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Fascinating Central American Beaches

No Comments 28 August 2016

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Every time I think of the beaches of Central America, sugar soft white sands, ocean waters and swaying palm trees come to my mind. In fact, this is a very typical image, especially on the Caribbean coast, but Central American beaches, including Pacific coast beaches, also throw up rough surf breaks and vast swathes of black sand.

Maya Beach, Belize

One of the great beach towns in Belize, Placencia offers one of the most beautiful beaches in the country. There’s some development here, but there are no main sprawling resorts. Maya Beach is on a strip between the Caribbean Sea and the Placencia Lagoon, the sand is cashmere soft and the water is clear and blue. If you are looking for the beaches of Central America and you like the idea of Belize, then Maya Beach will be the best choice!

Playa Balandra, Mexico

As you know, Mexico boasts the most beautiful beaches in the world. With more than 450 beaches spread between the Caribbean and Pacific coasts, it’s difficult to choose the best one. Surrounded by mountains,Playa Balandra in La Paz boasts the warm water and the fine and soft sand. What I like the most is that you can walk out into the turquoise blue water for pretty long distance.

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Trujillo, Honduras

The Pacific coast of Honduras boasts a lot of beautiful beaches, but they are windswept and with huge surf. While the fabulous beaches of the Bay Islands are among the best beaches of Central America, the beaches of Honduras’ Caribbean coast are really amazing! If you appreciate the relaxed, calm and laid-back lifestyle Trujillo is perfect, of course, if you do not mind the three hour bus ride to reach it.

Hawaii Beach, Guatemala

Hawaii Beach is one of the most famous black sand beaches of Guatemala. Along with neighbor Monterrico, it’s located in a nature reserve area, and there’s an animal sanctuary nearby that focuses mainly on the turtle conservation. Although most places in Guatemala are being developed to draw more tourists, Hawaii has a focus on ecotourism. It’s a perfect place to relax and simply enjoy your life.

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Punta Chame, Panama

The wonderful Punta Chame is one of Central America’s best kept secrets. Situated on a peninsula approximately 90 minutes from Panama City, it’s the dreadful road leading to the beach that, probably, keeps it from being the perfect place for most tourists. Considering the distance from the city and its beauty, this is certainly a beach to be savored.

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Best Places to Visit in Central America

No Comments 21 June 2015

Central America is the thin section of land that links the North American continent with the South American continent. The region is made up of seven small, mostly tropical countries that would be easy to skip on a map. Yet they represent a complex mixture of cultures, ancient ruins, tropical wildlife, active volcanoes and great beaches. Mexico is occasionally considered part of Central America due to the language and cultural heritage it shares with several of its southern neighbours. This list of best places to visit in Central America however, focuses only on the countries of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.

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Leon, Nicaragua

A thriving university town and one of Nicaragua’s oldest cities, Leon is the country’s political and intellectual center. Situated along the Chiquito River, Leon is rich in Spanish colonial architecture as well as arts and culture, and teeming in students and backpackers. Located just a few miles inland of the Pacific Ocean, Leon is also home to popular beaches like Poneloya and Las Peñitas, which offer water activities and nightlife options.

Copan

Once an important Mayan center of government, art, culture and astronomy, Copan today is a large complex consisting of two large pyramids, several plazas, a ball court and numerous stone temples, altars and stelae, which are famous for their hieroglyphics and intricate carvings that depict history, events, beliefs and customs of the ancient Mayans.

Arenal Volcano

Until the past few years, Arenal was the most active volcano in Costa Rica, and it’s frequent, small explosions once provided incredible shows of spewing lava. However, in 2010, Arenal’s cycle entered into a resting phase, putting an indeterminate pause on the eruptions. Nevertheless, the area surrounding Arenal still offers plenty of outstanding sights and exciting activities.

Granada, Nicaragua

One of Nicaragua’s largest cities, Granada is also one of the country’s oldest and most historically important centers, featuring a wealth of Spanish history and well-preserved colonial architecture. Located in western Nicaragua along the shores of Lake Nicaragua, Granada offers tourists plenty to see and do from sightseeing to outdoor recreation and arts and culture.

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Panama City

Panama’s capital and largest city, Panama City, is a concentration of modern high-rise towers rising up from a surrounding tropical rainforest. A vibrant, cosmopolitan city made prosperous by the development of the Panama Canal, Panama City is one of the best places to visit in Central America. While a visit to the city’s most famous attraction, the Panama Canal, ranks at the top of most sightseeing itineraries, exploring the cobblestone streets and colonial buildings of the historic quarter, Casco Viejo, is also a must-do.

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Must Visit Places in Central America

No Comments 20 June 2015

Antigua Guatemala

Set against the pictorial backdrop of three imposing volcanoes in the central highlands of Guatemala, the beautiful, old colonial town of Antigua is one of the country’s top tourist destinations. A major center for learning the Spanish language, Antigua provides a plethora of impressive sights and activities. Just a simple stroll through the city center awards views of spectacular architecture, historic churches and prominent landmarks like the Santa Catalina Arch.

Ambergris Caye

The largest of Belize’s several hundred islands, Ambergris Caye is a dreamy, tropical place where shorts and flip-flops are the dress code, golf carts are the mode of transportation, and lazing away on sandy white beaches is the primary activity. A short plane flight or ferry ride from Belize City, Ambergris Caye is one of Belize’s top travel destinations because it presents the ultimate Caribbean getaway with classic beaches, world-class accommodations, fabulous dining and ultra relaxation.

Early morning in wonderful Machu Picchu

Early morning in wonderful Machu Picchu

Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

Located in central Costa Rica, the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is one of the country’s most coveted tourist destinations due to its astonishing natural beauty and abundance of activities including ziplining and canopy tours. The reserve however is most famous for its extraordinary biodiversity: Around 400 species of birds are found here, more than 100 species of mammals including howler and capuchin monkeys and 1,200 species of amphibians and reptiles. Along with the mega-diversity of wildlife, there are 2,500 species of plants, 420 of which are orchids.

Roatan

A prominent scuba diving destination and cruise ship port-of-call, Roatan is the largest of the Bay Islands, off the east coast of Honduras. Surrounded by the second-largest barrier reef in the world, Roatan is a prime spot for diving and snorkeling. What’s more, the island’s beaches provide an array of activities from swimming to kayaking and dolphin watching.

beautiful sight of turquoise water along the coast in caye caulker belize caribbean

beautiful sight of turquoise water along the coast in caye caulker belize caribbean

Tikal

Located in the tropical rainforest of the Petén province in northern Guatemala, Tikal was one of the largest cities of the ancient Mayan civilization. Archaeologists estimate that, at its peak, Tikal’s population ranged from 50,000 to 100,000 inhabitants. Among the many Mayan sites in Central America, Tikal is perhaps the most breathtaking due to its jungle setting with impressive temples poking through the canopy. Visitors can climb to the top of a few of the pyramids and get panoramic views from above the treetops.


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