Central America is so famous for baleadas, ceviche , tacos Guatemaltecos, tamales, fried cheese, and plantains!
Something for Everybody
hether you’re a local cuisine buff, a history lover, an adrenaline junkie, or a nature fan, you are certain to find something that suits your idea of the perfect vacation in Central America.
Colorful masks are just one of the many unique and thrilling handicrafts you can pick up in one of Central America's local markets!
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Ancient Mayan ruins and historic cities. Natural hot springs, tropical rainforests and volcanoes. Untouched beaches and wildlife sanctuaries. Not only is Central America is packed with breathtaking beauty, it is also a very affordable destination with a wide variety of things to do. Some more things you can experience during a cruise to Central America might include local markets, salsa dance clubs, archaeological sites, cultural village tours, plantation tours, safari tours, and more! The possibilities are truly endless!
Central America consists of several countries, where you can experience different things. Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Panama. These countries are boarded by the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean. One of the best aspects of a Central America cruise is its wide variety of offerings. Whether you’re a local cuisine buff, a history lover, an adrenaline junkie, or a nature fan, you are certain to find something that suits your idea of the perfect vacation in Central America.
Many Central America cruises depart from ports in Florida and California, as well as from Canada and a wide variety of international ports, making it very accessible for guests from all over the world. Itineraries can be as short and simple as 2 nights or as involved as 67 nights, so you can expect to find the perfect cruise length when planning your next cruise to Central America. In the cruising industry, a Central America cruise may also bring you to Baja Mexico, Mexico, or the Mexican Riviera.
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Highlighted Central America Cruise Attractions
The following are just a few of the many things to do while in Central America:
The Panama Canal
The Panama Canal is such a popular attraction that many consider it as its own destination within Central America. The Panama Canal is a man-made waterway that connects the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean, dramatically shortening the amount of time it takes for ships to navigate between the United State’s east and west coasts. The history of the canal is a fascinating story that is certain to captivate the hungry minds of history buffs.
From kayaking and jet skiing to hiking and horseback riding, you will discover almost endless possibilities of outdoor activities in Central America. Depending on where in Central America you go, you might be able to partake in biking, swimming, sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, rock-climbing, zip-lining, and white-water rafting.
Central American Cuisine
Since many cultures have had an impact on Central America over the years, you will discover a wide variety of cuisine to try. Some foods that Central America is so famous for include baleadas (thick flour tortillas stuffed with fillings such as beans, cheese, eggs, and meat), rice and beans, ceviche (raw seafood in a mixture of herbs, spices, and vegetables), tacos Guatemaltecos, tamales, fried cheese, and plantains.
The following cruise lines offer Central America:
Specialty Cruise Lines
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
Part of Hurtigruten Group, Hurtigruten Expeditions offers expedition-style cruises to some of the most remote destinations in the world. Their small ships take guests up close to the wildlife and landscapes of those areas, including Antarctica, Greenland, Spitsbergen, and the Arctic. An expert Expedition Team provides wonderful onboard enrichment lectures, and a variety of unique, exciting shore excursions (such as dog sledding, kayaking, and snow mobile safaris) are available during each Hurtigruten Expeditions cruise,
Experience a different and magical way of cruising. Ponant prides themselves in providing modest-sized yachts that will transport you where most larger ships cannot reach. Included on board are restaurants that prepare the finest in French-inspired cuisine, as well as a well-trained and discreet staff whose goal is to provide you with the best service possible. For those who enjoy the luxurious life, some of their ships have butler service (for guests staying in select suites). All this and so much more is offered, along with all the privacy you could ask for. Come experience cruising "A la Française", the tasteful style of this company.
Discover a new age of sailing, where the traditions of the past are combined with the modern comforts and amenities of the present. Star Clippers' tall ships are perfect for cruising in casual elegance. On board you will enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, friendly crew, and international cuisine, all in pampered comfort. If you're a boating enthusiast, you can choose to lend a hand hoisting the sails, you can climb the mast, or you can just lay back and let the crew do all the work.
Windstar was created with the vision to offer an alternative to the typical cruise or resort vacation. The Windstar passenger sees the world with luxurious accommodations, a casual yet elegant atmosphere, and exquisite service and cuisine. Well known for cruising off the beaten path and pampering without pretense, they sail to exotic locales and hidden harbors that larger ships can't access. Windstar Cruises operates three sailing yachts and three power yachts, throughout Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas.
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The following are just a few of the more popular tour operators that offer Central America. Use the search box that's higher up on this page, or contact us, if you're interested in pricing, availablity and our special deals on other brand.
