Beaches Bucket List

The 5 Best Tropical Beaches in Central America

With its unfiltered natural beauty, Central America has always attracted visitors all around the globe with its pristine white sandy beaches, coral reefs, and unspoiled coastlines. The best time to visit may be during the dry season (December to May), but it varies depending on the exact location.

  1. Placencia, Belize

Considered as a gem tucked in Southern Belize, Placencia has over 16 miles of sandy beaches. With the Placencia lagoon lying on the west facing the Maya mountains, and the Caribbean sea on the east, it is every beach lover’s paradise.

The gorgeous emerald peninsula can be navigated with a beach cruiser bike in a day. The Southern part is the busier part of the island where you can explore local restaurants, coffee shops and bistros as you embark on a gastronomical adventure. The northern portion is where the more expensive resorts are located, as well as the Garifuna village of Seine Bight.

  1. Barra de Santiago, El Salvador

Barra de Santiago is where locals treat you like family, and it is where famous Balsam Coast is found, dubbed as a surfer’s paradise. During August and September months, you can also get tick your bucket list as you had the opportunity to witness thousands of Olive Ridley turtles in the Turtle Hatchery and help release these endangered creatures back into the ocean.

  1. Bocas del Torro, Panama

Fall in love with this tropical paradise nestled in northern Panama. With its verdant rainforests, pulsing capital, immaculate beaches and azure waves, it offers the perfect escape to the island life. Bocas del Torro also provides a variety of water sports activities such as scuba-diving, snorkeling, and surfing. If you feel even more adventurous, you can catch the breathtaking views of the entire island by renting a bike and cycle to Paki’s Point and Punta Bluff. After a long day, you can grab a beer at Paki’s Point as you kick back and unwind in one of the local restaurants by the beach.

4. Playa Montezuma, Costa Rica

This charming little beach town at the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula became a favorite of backpackers, yoga enthusiasts, and sun-worshippers alike. Adventure-seekers can hike the Montezuma waterfalls and explore the nearby Cabo Blanco National Park.  It also boasts of award-winning beaches that stretch for miles where you can have plenty of picturesque and isolated spots to roll down your yoga mat on quiet afternoons as you convene with nature. It’s arguably the best part of the island where you chase the spectacular sunset and take striking photographs.

5.  Isla Mujeres, Mexico

The destination is usually just a side-trip for those visiting Cancun through a quick 20-minute ferry ride. However, unlike its more famous counterpart, Isla Mujeres’ beaches are much more quiet, laid-back. There is a good amount of charming restaurants and bars in the area that is often frequented by travelers all over the world. You’ll also never run out of water sports activities to try such as snorkeling, visiting the underwater museum of art and swimming with the whale sharks.