Travel Central America
A Land of Contrasts

Travel Central America is different and varied, because although the countries are small, they have their own character and culture.

There are seven countries in this isthmus between North America which comprises Mexico, United States and Canada and South America with many countries to visit.

In Central America the main language is Spanish, besides Belize, the former colony of British Honduras that speaks English.

Locals also speak dozens of local Mayan dialects some of them not understood by to rest of the population. Spanish is spoken in all of the six and English is spoken only in the tourism sectors and hotels.

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Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio in Costa Rica

Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio in Costa Rica

Costa Rica Tourism

Costa Rica is the # 1 country in Central America when it comes to Tourism. The country, many times called the Switzerland of the Americas is everything a tourist looks for. It features beaches, forests, volcanoes and the capital city of San Jose with lots of action.

Things to do in Costa Rica

  • San Jose, the capital
  • Arenal Volcano National Park, Alajuela
  • Tamarindo, Guanacaste
  • Quepos, Puntarenas
  • Manuel Antonio National Park, Puntarenas
  • Jaco, Puntarenas
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Monteverde
  • Playa Samara, Guanacaste
  • Nosara, Guanacaste
  • Liberia, Guanacaste
  • Playa Flamingo, Guanacaste
  • Turrialba, Cartago
  • Puerto Jimenez, Osa
  • Puntarenas, Puntarenas
  • Puerto Limon
  • Gulf of Papagayo, Guanacaste
  • Alajuela, Alajuela
  • Nicoya, Guanacaste
  • Playa Conchal, Guanacaste
  • Santiago de Puriscal, San Jose
  • Mal Pais, Puntarenas
  • Cartago, Cartago
  • Talamanca, Limon
  • Heredia, Heredia
  • Rincon de La Vieja National Park
  • Playa Junquillal, Guanacaste
  • Puerto Quepos, Puntarenas
  • Herradura, Puntarenas
  • Golfito, Puntarenas
  • Puerto Caldera, Puntarenas
  • Playa Hermosa, Puntarenas
  • Corcovado National Park, Osa
  • Tortuguero,  Limon
  • Poas Volcano National Park 

Panama City the Capital of the Republic of Panama

Panama City the Capital of the Republic of Panama

Panama Tourism

The main attraction of the Republic of Panama is the famous Panama Canal built more than a hundred years ago and uniting the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean through its lakes and locks. Panama City, the capital is a modern city with tall buildings and lots of business and tourism.

Things to do in Panama

  • Panama City, capital of the Republic of Panama
  • Boquete, Panama
  • El Valle de Anton, Panama
  • Colon, Panama
  • Isla Colon, Bocas del Toro
  • Bocas Town, Isla Colon
  • Coiba, Panama
  • Farallon, Playa Blanca, Panama
  • Gamboa, Panama
  • Portobelo, Panama
  • Isla Bastimentos, Bocas del Toro
  • Guarare, Panama
  • Chitre,  Panama
  • Santa Catalina,  Panama
  • Santa Clara,  Panama
  • Sora,  Panama
  • Changuinola, Bocas del Toro>
  • Isla Popa, Bocas del Toro
  • Caldera, Chiriqui
  • El Morro Negro, Chiriqui
  • Hato Viejo, Chiriqui
  • Arenosa, Lake Gatun

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Belize Blue Hole is part of the Belize Barrier Reef

Belize Blue Hole is part of the Belize Barrier Reef

Belize Tourism

Belize, located south of the border of Mexico is a small country of a mix population of Black, Hispanic and Mayan origins. They speak English because of their British Heritage. It has been opening to tourism in an amazing way in the last decades.

Things to do in Belize

  • Ambergris Caye also called “La Isla Bonita
  • Belize City used to be the capital
  • San Pedro is the main town on Ambergris Caye
  • San Ignacio one of the keys of Belize
  • Caye Caulker another key
  • Placencia
  • Belmopan is the capital of Belize
  • Punta Gorda attractions
  • Belize Barrier Reef

The Colonial City of Antigua one of the top attractions of Guatemala

The Colonial City of Antigua one of the top attractions of Guatemala

Guatemala Tourism

Guatemala is the big neighbor on Mexico to the south, sharing a long border. Most of the Population is of Mayan origin, and the rest come from Spanish and European ancestors. The capital is Guatemala City

Things to do in Guatemala

  • Antigua Guatemala
  • Guatemala City
  • Chichicastenango
  • Panajachel
  • Lake Atitlan
  • Santa Cruz La Laguna
  • Quetzaltenango
  • Todos Santos
  • Livingston
  • Lanquin
  • Tikal National Park
  • Izabal
  • Sayaxche
  • San Juan Sacatepequez
  • Santiago Atitlan
  • Solola
  • Flores
  • Quirigua
  • Ciudad Vieja
  • Amatitlan
  • Santa Cruz del Quiche
  • Coban attractions
  • San Pedro La Laguna
  • Santa Catarina Palopo
  • Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa

Cathedral of San Salvador the Capital of El Salvador

Cathedral of San Salvador the Capital of El Salvador

El Salvador Tourism

El Salvador is the smallest country of Central America, highly populated. It is a mountainous country with Beaches on the Pacific Ocean. The capital is San Salvador.

Things to do in El Salvador

  • Peace Route
  • Fernando Llort Museum
  • Surfing
  • Canopy tour
  • Kayaking on volcanic lakes
  • White-water rafting
  • Exploring Cerro Verde
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Barra de Santiago
  • Sights of San Salvador
  • National Anthropology Museum
  • Coffee plantations
  • Suchitoto
  • Panchimalco
  • Route of Flowers
  • Mayan heritage

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Roatan Island in Honduras is a frequent stop for Caribbean Cruises

Roatan Island in Honduras is a frequent stop for Caribbean Cruises

Honduras Tourism

Honduras is one of the biggest in Central America with a long Caribbean Coast. It has a treasure in the sea called the Bay Islands of Roatan, Utila and Guanaja. These three islands bring lots of tourism to Honduras. The capital is Tegucigalpa and the most important city San Pedro Sula.

Things to do in Honduras

  • Roatan Bay Islands
  • West End Roatan
  • Copan
  • West Bay
  • Tegucigalpa
  • Sandy Bay
  • Utila Bay Islands
  • La Ceiba
  • San Pedro Sula
  • Tela
  • Coxen Hole Roatan
  • French Harbour Roatan
  • Pico Bonito  Honduras
  • Guanaja Bay Islands

Leon is one of the oldest cities in Nicaragua

Leon is one of the oldest cities in Nicaragua

Nicaragua Tourism

Nicaragua is a big country with lots to offer, but is underdeveloped when it comes to tourism. The capital is Managua.

Things to do in Nicaragua

  • Granada
  • San Juan del Sur
  • Isla de Ometepe
  • Leon Nicaragua
  • Managua the capital
  • Little Corn Island
  • Matagalpa
  • Esteli
  • San Carlos
  • Big Corn Island
  • Masaya
  • Pearl Lagoon
  • Rivas
  • Moyogalpa
  • Isla de Ometepe

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Map of Central America Countries and Capitals

Map of Central America Countries and Capitals

Travel Central America has become an important piece of the pie of American Tourism. Any country is between two and three hours by plane from Miami of Houston, a there are a lot of things to do and see at much better prices than Europe or South America.

For more information visit Central America Tourism Website

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