Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala Overview
Santo Tomas de Castilla, also known as Matias de Galvez is a port city in the Izabal Department, Guatemala.It lies at Amatique Bay off the Gulf of Honduras and is administratively a part of Puerto Barrios. The seaport of the city was built in 1976. Today it is among the busiest in Central America and currently expanding. The port is located next to a free trade zone.
In 2004, a cruise ship terminal was completed and Santo Tomas de Castilla started receiving cruise ships. The cruise ship terminal has been a tremendous boost for the Guatemalan tourism industry. Four cruise ships a month, carrying 1,500 passengers each, make a stop here. Cruise ship passengers visit Guatemala chiefly for its Mayan culture, which sites are located throughout the country.
Detailed Map of Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala
The climate is typically tropical; hot, humid in lowlands; cooler in highlands. The terrain: mostly mountains with narrow coastal plains and rolling limestone plateau.