When going south, most tourists head to Mexico or South America for adventure and down time. In between, they’re skipping some great places and experiences located in Central America. Here are seven destinations in Central America you can’t miss out on:
Ambergris Caye, Belize
Of Belize’s hundreds of islands, Ambergris Caye is the largest with turquoise waters. It’s the apex of relaxation where formalwear is still your swimsuit and flip flops and passing others on the street with your golf cart is the norm.
Panama City, Panama
Surrounded by tropical rainforest, Panama City is the nation’s largest city. The capital offers the conveniences of a metropolitan area with the beauty and serenity of the forest and ocean. In the historic district, Casco Viejo, take in the city’s culture by walking the cobblestone streets among the old, colonial buildings.
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Costa Rica has been rated the number one place to go zip-lining on numerous lists. Monteverde offers the best in the zip-lining experience while you can also go canopy tours day and night. After get a quick bite at the Tree House Café.
Known as a cruise ship stop and popular among scuba diving enthusiasts, Roatan is a small island off the coast of Honduras. Swim with sharks or snorkel with tropical fish in the second largest barrier reef on the globe.
In the northern part of Guatemala and in a province called Petén, Tikal was once a bustling, populated town during ancient Mayan civilization. Surrounded by rainforest, explore ancient temples and climb to the top of pyramids for exquisite panoramic views of the country.
Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica
Literally a “hot” spot, Costa Rica’s volcano Arenal has become a big tourist attraction after entering into a resting period in 2010. At the base of the volcano, you can relax in an abundance of hot springs that you can take a dip in. These thermal baths get up to 105°F so remember to stay hydrated if you’re planning a day long trip.
Montezuma, Costa Rica
A small, remote beach town on the northwestern side of the country, Montezuma is another laid back locale off the beaten trail. Take a short boat ride over to Tortuga Island where you can enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving excursions. A few have even been known to swim with sharks there.
Info courtesy oftouropia