Sitting 50km offshore, the Miskito Keys are a group of rocky Caribbean isles rimmed with stilted Miskito fishing villages. Their thatched over-water bungalows loom above crystalline turquoise coves that double as an ideal lobster habitat. The historic first meeting between the British pirate, Captain Sussex Camock, and his future Miskito allies took place here in 1633. Today, the keys are still a haven for seafaring bad guys, so if you see any boats with Colombian plates, look the other way.
Unlike the Pearl Keys further south, this is a cultural rather than beach destination – very few of the islands have any sand at all. Most are pure rock with the odd bit of scrubby vegetation. Nevertheless, a visit to this isolated community sticking out of the ocean is a fascinating experience, although it doesn't come cheap. Bring plenty of insect repellent, too!