Central America is the name given to the group of countries on the narrow strip of land between North and South America. Consisting of seven countries: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama; it is an exciting and diverse area to visit. Each country is unique and has its own distinguishing attractions.
When planning a family holiday to Central America it is worth considering the style of holiday your family enjoy. The region offers wonderful Caribbean beaches, exotic tropical wildlife, colourful local cultures, stunning scenery (including mountains, volcanoes and lakes), fascinating Pre-Columbian and colonial history and exciting adventure sports.
Costa Rica has been a popular choice for family holidays for some time. Its main attractions are the Pacific and Caribbean beaches, easy access to wildlife and well-established adventure activities. It has a family-friendly culture and a transport infrastructure that allows visitors to move reasonably easily around the country.
In contrast Nicaragua is fairly new to tourism. Away from the capital, Managua, it is has a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere, and the people are friendly. Its other main attractions are its volcanoes (several of which are active), lakes including the vast Lake Nicaragua, the colonial towns of Leon and Granada, and wonderful ceramics. It also has tropical forests to explore, and adventure activities are developing.
Central America has a humid tropical climate, however within the region there are at least twelve local climates. Generally the average day temperature is warm (20-30⁰C) while humidity depends on the season. The rainy season is generally mid April to beginning of November although this varies from region to region. However even in the rainy season rain often only falls for a short time in the afternoon.
Central America is a fascinating and varied region to visit. It has a lot to offer visitors and will make a memorable family holiday.