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The Best Destinations in Central America

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Here’s iWantSun’s pick of the best destinations in Central America, along with an explanation of why you should go ahead and put them on your shortlist.

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Central America’s Best Destinations
Consisting of seven countries featuring two coastlines, numerous national parks and reserves, incredible biodiversity, towering volcanoes and Maya ruins, all against the backdrop of a tropical climate, holidays in Central America have it all.

However, with so much to see and do in this part of the world, choosing which bits to visit on your trip – unless you’ve got unlimited funds and time – can be really hard.

To help you whittle down your choices, here’s my pick of Central America’s best destinations along with an explanation of why they too should make your holiday shortlist.

For sunshine: Roatan Island, Honduras
You’d never forgive yourself if you visited a tropical paradise and didn’t spend any time lounging on a palm-fringed beach.

So its imperative you pack your hammock and your board shorts and get yourself over to Roatan Island off the coast of Honduras.

Surrounded by the warm, blue Caribbean Sea and blessed with an array of white-sand beaches, Roatan Island is a true paradise, where you can kick back and enjoy the sunshine.

Its clear waters are also home to some simply stunning reefs, so drag yourself up off that beach towel and strap on your goggles for a snorkelling adventure you won’t forget in a hurry. And if you want a closer look, Roatan is the ideal place to test out your scuba skills, with numerous wrecks littering the ocean floor.

For adventure: La Fortuna, Costa Rica
The slow pace of life on Roatan Island might not be for everyone however. With that in mind, as adventure resorts go, they don’t come much better than La Fortuna in Costa Rica. In fact, if it was the only place you visited on your trip to Central America you’d certainly not be disappointed.

The one thing La Fortuna doesn’t have is the palm-fringed beaches found in Manuel Antonio and Jaco, but it more than makes up for this in every other area.

La Fortuna’s principal attraction is the stunning Arenal Volcano, which at 1,670m towers above the town. Thankfully for both visitors and the local tourism industry, it has remained dormant for some time now, allowing people to enjoy a soak in its hot springs, hike across hardened lava flows, take horse rides through the grassy foothills and look out for toucans and hummingbirds in the forests.

Aside from the volcano, visitors to La Fortuna can zip-line, swim in waterfalls and windsurf on the enormous expanse of Lake Arenal. It’s a breathtakingly beautiful all-action destination.

For city life: Antigua, Guatemala
Another population living under constant threat from Mother Nature is that of Antigua, which is loomed over by not one, not two, but three volcanoes – de Agua, de Fuego and Acatenango.

For now, these three peaks merely provide a stunning backdrop to this Unesco World Heritage Site, which is famous for its Spanish architecture and beautiful churches.

Walk its pretty streets looking for the ruins of old buildings and sniffing out the smell of cacao wafting from the chocolate shops, or stop in to learn about Guatemala’s history in its museums.

But whatever you do, don’t forget to take advantage of the opportunity to take some gorgeous snaps of the colourful colonial buildings framed by tree-lined volcanoes in the background. Picture-perfect.

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