Travelers from all over the world plan beach get-a-ways to relax and soak up the sun, especially during cold winter months to Escape Winter.
If a tropical vacation is what you love, then check out beaches in top Central American countries such as Honduras, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belize and Panama.
With a variety of water activities, colorful culture and friendly people, you’ll enjoy every moment of your vacation.
Check out some of the top (and amazingly beautiful) beaches in Central America:
Escape Winter in Roatan, Honduras
For a tropical vacation of deep sea diving, explore the vast array of reefs in this area. Rent a boat at one of the many marinas on Roatan, soak up the warm tropical breeze and enjoy world class diving. Central America Adventure
The most popular beaches are Sandy Bay and West Bay, with great little cafes dotting the coast line.
If you love horses, enjoy the afternoon horseback riding along the beach.
Those who love the water, scuba diving, snorkeling and swimming amongst tropical fish can be a fun and educational experience for everyone in the family.
Playa Conchal, Costa Rica
This lovely beach is perfect for those who enjoy searching for shells or swimming with the tropical fish.
Playa Conchal is composed of tiny shells instead of sand, one of it’s main attractions among both locals and tourists.
The clear blue waters of the Gold Coast offers, not just water activities, but also golfing, hiking and visiting nature reserves in the area.
For those seeking luxury, stay at one of the many resort hotels in Playa Conchal, and more affordable hotels can be found only 10 minutes away in Brasilito Guanacaste.
Playa Blanca, Livingston, Guatemala
Less than an hour from Livingston is the only coral beach in the country of Guatemala.
The white sand beaches and high waves of Playa Blanca attract beach lovers and surfers from all over the world.
Enjoy the quaint colorful town of Livingston or take a trip by boat to Playa Blanca to enjoy tranquil views of coconut trees, the sandy coastline and warm crystal clear blue waters.
Escape Winter to Ambergris Caye, Belize
San Pedro is the only town on the largest island in Belize, Ambergris.
The spectacular reef system is the second largest in the world.
The 25 mile long island, known as the water sports capital in Belize, offers a variety of activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, tubing in limestone caves and parasailing.
Checkout our article on the Best Belize Beach and Belize Jungle Resorts
Beautiful weather, lovely beaches and “knock your socks off” sunsets are only a few of the favorites in Ambergric, Caye in Belize.
Bocas del Toro, Panama
Bocas del Toro boasts two national parks, a total of nine islands, and lush tropical vegetation.
Banana plantations dot the countryside of Bocas del Toro and it’s a top location for all kinds of tours, from snorkeling to hiking.
Deep sea diving is a favorite sport with boating and surfing a close second.
Known for it history and diverse culture, Columbus founded this lovely paradise in the year 1502.
South American wines are known for being food-friendly, reasonably priced, and very drinkable.
Many South American countries have produced wines historically, and over the past few decades, the quality and distinctive character of these wines have increased significantly.
Serious oenophiles and indiscriminate guzzlers alike should be sure to visit these fabulous wine regions in South America:
Wine Regions in South America
Central Valley, Chile
Chile’s unique geography makes it an ideal country for growing grapes. Long and thin, bordered by the Pacific Ocean and divided by the Andes, it has a mostly dry and arid climate.
Plenty of sunshine and good soil earn Chile the rank of 9th wine-producing country in the world, and the 4th in imports to the United States.
The wine-producing Central Valley stretches from the Maipo Valley, just south of Santiago, down to the Maule Valley.
Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet, Merlot, and Chile’s most famous varietal, Carménère, are all produced in the region.
Currently, winemakers are experimenting with Chile’s cooler, coastal climate as a place to make Viognier, Riesling, and Gewürztraminer.
Charming haciendas and cowboy culture await visitors who make the trip out into the valleys.
As the other big name in South American wines, Argentina is known primarily for its Malbec, although it also produces great Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Chardonnay, and Torrontés.
Visitors to Mendoza don’t even have to leave the city proper to experience these delicious wines; tasting rooms, such as Vines of Mendoza, are a great way to sample all that Argentina has to offer.
Renting a bike from a local company and taking a self guided tour is a great way to get out of town and explore some nearby wineries.
As Argentina is also known for grilled meats and tango dancing, it’s no surprise that the nightlife in Mendoza is fantastic.”
For those that overdo it, the lomito sandwich is a surefire hangover cure.
A lomito completo includes sliced steak, a fried egg, ham, and cheese, and more!
Uruguay isn’t as celebrated a wine producer as its neighbors, but that is changing.
Tannat, a varietal used mainly for blending in France, is much improved by the terroir of the hills north of Montevideo:
Originally named for its tannic qualities, the Tannat produced in Uruguay’s clay soils is much smoother and more sophisticated than that grown in France.
Montevideo’s lovely waterfront is the perfect location to relax and crack open a bottle.