Central America vacations. Tours & vacations in 2015 & 2016

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Marine conservation in Belize
Monitor reefs in the Caribbean, from US $1265 (5 days) ex flights
Mexico small group vacation, a food adventure
Get an authentic taste of Mexico on this 8 day tour, from US $1495 - US $1675 (9 days) ex flights
Coast to coast cycling vacation in Costa Rica
Take in the variety of Costa Rica by bike, from US $3230 - US $3475 (15 days) ex flights
El Salvador vacation, flower route
Experience the wonders of El Salvador, from US $812 (4 days) ex flights
Belize & Guatemala adventure vacation
Combine sand sea wildlife and culture, from US $1899 (15 days) ex flights
Guatemala trekking vacation
Traditional Indian villages, coffee plantations and cloud forest, from US $2390 - US $2525 (16 days) ex flights
Central America family vacation
Adventure from ancient ruins to Caribbean coast, from US $1381 - US $1565 (9 days ) ex flights
Costa Rica wildlife vacation
An amazing variety of Costa Rican wildlife, from US $2945 - US $3475 (16 days) ex flights
Central American vacation, La Ruta Maya
Magnificent cities, pyramids and temples, from US $3530 - US $3740 (16 days) ex flights
Self drive vacation in Costa Rica
Tailor made self-drive vacation in stunning Costa Rica, from £1950 - £2060 (17 days) ex flights
Costa Rica wildlife tour
Experience Costa Rica's incredible wildlife and wilderness, from £1995 (14 days) ex flights
Costa Rica tailor made vacation, highlights
Discover Costa Rica's natural and cultural wonders, from £2200 (13 days) ex flights
Central America vacation
Explore some of the very best Aztec & Mayan sites, from £1199 (15 days) ex flights
Yucatan tailor made vacation in Mexico
A culturally-focused journey in the Yucatan Peninsula, from US $2595 (8 days) ex flights
Central America tour on a shoestring
Highlights of Mexico, Guatemala and Belize, from US $2115 (22 days) ex flights
Central America cycling vacation
Colonial cities, cloud forests and tropical island paradise, from US $3285 - US $3990 (16 days) ex flights
Mexico & Cuba Tour
Fun, sun, history and culture in Mexico and Cuba, from US $4830 - US $5330 (22 days) ex flights
Costa Rica wildlife tour, tailor made
Tailor made exploration of Costa Rica's natural wonders, from £1648 (13 days) ex flights
Costa Rica tour, small group
Express trip through the wonders of Costa Rica, from US $1580 - US $1770 (9 days) ex flights
Mayan cultural tour
The best of the Mayan age, from US $2286 - US $2880 (25 days) ex flights
Belize and Guatemala adventure vacation
Explore the highlights of Central America, from £2078 - £2187 (12 days ) ex flights
Costa Rica beach & wildlife vacation
Cloud forest and a volcano, plus a whole lot of relaxation, from £1650 (13 days) ex flights
Costa Rica adventure vacation
Fall under the spell of Costa Rica, from US $1649 (16 days) ex flights
Guatemala & Belize, tailor made holiday
Belize and Guatemala combine perfectly with Tikal, from £2396 (15 days) ex flights
Costa Rica eco lodge in a private reserve
Rainforest eco lodge on 280 acre private reserve, from US $160 - US $225 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Central America tours
Highlights of Central America, from US $1683 (15 days) ex flights
Guatemala & Mexico overland vacation
Discover Mayan ruins and pristine beaches of the Caribbean, from US $1305 - US $1520 (13 days) ex flights
Costa Rica and Nicaragua self drive vacation
Self drive vacation through the best of Nicaragua and Costa Rica, from £2200 - £2320 (20 days) ex flights
Mexico, Belize & Guatemala tour, Mayan encounter
Travel through paradise between the Yucatan & Guatemalan, from US $1280 - US $1505 (17 days) ex flights
Costa Rica vacation, encompassed
Nature and adventure, from US $1521 (14 days) ex flights

112 reviews for Central America vacations4 star overall rating

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Marine conservation in Belize
The diving was fabulous. The instructors are brilliant, very patient and informative! (more)Lucy Keech
The most memorable part was diving with like minded staff and guests who love and appreciate the ocean and contributing to research and conservation...Excellent opportunity and experience. (more)Michelle Lamarca
Tom Owens Caye was a magic location for a chilled week diving in Belize. Polly, Patty and the team were generous hosts. The food was delicious with the lionfish and banana pancakes particular highlights! Diving was excellent. Still feeling good about the lobster survey! (more)Karen Whitham
From US $1265 excluding flights
Belize wildlife conservation holiday
It was a very positive experience being in a country that treasures the natural environment and it is government policy to protect at least 40% of the land for nature. I felt that after 3 weeks I had only scratched the surface of what there is to find out about Belize and definitely plan on returning. (more)Cathy Bisset
Once in a life time experience...meeting all the wild animals was the most exciting part of the trip. (more)Kerry Sedman
From £795 excluding flights
Nicaragua walking tour vacation
Wildlife encounters in the tropical forest - howler monkeys, a sloth, racoons and porcupines plus too many species of birds to name. Guides were likeable and knowledgeable (more)Stephen Osgerby
