Americas - Central America
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Hi everyone! I am a 30 yr old female in much need of a get away. I'm spending 2 weeks in early March in Costa Rica & Belize. Interested in beaches, Kayaking, Mayan ruins & culture, exploring the caves, trying local food, relaxing, some snorkeling, & possibly trying my hand at diving. Any safety tips for traveling alone, lodging suggestions or areas of the countries to explore would be very greatly appreciated!!!
This is my first backpacking trip, I am looking for some tips as I am a major newbie at this. I understand little spanish, but am adventurous and don't mind challenges. I have been peeking around the site but would like some recommendations. I will be flying into San Pedro Sula and have around 2 weeks. Money is not tight so I have wiggle room on budget. Thanks Andrew
Are there any liquor stores on Roatan?
My guy and I are arriving in Belize City at 6am Sunday, and we're hoping to get to Tikal/Flores/El Remate that day... New to most of central America, is transportation that route pretty straightforward? Both easygoing, nothing high-class, just wondering if a collectivo (or something like it) will be easy to find, and if so-where do we catch it?
Currently in Tulum, day 4 of a five-week trip from cancun to Panama City! Everything is pretty spectacular so far, but if you have recommendations, I'd love to read them!
Thanks for any tips and/or advice :)
Going to Panama for one month (Feb.23 - March 23) with my GF, two fishing rods and snorkel gear. Do you have any advice or experiences to share with me please about where/how to do this in a non commercial fashion? Special locations, fishing tackle etc?
My fiance and I are going to Panama for at least 6 months, and we are looking for a place to stay for a reasonable price in Panama City, for about 2 of those months. By reasonable, I think we'd go up to 900 or maybe a little more for the right place. Here are the amenities needed at this point:
1) Allows dogs
2) Available for at least 2 months
3) Within walking distance of inexpensive public transportation
4) Safe area of PC
We've tried looking on VRBO, and similar sites, but for some reason there are not many actual houses, mostly apartments in highrises that don't take dogs. We did contact Venta Realty, per a suggestion of a friend down there, but they have yet to respond. We need an address to give to authorities at the airport for the in-home dog quarantine.
We are flying in to BZE in July. Our flight is scheduled (yes, I know how that can work) to arrive in BZE at 2:45PM. Realistically, is that too late to try to get the last water taxi to Caye Caulker? I'd prefer to avoid finding a decent hotel in Belize City for the night, but I wonder if that's unavaoidable with this schedule?
My boyfriend and I are planning a trip to El Salvador this summer (either May or June). I have traveled to Guatemala before, and I loved it and really want to go back, but I wasn't sure how to go about doing so. Initially I looked into flights, but they are so expensive! I was wondering if taking a chicken bus to Guatemala and back to El Salvador is an easy and relatively safe route. I read a few sites where people had pretty bad experiences at the border, but they were all traveling by their own means of transportation (most traveling solo on motorcycles). Also, I'm unsure if there are any fees we would need to pay, or any other requirements besides our passports (I also read something vaguely mentioning proof of a yellow fever vaccination).
Traveling to Comalapa in late May and looking for some insight on the small town, community, artists, things to do, etc. Also looking for lodging, but not having much luck on-line. I understand the town has a wonderful collection of murals and several prolific and accomplished artists (mostly painters). Any personal stories or hints would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks in advance!
I am planing to travel in Nicaragua during and after Semana Santa.
1-What is the best place to enjoy the parades and processions?
2-Is it a very difficult time to travel or is it still easy to take buses and ferries and find accomodations? Does the country come to a halt?
I am afraid all tourist attractions are packed.
Thanks a lot.
My wife and I are planning to hike Corcovado in March. We were wondering what the best trails are to see animals. We are considering going in from Carate, staying in Sirena for a night or two, then hiking out to Carate. Or is it better to go in from La Palma and out to Carate? Any thoughts?
I've been reading a bunch of the post her and other websites on what each town has to offer in CR. I haven't had a vacation in over 10 years and am due for an adventure.
Here's my scenario:
I'm a single guy, traveling alone, so wherever I end up I would like there to be some nightlife and a chance to meet locals and/or other travelers. I love scuba diving, bike riding and hiking. I will be there for a week or so and plan on taking some surfing lessons, maybe horse riding, guided tours and if I'm lucky do some sailing.
I'm trying to decide on the Pacific or Caribbean side, though it looks like the Pacific side. Both Jaco and Tamarindo are both appealing... Anybody have any thoughts on which? Also, any suggestions for a hotel. I don't mind roughing it but like tropical resorts or bungalows over hostels.
My boyfriend and I will be travelling from San Jose, CR to Leon, Nicaragua next week. I'd like to know what the approximate travel time will be between the two cities? We will probably be taking "chicken busses" the whole way, but if there is a faster (and relatively cheap option) we would definitely take it into consideration. Tica Bus is out of the running because their departure time from SJ doesn't fit in our schedule. Based on my research, I'm assuming we'll be travelling SJ --> border --> Rivas (is there a bus from the border directly to Managua) --> Managua --> Leon. Does that sound about right? Any specifics on how to get to bus departure points, etc., would be greatly appreciated!
Also, we're planning on staying at either ViaVia or Sonati in Leon. Any feedback on either of the two would be great!
Thanks in advance everyone :)
Possibly taking a last minute trip to Panama, trying to figure out how to spend my time. I have 8-9 days or so.
I'd be flying into Panama City wanting to check some of it out. I want to head to Bocas to relax on the beach/hang out, and see Boquete.
How much time is Panama City worth? I normally love cities, but I'm unsure about this one. I like seeing interesting neighbourhoods, drinking good coffee, eating good meals, and soaking up the nightlife a bit. Happy to roam around, see city parks, architecture by day. I'd be arriving a few days before Carnavale, making it tough for me to DO Carnavale.
How would you break down and set up the itinerary?
We will be arriving at the Natural Lodge @Cano Negro mid to late afternoon Wednesday March 21st from Liberia airport. The next morning we would like to go on a boat tour. The lodge offers for $54 per person(1/2 price for our child) + park entrance fee for a 2 hour tour. How else can this be arranged? Is it possible to show up at park at 8am and find a guide/boat? I have read other posts where people have paid around $50 for a 2 hour tour for their entire party. At the conclusion of the tour we will be heading back towards Rincon de la Vieja to another hotel. Is it safe to leave our luggage in the car at the Cano Negro parking lot area? Or just ask for a late hotel checkout? Thanks.
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