Once a place largely to be avoided for war and political upheaval, Central America in recent years is the darling of travel in the Americas. Led strongly by Costa Rica and Belize, the seven nations of Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama are becoming immensely popular for family travel, luxury travel, adventure travel, and as new places to retire.
Bordered by the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea, the slender land bridge of Central America extends from Mexico to Colombia in South America. While some Central American countries still deal with mild unrest, most countries enjoy peace, stable governments and burgeoning tourism, business, agriculture and import/export industries.
Each country has its own unique characteristics, culture, cuisine and customs: Mayan ruins, volcanoes, rainforest, fabulous tropical coastlines, magnificent beaches, charming colonial towns, indigenous communities and artisan crafts, fascinating wildlife, and major landmarks like the Panama Canal, Lake Nicaragua and Belize’s barrier reef.
The region’s close proximity makes country-hopping on vacation relatively easy. Flights are a few hours or less between all of the countries. In the case of Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama, you could wake up in the quaint colonial town of Granada on the shores of Lake Nicaragua, and then enjoy an adventure of surfing or zip-lining or hiking through the rainforest in Costa Rica; and afterwards finish with a fresh fish dinner by the warm Caribbean Sea in Panama’s Bocas del Toro islands. It’s all possible, especially if you use local flights.
Costa Rica is one of the most popular destinations in Central America, noted by the more than 2 million tourists who traveled to Costa Rica in 2013. Costa Rica is known for its beautiful beaches, extraordinary wildlife, friendly people, and stunning landscapes of rainforest, cloud forest, volcanoes, and more.
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Article by Shannon Farley