10 Fascinating Central American Beaches


Every time I think of the beaches of Central America, sugar soft white sands, ocean waters and swaying palm trees come to my mind. In fact, this is a very typical image, especially on the Caribbean coast, but Central American beaches, including Pacific coast beaches, also throw up rough surf breaks and vast swathes of black sand. Take a look at a list of most fascinating beaches of Central America.

1. Maya Beach, Belize

One of the great beach towns in Belize, Placencia offers one of the most beautiful beaches in the country. There’s some development here, but there are no main sprawling resorts. Maya Beach is on a strip between the Caribbean Sea and the Placencia Lagoon, the sand is cashmere soft and the water is clear and blue. If you are looking for the beaches of Central America and you like the idea of Belize, then Maya Beach will be the best choice!

2. Playa Balandra, Mexico

As you know, Mexico boasts the most beautiful beaches in the world. With more than 450 beaches spread between the Caribbean and Pacific coasts, it’s difficult to choose the best one. Surrounded by mountains, Playa Balandra in La Paz boasts the warm water and the fine and soft sand. What I like the most is that you can walk out into the turquoise blue water for pretty long distance.

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3. Trujillo, Honduras

The Pacific coast of Honduras boasts a lot of beautiful beaches, but they are windswept and with huge surf. While the fabulous beaches of the Bay Islands are among the best beaches of Central America, the beaches of Honduras’ Caribbean coast are really amazing! If you appreciate the relaxed, calm and laid-back lifestyle Trujillo is perfect, of course, if you do not mind the three hour bus ride to reach it.

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4. Hawaii Beach, Guatemala

Hawaii Beach is one of the most famous black sand beaches of Guatemala. Along with neighbor Monterrico, it’s located in a nature reserve area, and there’s an animal sanctuary nearby that focuses mainly on the turtle conservation. Although most places in Guatemala are being developed to draw more tourists, Hawaii has a focus on ecotourism. It’s a perfect place to relax and simply enjoy your life.

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5. Punta Chame, Panama

The wonderful Punta Chame is one of Central America’s best kept secrets. Situated on a peninsula approximately 90 minutes from Panama City, it’s the dreadful road leading to the beach that, probably, keeps it from being the perfect place for most tourists. Considering the distance from the city and its beauty, this is certainly a beach to be savored.

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6. Playa Gigante, Nicaragua

Another fascinating beach of Central America, Playa Gigante is a crescent-shaped beach on the southern Pacific coast of Nicaragua. Playa Gigante and its waters support a tiny fishing community and the local residents are happy to serve up fresh fish from several shacks on the sand. If you like spectacular sunsets, you will definitely love the tranquility of Playa Gigante.

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7. Playa Manzanillo, Columbia

Perhaps, you read it as Colombia, right? Colombia is South America, but not Central America. Columbia has 2 islands in the Caribbean Sea – Isla de Providencia and Isla de San Andrés. Devoid of almost all development, Playa Manzanillo is usually deserted, making it an ideal place to just relax and forget about all your problems and troubles.

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8. Playa San Diego, El Salvador

This is actually one of my favorite Central American beaches! The Pacific coastline of El Salvador boasts a wonderful mix of shimmering white sand beaches and glittering black sand beaches. There are many beaches for surfing, but if you want the waves to be calmer and gentler so that you can easily swim after sunbathing in your own private patch of soft sand, Playa San Diego is right for you!

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9. Playa Cocalito, Costa Rica

Having some of the best beach destinations in Central America, Costa Rica is blessed with a great array of awesome beaches on both coasts. Whether you choose the Pacific or Caribbean coasts, you will get a real castaway type experience. Playa Cocalito is one of the most fascinating Central American beaches that worth visiting. You will have to walk through an amazing jungle trail and a suspension bridge, surrounded by parrots and monkeys, to reach the soft sand fringed by beautiful swaying palm trees.

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10. Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

One of the most popular Costa Rica beaches, Manuel Antonio retains its charms despite mushrooming hotels and burgeoning crowds. The beaches particularly those inside the national park are stunning, and the views from the hills are breathtaking. Rooms with the spectacular views tend to be a bit pricey, but they are worth it!

These beaches are stunning, aren’t they? What are your favorite beaches in Central America? Please comment below!