If you want thriving nature and a distinctive local flavour with your sandy shores and blue skies, think Central America. We love all Mexico and Costa Rica have to offer, so savour every moment: the sounds of monkeys chattering in tropical rainforests, peaceful underwater realms ruled by wide-eyed fish, road-side taco stands in bustling cities, ancient ruins rising from the jungle, and chilled out beach days where turning a page is as tough as it gets.
Find yourself fascinated by Central America's evocative history and archaeology. Explore the ancient temples and pyramids of Mayan cities like Chichen Itza and cliff-top Tulum. See the remains of the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan, in Mexico City, where the Templo Mayor lay undiscovered for 450 years. And visit quaint Spanish colonial towns with lively plazas, ornate cathedrals, and palatial haciendas.
Holidays in Central America take you to the heart of one of the most ecologically diverse regions on Earth. Swim with dolphins, watch turtles drag themselves across the sand, and take to the seas to spot migrating whales. Snap colourful birdlife like flamingos, parrots, toucans, macaws, and humming birds. And look into the trees to see slow-moving sloths and playful monkeys swinging from branch to branch.
Make the most of Central America's incredible scenery. Soak in hot springs and swim in underground rivers. Hike to Costa Rica's bubbling Arenal Volcano, spewing lava and rock every 30 minutes. See the rainforest as the birds do from exhilarating zip lines and treetop suspension bridges. White-water raft down rushing, winding rivers, and discover kaleidoscopic marine life in some of the best diving spots on the planet.
Costa Rica’s dry season stretches from November to April, when you can take full advantage of the great outdoors with warmer temperatures and plenty of activities available with little risk of rain.
For sunny days and less chance of rain, head to Costa Rica’s beaches in dry season, from November to April. If rainforest trekking is what you are after, the misty Monteverde Cloud Forest is at its best between January and May.
Temperatures are still warm, but May to October is known as Costa Rica’s ‘green season’, with more rain producing lush, leafy landscapes. The highlands around Arenal Volcano have their own microclimate and actually see the best weather at this time.