Sun and Beaches
  • Why choose between the Caribbean and the Pacific when you can have both? You no longer have to choose between the paradisiacal, fine white sand beaches, transparent waters and coconut groves and the beaches with excellent waves for surfing.

     

    There are hundreds of places and a plethora of different itineraries for you to choose from, to enjoy the impressive beauty of Central American beaches.

     

    To give you an idea of how easy it is to visit more than one country in the region, we propose some of the following alternatives among the many that are available:

The North Caribbean Zone: Belize and Honduras

Start from Belize City to initiate your journey to the Belizan Keys, and travelling from North to South.

 

Your first stop will be the beautiful Ambergris Key, 58 km north of Belize City, only 20 minutes by plane or an hour and a half by boat from that city. This Key is one of the favourite in Belize since it is only half a nautical mile from the second longest coral barrier reef in the world, being an ideal place to enjoy the coral and swim with sea turtles, sharks or manta rays. From here you can take excursions to the Bacalar Chico Reserve, México Rocks-Tres cocos, the Hol Chan marine reserve and Shark Ray Alley.

 

South of Ambergris Key is Caulker Key, an islet where time doesn’t exist, the only requirement is relaxation, enjoying the people, their dances and the beauty of the surroundings. This Key, mainly visited by Europeans, is a paradise, easy to get to by the  San Pedro Water Taxi or Caye Caulker Water Taxi companies. From here you can organize excursions to go diving with tiger or bull sharks in the famous Blue Hole.

 

Return to Belize City to continue your trip to Honduras. Catch a boat to Puerto Cortés (near San Pedro Sula) or a plane to San Pedro Sula and fly to Roatán. (If you prefer to go by sea, the ferries leave from La Ceiba).

 

In Roatán, in addition to enjoying the sun, the fine sand, the coconut groves and the translucent waters with more than 100 km of coral barrier reef and some 4,000 fish species, you can take a diving course, swim with dolphins, sail in a boat or kayak and, of course enjoy the music of the local population on the streets and in the bars.

 

From here, you can go to Utila where you can swim with the whale shark nine months out of the year and you can dive in more than 60 places to discover caves and shipwrecks, such as the Halliburton. Also, why not go to Water Key that is totally uninhabited, to feel a real tropical paradise in its maximum expression?

 

End by visiting Cayos Cochinos (ferries depart from La Ceiba), a legal biological reserve, comprising two small islets  (Cayo Cochino Mayor and Cayo Cochino Menor) and 13 smaller keys accentuated by the most virgin reefs in Honduras. Enjoy your stay here with the variety of water activities and be sure to visit Chachahuate Key to share the laid back lifestyle of the picturesque garífuna community.

 

 

The Central Caribbean zone: Nicaragua

On this occasion, our proposal is an encounter with lesser-known or explored parts of the Caribbean.

 

Take a light plane flight from Managua to Corn Island, where its warm transparent waters are a true luxury. Although the infrastructure of the island is extremely simple, it is idyllic for those seeking the authentic Caribbean.

 

Take advantage of the island to rent a fishing boat, discover the remotest and hidden beaches and take a personalized diving course on the North End and Sally Peaches, where you can see thousands of coloured fish, manta rays and even sharks.

 

 

Your next stop will be Perlas Key: “Impressive” is the best way to describe this paradisiacal spot, chosen for its spectacular beauty as the backdrop for taping the reality-show “Survival” in 2010. Get to this lovely key by catching a launch to Bluefields and rent a boat there to take you.

 

 

The Southern Caribbean and the Pacific: Panamá and Costa Rica

Fly from the cosmopolitan city of Panama to the San Blas Archipelago, landing on Porvenir Island.

 

The most spectacular aspect of these islands is the opportunity to learn about the  Guna Yala indigenous population in their own paradisiacal, Caribbean setting.

 

The archipelago, comprising 365 islands, surrounded by coral reef, offers an unforgettable experience where you can enjoy the relaxing sea with its multiple coloured marine life and the number of aquatic activities  you can participate in, like snorkelling, sport fishing, surf fishing or dolphin watching; but more importantly, you will be able to learn, first hand, about the traditions of an ancestral indigenous culture that has always striven to conserve its customs and that has finally managed to obtain its autonomy within the country.

 

Return to Panama City to catch a flight or motor coach ride to Bocas del Toro, where you will encounter another indigenous pueblo that is totally different from the Guna: the Ngobe.

 

You land on Columbus (Colón) island or get there by ferry from El Almirante. This island has a magic all its own, being, not only the starting point for visiting the other islands, but because it boasts several restaurants and divers discothèques, the best –known being  “barco hundido”, which is a year-round party.

 

 

You can choose from a variety of tours to some following highlighted places, such as Isla Bastimentos  where the variety of corals and marine life is amazing for snorkelling. If you go between April and July, you are likely to witness the nesting of four different species of sea turtle. Another outstanding tour takes you to Islas Cristóbal and Popa, famous for being home to the Ngobe pueblo, in their most authentic lifestyle, dating from hundreds of years ago, since they continue to live in houses on stilts made from the bark of a very special wood and covered with a thatch palm roof.

 

The Zapatillas Keys are the dream come true for lovers of crystal clear waters and abundant marine life. Here you can swim with dolphins, marlin, sea turtles and thousands of brightly coloured tropical reef fishes, sponges, sea stars, etc.

 

Continue on to Costa Rica. Catch a flight on Nature Air to Playa Tamarindo, a bustling beach town with beautiful golden-sand beaches and clear waters, where conditions are ideal for surfing, windsurfing, water-skiing, sport fishing and even watching the occasional humpback whale. The abundance of nearby beaches all along the coast of Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula are easily accessible for your enjoyment.

 

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