best places to visit in Central America

Central America is full of beauty so it can be hard to decide where to visit – we give you the best places to visit in Central America.

Bailey from Destinationless Travel shares her expert opinion and experience of Central America; more especially, the best and most beautiful places to visit in Central America! 

Central America is a small, yet beautiful part of the world. With tons of beaches, lush jungles, ancient ruins, and mountains to climb there are a ton of places that sure to take your breath away.

I recently spent 3 months travelling around Central America and found some particularly gorgeous places that I am going to share with you in this blog.

best places to visit in Central America

1. Ruta de las Flores, El Salvador

The Ruta de las Flores, El Salvador is an area of a couple of small towns connects by one road. Ruta de las Flores translated directly means “road of the flowers” and that is exactly what it is, a beautiful road that winds through the valleys between the towns with flowers everywhere in the spring.

Unfortunately, if you visit the Ruta de las Flores, not in the spring or summer your chance of seeing flowers is slim, however that doesn’t mean the area isn’t still beautiful. The valleys and mountains make for great lookouts and the towns themself are actually quite cute and scenic.

best places to visit in Central America

2. Semuc Champey, Guatemala

Semuc Champey is a National Park in a remote part of Guatemala. Within the park, you will find several small waterfalls and natural swimming pools with the bluest water you will ever see. And the best part is that you can swim there!

Being such a remote place, it isn’t often very busy either, in fact, when I was there I had the place pretty much to myself! It wasn’t just the swimming that I loved though, it was the hike to the viewpoint up above the waterfalls. The hike only took about an hour and the view was beautiful!

best places to visit in Central America

3. Ometepe, Nicaragua

Ometepe Island is an island actually inland in Nicaragua. It is an island made up of two volcanoes that sit in the middle of a huge lake. The roads and towns on Ometepe Island all operate around the two volcanoes.

I recommend visiting Ometepe Island for a couple of days as is it just too big of an island to spend only one day. When deciding where to stay in Ometepe, be sure to choose somewhere close to the water or up on a hill where you can watch the gorgeous sunset that happens nearly every single night.

best places to visit in Central America

4. Monteverde Cloud Forrest, Costa Rica

When you think of Costa Rica you probably think of beautiful beaches and palm trees, but up in the hills, Cost Rica has something different to offer, cloud forest. Walking through the trees in the cool air is a magical experience!

Monteverde is only about 3 hours driving from San Jose, Costa Rica downtown and is well worth the journey. When I was there I was literally walking through a cloud. In the Monteverde cloud forest, there are also suspension bridges, waterfalls, and viewpoints to explore.

best places to visit in Central America

5. Playa Hermosa, Nicaragua

Playa Hermosa is a beautiful beach only about 20 minutes from the popular tourist town of San Juan del Sur. This beach is huge! The white sand and shallow waters make it perfect for swimming. The large size and smaller waves also make it a great place to learn how to surf!

Don’t just go for the day though, spend the night in some of the nearby accommodation or at least stay until sunset. The sunsets in Nicaragua are incredible and experiencing one on such a gorgeous and isolated beach makes it even that much better!

The great thing about the places on this list is the versatility. I could’ve easily listed 5 beaches as Central America is famous for beaches, but that would be just no fun! Exploring a place that has a diverse landscape is so much more intriguing and I think it is important to know that Central America offers that diversity. It is a beautiful part of the world to travel to, and if you ever get the chance, go for yourself!

Thanks Bailey for this awesome guest post! What are your favourite things to do in Central America? Where are your favourite Central American destinations? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Such beautiful places! I should visit Central America soon

  2. These places are really nice! I have not done any research on travelling around this part yet but this would be really helpful to me in the future!

  3. nature place and look cool . i should keep this and when i go to there is will be helpful .

  4. Up for El Salvador nicely summarised.

  5. Definitely pinned this one for later. Not sure when I’m going to get to central America but when I eventually do I’ll add these places especially the cloud forest, looks so cool

  6. I would travel to any of these places. Central America is a dream for me… I long to go. I head to the Caribbean in December which is closeish! I have always wanted to see Costa Rica

  7. I have not been to any of these places yet, but from my research they have some great reforestation projects going over there so hopefully it is a shout for me in the future

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