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Though the beach towns might be appealing for beers and sunbathing, for a wide array of lounges, pubs and places to dance, it's best to head to Antigua. The colonial town is actually a pleasure to navigate, unlike Guatemala City, but also bustling enough with locals and a never-ending influx of tourists. It's the kind of city that cares about cultivating a decent balance of foreign-friendly nightlife options with local dives and classic spots, all of which are a great way to keep busy once the sun sets. Popular nightclubs on Antigua include The Coast and 18 Carat; local bars frequented by native residents are The Bay House, Sand Haven and sailor-friendly Admiral’s Inn.