• Views of Arenal Volcano from the hanging bridges

Central America Holidays

From ancient ruins to glorious beaches, Central America is a land of contrasts, diversity and colourful culture. Whether you want to relax and switch off, swim with dolphins, visit Mayan archaeological sites or party under the stars; the possibilities are endless during your Central America holiday.

Prepare to be immersed in a world rich with history, culture and ancient traditions. Indigenous culture flows through the land, from Panama’s Emberá people, to Mexico’s 60 indigenous populations.

Explore Guatemala, home to Chichicastenango, one of the finest colonial cities in Central America.

Wander through cobble-stoned streets admiring the craft markets. Visit natural highlights such as Lago Atitlán (Lake Atitlan), a highland lake encircled by volcanoes; Semuc Champey, a series of limestone pools; and the mighty mountain range o Sierra de los Cuchumatanes.

The city of Belize will take you back in time with Mayan archaeological sites such as Lamanai or Caracol.

Costa Rica is a wonderland of freshwater creeks, lagoons and breath-taking beaches, such as those in Tortuguero National Park, which is a great location to witness leatherback and green turtles.

Azure seas to verdant forests

El Salvador boasts spectacular mountain landscapes along La Ruta de las Flores. Marvel at the tropical forests of El Imposible National Park, or you can enjoy a spot of surfing at one of the beaches on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. Unspoilt Nicaragua is famed for its lakes, volcanoes and lush-green coffee plantations. Honduras is ideal for island-hopping, with its breath-taking coral reef sites and spectacular white-sandy beaches such as Bay Islands.

Why not enjoy a city break before touring Central America? Visit New York for a spot of retail therapy, or San Francisco to see the Golden Gate Bridge. Alternatively, book a multi-centre trip to include a visit to every top destination in Central America. Give our Destination Specialists a call today and we’ll help you put together the ultimate tailor-made Central America holiday.

Destination Highlights
  • Explore the beating heart of Nicaragua and the volcanic landscapes of Guatemala, or venture through the rainforests of Costa Rica in search of tropical wildlife
  • Wander through some of the most beautifully-preserved colonial towns in the world, admiring rainbow-hued mansions and lavish churches that have been built upon streets steeped in history
  • Relax and unwind on one of the many picturesque beaches that line the coast overlooking the Caribbean Sea, or go hiking through one of Central America’s national parks
  • Feast on traditional Mexican food and dance the night away in Cancun, or experience snorkeling and scuba diving in the state of Quintana Roo

Our favourite hotels

For your Central America holiday, whether you fancy being a stone’s throw from the beach, nestled in the rainforest or staying in a classic heritage hotel, we can help you find your dream accommodation in Central America.

Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort

Costa Rica

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £2,689  pp

Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort

Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica

Costa Rica

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £3,269  pp

Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica
Zen Grand Suites

Grand Velas Riviera Maya

Yucatan Peninsula

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £3,799  pp

Grand Velas Riviera Maya

Dreams Tulum Resort and Spa

Yucatan Peninsula

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £1,679  pp

Dreams Tulum Resort and Spa

Time Zone

GMT -6 for Mexico, GMT -7 for Costa Rica

Flight Time

Flights vary depending on your destination but Direct flights from the UK are available

Language

Spanish
  • Robert, Destination Specialist

    Robert

    Destination Specialist

    “Take a short hike up Volcán Agua to observe the coffee fields. Learn how to roast coffee beans in the traditional Guatemalan way, and finish your tour with a freshly roasted cup of coffee.”

  • Martyn, Destination Executive

    Martyn

    Destination Manager

    “Enjoy a fully immersive rainforest and wildlife experience with a night safari in Costa Rica, and meet the creatures who only come out after dark.”

  • Carnival - Panama City

    The weekend before Ash Wednesday, Panama City comes to life with revelry, starting with the Crowning of the Carnival Queen on Saturday and preceding through four days of lavish masked parades, street fairs folk dance. This is carnival - when wild, jubilant parties rage until the break of dawn.

  • La Semana Santa (Holy Week)

    During Easter, the mysteries of Central America’s Catholic heritage comes to life during La Semana Santa with processions, colorful decorations, and vivid costumes throughout Central America. Almost any town or village will wow you with its devotion. The celebrations in Antigua, Guatemala are particularly famous, so we recommend you head here during your Central America holidays if you’re looking for the best spot to celebrate with the local people.

  • Costa Rica’s Independence Day

    In mid-September Costa Rica commemorates its independence with a street party featuring traditional Costa Rican food, fireworks, and parades of children in traditional dress performing folkloric dance. Processions and parades are vibrant, colourful, and family-friendly.

  • Pupusas

    A pupusa is a thick flatbread from El Salvador made with cornmeal or rice flour, usually stuffed with ingredients such as cheese, chicharrón, squash, or refried beans.

  • Baleadas

    Baleadas consist of stuffed wheat flour tortillas, spread with a thin layer of refried beans, shredded cheese, and sour cream, before being turned over into a half moon. For breakfast, scrambled eggs can be added.

  • Ceviche

    Popular in coastal areas of Latin America as well as the Caribbean, ceviche usually consists of raw seafood marinated in a mixture of lime, salt, onions, and cilantro. Tomatoes and avocado may also be included.

Our Central America destinations

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