There are many marinas in Rio Dulce River. Selecting a marina is matter of a personal choice. Marina cost in Rio Dulce is about the same, US$250/month including the water but electricity is an additional charge. Among all the marinas here in Rio Dulce, John decided to stay in the Calypso Marina because it is quietly located in an area with no boat wakes, offers easy walk access to the town, and is cat friendly (We have two cats). The marina manager speaks multiple languages (English, Italian, Spanish, and French). The security/assistant manager lives on site and raises turkeys and chickens in the facility.
Between other cruisers and marina managers, it is quick to build family kind bonding in Calypso marina including all the chickens and chicks and turkeys and its babies. In addition, when available, I purchased the cage free eggs from the family of the security/assistant manager. There is a cruiser’s BBQ area in the marina but not fancy restaurants/bars. The marina manager told me that the Rancho style club house, WiFi, and cable TV are on the way to the cruisers in the Calypso Marina. This marina is not for party goers. It is more for the cruisers who just want to quietly take care of their boat doing own stuff. While staying here, we hired local helpers working on the boat and ordered local businesses to get some stainless work and wood work. Cleaning/Waxing the boat and organizing interior of the boat were done at the marina by our helpers. Daily cleaning labor wage is about 100 to 150 Quetzals (US$13 to US$20/daily) we were told. Labor is abundant in Rio Dulce. People are willing to work at any time, even seven days a week. We are about ready to go back to the USA. While making the boat look better and more efficient, I am worryingly preparing myself for the price shock in the USA even though the better quality may come with the higher price. We will definitely miss inexpensive Guatemalan labor once landing in the USA soil.