When a tour operator offers "Adventure Travel" it often means that their tours include very active itineraries, usually involving the in-depth exploration of the area(s) being visited, and possibly visiting remote locations. This type of tour tends to appeal to thrill-seekers, and those that like to participate in activities that include a good amount of physical exertion.
These tour operators give customers the option of picking and choosing pieces, creating a vacation that fits their preferences. Whether it's selecting specific hotels, or visiting specific destinations, the options are plentiful and sure to please you! We can arrange for as customized and specific of a tour that you would like, whether it be escorted, independent, or a bit of both. Contact us today to get the conversation started with one of our experienced travel advisors.
An escorted tour includes a professional guide, as opposed to being an independent (or self-guided) tour. Some escorted tour operators include a limited amount of time for guests to explore on their own, while others have tours that are completely escorted. Typically, just about your entire itinerary is included and planned for in an escorted tour package. You don't have to worry about what you're going to see and don't have to make reservations (for each component of the trip) with multiple tour operators - this option allows for you to just leave it to the professionals and enjoy yourself.
Depending on the tour operator, as well as on the specific tour, some tours are private (just you and your traveling companions, if you have any) while others are with other travelers that booked the same tour. In the latter case, some tour operators offer small groups (which tend to be more expensive, but also more intimate and exclusive) while some have larger groups that travel together (which provides a very social atmosphere, as you can meet many other people).
Also referred to as self-guided travel, independent travel gives you the freedom to do things at your own pace. You don't have a guide with you like you would on an escorted tour, but you can make your own schedule and choose your own itinerary.
This option is usually significantly less expensive than an escorted tour that includes similar components; however, cost and quality simply depends on the tour you select as both budget and luxury tour operators offer this type of travel.
When the finest vacation is your top priority, this is the place to start.
Common inclusions on the tours offered by these companies are luxury accommodations, private or small groups, exclusive/VIP experiences, and more. Although these tour operators are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
The tour operators that we list as offering a "Budget" product are those that tend to have pricing that is considered more economical, and as a result often include components (i.e. accommodations and tours) that are good but not quite top tier.
One of the world's leaders in luxury tour travel, offering journeys in all seven continents. Unique itineraries include in-depth destination explorations, and feature premium accommodations, gourmet cuisine, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Created with families in mind, Adventures by Disney is a premium tour company that offers land packages on six of the world's seven continents! Guests are provided with exclusive itineraries, VIP treatment, and fun-filled integration of the Disney brand.
Family owned and operated since 1972, Central Holidays provides great personalized service and care. They offer escorted tours of select countries in Europe (including Italy, Spain, France, Greece and more), Egypt, the USA, Africa, West Asia and Latin America. Ask us about Journeys, their luxury travel experiences.
Hassle-free vacations, exclusively for 18-35 year olds, is the specialty of Contiki. Their mix of sightseeing, culture, and being able to tour with others in your age group makes for a fantastic tour. Contiki offers tours in over 40 countries, on 5 continents.
Offering value trips in destinations around the world, Costsaver allows you to choose what you want in a vacation without having to break the bank. Accommodations are offered in 3- and 4-star hotels, and from the moment your trip starts Costsaver has a Travel Director and Driver that will make sure you get where you need to be, allowing you to just enjoy the vacation. They're been in business over 100 years, so they know what they're doing and have an extensive global network. Their tours include accommodations, transportation aspects, some city tours, and several meals.
Since 1990, G Adventures has been offering adventure-craving travelers an alternative to the resorts, cruises and tours they were accustomed to. Examples of the types of adventure tours are: active, family, independent, expedition, and overland.
Founded in 1981, Gate 1 Travel offers escorted tours, European river cruises, independent vacations and customized international vacation packages for less. Our extra discounts on their travel packages and tour packages provide exceptional value.
One of the world's leaders in luxury travel, Globus has been arranging tours since 1928. By booking a Globus tour (referred to by them as "journeys") you'll gain VIP access to many sites visited during your journey, special excursions that are included in the price of your tour, access to an expert Tour Director that has unique knowledge about the destinations, and you'll stay in first-class and above pre-selected hotels (with breakfast and dinner usually included), located in prime areas. Portage is included with all Globus tours, so you won't have to worry about lugging your luggage from one place to another. Some tour operators over-schedule you, but Globus weaves in just the right amount of free time for individual exploration.
