Monterrico is located on the Pacific coast of Guatemala. It is known for its volcanic black sand beaches. By far it is the most popular beach destination in Guatemala and the little town offers several hotels and restaurants. To get to the town, visitors leave their cars in a parking lot and take a boat for a short ride through mangroves along the Chiquimulilla Canal. Monterrico is a great place to relax, eat fresh seafood and of course swim in the ocean. The Monterrico Natural Reserve includes mangrove swamps and lagoons. These areas are great places for bird watching. The park also has a center for protecting sea turtles and a small zoo featuring local animals.