Places to visit in Central America

Central America is a diverse travel region and perfect for any independant traveler seeking to getaway. We want to inspire you along your journey, with unique tips and hints of favored destinations large and small. Central America has it all: tranquil beaches, vibrant culture and picturesque views to leave you breathless.

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Experience the Caribbean

Why visit the Caribbean?

Beaches

From Mexico to Panama, there are lots of unique beaches if you are looking for a place to relax, unwind and get back in touch with nature. Whether you’re yearning for a secluded paradise or an energizing party spot, you’ll find it among the picturesque coastlines and tranquil turquoise seawater. On some beaches, you can go snorkeling in crystal clear waters and observe fascinating coral reefs teeming with marine life; others have sublime white sand perfect for early morning yoga meditation or sunset strolls along the shore.

 

 

Beach in Potosi, Nicaragua
Isla Ometepe sunset from Zopilote

Nature 

Exploring Central America and its majestic volcanos has been one of the most exciting adventures I have ever embarked on. From the out-of-this-world sunrise views at Acatenango in Guatemala to the glimmering lava o  Nicaragua’s Masaya volcano, being up close to nature, there is one of a kind. Seeing these beautiful Volcanos with my own eyes has made me appreciate the world around us even more.

Culture

I’ve had the incredible honor of exploring Central America multiple times – each occasion has left me even more enthralled with its vibrant culture. From the cobblestone streets of Granada, Nicaragua, to the lush rainforests of Costa Rica, or even the breathtaking beaches of Panama, you find an indescribable sense of contentment while immersing yourself in Central American customs and traditions. Every destination I explore seems like a pearl in a mosaic – unique and full of life! Whether it be experiencing ancient Mayan ruins or floating between trendy beach bars for sunset cocktails – there’s always something captivating for you to enjoy.

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Serrekunda – Gambia’s secret capital

Serrekunda – Gambia’s secret capital

Serekunda is home to about 400.000 people, and it seems to burst at all seams. Serekunda is Gambia’s biggest city and has long become the economic hub. It’s not exactly pretty or relaxing, but it’s worth visiting to get a glimpse into a busy, authentic Gambian city. Serekunda is also home to Gambia’s biggest market. Serekunda offered us an authentic glimpse into urban West African culture and life!

Kololi Gambias sex-tourism capital

Kololi Gambias sex-tourism capital

Kololi is only a 20-minute ride from Banjul’s airport, and as most flights arrive at night, many visitors opt for the convenience of the mid-sized town. As a result, you won’t only find a good selection of accommodations but tons of restaurants, bars, and clubs.

Safari – Do you know the Big 5?

Safari – Do you know the Big 5?

Tanzania’s Northern Circuit is a great place to start. This region offers several stunning national parks, including Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, and the famous Serengeti. Tour operators provide many possibilities, ranging from budget camping safaris to luxury lodging safaris.

Léon – home to poetry and revolution

Léon – home to poetry and revolution

Our love affair with Leon started on Valentine’s day. Contrary to Granada, Nicaragua’s second largest city feels much more authentic and is not overrun by tourists. The drop-dead gorgeous city manages to maintain it’s genuine charm. Just outside of Léon, numerous volcanos wait for you to climb or surf them. And as if this wasn’t enough, some of Nicaragua’s most beautiful beach and surf spots are just around the corner.

Masaya – Nicaragua’s folklore capital

Masaya – Nicaragua’s folklore capital

From the admittedly touristy, but still beautiful Granada, we set off to the cultural and folklore capital, Masya. The bubbly city is famous for its passion for music, dance and traditional crafts. Stroll around the and discover colorful corners of the ingenious influenced small town. Masaya will surprise you with its creative diversity and authentic charm. Most of all, charming Massaya bursts with life.

Granada – Nicaragua’s colonial beauty

Granada – Nicaragua’s colonial beauty

G-R-A-N-A-D-A, we almost want to color every letter when we think about this stunning colonial city. As always we arrived in the dark and only got a glimpse of the city after sunset. As we were looking for our Airbnb we passed grand churches and Calle la Calzada, a street lined with cafes, restaurants, and shops, buzzing with locals and tourists alike. The vibrant, elegant and lively city was screaming to be explored. We weren’t able to resist Granda’s charm and ventured out for a little walk after we arrived. Granada, one of the oldest cities in the Americas is frolicking with colorful buildings and delightful alleys.

Isla Ometepe – Nicaragua’s mysterious volcanic island

Isla Ometepe – Nicaragua’s mysterious volcanic island

Isla Ometepe is a truly unique place. As for so many, the island was without a doubt one of our highlights. The world’s largest freshwater lake is surrounded by the pristine waters of Central America’s largest lake, Lago Nicaragua. Formed by two volcanos Conception and Maderas, the island took the shape of an infinity symbol. The once native Nahual people called the island “two hills” (Ome = two, tepe = hills). Isla Ometepe’s mystical charm and breathtaking rugged landscape have intrigued been intriguing mankind ever since. As you approach the island with its twin-coned silhouette dramatically rising into the horizon the boat ride itself brings the promise of a magical experience.