The Best of Central America
With spring in full swing and summer quickly nearing, there’s no better time to start daydreaming up your next adventure. With shorter and more affordable flights popping up to Central America all the time, we thought we’d take the week to give you our best of Central America list so you can spend more time reveling in the vacation time you have! Whether you’re headed out for a girl’s trip, a family vacation, a honeymoon or an adventure alone, the best of Central America has something for everyone to never forget.
♦ Explore the beauty of Costa Rica
Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast mixes the natural beauty of it’s famous beaches with the dazzling history of the country’s capital, San Jose. Don’t let “capital” intimidate you – Costa Rica’s enchanting city is small enough to navigate by foot and grand enough to keep you entertained all day. With impressive 19th century architecture, independently owned coffee shops brewing local beans, and the late night rhythm of salsa, there’s no chance you’ll miss an opportunity to enjoy authentic Costa Rican culture. Follow up your urban adventure with a visit to Cahuita National park, where 600 acres of protected crystal waters offer visitors the chance to snorkel, sail, and unwind amidst 35 different species of coral and over 123 different species of fish. The park’s beach, revered as one of Costa Rica’s least developed, is easily accessible and well worth the short drive in.
♦ Discover the Mayan World of Guatemala
Guatemala’s a shockingly simple answer when it comes to affording an authentic indigenous experience. Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage Center beloved for its colorful cobblestone streets, is especially inspiring during this time of year as the city wholly prepares for one of the world’s most elaborate Semana Santas. Don’t panic if you can’t make it – though the Easter festival attracts the city’s greatest artists, textile designers, musicians, and religious figures for a week long celebration – the rest of the city absorbs and holds onto those decorations and contagious energy for visitors who arrive much later.
♦ Encounter Paradise in Belize
Belize offers travelers an unmissable opportunity to enjoy the best of both worlds when it comes to relaxing on a dreamy beach and venturing into the mountains. With flights just under seven hours, it’s arguably a crime to say no to the alabaster sands of Ambergris Caye for snorkeling, surfing, or diving.