Showing posts with label Central America. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Central America. Show all posts

Jamaica - Caribbean Paradise Island

Welcome to Jamaica the third largest island of the Caribben and the birthplace of Bob Marley and James Bond. A paradise place that is both unique and familiar with beaches that strecth "clear blue" forever. And the seemingly endless hours of warm Caribbean sunshine. A trip to Jamaica may include river rafting, waterfall climbing, horseback riding, beachcombing, ballooning, diving, mountain biking, snorkeling or just relaxing in a swaying hammock watching the sunset.

Though the majority of the population is from African decent, there are people from Eurpean, Arabic, Chinese and East Indian ancestry as well. The Jamaica people are multiracial blend. Once a Spanish colony, Jamaica came under the British rule in 1655 until 1962 when the county became and independent nation. Larger and more varied than most visitors expect, Jamaica can't be explored in a few days. Its diverse physical beauty makes it an island that appeals to visitors worldwide. From the high peaks of the Blue Mountan, the dramatic water falls, white sanded beaches Jamaica is waiting to be discovered by you. There is no place on Earth like Jamaica.

Tourist Attractions in Jamaica

Island Village 

Island Village is the first of its kind in Jamaica - a theme park offering an endless array of activities and stores. It features the top Jamaican stores, selling a range of products such as duty-free items, clothing, souvenirs, specialty goods, CDs, books and art. There's also a Reggae museum, art gallery, arcade, cinema, casino, cyber café and water sports centre. With just one visit to Island Village, you'll get a sense of Jamaica - its beauty, culture and creativity.

In this aesthetically pleasing setting, Island Village offers the best and latest technology and attractions. It is home to Ocho Rios' only Reggae museum, Reggae Xplosion, an interactive museum that tells the tale of Jamaica's musical history. Adding to Island Village's appeal is the Cove Cinema, a cutting-edge 200-seat multimedia facility; Eight Rivers Casino, an adult gaming lounge; Galaxy Arcade, sporting the latest video games; and Cyber Jungle, a digital communications centre. And on the edge of the beach, you'll find Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, a happening and always-popular beach bar and restaurant - day or night.

Port Antonio's Hidden Beaches

Port Antonio's bigger beaches - Frenchman's Cove, Winnifred and Boston Bay - are well-travelled, stunning locales. But tracking down the off-the-beaten-path beaches, such as Shanshy Beach and Ras Johnson's Ranch, can be gratifying, providing you with serenity and exposure to the authentic Jamaica and its rustic charms.

Shanshy Beach Complex lies to the west of Port Antonio, just outside of the entrance to the town. It is a popular spot among Port Antonio residents, and is sometimes used for local concerts and other events. The beach rests a few feet below the main road, but is hardly visible from above. Colourful concrete buildings line the back of the beach, including a bar, restaurant, changing area and bathrooms. Outside of the buildings, overgrown train tracks run through a grassy patch bordering the sand.

Gunboat Beach

Gunboat Beach is a popular destination in Jamaica, perhaps more for its entertainment features than the actual beach-going experience. Most
visitors to Gunboat Beach are locals who come to socialize along the shore, especially since the waters of this beach have succumbed to pollution and swimming is no longer recommended. Gunboat Beach is conveniently located, and there is a lot of activity there. Located on the southeastern coast of Jamaica, it is about seven miles from Fort Charles and close to Portmore, so you can easily make a visit to the town.

Grande Beach

Grande Beach is a stunning public beach located on the northeastern coast of Jamaica, just 0.1 miles from the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort and Spa. Grande Beach is near Ocho Rios too; so exploring the town during a visit to the beach is an easy and attractive option. The popular activity at Grande Beach is parasailing, so it’s perfect for those desiring to participate in this sport.

Jamaica is the largest English-speaking island in the Caribbean and the third largest in the region. With a total land area of 4,442 square miles (10,991 sq. km), the island is 146 miles long with widths varying between 22 and 51 miles (35 and 82 km). Situated ninety miles south of Cuba and six hundred miles south of Miami, Jamaica is 18 degrees north of the equator. More precisely, Jamaica lies between latitudes 17 degrees 43 minutes and 18 degrees 32 minutes north and longitudes 76 degrees, 11 minutes and 78 degrees, 23 minutes west.

Jamaica map
Jamaica is divided into three counties, Cornwall, Middlesex and Surrey. These counties are further subdivided into parishes with Kingston, the smallest of the 14 parishes, as home to the capital city. The terrain is very mountainous with much of the land rising above 1,000 feet (305 km). The highest point, Blue Mountain Peak, is 7,402 feet (2,256 m) above sea level. Complementing our mountains, Jamaica also brims with valleys and plains. The five major plains – Vere, St Jago, George’s, Liguanea and Pedro – provide the backbone for our largely agricultural economy. 

