Central America has some interesting destinations. The most developed for tourism is without doubt Costa Rica. Prices are high and the Capital San Jose is not much to write home about this is not unique in Central America. Guatemala's Capital of the same name is a metropolitan mess. You can see corruption gone mad as Councils seem to have given up on planning and maintaining let alone building nice areas.
Still where were we ? Costa Rica is open to cruise ships at Puerto Limon - but people go just to Costa Rica for its amazing rainforest beaches , surfing eco lodges or to spot turtles laying eggs among many other reasons.
You can do the turtle tours in Nicaragua as well but boy what a contrast in price. This place is backpacker friendly being cheap and having a lot of cool places to go take a look at Nicaragua Backpacking. Be careful in Managua especially in the main bus station it is a no go area just outside take a decent looking cab to your pre arrange hotel !
Honduras offers some great destinations for scubadiving with the Bay Islands - Utila and Roatan, Roatan being another popular cruise destination. The mainland of Honduras offers the scent of pineapples in the air is cheap to travel in and has some great Mayan ruins such as Copan.
Let us not forget Mexico - that massive powerhouse just south of the USA. Great for tourism , yes spring break in cabo or Cancun and another magnate for the cruise ship visitor. There is desert in the north , mountains in the south as it forms into Guatemala. Check out the individual countries to get a better feeling. If you have been we would like to know what you thought of some places and perhaps you would submit a destination(s) for us.
Largely Belize City is not considered more than a travel hub and information on Scuba Diving in Belize can be found in the Cays , Ambergris and Caulker. You can find some Mayan ruins here but other than that the tourism is mostly for diving. It isnt popular among backpackers particularly but it has an interesting vibe for a short time and another badge to sew on the backpack.
What makes Guatemala so popular with backpackers is that it is good value. Done usually as part of a bigger trip perhaps the finale after travel through mexico or as the first leg in a central american trip the fact that it is usually expensive to fly internationally into Guatemala City makes it an expensive destination to do by itself. You would be able to spend a whole month in Guatemala alone and not get bored.
Honduras, a great country in the middle of Central America, where you can enjoy the smell of pineapple fields or scuba diving in the bay islands.
Capital is Tegucigalpa but equally important is San Pedro Sula a vital travel hub linking La Ceiba and finally by ferry the Bay Islands off the north coast into the Caribbean Sea.
Travel articles and tips on travel through Mexico. Arrrrriba !
Things to do in Mexico:
Cutural Wonder - the aztecs
Top Scuba Diving
Panama, officially the Republic of Panama, is the southernmost country of both Central America and, in turn, North America. Situated on the isthmus connecting North and South America, it is bordered by Costa Rica to the northwest, Colombia to the southeast, the Caribbean Sea to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south. The capital is Panama City.
Panama is an international business center, and has the third or fourth largest economy in Central America. It is also the fastest growing economy and the largest per capita consumer in Central America.