One of the fastest growing travel regions in the world, in addition to longtime dynamo Costa Rica there's a lot going on in Nicaragua, Panama, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, even El Salvador. 

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Monkey River, a Belize adventure to spot howler monkeys, crocodiles, exotic birds, manatees & more

The quiet village of Monkey River in southern Belize is habitat to a plethora of flora and fauna, and as a result the nature tour conducted around herehas been rated one of the top in the country. Exotic tropical birds, butterflies, crocodiles, iguanas, and especially howler monkeys are just some of the wildlife that visitors will spot on this tour. read post  

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Costa Rica's 'swimming pool in the ocean' at Santa Teresa Beach

When I stay at Pranamar Oceanfront Villas & Yoga Retreat in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, on Costa Rica's on the southern Nicoya Peninsula of mid-Pacific coast, one of my favorite things to do is to swim in the giant tide pool down the beach about five minutes from the hotel. This shallow sea water swimming pool - larger-than-Olympic size - is one of the best-kept secrets of the area. It is located between Pranamar Villas and El Peñón ("Big Rock"), where Santa Teresa Beach turns into Hermosa Beach…

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Unplugged paradise: Panama's San Blas archipelago

  Panama of course has no shortage of islands, ravishing beaches, and secluded paradises. But this archipelago of around 365 islands and cays (barely 50 of them inhabited) spread over some 300 square kilometres (100 sq. miles) off the country's Caribbean coast, is a particular standout for its pristine environment. That's in large part because they're part of the province of Guna Yala, autonomously ruled by the Guna people who predate the invasion of this region by the Spanish in 1513 - meaning…

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  • El Salvador is known by the world's surfers as a prime destination for wave riding, and Yahoo Travel recently came up with a look at the top spots for the sport in country:
    A Surfer's Paradise: Check Out The Best Beaches in El Salvador
    El Salvador has certainly come a long way from its past reputation.
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    Belize Mayan Ruins: Visit Xunantunich, Lamanai, Altun Ha, El Pilar
    Belize ruins are easily reached; organize your own tour of ruins in Belize using this complete list of Belize pyramids with locations, photos and des…
  • More attention is being focused on the earliest hub of chocolate production - since Mayan times - in Belize, where visitors can enjoy tours of artisan chocolate makers as well as chocolate-themed programs by local resorts and restaurants. Here's a look, courtesy of the BBC:
    The world's true cradle of chocolate
    There are nearly a dozen artisan chocolate companies in Belize taking cacao from bean to bar, part of a robust movement to reclaim the small country'…
  • Interesting piece on a dive trip to Roatán this past winter by the New York Times' deputy travel editor, including insight into the fragility of its coral reef:
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