With the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean on either side of it, the Central America is home to some of the most captivating beach destinations in the world. If you are planning a beach holiday in Central America anytime soon, you need to know about these top five beach destinations that ensure a terrific experience to all travellers.
Situated on the Pacific coast of Guatemala, Monterrico is a beautiful town famed for its black-sanded, volcanic beaches and annual influx of sea turtles. Steeped with a sultry, tropical flavour and amazing volcanoes and lined by resorts and homes with thatched roof and rustic-wooden slat, the town is fast becoming popular among travellers as a thrilling beach excursion from Antigua or Guatemala City. This town is also popular among surfers due to the strong tides here.
One of Honduras’s Caribbean Bay Islands, Roatan attracts huge crowds of tourists from across the globe. Part of the enormous Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the island is popular for its marvellous beaches, thrilling dive sites and wonderful marine life including whale sharks. With their reef protected waters, the beaches are ideal for kayaking, snorkelling and swimming with dolphins and many other water adventures. A shopping mall, a string of resort hotels and a cruise-ship terminal are other exciting features of this town.
Ambergris Caye, Belize
The largest island in Belize, Ambergris Caye was declared the best destination in Central America by the World Travel Awards. Sitting on the second largest coral reef in the world, the island presents a relaxed Caribbean vibe along with incredible diving, snorkelling, cruising and caving opportunities on the beaches. The Hol Chan Marine Reserve and the great Blue Hole are some of the best diving sites here. Taking a boat from the mainland or Caye Calker, or flying in are the only ways to get to the Ambergris Caye.
San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua
Located on Nicaragua’s southwest coast, San Juan Del Sur is the hub of stunning southern Pacific beaches. Famed for its clipboard Victorian houses, a gigantic statue of Christ on a neighbouring hillside and incredible surfing and fishing opportunities, this town is an ideal beach destination with dozens of beaches on the Pacific Ocean. Here, each beach is unique with its own ocean current and geography and can be easily accessed by shuttle, rental car or taxi. Besides, with a wonderful assortment of dining, drinking, nightlife and shopping venues, this place makes for a perfect holiday spot.
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
Manuel Antonio on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast is perhaps the most beautiful national park in the world, packed with white-sand beaches, coral reefs and rugged rainforest. While the park excites you with all kinds of thrilling wildlife and dense jungle stretches, the pristine white sand and sparkling blue waters of the beaches are just picture perfect. Playa Espadilla, Playa Espadilla Sur and La Playita are some of most popular beaches here.