Central America – Travel Stories from Around the World

Below you will find stories written by travellers on their experiences in Central America. If you would like to submit your own stories for this region, click here.


Relax, Mon
Matt Scott quickly adapts to the easy-going pace of Caye Caulker – both above and below the water.

Diving Adventure in Belize
Seasickness, wild waves and an overflowing toilet weren’t going to keep Kristin Piljay from diving in Belize’s blue waters.

PepperOni, Island Style
A Washington state man sells off three pizza joints and stateside life to open shop in a bamboo-covered trailer in Belize.

Belize & Tikal, Guatemala
Justin Bryant tackles wildlife, forests, scary restaurants and rickety bars, but why worry, man? It’s Belize.

Dreadlocks & Voodoo
Jack Simpson, Jr honeymoons in Belize where he experiences dark caves and voodoo rituals. No tigers though.

Living the Life of Raleigh
Recounting horror stories from the foreign bush is just part of the Raleigh International experience.

Costa Rica
Pura Vida en Costa Rica
Whatever your taste, you can find it in Costa Rica. Lee Abbamonte promises that you will want to return time and again.

The Legend of La Mona
Did a half-woman half-monkey, with a hysterical laugh, prey on Andrew Black’s sanity?

Costa Rican Beach Bum Buddha
People can touch your life, even if you know them only for a short while. Shawn Cooley reflects on the people that touch the life of a traveler.

Seven Days in Costa Rica
Traversing through the rainforests next to an active volcano, David Alan Robinson makes the most of his seven days in Costa Rica.

Don’t Miss the Boat
Costa Rica is considered one of the most ecologically abundant areas in the hemisphere, writes Judy Wolf. It has distractions and attractions galore – beaches, surfing, nesting sea turtles, cloud forests, active volcanoes, rivers and more.

La Catarata
Rebecca Bowe and her friends put their clothes back on and made their way back up the path feeling exhausted and full of wonder.

Touch the Wire
After 2 years of highs and lows Brandon Dane’s hand got pried off the high-voltage line of life. He can’t wait to clutch on again.

La Fortuna Fiesta
A spring break with a difference, Catharine Wells traveled to Costa Rica to see Volcan Arenal. Instead she arrived in time for a local festival.

Tico’s Rampage (or, The Shortcut)
The story of Craig Guillot’s right leg dashes on a mad horse through Costa Rica.

Los Chiles, Costa Rica
Many different ways to travel on this river, in varying degrees of comfort.

Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Taking the bus from Puntarenas to Nicaragua and back.

Dominican Republic
The Missing Piece of the Puzzle
The hidden mountain village of Los Quemados is poor, but those who come to know it see the beauty of the countryside and its people.

El Salvador
Biting the Bullet
William Koplitz went to El Salvador to go surfing and was shot by thieves after being in the country for 24 hours.

La Union, El Salvador
Boat problems lead to a refreshing break on the island of Conchaquita.

Don’t Worry, It’s Straight Ahead, and Other Guatemalan Fibs NEW!
Children run from her shrieking, she has to catch a ride on a dump drunk and Claire MacDonell still has another week in the mountains of Guatemala.

I Will Survive: Early Morning in the Guatemalan Jungle with a Drag Queen
The temples of Tikal are cause for awe and wonder. But Diana Reed found herself wondering about one of her fellow visitors to the ancient ruins.

The Idiot’s Guide to Good Transport in Guatemala
Diana Espirito Santo navigates the scary, but rewarding, world of Guatemalan transportation.

The Complete Rules of the Road for Driving in Guatemala
Ken McCormick provides a basic set of rules for surviving (or not) Guatemala’s notorious highways.

Deconstructing Travels To Tikal
Amongst the huge stone temples at Tikal, Shawn Cooley waxes philosophical.

Fear (but no loathing) in Guatemala
Explosions ripped Shannan Murphy out of an exhausted sleep. But she learned she had nothing to fear, but fear itself.

Avoid being Ripped-off in Guatemala
Maury Englander follows up his story of being robbed in Guatemala City with some tips to help you avoid the same fate.

A Guatemalan (Sad) Story
Maury Englander was distracted for just a second, but that’s all it took for thieves to end his holiday in Guatemala.

The First Great Maya City: El Mirador
Don Parkinson’s 20 mile hike through the jungle was rewarded the view from El Mirador, the largest of the ancient Mayan cities.

ER in Guatemala
The nightly turtle races were all the excitement the village of Monterrico was supposed to offer. Laurie Magree found a bit more than that after helping to save two locals attacked by a machete-wielding drunk.

Volcano Pacaya
Hiking a live volcano should be adventure enough, but throw in a few bandits and it’s downright scary.

Antigua: Home Sweet Home
Semana Santa is one week when Antigua gets even more international visitors than usual.

Through the Looking Glass…
How I was rescued from the jungle by a Belizian fisherman, his son, and a dog named Red.

Indigenous Markets in Guatemala
Experience the fun of a local market, but don’t forget to arrive early!

Ascent to Pacaya
Hike to the top of a live volcano in Guatemala.

"Mundo Olmeca"…in Guatemala?!
Guatemala is famous for being the heart of "Mundo Maya". So what’s this about "Mundo Olmeca"?

I am not as young as I used to be…
Local Guat buses can take you to beautiful places, but you’ve gotta have the stomach for it.

Rio Dulce, Guatemala
The Hotel Backpackers is a great way to meet other travellers in Rio Dulce.

Roatan: a Caribbean Island in Transition NEW!
David Alan Robinson snoops around Roatan and witnesses another Caribbean island that is poised for development.

A Bridge in The Bay Islands
The Great Barrier Reef and the Red Sea pale in comparison to the quality of the Bay Islands of Roatan. Time may be running out, writes Lee Abbamonte, to see this unspoiled area. Don’t wait.

Bloody Football
Today’s football heroes are worshipped, but in an ancient time, they worshipped the gods with human sacrifice.

Escape from Roatan
Leaving Roatan, Honduras felt more like an escape than a departure for Diana Espirito Santo.

Island Time
Island Time – undetermined quantity of time just long enough to infuriate, confuse and befuddle a sick-stomached mainlander, writes Thomas Jones.

Like a Fish to Air
Roatan is reknown for diving, but it also forces Kristina Johnson to confront her fears.

Utila – Hangover in Paradise
A tequila hangover doesn’t stop Malcolm Blakey from spending 2 weeks diving and eating on the island of Utila.

Dead Pirates and Frozen Fish
Battling a fever in Honduras, Christine Michaud uses the only thing at her disposal to cool down: a frozen fish.

Jammin’ in Jamaica
Shirley Camia witnessed both the beauty and tragedy of Jamaica’s tourism and its people.

Broken Space & Time in Jamaica
It was just before turning back that the strangest series of events unfolded for Ajay Nityananda and his friend.

Hippocrates Laughs
Shawna Kenney goes to Central America to cure her friend’s loneliness and finds another world in the process.

Counting the Hours on Contadora NEW!
Troy White visited the only nude beach in Central America, called ‘Swedish Girls Beach.’ The problem was: there were no Swedish girls, just he and his friends.

Casco Viejo NEW!
Mike Heavers is awed by resilient, sensual, enticing Casco Vieja – epitomized by the daily struggle against poverty by its people.

La Casa Grande
What Chris Lele’s search from the website blurb on Casa Grande led him to expect and what he found was different, even shocking.

Puerto Rico
A Tropical Independence Day: Giant Ferns, Aliens and City Folks
Regardless of the fact that it sits on one of the Bermuda Trangle’s corners, Elda P. Acevedo found El Yunque to be an extremely beautiful and possibly enchanted place.

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