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Guatemala - The dreamscape island of Guatemala

The dreamscape island of Guatemala Is among the best travel destinations in Central America. This beautiful paradise is rich with a luxurious magnificent nature, with very crowded sandy beaches, rich aboriginal culture, alluring historic spots and overabundance of attractive sightseeing opportunities. Guatemala is a country in Central America. This destination is lying between the Gulf of Honduras and the Pacific Ocean. Neighbor countries that Guatemala is bordering with, are Belize, Honduras, Mexico and El Salvador. It is a beautiful country where there are 34 volcanoes, numerous of valleys and broad basins. 

Tourist Attractions in Guatemala 

There are so many fabulous things to be seen in Guatemala. Some of the most interesting attractions are the Mayan ruins. It is a historical mark that has left to show about the life of the Mayans, and this tourist place is visited by huge number of tourists every year. There are so many other attractions in Guatemala. The 34 volcanoes are very popular, the gorgeous highlands and landscapes make this country real tourist destination. This is not all. Among other things there are many churches, unique museums, blossoming jungles and many other attractions that make Guatemala a perfect destination. 

Beaches in Guatemala 

Sandy golden beaches are what make Guatemala such a great place to visit. Beaches in Guatemala are some of the best in Central America with so many visitors during all the year. People here are looking for a perfect escape from the urban cities, and they are coming to the right place. Guatemala offers real vacation paradise. Beaches are surrounded by multiple scenic places, where you have the opportunity to rent a villa next to the sea and enjoy your perfect getaway. Some of the most popular places there are Bay of Santo Tomas and End of Palm. 

Santo Tomás Bay 

Here you will find all kinds of attractions. Whether you like to sail, go fishing or just swim, this are the best places to go. This Caribbean paradise is perfect for observing birds and animals and if you like the good photography, this is a ideal place to bring your camera. Some of the best attraction in Santo Tomas Bay are the Poza Azul Lagoon, the Escobas River, famous by its refreshing water and the not so developed beach Tulate which is a place of a gleaming natural beaty.

Punta de Palma 

Punta de Palma is a stunning beach that has access coming from Puerto Barrios. This perfect place is not too far from the civilization, but it offers a great discretion. The beach is not crowded as the others in the biggest part of the year, but in the highest tourist season, you will see many young people there, lots of teenagers, which makes it very popular at night where the nightlife is in its best. 

Atitlán Lake 

According to the well known novelist Huxley Aldous, this is the most beautiful lakes in the world. It is definitely the most important landmark in Solola, and the most famous in the country. The lake is created naturally from the volcanoes that are surrounding it. There are so many attractions around the lake. Water sports are very attractive in the lake. You can go fishing, kayak, water ski, aquatic skiing and many other things. The best of all is the landscape around the lake. There are mountains, riverside towns, magnificent volcanoes etc. 

Izabal Lake 

Izabal Lake is the largest one in Guatemala, and this lake is surrounded by very attractive beaches. The most beautiful thing about this lake is the nature and the panorama that this place offers. The best beaches around the lake are Maricos and El Estor. If you are near Izabal Lake, don’t miss this perfect getaway attraction. You won’t be sorry. 

National Park Tikal 

There are so many themed parks in Guatemala. They are all clean and attractive for visitors from around the world that are looking for nature beauty and calm places. One of the most popular parks in the country is the Tikal National park. The word Tikal means “place of voices” . This park is famous by being the largest city of the Mayans that has ever been examined. That is the main reason why it is protected by UNESCO since 1979. Inside the park that is extended on over 550 km squared, you will find very mysterious temples and plazas that will leave you wordless. 

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El Salvador

Located on the Pacific coast of Central America, between Guatemala and Honduras, El Salvador is making its presence now in the surfing world, gaining attention as a nation with a bounty of waves. It is the smallest of Central American countries and the only one not connected to the Caribbean. However, don’t let its geographical limitations be misleading, as the country’s 320 km of coastline packs a powerful punch, with a majority of the waves in the form of long right pointbreaks, some of them world class waves as Punta Roca in La Libertad, and Punta Mango located at the east side of El Salvador coastline.

For its size, El Salvador could easily claim the highest density of quality pointbreaks in Central America. Toss in the tropical climate, warm water, lack of crowds, safety and you’ve got a destination that is out the oven and ready to be surfed. El Salvador the smallest country of the region with its 21.000 km2 offer you the possibility to surf, hike, dive or visit archaeological parks or museums all in the same day and a few hours away from the coast.

El Savador is divided in three diferents areas, the central area where you can visit La Libertad, is the most visited town for travelers and is the tourist destination for tradition of San Salvador people, La Libertad is located just 20 kms south of San Salvador city. in this area you can stay at El Puerto de La Libertad, and diferent beach areas like Sunzal, Cocal, San Blas, El Tunco, El Zonte. At the east side is located El Cuco just a few hours by car from the international airport, you can find other area with good waves as Punta Las Flores, and Punta Mango. At the west you can find waves as los Cobanos, Mizata.