The beauty of the country and the people was the highlight. Some of the most warm and friendly people I have ever come across. Very safe in the areas we travelled and absolutely amazing art for very little money. Loved it!! (more)Rene McRogers
From £1745 excluding flights
Belize & Guatemala adventure vacation
Most memorable: Snorkelling. Knowledgeable guides. (more)Andrew Koziar
It was excellent...Sitting on Temple 4 in Tikal watching the sun rise was the most exciting part of the trip. (more)Fran McQuail
The most memorable parts were... probably visiting ATM cave in Belize which was a great experience, and also snorkelling with nurse sharks and sting rays in Caye Caulker was incredible too. (more)Louise Sherwell
From US $1899 excluding flights
Costa Rica adventure vacation
Very good...Costa Rica is a beautiful Country where real effort is being made to protect the natural resources. (more)Claire Horrocks
The boat trip from Puerto Viajhoe to Tortuguero was relaxing, colourful and enjoyable - lots to see. Rainforest track to Rara Avis, and stay, memorable. (more)Frederick Lockwood
It was one of the best vacations, a good crowd of people and a good time had by all...White Water Rafting at La Fortuna was the most exciting part. (more)Liz Davies
From US $1649 excluding flights
Mexico, Belize and Guatemala vacation
Memorable parts? The morning spent at Tikal in Guatemala was excellent. This activity is definitely best done in the early morning light as it gets very warm and less pleasant to walk in the jungle after 10am. Tips? This is quite a short tour for the distance covered. I would suggest looking at tours staying at least 2 nights in most places in order to really get a sense of the country and culture Local benefits? Somewhat. The use of local transport in some instances certainly... (more)Diana Urbina
From US $1251 excluding flights
Costa Rica homestay vacations
Memorable parts? I enjoyed every moment of my stay but being taught to dance Bachata by my host family would have to be the highlight. Tips? If possible, ask to be placed at Dona Leila's house. She was the most wonderful host - incredibly friendly, very patient with my basic Spanish and an amazing cook. Local benefits? Definitely. I was immersed in the local small village community and the money from my homestay and other tours and activities was helping the locals sustain... (more)Elfie Burgess
From US $98 per person per night
Costa Rica eco lodge in a private reserve
Incredible - the lodge and its views over the mountains and forest were breathtaking and we had the most relaxing time. We will definitely be staying at the lodge again if we are ever back in Costa Rica. (more)Elfie Burgess
They create all their own electricity with a small hydro-turbine... virtually ALL the work done on this coffee plantation is by the owners and locals. They have many LONG TERM employees because they treat them very well, from what I saw and understood. They are also re-foresting pasture land. Most of everything we ate was grown there except a few things they get from local farmers. (more)Korte Yeo
A fabulous situation , beautiful rooms, great service all round... We spent two weeks there and enjoyed every moment .Great thanks to the owners and their parents. (more)patrick heffron
From US $160 - US $225 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Costa Rica multisport vacation
Memorable parts? The time spent in the jungle rafting down the river, staying in jungle lodges and trekking to nearby waterfalls. Tips? Don't book the extra adrenaline pack before you go. It's better to pick and choose your activities when you're there. Local benefits? Local transport was occasionally used and the sharing of rooms reduced the environmental impact Overall rating? Really enjoyable and a good variety of activities. Not too much traveling as well (more)James Mead
From US $1499 - US $1699 excluding flights
Self drive vacation in Costa Rica
Fantastic vacation and a slice of paradise! Excellent, Excellent, Excellent! (more)Charles Czajkowski
I think the most memorable for the adults was staying on the Osa Peninsula which was perfect in every imaginable way for us. The kids liked that too but would say that learning to surf in Uvita or white-water rafting were most memorable. (more)Anne Tutt
It was all memorable but probably the two things which stand out were the tour to Torteguero and the one day trip to the Corcavado national park from Uvita. (more)Margaret Everall
From £1950 - £2060 excluding flights
Central America overland tours
Memorable parts? Fantastic insight into many different cultures. Stunning and varied scenery in wonderful hot weather from the might of the Panama Canal to the jaw dropping beauty of the rain and cloud forests to the awesome splendour of the region's volcanoes and craters Tips? Do as much research as possible before your trip - I wished I had done more! Try and learn some basic conversational Spanish - I wish I had learnt more! Local benefits? Tourism is an infant business... (more)Douglas Newlands
From £1944 - £2087 excluding flights
Costa Rica tour
