Secluded beaches and crystal-clear waters define the Riviera Maya, home to some of the Yucatan's best beach resorts.
Along with the magnificent Mayan pyramids and charming colonial cities, it is the beaches of Central America that attract so many visitors to the region. In Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica and Nicaragua it is easy to finish off your Central America holiday with a stay on an idyllic beach, be it a world class Caribbean luxury resort or a jungle-fringed secluded beach on the Pacific.
Many of Mexico's best and most well-known beaches are gathered on the Yucatan Peninsula, in particular along the Riviera Maya coastline. Charactarised by crystal-clear water, swaying palms, soft white sand and deep blue skies, the resorts here are among some of the best in the world. Secluded villas, boutique hotels and luxury spa resorts provide the perfect places to relax and unwind in style. For those looking for something a little more remote or quieter, Holbox and Isla Mujeres are two highly attractive alternatives. All the way over the other side of the country, Mexico's various Pacific coast resort towns and sheltered coves offer often quieter beaches in stunning natural settings.
Many of Costa Rica's best beaches can also be found on the Pacific Coast; Manuel Antonio and Corcovado are popular national parks that combine hiking and wildlife-watching opportunities with wonderful beaches, whilst Playa Esterillos and Guanacaste offer more secluded beaches, a short walk from excellent resorts.
Set within a large nature reserve, Nicaragua's prized eco-lodge Morgan's Rock affords direct access onto Playa Ocotal, for guests staying in its luxury bungalows. Meanwhile in Belize, Ambergris Caye provides wonderful snorkelling opportunities in the nearby barrier reef, the second biggest in the world.
If we extend the region out to Cuba, you can combine a visit to the colonial cities and lush countryside with a stay at one of the magnificent resorts of the Cayos or at Varadero, whose pristine beaches share much in common with those found across the Caribbean in Mexico.
See below for more on each destination and for a selection of tours that will take you to the best beaches in Central America.
14 Nights from £2,431 €2,017 $2,160
Explore the austere and palatial pyramids of ancient Mayan civilisations, discover colonial cities, isolated Haciendas and unwind on beaches lapped by the turquoise clear ocea…
Ninos Mayas Tour
13 Nights from £2,430 €2,016 $2,159
Experience the achievements of the ancient civilisation of the Mayas who built fortress cities with huge pyramids and were pioneers in the observation of the universe. After t…
12 Nights from £3,070 €2,785 $2,992
Home to dense tropical rainforest with rivers and shallow waterfalls, mountain pine ridge with fern undergrowth, Mayan sites and a large Barrier Reef with excellent resorts on…
Ambos Mundos Tour
12 Nights from £3,316 €3,079 $3,310
The proud, defiant traditions of Cuba contrast with impressive Mayan pyramids of the Yucatan, both sharing similar Spanish colonial heritage but very different modern history…
14 Nights from £2,972 €2,666 $2,863
Visit colourful markets with beautiful weavings in towns with typical colonial architecture, impressive Mayan pyramids in dense rainforest and unwind in the Caribbean on the B…
14 Nights from £3,538 €3,346 $3,599
Explore a wide variety of National Parks with diverse vegetation and habitats, beautiful landscapes and ideal for birdwatching. Admire an active volcano, follow forest trails…
Complete a form or call our specialist advisors to start planning your trip.
Please provide as much information as possible, and we will aim to respond to your enquiry the same or next working day.