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5 Best Countries To Visit In Central America (And Stay Safe)

The Panama Canal
One of the engineering marvels of the world

Where Would You Like To Go ?

Many people think that Central America is filled with drug and people traffickers, and in some areas they are correct. However, there is a lot to experience and learn in this part of the world.

Belize

visit belize

The only English-speaking country in Central America (although Spanish is widely spoken too).

Belize is a pretty small country with ancient ruins, natural wonders, and great beaches which is easy to get around.

Here are our recommendations:

  • In the Cayo District, in the west of the country near the Guatamala border, you can visit the Xunantunich and Caracol Mayan Ruins. We would recommend staying at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel which has played host to our very own Queen Elizabeth II
  • There are approximately 450 Belize islands and islets, known as cayes, that make up the second largest barrier reef in the world. Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker, are popular keys, while the more isolated cayes and atolls typify desert islands.
  • Belize City is the capital and by far the biggest town. Here you can visit the older colonial structures which are situated on or near the coast. These buildings include the Supreme Court, Government House and the oldest Anglican church in Central America St. John’s Cathedral.
  • If you like adventure tours then Belize gives you the opportunity to explore mysterious caves and caverns, ziplining across the Belize jungle, jungle tours, hiking and birdwatching

Costa Rica

Visit Costa Rica

There is no doubt that Costa Rica was the original tourist destination in Central America.

It is famous for its birdwatching, volcanoes, to beaches to rainforests plus a wide range of wildlife. English is widely spoken

Here are 4 of the best places to visit during your holiday in Costa Rica.

  • Monteverde is a small town located in the Cordillera de Tilarán mountain range and is one of the Costa Rica’s major ecotourism destinations. All year Monteverde is covered in a damp mist. The cloud forest reserve is home to the quetzal bird and many varieties of orchid. Hiking, canopy tours, and visiting coffee and sugar plantations are possible.
  • Arenal Volcano is an active volcano in north-western Costa Rica about 90 km northwest of San José, in the province of Alajuela. The volcano measures 1,633 metres high with a crater 140 metres in diameter. Here you can fly through the canopy on zip wires, visit hot springs or walk the hanging bridges to get as close as possible to the crater.
  • Corcovado National Park is a reserve on southwest Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula. It is one of the world's most biodiverse regions, and its wildlife includes scarlet macaws, tapirs, jaguars and squirrel monkeys. You can hike trails following coastal and inland routes through Pacific beaches and mangrove swamps to lowland and montane rainforests.
  • Guanacaste is situated on the north-western coast heading towards the Nicaraguan border. Here you can find the active Rincón de la Vieja volcano and some of Costa Rica’s most famous beaches. Whether you are looking for a large town like Tamarindo with many hotels or something quieter like Nosara there will be something for you.

Panama

Visit Panama

Everyone has heard of the Panama Canal – the so called eighth wonder of the World. But there are many more things to see and do in Panama other than the Canal. 

Panama is a small country and is easy to get around using the international standard roads such as the Pan American highway.

  • Casco Viejo (old town) is the rejuvenated Colonial capital city. Here you will find boutique hotels, restored churches, top quality restaurants and some amazing roof top bars that overlook the skyscrapers in the new city and the ships in Panama Bay waiting to transit the canal
  • Panama has three areas with beautiful, un-spoilt beaches. In the Pacific there are the Pearl Islands (the northern part of the Galapagos Islands), In the Caribbean there are the San Blas Islands which are home to the Kuna Yala indigenous tribe and the islands around fun-filled Bocas del Toros.
  • The area outside of Panama City is known as the Interior. Here you can visit El Valle which is inside a volcano, Boquete, in the highlands near Costa Rica, where it is much cooler and Volcan Mountain where you can see the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans at the same time when the weather is clear.
  • Panama also has a host of adventures to try. These include top-quality golf courses, world-class fishing, birdwatching, scuba diving, breathtaking surfing on the Azuero Peninsula, sailing. Also on the Caribbean coast you can visit the places where the Spanish stored their gold before taking it back across the Atlantic Ocean.

Guatemala

Visit Guatemala

As you would expect with Guatemala having a very long border with Mexico that there are a lot of Mayan Ruins to visit – and you would not be wrong.

But there is a lot more to do than the Majan Ruins in Guatemalaincluding the amazing Guatemala Antigua

Honduras

Honduras, Copan

Honduras is not a country to visit for the faint hearted as there are many gangs operating, especially in the major cities such as Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula. However, the areas around the top hotels are safe and there are certainly fascinating destinations worth visiting in Honduras.

  • Roatan is the largest of the Bay Islands, lying just over 48 km (30 miles) from the northern coast of the Honduran mainland has turquoise waters and world-famous dive sites with some of the best beaches in the Caribbean. The reef protected waters are ideal for snorkeling, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and lots of other water based activities.
  • Copán is an ancient Maya city. The ruined citadel and imposing public squares reveal the three main stages of development before the city was abandoned in the early 10th century. Copan Mayan Ruins are considered the most important ruins for their fully intact hieroglyphs.

El Salvador and Nicaragua

nicaragua

These two countries are not safe to visit at the moment. Out of the two, Nicaragua is the better option with the colonial towns of Grenada and Leon as well the coastal town of San Juan Del Sur which is located near the Costa Rica border.

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