access

Yes - Specially built dinghy dock for loading and unloading passengers and cargo is available for temporary use. Personal dinghys are tied off at the dock in the dinghy area.

Liveaboard info

Yes - Liveaboards welcome.


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Pets are welome, but must be supervised when off the boat. There is a marina guard dog, very friendly.

Disability access


Launch service

Yes - A launch is available for pick up and deliveries of arriving and departing guests, a weekly shopping run, and trips around the area at an extra cost.

Pump out

No - Guests should use the onshore restrooms, which are connected to a sewer system, rather than using onboard toilets and pumping overboard.


Yes - Community freezer for do it yourself ice. And there is a small ice maker in the outdoor kitchen for drinks in the rancho.


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


Yes - With instant, unlimited hot water on demand.


Yes - Two toilets. Restrooms and showers cleaned daily.


Yes - A washer and dryer are available at the marina, and there are laundry options in town. Marina facilities cost $3 per wash, and $3 per dryer. In town costs vary. 2017


Yes - There is no grocery store on the premises, however, the Casa Guatemala boat comes around every Tuesday and Saturday with meats, dairy, fruits, vegetables, wine, beer, soft drinks, and eggs.




No - There is no restaurant at the marina.


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. The cost is $15 per month.

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Onsight WiFi router with broadband connections to the Internet, is available at no charge. Provide the marina manager with your device's MAC addresses, for access.

Boat ramp availability


Yes - Arranged as needed.

Other services

Anl outdoor kitchen with grill, 3 gas burners stove, microwave, ice machine, and an Honor Bar cooler with sodas and beer. Covered outdoor area with couches, hammocks, tables and chairs, exercise equipment, and bookshelf.


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
An inspiring place for inspiring people!, 2017-08-03
Captain: , Blankenberge, Belgium (10)

The moment Jim and Kitty, Juan and his family and all the other marina live-aboard’s took my lines and moored my Lucky Bitch safe in their marina an oasis of complete rest could promptly do away with my too tensioned nerves – docking the boat was a long time ago.
I let myself sunk in a real piece of paradise breathing out by that tiny marina which has the exact spaces for each of her purposes. Fully occupied pontoons, an efficient dinghy dock, a laundry with good working machines, a large shadow rich beautiful garden, a charming swaying wooden path that leads you to the big jungle where you indeed can spot the howling monkeys.
Yes, Monkey Bay Marina is enclosed totally by jungle and fresh water: guarantee for an absolute quiet place.
Though, don`t be afraid to get too isolated!
With a sense of efficiency Jim and Kitty for fill their regular tasks: `wake up/work stop call` for the cruisers on their boats to announce the arrival of the Casa Guatemala Lancha which comes twice a week with all kind food items, the weekly free trip with Jims Lancha to Fronteras , the cosy all-together movie night and from time to time a big pot-luck. Because yes, we are almost one little big family over here.
Beside Jim & Kitty`s top taking care of us, there is Juan, the Guatemala concierge, with his wife and two lovely daughters and their nice although alert dog Lupe . They all belong to the `Monkey Bay family` too and also he, his wife and kids do everything to help you and make you feel good at the marina. Communication is not a problem: Juan speaks `un poco English`.
All great facilities like showers, sanitation, kitchen, relaxation area with library, television, great chillax possibilities taking shapes as hammocks, rocking chairs, couch, et cetera, the work out fitness area, the work shop, ... are well maintained and neat. Even the garbage disposal.
On top of that, last Saturday I was invited by Karl/Carlos the Germa/Guatemala owner of the marina who offered us a vodka made with the best ingredients and served in the best way: with lots of ice, cucumber and some herbal seeds in a cupper cup.
Sigrid, Skip SY Lucky Bitch, Belgium.

Unique paradise experience, 2017-06-22
Captain: , Miami FL (10)

A wonderful and quiet marina with a lot of facilities. There is no restaurant, which is, from my point of view, a big plus. The management is exceptionally friendly and helpful.
Best marina in the area.
Highly recommended.

Unlike Any Place Else, 2017-05-05
Captain: , Nashville, TN (320)

Kittie and Jim go above and beyond to make you feel welcome. This place is a beautiful little oasis, a few minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Fronteras. The grounds are lovely and like previous reviews have said, the Howler monkeys and bird life around here make it a great place to stay. We'll be here through the hurricane season and we couldn't be happier.

The outdoor kitchen is a great asset when it's too hot to cook on the boat. Great dinghy dock and palapa with hammocks and swings overlooking the water. The showers are awesome and the book library is well stocked. There is a washer and dryer for use as well as a community refrigerator / freezer.

Kittie and Jim are incredibly adept at what they do. They'll make you feel like part of the family as soon as your feet hit the dock. They communicated with us weeks prior to our arrival and made sure any questions we might have, were answered. Love it here!

wonderful place with wonderful monkeys, 2016-12-29
Captain: , Whittier, Alaska (10)

Monkey Bay Marina is off the road system and behind a peninsula that blocks the terrible traffic noise from the bridge in Fronteras. That alone sets it apart from most of the Rio Dulce marinas. It is really almost a nature park, with a large cooking, dining, and lounging area for marina guests and excellent (clean, well functioning) rest rooms and shower rooms. The current managers, Kittie and Jim, are friendly, very helpful, and experienced. They do not sell services or products (s there is never any pressure to spend money), but they do offer free advice when asked, and they go out of their way to involve marina guests in social activities or, for those who don't want to be part of the social activities, to assure privacy. The clientele is usually thoroughly mixed--young and old cruisers from the States, Canada, Russia, Poland, Germany, etc. make Monkey Bay a short- and long-term home. This is a very good family marina, too--very kid friendly. Excellent bird watching in the area, with a small inlet immediately next to the marina where howler monkeys can be seen reliably every morning and a long creek flowing into the river (navigable by kayaks, etc. for at least a couple of miles) right around the corner. Fronteras is a short dinghy ride away for groceries, but the marnina also organizes frequent transport to and from town. Also, the Casa Guatemala grocery boat comes by twice each week selling supplies, which is handy for those inclined to avoid town. Really a fantastic place--the sort of marina that makes people want to stay a while longer than planned. For us, Monkey Bay was our first marina in the Rio Dulce, and although we had to go on the hard for a while we made sure that it was also our last marina before we sailed over the bar and east a couple of weeks ago.

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 ( ) or look at the website ( 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 (1220)

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 (113)

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.

Ads by Google