Kensington Tours offers personalized vacations based on your specific preferences. We work with them to take on all the complexities and logistics so that you can truly have a great time. There are no fixed dates or schedules - you pick the start and end dates, providing true flexibility. Your local private guide will help you enjoy the destination you're in, with a truly authentic and tailor-made experience.
One of the world's leaders in premium guided travel, cruise, riverboat and family travel adventures, Tauck was founded in 1925. This family-owned, three-generation, award-winning company offers over 100 fantastic vacation packages throughout the world. Every detail of a Tauck tour is handled perfectly, including your luggage being brought to your hotel room ahead of you, preferred seating at shows, meals being included, staying at distinguished hotels in premium locations, and the expert knowledge of an insightful Tour Director. Rest assured, that although your itinerary is planned for you, there will be time experience the destinations on your own too.
With over 70 years of experience, Trafalgar provides hassle-free vacations to some of the most popular destinations in the world. Among the possibilities are Europe, Britain, Egypt, the USA, Canada, South America, China, New Zealand and Australia. Trafalgar is especially well known for their outstanding quality, service and reliability. Their expertly designed tours include transportation (via deluxe motor coach, rail or cruise ship), first class hotel accommodations, daily sightseeing tours, the professional services of a knowledgeable Tour Director (that provides guests with concierge service) and most meals. Of course, in addition to the scheduled activities, Trafalgar tours also give guests free time on their own to explore and relax at their own pace. By booking a Trafalgar tour with American Discount Vacations, you can save up to 40% of the cost of doing it all on your own. With over 300 tour itineraries available from Trafalgar, you're sure to find the perfect vacation! Plus, you can put your mind at ease after learning that Trafalgar has a 98% satisfaction rating from past guests.
The following are just a few of the more popular hotel and resort brands that offer Central America. Use the search box that's higher up on this page, or contact us, if you're interested in pricing, availablity and our special deals on other brand.
These resorts include a variety of amenities in their pricing. Of course, accommodations are included, but this usually means that the resort also includes meals (usually breakfast, lunch and dinner), as well as beverages (often meaning soft drinks, most alcoholic drinks, gratuities), and possibly other services (perhaps activities and entertainment). Contact us to find out the specific inclusions per resort.
A resort that considers itself "Adults-Only" usually does not allow children in their property, but some may allow children that are over a certain age. The adult age may vary, but it's usually either 16 or 18 years of age.
Family Friendly Resorts
Resorts that are considered "Family Friendly" accept children in their property, although they may have a minimum age for children. Such resorts usually offer a variety of wonderful amenities that are geared towards guests of all ages. They may offer a supervised children’s program, and may have areas specifically meant for children (i.e. playroom) or teens (i.e. teen club). Some resorts offer professional babysitting services. Other possibilities, depending on the resort, may include water parks, mini-golf courses, water sports, a variety of activities and events, and even more.
When staying in a luxury resort, you can expect excellent service, accommodations, dining, and more. Luxury resorts are usually classified as either four-star or five-star (as some four-star resorts do market themselves in the "Luxury" category).
Dreams Resorts & Spas offer a high level of luxury for couples and couples with children, in ideal beachfront settings. Spacious rooms and suites, graciously appointed and luxuriously equipped provide a picture-perfect vacation experience with welcoming service and romantic inclusions. Beautiful and exciting destinations provide a lovely setting for a wedding, honeymoon, romantic getaway or family vacation. Best of all, every amenity is included as part of Unlimited-Luxury®.
The world-famous Hard Rock brand has a unique and exciting collection of music-inspired hotels and resorts, located throughout the world. Among the memorabilia-dressed Hard Rock Hotels & Resorts properties are fabulous resorts (some which are all-inclusive), and well-located City Hotels.
RIU Hotels & Resorts offers you a wide variety of hotels in the world's best destinations so that you can enjoy unforgettable holidays. At their hotels, you'll find complete facilities where you can enjoy an extensive gastronomic offer, the best entertainment and a host of exclusive services.
The international RIU chain was founded in Mallorca by the Riu family in 1953 as a small holiday firm and is still owned by the family’s third generation. The company specializes in holiday resorts and 70% of its establishments offer its acclaimed All Inclusive by RIU service. RIU Hotels & Resorts now has more than 100 hotels in its collection.
Secrets Resorts & Spas is made up of a variety of luxurious, all-inclusive, adults-only resorts in Mexico, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic. They provide adults a romantic escape, in spectacular oceanfront settings. Exemplary personal service is combined with casual, yet sophisticated style. In addition, guests enjoy all the privileges of Unlimited-Luxury®.
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