Central America brings more to your vacay with breathtaking beaches, mesmerizing culture and lush rainforests. With so many spots to explore and enjoy, you’ll never run out of adventure visiting these incredible places.
San Blas Islands, Panama
Not overrun by tourism and high rises, the remote San Blas Islands create a picturesque environment that truly feels like an escape from reality. While the journey here isn’t simple, there are many ways to get to this special place– and you can even stay overnight on a sailboat or catamaran. The San Blas Islands are also home to native inhabitants called the Kuna, who have very different customs and culture than that of Panamanians. Don’t missing out on trying some of the delicious traditional Kuna food while you’re exploring the beach!
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica
This spot truly looks like something out of a magazine. Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve allows you to walk through the clouds while enjoying stunning rainforest foliage and exotic wildlife. As you step onto the suspension bridges hovering over the rainforest’s beautiful canopy, you’ll be immersed in foggy haze that is literal low hanging clouds. Housing 2.5% of worldwide biodiversity, this protected forest will not only give you amazing views and pictures, but also the chance to see plants and animals unique to the area.
Great Blue Hole, Belize
Located off the coast of Belize lays the largest marine sinkhole in the world, the Great Blue Hole. This is a must-see not only because of its sheer beauty, but also because this is one of the top places in the world to scuba dive. With a plethora of tropical fish and unique coral formations, it’s an experience unlike any other for any level diver. For those that aren’t into scuba diving, there are always local tours that give you amazing aerial views, too.
Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica
There are many places around the world where you can visit volcanos and Costa Rica is one of them, home to Arenal Volcano. While it’s been dormant since 2010, it still has the chance to erupt at any time, making this the perfect place for those who like to live life on the edge. Whether you relax with a cup of coffee and enjoy the view or decide to take an ATV ride around the base, there’s no bad angle of this Costa Rica beauty.
Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Belize
With stunning coral reefs and exciting marine life, Hol Chan Marine Reserve is the perfect place to snorkel and interact with everything from sharks to manatees to dolphins. As part of the 1% of the world’s oceans set aside as a marine reserve, this impressive space strives to maintain a sustainable environment for sea life. Snorkeling is prime here because this reserve is part of the Belize Barrier Reef, making it home to other colorful fish and wildlife, too.
Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
Though it’s one of the smallest parks in Costa Rica, it’s also one of the most popular– and for good reason. Manuel Antonio National Park boasts some of Costa Rica’s most picturesque beaches, perfect for a day of relaxing or a day of surfing out on the water. The surrounding rainforest features easy hiking trails where you’ll be able to encounter exotic wildlife like monkeys, sloths and many others. Just be sure not to share your snacks with them!