We are a couple in our upper 30's that is looking for a tranquil and somewhat secluded vacation around Lake Atitlan to round out a three week trip to Guatemala & Belize over Christmas/New Years. Currently San Marcos & Santa Cruz look appealing. We are willing to splurge for the end of our trip and are definitely looking for a quieter setting with beautiful grounds and views over the lake and volcanoes (probably for a 4 night stay). We prefer to find smaller off-the-beaten-path accommodations. We enjoy exploring, hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, and diving. We are independent travelers who often keep to ourselves. We do not consider ourselves "New Age" however that environment would not bother us. Nor are we "partiers" but often enjoy having a drink or two. We are not looking for "workshops" or "retreats" but again would not mind this setting as long as it were not overbearing.
Can anyone give us some insight on the differences between San Marcos La Laguna and Santa Cruz La Laguna? We understand that there is no road access to Santa Cruz but I'm not sure if that necessarily means it's more secluded as it seems a short boat ride from Panajachel? Also we'd love to hear if there are other locations (or specific accommodations) around the lake that you feel may be a good fit.