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The central region of the Americas is a treasure trove of natural wonders: a breathtaking landscape of well-preserved rainforests, clear blue waters and threatening yet beautiful sizzling volcanoes. There are more than a handful of breathtaking getaway destinations in Central America!

Setting foot in any of the seven countries invites the thrill of adventure; who wouldn’t fall in love with its sun-kissed weather, its palm tree groves, and a culture rich with history and tradition? Newbies can head straight into the main cities, which are melting pots of distinct cuisine positively laden with Latin and Caribbean palettes. Romance seekers can choose to search the ancient ruins and reconnect with the traces of the old culture, preserved even now. Enthusiasts can explore the outdoors and be in awe of the region’s wildlife and geography.

Getaway destinations in Central America - Romantic Trips

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Whatever you choose, you can always find something to cherish in Central America, and if you’re planning for a trip, these are the places you need to go to first. And if you’re not? Then you’ll be adding them to your bucket list soon.

Getaway Destinations in Central America #1
Monteverde, Costa Rica


Perched in between two preserved and magically looking cloud forests is the former Quaker settlement of Monteverde, whose lush green landscape offers the best place to view the resplendent quetzal, Central America’s legendary birds.

The area caters to a large variety of tourists – from backpackers to affluent travelers looking to rediscover the world with fresh new eyes. Santa Elena, a quaint Tico village, is just nearby; you can easily insert this area in your route.

Getaway Destinations in Central America #2
Panama


Perhaps the most cosmopolitan area in all of Central America, Panama City shines as a destination for the rich and affluent, thanks to its booming international banking and trade. Revel in the night-time view of its shimmering skyline reminiscent to Miami, or take a stroll during the daytime on its cobbled streets, leading to the Havana-inspired homes perched by the sea.

Getaway Destinations in Central America #3
Leรณn, Nicaragua


Take a gander at this magnificent city that buzzes with a vibrant energy, thanks to its colonial buildings, eye-catching streetscapes and fiery culture. Drop by one of its Museos or take in a true-blue Nicaraguan fare in its popular eats.

Getaway Destinations in Central America #4
Ruta de Las Flores, El Salvador


Here is where you take things slow and serenely. Indigenous traces intertwined with spectacular colonial architecture tell the history of the country. Here you can really enjoy the pace; shoppers will delight in the weekend markets and craft tiendas, while Cordillera Apaneca offers mountain bike trails and forest hikes for the active and the outdoorsy.

Getaway Destinations in Central America #5
Tikal, Guatemala


Feast your senses at the thoughtful landscape of Tikal, where you get to behold towering temples surrounded by a dense jungle setting. You’re off for an adventure; a canopy of rainforest engulfs you with the rich fragrance of the earth and sun as you walk into a city rich in history, legends and of course, wildlife.

Getaway Destinations in Central America #6
Xunantunich, Belize


Nestled on a hilltop, Xunantunich is a display of Mayan wonders, being one of the most accessible archeological sites within the Caribbean country. To get here, you will ride a hand-cranked cable ferry across the Mopan River, but the path is worth it; you’ll be viewing architecture that is believed to have been built in 7th century AD!

Getaway Destinations in Central America #7
Bay Islands, Honduras

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You’ll be bopping your head to the sound of a reggae beat while you enjoy the undersea adventures in the Bay Islands. Located in the southern part of the Mesoamerican Reef, the world’s second largest barrier reef, you’ll meet marine wonders which are sure to keep you open-mouthed in awe.

Getaway Destinations in Central America #8
Antigua, Guatemala

A gem that sparkles with its Latin roots, Antigua is a tasteful mix of colonial relics, pastel-colored streets and ecclesiastic structures, and let’s not forget the three volcanoes watching overhead.

This city offers Spanish language lessons, a ruins tour and a taste of its well-loved coffee by an inviting day in its plantation at Jocotenango.

Getaway Destinations in Central America #9
Granada, Nicaragua

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A cheerful elegance magnified by the sight of the blue sea, Granada is like looking at a postcard and realizing it’s alive. Travelers delight walking along the cobblestone roads that leads to the city center, all dripping with quiet, serene narratives that fill any artistic heart with wonder.

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Getaway Destinations in Central America #10
Arenal, Costa Rica


The drive from either end of this beautiful strip of land will lead you straight to one stunning view of the Arenal region; you’ll relish the sight of eccentric towns and forest vistas from the northern bank of Laguna de Arenal, while the Volcan Plantanar magnificently showcases itself as a backdrop across San Carlos. Despite the Arenal Volcano being (luckily) dormant, there’s plenty of amusement to keep you going: hiking, rappelling, animal spotting and more. And when you’re done, you can soak into one of the volcano-heated puddles to rejuvenate and refresh.

All you need to do now is sit back and browse for a cheap flight to one of these truly breathtaking places. The most beautiful areas of Central America: Do you agree? If you’ve been to anywhere in Central America anywhere near as gorgeous as these, we want to hear about it so make sure to let us know in the comments!

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