San Salvador, the second largest city in Central America, is the bustling capital of El Salvador, located at the foot of the San Salvador Volcano in Valle de las Hamazas (the Valley of the Hammocks), hosting over 800,000 people. The city is famous for its modern shopping malls, including Galerias, Moma Linsa, and Lutiplaxa mall, vibrant nightlife, museums, like the Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen (the Word and the Image Museum), and historic attractions including the National Palace and the National Cathedral. You can arrange many daytrips from San Salvador, including a trip to Lake IIopango, the San Salvador Volcano and much more.

If you are in search of an authentic Central American vacation, head to the small off-the-beaten-path country of El Salvador (the 'Saviour' in Spanish) where miles of gorgeous Pacific coast, pristine beaches, craggy mountains, sprawling green hills, endangered tropical forest, several extinct volcanoes, beautiful wildlife, breathtaking waterfalls and friendly welcoming people beckon. This tiny tropical land is home to historical cities, colonial architecture and cobblestone streets waiting to be explored. El Salvador offers an endless amount of sites and tours to see, including Lago De Coatepeque, La Libertad, Montecristo Cloud Forest, San Jacinto Mountain and Bosque El Imposible National Park. El Salvador vacation is something special and not-to-be-missed!

El Salvador enjoys hot, tropical climate and is characterized by two seasons: November to April are verano or summer months and the wet season otherwise called invierno is between May to October. The coastal areas are the hottest with average temperatures hovering between 22C and 32C, while upland areas have a cooler, more temperate climate. The beginning or end of the dry season is the best time to visit El Salvador.

El Salvador map
The roughly rectangular-shaped El Salvador, the smallest Spanish-speaking nation in the Western Hemisphere, is located on the western side of the Central American isthmus, bounded by Guatemala to the west and Honduras to the north, covering an overall area of 21,041 sq km. The terrain is mostly mountainous with narrow coastal belt and central plateau. The highest point reaches over 1,800 meters. El Salvador has over 300 rivers, the most important of which is the Rio Lempa. There are also numerous lakes of volcanic origin many of which are surrounded by mountains.

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Belize - Tourist Attractions in Belize

Dream to any of us being in a paradise for a bargain price can come true at the tourist destination called Belize. In spite of its beauty- Belize is Mother Nature’s hidden secret, which is much unknown in the touristic world, is considered as one of the most beautiful countries in Central America. Belize has everything you need for a perfect holiday; it offers a breathtaking range of attractions for visitors. 

This tourist destination is surrounded by blindingly white beaches and crystalline blue water, with a subtropical climate and varying faunas. Belize is a fantastic place for diving enthusiasts, the coral barrier of Belize offers offshore islands where you will find one of the best preserved marine ecosystems in the world, every destination in Belize has its share of archaeological and national parks, marine and nature reserves, wildlife sanctuaries and each of these protected areas is packed with opportunities for adventure. English is official language, so visitors can communicate without any problem with the Belizeans who are very friendly and warm people.

Belize offers a myriad of exciting adventure possibilities: 

Spectacular natural attractions and the excitement of discovering this tourist destination draw travelers from around the world, promising both relaxation and the richly rewarding authenticity they seek in a genuine Caribbean getaway. Belize is a country full of diversity, culture and history. 

The number of tourist has been growing in recent years, and Belize tourism is on the upswing, realizing some of the nation's potential as a special holiday destination, Belize covers different things that make this place unique, you will be fascinated of the tropical forests rich with wildlife, majestic mountains, mysterious treasure trove of ancient Mayan temples, towns and cities, diving and fishing experiences beyond comparison, sunny beaches, the Great Belize Barrier Reef which is the second longest in the world is a popular place for scuba diving or a little bit of the history, life and culture of Belize.

The marine life at Belize makes the scuba diving an adventure like no other dive destination in the Caribbean. The vastness and variety of marine life and coral formations are truly unmatched. Divers and snorkelers can experience the barrier reef, coral atolls, fringing reef, patch reefs, each offering differing underwater coral formations and a variety of flora, fish and marine creatures, also sailing or simply swimming or cruise on its magnificent azure waters along the coast and a reef that runs through the entire length of the country are some of the things that Belize guarantees making your holiday special. 

Belize is bounded on the North by Mexico, South and West by Guatemala and the beautiful Caribbean Sea. Belize is one of the premiere diving destinations in the world. In recent years visitors to Belize have rated the marine attractions as the primary reason for coming to Belize. This Mother Nature's hidden secret, an adventurer's paradise, peaceful, English-speaking country- Belize is your destination to have an extraordinary holiday, where the most of the time you will enjoy of the beauty, serenity and diversity of this amazing country. 
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