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Which is the Best Caribbean Destination along the coast of Central America?

There is really nothing quite like the first time you step foot on a white sand beach and swim in the turquoise ocean. The warm water and powdery shore can spoil you for all other kinds of beaches in the future. The gorgeous beaches are one of the many reasons why people choose to relocate to the Caribbean coast of Central America.

A different flavor of cuisine and culture is another. Spicy coconut seafood, reggae music, calypso dancing, and the laid-back vibes tempt people from all over to fall in love with this incredible part of the world.

Central America shares a long coast with the Caribbean Sea and has many towns that offer the same luxuries as the nearby Caribbean Islands at a fraction of the cost.

The Riviera Maya in Mexico

The Mayan Riviera in Mexico is one of the most accessible and most beautiful places in all of Central America.

While some may associate the region with the over-developed beaches of Cancun, there are There is really nothing quite like the first time you step foot on a white sand beach and swim in the turquoise ocean. The warm water and powdery shore can spoil you for all other kinds of beaches in the future. The gorgeous beaches are one of the many reasons why people choose to relocate to the Caribbean coast of Central America.

A different flavor of cuisine and culture is another. Spicy coconut seafood, reggae music, calypso dancing, and the laid-back vibes tempt people from all over to fall in love with this incredible part of the world.

Central America shares a long coast with the Caribbean Sea and has many towns that offer the same luxuries as the nearby Caribbean Islands at a fraction of the cost.

 The Beaches and Cayes in Belize

Just across the border from Mexico is the English-speaking country of Belize.

For those looking to avoid the hurdle of communicating in a foreign language abroad, Belize is natively English speaking. The coast lies near the second largest barrier reef in the world, after Australia, and houses incredible marine life.

The world famous Blue Hole dive site is in Belize and brings divers from all over the world hoping to see sharks, manatees, dolphins, and more. In the north Belize has two populated islands: Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye which enjoy laid back island life with plenty of restaurants and dive shops.

To the south is Placencia with big sand beaches that stretch for miles. In between are plenty of tiny deserted islands making it an incredible place for those who love to sail. Belize also enjoys year round sunshine, calm water, and warm temperature with an ocean breeze.

 The Bay Islands in Honduras

The Bay Islands host some of the best and most affordable diving in the entire world. In fact Utila is the most inexpensive place in all of Central America to obtain an open water dive certification, making it one of the most popular among travelers.

The three islands offer something different for everyone with Utila being the most popular among divers and backpackers and Roatan as a cruise ship and retirement destination.

Roatan has a solid expat community of avid divers and beach lovers which makes it a great place to relocate to. Obtaining residency is a breeze unlike many countries in Latin America.

The Corn Islands in Nicaragua

Famous for their unspoiled beauty, the Corn Islands have been luring travelers for years. However because the islands are typically difficult to reach they have maintained their small town charm. Big Corn Island can be reached by a short flight from Managua or Bluefields.

To continue to Little Corn Island one must take a one hour boat ride in choppy water. Both islands are popular dive sites with friendly locals who are native English speakers. Little Corn Island lacks cars and is only about a mile in diameter. Both islands have established expat communities. Because the islands are far from the mainland it can be difficult to get many provisions including fresh fruits and vegetables which are not commonly grown on the islands.

Costa Rica’s South Caribbean

If diving, snorkeling, jungle hiking, and surfing are on your agenda, consider Costa Rica’s South Caribbean Coast. The seas can flatten out and become perfect for dolphin sightings, kayaking, and diving or the swells can get huge for world class surfing. There is little development around these communities, which offers the peace and tranquility of island life but with roads that connect you to the capital city of San Jose, other beach towns, and Panama just across the border.

It is a great place for wildlife lovers as it’s surrounded by two national parks that are filled with sloths, monkeys, and more. The strong expat community became established decades ago and has brought health food, yoga, a farmer’s market, and plenty of community activities for families and individuals.

This region does have a reputation for crime due to its proximity to the port town Limon. Many people do live here peacefully, but it’s important to take the same precautions in some towns in Central America as you would in cities in the United States.

Bocas del Toro, Panama

Bocas del Toro is the perfect island living for those who love variety. Each island has something different to offer, be it hiking in the wilderness among wildlife, surfing barreling waves, dining at an international restaurant, swinging in a hammock on a dock built over the sea, playing with starfish at the beach, or diving with dolphins.

The islands are popular among expats and many community events take place often. They are a short hour boat ride to the mainland and are directly across the border from Costa Rica making them very accessible to other places. It’s also possible to fly directly to the main island: Isla Colon from Panama City and other Central American cities.

These areas of Central America each have something unique to offer. If you get the chance, explore them all to find the one that truly wins your heart.

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