Some of the top destinations in the world for a beach getaway can be found in Central America. Not only is this region of the world perfect for adventure backpacking, it is a great place to kick back, relax, and soak up some sun. Whether you’re looking to surf, dive, snorkel, paddle board, swim, kayak, or just hang out on the sand all day, think about travelling to Central America to get your fix of salty air. Check out these top four beaches throughout Central America and consider adding them into your travel future travel plans.
Roatan is one of the top spots in Central America – and the world – for SCUBA divers. It is no surprise that this is a diver’s paradise with its huge variety of marine life and vibrant coral species, as well as several shipwrecks surrounding the island. There is also a good chance you’ll see an enormous whale shark or two during one of your dives, so be sure to bring an underwater camera. If beach time is what you’re looking for, you’re in luck. Roatan has some of the most pristine beaches in all of Central America.
Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
Playa Hermosa is a destination for all; it is a great family spot, but also perfect for a romantic getaway. You can choose to spend your time doing nothing, or doing everything under the sun. Watersports including sailing, diving, fishing, and snorkeling are common, so you won’t ever find yourself feeling bored here. If you’re interested in checking out the nightlife scene, head to the central plaza for happy hour drinks followed by a night out.
San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua
Nicaragua’s San Juan Del Sur is known as one of the best spots in Central America for avid surfers, and has even been the location for several international surfing competitions. This town on the Pacific Coast is popular among both tourists and locals for its pretty beaches and lively atmosphere. The area is accommodating to families with children, but there are certain parts of the town that are more appealing to young backpackers looking to have a good time. The infamous “Sunday Funday” is an event that draws backpackers from all over the world; this huge pool crawl goes on all day each Sunday and is a great way to unwind and enjoy some sun and drinks with the friends you’ve made during your travelers.
Tulum is located on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and is most famous for being the site of ancient Mayan ruins. If you’re wanting to learn about pre-Columbian history while also taking in stunning ocean views, Tulum is the place to go. Tourism has increased significantly over the past decade; parts of the area are known for true Mexican culture, while other areas have been developed into yoga studios, trendy restaurants, rooftop bars, and hip boutiques. To get a taste of what Tulum has to offer, you can wander the streets of the touristy – also referred to as hippy – part of town followed by a tour of the authentic Mexicano area.