• Punta Caracol Acqua-Lodge

    Central America Beaches

    A set of top-tier, and often eco-friendly resorts is reinventing Central America as a world-class beach destination, complete with unspoiled coastlines, coral reefs, and corduroy waves.

  • iMatachica Beach Resort

    Central America Beaches - Ambergris Caye, Belize

    Ambergris Caye, Belize, is a 25-mile-long island known for its soft beaches and car-free tranquility. At the north end of the island, Matachica Beach Resort is renowned for its charm and seclusion.

  • La Cocotera Resort & Ecolodge

    Central America Beaches - Barra de Santiago, El Salvador

    Inside the the ultra-remote Barra de Santiago national park, El Salvador's first ecoresort, La Cocotera Resort & Ecolodge, debuts in style with thatched-roof bungalows set in a stand of coconut palms.

  • Jon Johnnidis

    Central America Beaches - Bocas del Toro, Panama

    Bocas del Toro, Panama is a treasure trove of empty islets and white sand. At Punta Caracol Acqua-Lodge, guests are lulled to sleep in two-story, thatched-roof cabins perched over the sea on stilts.

  • Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort

    Central America Beaches - Hopkins, Belize

    At Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort in Hopkins, Belize, guests can enjoy lazy days spent by the freshwater pool or explore nearby Mayan pyramids, caves, and the world’s only jaguar preserve.

  • Beija Flor

    Central America Beaches - Mal Pais, Costa Rica

    Locals would like to keep the village Mal Pais, Costa Rica a surfers' secret. Newcomer resort Beija Flor features 11 guest rooms and one villa that are sparsely chic and set in a tropical garden.

  • Turtle Inn

    Central America Beaches - Placencia, Belize

    Situated on the Placencia Peninsula in Belize, Francis Ford Coppola's Turtle Inn boasts bungalows outfitted with Balinese furnishings and private pools tinged with rustic details like outdoor showers.

  • Reef House Resort

    Central America Beaches - Roatán, Honduras

    The island of Roatán, Honduras is surrounded by more than 60 miles of coral reef and is an affordable place to learn scuba. The plantation-style Reef House Resort organizes three dives daily.

  • Pelican Eyes

    Central America Beaches - San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

    Pelican Eyes overlooks the village San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, which sits in a bay rimmed with golden sand. The resort boasts starch-white villas set in tropical gardens, with vaulted cane ceilings.

  • Jon Johnnidis

    Central America Beaches - San Juan del Sur (outskirts), Nicaragua

    Playa Maderas, Nicaragua's best surfing spot (accessible by car, that is), is a 30-minute drive south of Morgan's Rock Hacienda & Ecolodge, which sits on over 4,400 acres of protected forest.

  • Stephanie Johnnidis

    Central America Beaches - Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

    Sumptuous FlorBlanca resort in remote Santa Teresa, Costa Rica has 10 airy, elegant villas on a lush 7-acre property; accommodations are linked by a footpath, which leads to a quiet beach.

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