The idyllic Caribbean and Pacific coast beaches of Central America provide the perfect setting to unwind in style after a memorable holiday spent exploring its Mayan ruins, colonial cities and exotic nature.

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.

Route Map

Click on a marker to read more information about each location.

Explore some of our favourite holidays
Suggestions & Recommendations

Find your perfect Holiday from our
Suggested Itineraries

View All
The Cenote Tour - Holidays to Mexico

Mexico

Cenote Tour

14 Nights from £2,430 €2,016 $2,159

Explore the austere and palatial pyramids of ancient Mayan civilisations, discover colonial cities, isolated Haciendas and unwind on beaches lapped by the …

The Cenote Tour
Tours in Mexico

14 Nights from £2,430 €2,016 $2,159

Full Itinerary Contact Specialist

Itinerary Summary

  1. Day 1 - Cancun

    Day 2-3 Valladolid

    Day 4-6 Merida 

  2. Day 7-8 - Uxmal & Campeche

  3. Day 9 - Chichen Itza

  4. Day 10-14 - Beach resort

    Day 15- Return home

The Ninos Mayas Tour - Holidays to Mexico

Mexico

Ninos Mayas Tour

13 Nights from £2,429 €2,014 $2,157

Experience the achievements of the ancient civilisation of the Mayas who built fortress cities with huge pyramids and were pioneers in the observation of t…

The Ninos Mayas Tour
Tours in Mexico

13 Nights from £2,429 €2,014 $2,157

Full Itinerary Contact Specialist

Itinerary Summary

  1. Day 1-2 - Cancun

    Day 3-4 - Chichen Itza

  2. Day 5-6 - Uxmal

  3. Days 7-9 - Merida

  4. Day 10-15 - Beach Resort

    Day 16 - Return home

The Coral Tour - Chaa Creek - Holidays to Belize

Belize

Coral Tour

12 Nights from £3,070 €2,784 $2,991

Home to dense tropical rainforest with rivers and shallow waterfalls, mountain pine ridge with fern undergrowth, Mayan sites and a large Barrier Reef with …

The Coral Tour
Tours in Belize

12 Nights from £3,070 €2,784 $2,991

Full Itinerary Contact Specialist

Itinerary Summary

  1. Day 1 - Flight to Miami (USA) & overnight

    Day 2 - Flight Belize & onto Chaa Creek, Macal River Valley

    Day 3-5 - At Leisure at Chaa Creek

  2. Day 6 - Transfer to Blancaneaux Lodge, Mountain Pine Ridge

    Day 7-8 - At leisure at Blancaneaux Lodge

  3. Day 9 - Transfer to Belize City, flight to Ambergris Caye

    Day 10-12 - Relax on your tropical island

    Day 13 - Flight to Belize City, Flight to Miami, Flight home

    Day 14 - Arrive home

The Ambos Mundos Tour - Holidays to Landmark Tours

Landmark Tours

Ambos Mundos Tour

12 Nights from £3,315 €3,078 $3,309

The proud, defiant traditions of Cuba contrast with impressive Mayan pyramids of the Yucatan, both sharing similar Spanish colonial heritage but very diffe…

The Ambos Mundos Tour
Tours in Landmark Tours

12 Nights from £3,315 €3,078 $3,309

Full Itinerary Contact Specialist

Itinerary Summary

  1. Day 1 - Travel to Havana

    Day 2 - Havana city tour

    Day 3 - Havana at leisure 

    Day 4 - Vinales

    Day 5 - Havana at leisure

  2. Days 6-7 - Yucatan

  3. Days 8-9 - Chichén Itzá

  4. Days 10-13 - Leisure in Playa del Carmen

The Aurora Tour - Holidays to Landmark Tours

Landmark Tours

Aurora Tour

14 Nights from £2,971 €2,665 $2,862

Visit colourful markets with beautiful weavings in towns with typical colonial architecture, impressive Mayan pyramids in dense rainforest and unwind in th…

The Aurora Tour
Tours in Landmark Tours

14 Nights from £2,971 €2,665 $2,862

Full Itinerary Contact Specialist

Itinerary Summary

  1. Day 1 - Flight to Antigua

    Day 2 - Antigua City Tour

  2. Day 3 - Transfer to Chichicastenango

    Day 4 - Sunday market at Chichicastenango

  3. Day 5 - Boat trip Lake Atitlán. Transfer to Santiago de Atitlan.

    Day 6 - Return to Antigua

  4. Day 7 - Day at leisure in Antigua

  5. Day 8 - Fly from Guatemala City. Visit to Tikal temples

  6. Day 9 - Flight to Belize

    Day 10-11 - At Leisure in Chaa Creek

  7. Day 12 - Transfer to Belize city

    Day 13 - At Leisure at Ambergris Caye island

    Day 14 - Hol Chan Marine Park

    Day 15 - Return to Belize City and fly home

    Day 16 - Arrive home

The Colombus Tour - Manuel Antonio National Park - Holidays to Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Colombus Tour

14 Nights from £3,538 €3,345 $3,599

Explore a wide variety of National Parks with diverse vegetation and habitats, beautiful landscapes and ideal for birdwatching. Admire an active volcano, f…

The Colombus Tour
Tours in Costa Rica

14 Nights from £3,538 €3,345 $3,599

Full Itinerary Contact Specialist

Itinerary Summary

  1. Day 1 - Departure from UK

    Day 2 - Poas Volcano

  2. Day 3-4 - El Silencio Lodge

  3. Day 5-7 - Arenal National Park

  4. Day 8-10 - Manuel Antonio National Park

  5. Days 11-13 - Pacific Coast to the Osa Peninsula

  6. Days 14-15 - San Jose

Travel
Enquiries

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.

Speak to a Specialist

020 8762 0616 [email protected]

Travel in Confidence

  • Free Proposal Itinerary
  • 100% Customisable Tour
  • Specialist Advice & Inspiration
  • First-hand Knowledge
  • Expert Travel Consultants
  • Excellent Service & Support

Contact an Advisor

Please be a descriptive as possible
Where would you like to go on your trip?
How many people will be travelling?
When would you like to depart on your trip?
How long would you like to be away for?
Receive information about travel to Latin America by email
Would you like us to send you a copy of our brochure?