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Central America

Costa Rica
Costa Rica is right in the middle of the Americas, at the northern end of the narrow isthmus that connects North and South America.Of the seven countries that make up Central America, Costa Rica is the second smallest (El Salvador is the smallest).Despite its diminutive size (itís about the size of West Virginia), Costa Rica has two beautiful coastlines (the Pacific and the Atlantic, also called the Caribbean), lush rainforests, active volcanoes, and great adventure travel options like rafting, hiking, and surfing.

Itís easy to get to Costa Rica from North America. Itís a three-hour flight from Miami, five hours from New York City, seven hours from Los Angeles, and eight and a half hours from Toronto.You donít need to apply for a visaóa valid passport is sufficient.When you arrive in Costa Rica they automatically stamp your passport with a visa good for 90 days.... read more about Costa Rica »

Costa Rica's mountainous topography and copious rainfall are both responsible for one of the best white water rafting river choices in the world. Experienced rafting outfitters regularly run about half a dozen of rambunctious rivers, and those river trips not only provide plenty of excitement, but also allow enjoying gorgeous scenery. Not only do white water rafting enthusiasts flock Costa Rica, including several Olympic kayaking teams, but every year tens of thousands of visitors experience here the thrill of rafting for the first time....read more about Costa Rica White Water Rafting »

Costa Rica is a small country - just 75 mi/120 km separates the Pacific Ocean from the Caribbean Sea at the narrowest spot - Costa Rica still has some of the most diverse scenery in the world. Its coasts have both sandy beaches and marshy swamps, while its interior is dotted with volcanoes, dense with rain forests and abundant with unusual flora.

When you are planning your Costa Rica vacation, make sure to visit destinations like Monteverde Cloud Forest, Corcovado National Park, Tortuguero National Park or Manuel Antonio National Park. In addition, you will enjoy in your Costa Rica vacation, a wide range of adventure travel activities, including scuba diving, hiking around the Arenal Volcano area, and exploring the dense tropical rainforests....read more about Costa Rica Natural Wonder »

Sank in the middle of the infinite Pacific Ocean, we find the Cocos Island. It is one of the protected areas with the greatest diversity in terms of wildlife and one of the best places for Costa Rica Scuba Diving Vacation. It is a huge natural laboratory for scientists and nature lovers. It has 2.400 Ha, with 510 species of sea mollusks, 362 species of insects, 235 species of plants, 200 species of fish, 97 species of birds, 57 species of crustaceans, 3 species of spiders and 2 species of reptiles. In this huge diversity, there are over 130 species of endemic flora and fauna. It is an ideal place for scuba diving, snorkeling, bird watching and wildlife watching..... read more about Cocos Island National Park Costa Rica »

...Costa Rica is one of my favorite places in the world. We had the good fortune to inn sit at the Villa Decary in Nuevo Arenal for two months while the owners were on vacation. The inn is in the rain forest, right on Lake Arenal. Toucans and howler monkey lived in the treetops; ginger and birds of paradise covered the grounds...Romance comes easy in this exotic location. The relaxing waters at Tabacon Hot Spring are heated by nearby Volcano Arenal. Lush tropical gardens surround numerous pools and waterfalls. In addition to the hot springs, the resort includes a hotel, gourmet dining room, and spa. ... read more about Costa Rica as a romantic getaway »

Honduras
San Pedro Sula - LOCATION Located in the north of Honduras on the edges of the fertile Sula Valley, San Pedro Sula is Honduras' second largest city with approximately 800,000 citizens. It is the business and commerce capital of the country and home to a modern airport, which is serviced by International Airlines. These include TACA, American Airlines, Continental, Iberia, Copa, Sol Air, Atlantic Airlines and others. The city is also situated close to the Merendon Mountain Range, which creates an impressive backdrop when you are downtown looking north or when you are flying into the city's airport.

LOCAL HISTORY Nomadic people are believed to have traveled in the Sula Valley from before 1500 BC. Around 700 BC groups began to settle in the valley and agriculture began. Squash, corn, beans, wild chilies, herbs, bell peppers and cacao are believed to have been the first plants cultivated while turkeys, ducks and dogs were domesticated...read more about San Pedro Sula Honduras

Exotic Costa Rica Vacation
osta Rica has miles of coastline to take advantage of, so if you want to surf, snorkel, or just laze on the beach you wonít have to look too far. Along this line of thinking, some consider Nicoya Peninsula to be the most beautiful spot in the country. Popular beaches border a tropical yet dry rainforest where agricultural and ranching developments are also found. Fun mixes with authentic terrain here, and youíll find that the result is almost overwhelming...read more about Costa Rica

Panama:
Panama. Warm, tropical, palm trees silhouetted against the golden sky of a setting sun. Yes, it is all those romantic things. But it is so much more.....Panama is a land of diversity. Its people are friendly. If your car breaks down, runs out of gas, or gets a flat, within a few minutes someone will stop to help. Try that in Manhattan! The language is Spanish, but in the major hotels and many places in the capital, the people who serve you speak English. And if they donít, thereís sure to be a helpful English-speaking person within earshot who will offer assistance....read more about Panama »

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Panama city is quite an exciting city with a lot of history. You will be able to see many buildings in the typical Colonial Baroque style that was popular in all of Central America before the Spaniards were kicked out.

Panama city is a very beautiful city. The first thing you see in panama's skyline is the contrast between the old (the Casco viejo, old part of town, founded in 1673)and the new (Balboa avenue, banking area and paitilla point). While the modern part of town is a fast moving city with skyscrapers everywhere, all kinds of restaurants and night clubs, a lot of small shops as well as big department stores and shopping malls, cellphones ringing allover, the Casco viejo takes you way back in time with it's narrow streets, cafes and it's great architecture....read more »

Romantic Destinations in Panama
***San Blas Islands (20 min. with a small plane from Panama City), an undiscovered beautiful paradisiacal oasis. The San Blas Archipelago comprises over 365 islands with palm-dotted, white sand beaches.
***Another destination is El Valle located in the crater of one of the world's largest extinct volcanoes. It is about 70 miles from Panama City. This picturesque town is well known for its Sunday market where the locals bring their handicrafts. Beautiful scenery and walking trails abound in the town with very romantic spots like the Chorro del Cacho cascade.
***Just a 15 minute plane ride from Panama City is famous Contadora Island and the islands of the Archipelago de las Perlas- paradisiacal tropical islands famous for their scenery, sport fishing, snorkeling and the vacation homes of some of Panama's wealthiest families....read more about Panama »