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What are the Best Beaches in Central America?

Here we have shared the list of most beautiful beaches in central america that you must definitely visit with your dear ones.

By Cruise Booking Team

Why only visit the city or country when you can explore the beaches? You might be thinking about those beaches and when you can see them. Thus, here is a small list of the best beaches in Central America where you can head for kayaking, snorkeling, diving, and surfing.

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Top 10 Beaches to Explore in Central America on Your Next Vacation

1. Santa Catalina, Panama

On the Pacific coast of Veraguas, there is a small beach-side town known as Santa Catalina. The city is famous for fishing, surfing, snorkeling, and scuba diving. It is Panama’s one of the hottest destinations. For decades, this town has been a dormant fishing village. The place was discovered by surfers in the 1970s and is known as a paradise for surfers. People can access this place from Sona via a single road. After reaching, you will find a lush green forest, a beautiful beach, friendly people, and local flair on a minimal budget.

2. Monterrico, Guatemala

Monterrico is a town that lies on the Pacific Coast of Guatemala. It is famous for volcanic, black sand, and sea turtles. This town also offers weekend beach resorts for the local people of Guatemala City. It is a perfect escape from the city crowd because there is less crowd with warm and calm water temperature. It is a sleeping fishing town that is increasing its popularity among travelers. When you visit this place, you will see the mangroves, turtles, and other 150 species, including up to 1200 animals.

3. Caye Caulker, Belize

Caye Caulker is a jewel in the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Belize and is divided by a thin canal known as a split, and there you will get a sandy beach and a bar. The colorful streets are top attractions for travelers. It is spread across 5 miles from North to South. The south part is known as Caye Caulker village, and the Northside is home to dense mangroves and diverse birdlife. It is a perfect area for diving, snorkeling, and watching wildlife like manatees. You can enjoy and explore the coral and marine life of the Belize Barrier Reef, one of UNESCO’s listed sites.

4. Bocas Del Toro, Panama

Bocas Del Toro is a province of Panama close to Costa Rica's border. This province has a chain of islands off the Caribbean coast. The destination has lively huts, a surfing institute, sparkling water, and an islet for venture and recreation. This place is best for adventure as well as relaxation. You can go for aquatic sports, and jungle hikes include trekking. Bocas Del Toro is a perfect destination for all curious travelers, adventure seekers, and surf lovers. It is an eco-tourism destination with 9 Islands, thousands of islets, and preserved raw beauty.

Also, Read: what to do in roatan honduras from cruise ship?

5. El Tunco, El Salvador

El Tunco in El Salvador isn’t a white powdery sand beach like Caye Caulker. It is a black sand beach that covers in soft grey rocks. It offers a lovely sunset and appealing rock creations from the water. The black sand and gravel make this place attractive for photoshoots and other activities rather than swimming or lounging. You can also visit the nearby waterfall, which is in Tamanique town. As the water level increases, you can jump from the top during the rainy season. While on the beach, you can enjoy the nightlife with live concerts and musical shows.

6. Utila, Honduras

The smallest Honduras Bay Island that scripts the south end of the Mesoamerican Barrier. It is a truly picturesque place 6 miles long and a mile wide. This small island is known for its coral reefs. You can rent bicycles, tuk-tuks, motorbikes, and quads to reach this place from Honduras town. It offers both shore and land excursions. Diving is a famous water sport among travelers. When you go diving, you will see the little creatures of the reef and some macro creatures like pipefish, seahorses, etc. Don’t forget to try different water sports like snorkeling, kayaking, and paddle boating. You can also go hiking and trekking in the lush green jungle.

7. Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

The full name of Puerto Viejo is Puerto Viejo Talamanca, a coastal town in Talamanca. It is on the southeast side of Costa Rica on the Caribbean coast. A Cahuita National Park in the North; protects the coral reef and has a wreckage diving site, apart from going to the beach for surfing, snorkeling, kayaking, and swimming. You can go and visit the Indigenous Village, go on a bike ride to Manzanillo, visit the waterfall, visit Jaguar Rescue Sanctuary, and other things. There are another four beaches along with Puerto Viejo to hop on. Enjoy eating the local Caribbean cuisine when you visit Costa Rica.

8. Las Penitas Beach, Nicaragua

A small fishing village located next to the Poneloya on the west coast of the Pacific Ocean. It is one of the vital nesting grounds for sea turtles. People here are living a traditional lifestyle as fishermen. The environment is quiet and friendly. You will have long empty beaches where you can go for a walk and try aquatic sports. Enjoy sunbathing, sunsets, the harbor, and the nature reserve. There are a few surf schools nearby and on the beach, and it is worth asking about the price they are offering. It offers a chilled-out vibe and overlooks the best part of the beach in Central America.

Also, Read: Best Central America Cruise Ports

9. Pasion Island, Cozumel

It is a beautiful place with aqua-clear water and white sand and is famous as Isla de Pasion among travelers. It is a small beach in the North of Cozumel Island. This beach is much better compared to other beaches on the island. It is rustic, charming, and naturally beautiful, with picturesque landscapes and scenery; on the island, tropical palm trees, bars, restaurants, water trampolines, hammocks, clubs for kids, and other activity centers. Many travelers come here for the carnival festivals sponsored by the Cozumel shore excursion. Enjoy and relax in the shallow water and gorgeous white sandy beach.

10. Little Corn Island, Nicaragua

Little Corn Island is an inhabited tropical island off Nicaragua's coast. This beach is famous for diving, snorkeling, and beaches. It is a tiny island 50 miles off Nicaragua on the Caribbean coast and 43 miles off the Atlantic Coast. It is a remote tropical island paradise. To reach the Little Corn, you can take a direct flight to Big Corn Island from Managua, and you will be 8 miles away from the Little Corn Island. In recent times, the lobster fishing industry has gained the economy in recent years. You can own a private castaway beach for a couple of hours to soak in the beauty of the sea and sun.


So, those were the top 10 beautiful and best beaches in Central America. Whenever you visit Central America, remember to visit these beaches.

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