The trip to Tortuguera via bus and finally the boat journey through the rivers and canals was magical and the "town" itself was wonderful, a naturalist's dream! I would recommend it to anyone interested in the beauty of nature, birds and flowers, etc. (more)ANGELA HOLLAND
Seeing green turtles laying eggs & watching them hatch was the most memorable part of the vacation. (more)Michael Murphy
Seeing the rare Quetzal bird was exciting, but it was all memorable...Excellent. (more)J. Suzanne Hula
From US $1545 - US $1730 excluding flights
Costa Rica beach & wildlife vacation
The most memorable part was Rio Celeste hike to waterfall and lagoon. River trip on Rio Frio. (more)Deirdre Devine
Tremendous: we loved it. My husband and I would go again for the wildlife... (more)Kate Macdonald
Very good...The trip to Los Campesinos reserve was wonderful - the wildlife we saw was superb, and the friendliness of everyone involved made it a great excursion (more)Vicki Barnard
From £1650 excluding flights
Mexico & Guatemala overland tours
The nicest part was the homestay in a pleasant little village with a lovely family. (more)Laura Palmucci
The homestay at the family at Lake Attitlan, the volcano hiking and the caving were the most memorable parts. (more)Andrea Baumann
From US $2460 - US $2785 excluding flights
Mayan cultural tour
The trips I did with my friend were the most memorable part of the vacation. (more)Tony Walsh
Great vacation. Will be booking another soon as poss. The tour guide was the best. Thanks Roberto. Recommend the vacation. A long time traveling in the bus but worth it. Very interesting places to visit. Enough culture but not too much. (more)Beverley Knijff
Some of the most fun I had during the trip was in the mini-van with the other travelers. Including my tour leader Diego, who was not only a great laugh, but also very organised and flexible with our itinerary. (more)John Richard Houghton
From US $2286 - US $2880 excluding flights
Volunteer & vacation in Costa Rica
Releasing newly hatched turtles into the sea. Walking up Cerro Chatto and swimming in the extinct volcano were the most memorable parts of this vacation. (more)Ian Spilsbury
10/10. A great vacation, very easy, no hassle, various options available whilst at destinations. The most memorable parts of the vacation were ziplining through the rainforest, night hike in Monteverde and the group of people I met. (more)Tracy Suff
I enjoyed the tour, had a great tour leader and was with a good bunch of people. (more)Sue Sanders
From US $1299 excluding flights
Costa Rica tailor made vacation, highlights
Memorable parts? The stay at Cerro Escondido. It was not touristy, the hike there was great, and the managers were very welcoming. A beautiful, peaceful spot, off the beaten track. Tips? If you go to Tortuguero, go for as good a lodge as you can afford. We felt our guide was not as good as the one from the other lodge. Don't just stick to the well known bits, get off the beaten track a bit to experience the real Costa Rica. Local benefits? Yes! Most guides were local,... (more)Yvonne Chapman
From £2200 excluding flights
Central America tour on a shoestring
Memorable parts? Roatan, one of the bay Islands of Honduras, was beautiful and the diving was fantastic, and I'll probably never forget the chicken buses! Tips? If you're used to traveling independently then be prepared to find the lack of freedom quite restricting, however it is great not to have to worry about transport and accommodation! Local benefits? I feel that it benefitted local people as wherever possible we patronised local businesses and shops, and as far as is... (more)Victoria Baynes
From US $2115 excluding flights
Costa Rica vacation, encompassed
The most exciting part of the Costa Rica encompassed trip was zip lining above the trees in Monteverde Cloud Forest and abseiling down the waterfalls on a canyoneering trip outside La Fortuna. (more)Louise Muller
Definitely white water rafting on the way from Cahuita to San Jose was the highlight. A great day out, the river was perfect. Lots of adrenaline and lovely refreshing water. An amazing lunch was laid on for us as well by the side of the river. (more)Elaine Bettaney
The most memorable part was going into the beautiful clear, turquoise and remarkably warm water of the Pacific ocean, for a swim just as the sun was setting - an amazing way to start the vacation. (more)Susie Everest
From US $1521 excluding flights
Costa Rica coastal tour
Memorable parts? All of it! Tips? Research what you want to do as there is so much to do and see in Costa Rica that one trip will not be enough!! Local benefits? Yes very much so! Felt intergrated into the communities! Overall rating? 10/10. (more)Julia Hames
From £1145 excluding flights
Volunteer with turtles in Costa Rica, Pacuare Nature Reserve
Memorable parts? Pacuare Nature Reserve in Costa Rica is an amazing location with lots of opportunity for viewing wildlife. I felt very fortunate to get up close and personal with the Turtle Conservation work they do. Tips? It is a good idea to work closely with the staff before you go to make sure you have the right supplies and coordinate travel plans. Local benefits? Booking this trip directly benefits the local people and supports the turtle conservation work. It is... (more)Vanessa Jones
