Central America overland activities
OFF THE BUS AND INTO ACTION
Central America’s idyllic isthmus has not just one coastline but two: Pacific and Caribbean. It’s just greedy for gorgeousness really. If you are doing an overland trip that goes through Mexico, Belize and Nicaragua, you might have a chance to wade in both water bodies. Many trips start or end in Playa del Carmen in Mexico, taking you out to spectacular spots along the coast such as Tulum, with its famous cliff clinging Mayan site.
Belize has the second largest barrier reef in the world, and some of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful cayes to snorkel and swim around. Tortuguero National Park in Costa Rica is where tropical forests meet the Caribbean, and there are plenty of hidden Honduran beach spots such as Cayos Cochinos and the Bay Islands. And if you thought Panama was all about a canal, then you’re in for a treat; the Bocas del Toro archipelago has nine islands, thousands of islets and over 50 cayes.
Eat up the local culture
Literally. Always eat what and where the locals eat if you can. Try the casado set lunch in Costa Rica, güirilas tortillas in Nicaragua, falmaau fish cooked in coconut milk in Belize and arrachera, a really tender cut of steak in Mexico. Choco Guate Maya in Guatemala is the biz. And every country has its own beer, and plenty of rum.