Attractions

Top Choice Dive Site in Ambergris Caye

Hol Chan Marine Reserve

At the southern tip of Ambergris, the 6.5-sq-mile Hol Chan Marine Reserve is probably Belize's most oft-visited diving and snorkeling site due to its spectacular coral formations, and abundance and diversity of mari…
Top Choice Notable Building in San José

Teatro Nacional

On the southern side of the Plaza de la Cultura resides the Teatro Nacional, San José’s most revered building. Constructed in 1897, it features a columned neoclassical facade that is flanked by statues of Beethoven …
Top Choice Park in Panajachel

Reserva Natural Atitlán

A former coffee plantation being retaken by natural vegetation, this reserve is 200m past the Hotel Atitlán on the northern outskirts of town. It makes a good outing on foot or bicycle. You can leisurely walk the ma…
Top Choice Waterfall in Tilarán

Viento Fresco

Driving between Monteverde and Arenal, there is no good excuse for skipping this stop. Viento Fresco is a series of five cascades, including the spectacular Arco Iris (Rainbow Falls), which drops 75m into a refreshi…
Top Choice National Park in Southern Costa Rica & Península de Osa

Parque Nacional Isla del Coco

Around 500km southwest of the Costa Rica mainland, Isla del Coco is a natural wonder that teems with wildlife, including the largest schools of hammerhead sharks on the planet. For that reason, divers descend from a…
Top Choice Beach in Playa Cocles, Playa Chiquita and Punta Uva

Punta Uva

Off a dirt road marked by Punta Uva Dive Center is an idyllic quiet cove that could double for a scene in the Leonardo DiCaprio film The Beach. There are usually a couple of locals renting out surfboards on the sand…
Top Choice Museum in Panama City

BioMuseo

Celebrating Panama as the land bridge that has permitted astonishing biodiversity in the region, this museum is a visual feast. World-renowned architect Frank Gehry, who created the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao (Spai…
Top Choice Beach in Cahuita

Playa Negra

At the northwestern end of Cahuita, Playa Negra is a long, black-sand beach flying the bandera azul ecológica, a flag that indicates that the beach is kept to the highest ecological standard. This is undoubtedly Cah…
Top Choice National Park in Somoto

Monumento Nacional Cañon de Somoto

The Coco (or Wangki), Central America’s longest river, runs all the way to the Caribbean, but its first impression may be its most spectacular. Gushing from underground, it has carved solid rock into this 3km-long g…
Top Choice Ruins in San José Succotz & Around

Xunantunich

Set on a leveled hilltop, Xunantunich (shoo-nahn-too-neech) is one of Belize's most easily accessible and impressive Maya archaeological sites. Getting here is half the fun with a free hand-cranked cable ferry takin…