From US $210 excluding flights
Coast to coast cycling vacation in Costa Rica
Memorable parts? Every day with new discoveries of Costa Rica, beautiful cycling experience, local tour leader Memo and his fantastic crew member Luís and Ronald, and variety of vacation experience in two weeks made this vacation the best I've ever been. Tips? Be prepared for rice and beans three times a day for two weeks ;) Local benefits? Yes, absolutely, in all the trips (including optional) I felt that local people were supported in their business, be it a local restaurant... (more)Agne Bajoriniene
From US $3230 - US $3475 excluding flights
Whale watching holiday in Baja, Mexico
Memorable parts? Seeing so many whales, so close to us and they were not stressed in any way. The extra bonus of seeing so many other species while looking for whales. Tips? Follow the guide lines provided by Whales World Wide Local benefits? Helped the local economy by using hotels, restaurants, local guides and boatmen. I think the locals were very environmentally and conservation aware and we were benefiting from their system. Overall rating? Fantastic trip on so... (more)Barbara Haffner
From €2950 including domestic flights only
Mexico Whale watching holiday, Grey whales of San Ignacio Lagoon
Memorable parts? Meeting the wonderful people, new friends! And above all finally living the dream of being slowly introduced to the incredible Grey Whales of San Ignacio Laguna, also I must add Seeing a Blue Whale in Loreto, something I never thought I would ever see! Everything about this vacation was wonderful,memorable and heartwarming...the only negative thing I could possibly write was having to say Goodbye at the end of it all! Tips? Live every magical moment, don't spend too... (more)Sammie Haines
From €2895 including domestic flights only
Lionfish spearing marine conservation in Belize
The best diving vacation I did so far and it will be hard to beat. I learned so much about fish identification and substrates and this makes diving much more enjoyable. (more)Ulrike Kachel
The entire trip was a blast! Multiple dives per day without another diver in sight, unspoiled beauty of the amazing reef, incredible food, etc. etc. Everything about this trip was memorable and exciting! (more)Eric Strobel
From US $1195 - US $2150 excluding flights
Volunteer with turtles in Costa Rica
This is a really sound conservation project with some clear tangible benefits and as a volunteer you really fee like you're making a difference. Would highly recommend this project to anyone. (more)Katie Wilkinson
I would give the vacation 7/10. It was a very relaxing an beautiful beach and I learnt so much about the culture and turtles. (more)Ellie Hall
5 stars! My best experience abroad in the last 30 years.....Working with sea turtles: seeing turtle nesting and releasing baby hatchlings was absolutely fantastic (more)Daniel Halder
From £677 excluding flights
Nicaragua adventure vacation, river canoeing expedition
Memorable parts? The kayaking trip itself - fantastic. Brilliant guides, good food, comfortable camping and accomodation, saw lots of wildlife. Tips? Go for it! Be prepared for quite basic accommodation & amenities at times (although we did not mind it at all). Bring some wet-wipes as in some places washing facilities are very basic and you might prefer the wet-wipes! Also consider bringing small roll of toilet paper. Local benefits? In some instances, yes, at other times... (more)Kam Datta
From US $3350 excluding flights
Costa Rica wildlife vacation
A wonderfully diverse trip visiting lots of different areas of Costa Rica seeing lots of different ecosystems and wildlife. (more)wendy O Brien
Fantastic vacation. The wildlife and natural landscapes are amazing and worth the trip alone. For the sheer scope of diversity, colour and experiences this trip is unrivalled. (more)Lindsay (Mr) Challoner
If you are bird crazy then this is the vacation for you (more)Baron-vahl Amos
From US $2945 - US $3475 excluding flights
Marine conservation expedition in Mexico
Memorable parts? The diving and marine life, the culture, the beauty of the place, i.e too many memorable parts. Tips? Take enough mosquito repellent and enjoy. Local benefits? Yes, definitely from the diving to the teaching English, to the football match with the town. Overall rating? Excellent and returned to Mexico shortly after. (more)Rebecca Emmett
From US $3590 - US $11590 excluding flights
Belize vacation, discover Belize
Great. Chris was an excellent group leader - his local knowledge gave us a real insight into Belize - it's people, history and wildlife. I went hoping for Maya sites, jungle wildlife and snorkelling. All were superb. (more)Jane Ashdown
Highlights were seeing the manatees at Swallow Caye and dolphins on the return trip to Caye Caulker; having a face-to-face with a nurse shark; canoeing up an underground river; the magic of Tikal at dawn; Lamanai and Caracol; the friendliness of local people and their love and appreciation of their country. (more)Karen Smith
From £1395 - £1415 excluding flights

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really
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