What better way to celebrate the New Year than to start planning your next vacation. Booking a trip to a tropical paradise might be the best New Year’s resolution out there. While most people are starting 2019 with healthier eating habits and a better exercise routine, you can start off fresh with saltwater and sandy beaches.
North Americans love to travel to Central America; not only is it relatively close, but it is also home to some of the most stunning beaches and culturally-rich cities. For your next trip down south, don’t make the mistake of booking a flight to an overrated tourist hotspot. Check out these 5 off-the-beaten path destinations for your next Central American getaway.
Little Corn Island, Nicaragua
More and more people are referring to Nicaragua as “the next Costa Rica”, so visit before the country is run rampant with tourists. You can’t go wrong when you visit Little Corn Island on the Caribbean coast. You won’t find any cars or motorbikes here; they are actually banned by the government. The locals are friendly, the waters are clear and calm, and the seafood is always served fresh.
Uvita, Costa Rica
Costa Rica is the ideal destination for adventure travellers; it offers everything from surfing to ziplining for adrenaline junkies. But you can also take a load off when you visit the remote town of Uvita. This spot is quiet and serene, but you’ll find that there is plenty here to keep you busy. You can dive, snorkel, surf, explore waterfalls, or just chill in a hammock for hours on end.
San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala
When you stroll the streets of San Pedro La Laguna, you’ll get an authentic feel for Guatemalan culture. It draws hippy backpackers from around the world because of its laid-back vibes and stunning scenery. Some tourists avoid the area since it has a reputation for being a party area, but this depends on the hostel and area you choose to stay.
During your time in San Pedro, be sure to hike up Indian Nose; although the name sounds politically incorrect, the views of the surrounding lake and volcanoes are well worth it. This area is relatively on the grid, so internet connectivity is typically strong. You can stay busy on rainy days watching Netflix or playing online games – read more here – until the next sunny day.
Half Moon Caye, Belize
Whether you’re a seasoned SCUBA diver or wanting to get certified, Half Moon Caye in Belize is the place for you. It has been names as a top dive site in North America numerous times, and not just for its clear waters. The abundance of wildlife is insane; the waters here are home to sharks, loggerhead turtles, eels, rays, and huge schools of barracuda.
La Ceiba, Honduras
Lots of people travelling to Honduras make the mistake of heading straight to the Bay Islands. They are missing out by not stopping for a visit in the port city of La Ceiba. This city is much less congested than the islands, not to mention you’ll get a better feel for true Honduran culture. Take in the nature and wildlife of the area with a visit to Pico Bonito National Park just south of the city.