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These Are The Top 3 Countries To Visit In Central America This Winter 

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As the cold weather creeps in, we’re all looking for a warm escape with plenty to do and price tags to match. Luckily for us, Americans are fortunate to be close to some of the best winter getaways, where the temps remain hot and cultures are thriving. 

Central America has so many remarkable destinations to visit, but these 3 countries are the best to visit this winter season if you want a slice of paradise. 

Tobacco Caye aerial in Belize barrier reef with boat

Costa Rica

As one of Central America’s leading destinations, Costa Rica is of course on the list. Known for its biodiverse landscapes, adventure activities, and scenery, it’s a nature-lovers playground. The country is filled with forests waiting to be explored and incredible beaches. 

Aside from ziplining over tall trees, diving, and beach-hopping, did you know Costa Rica is home to a unique attraction, voted by U.S. tourists as one of their favorites in Central America?

man taking photo in caribbean

Located on the Poas Volcano, The Hacienda Alsacia Starbucks Coffee Farm is a magical place to visit if you want to explore a different neighborhood and surround yourself with the smell of coffee beans and passionate people. 

We’ve covered activities, day trips, and landscapes, but what about the weather? Luckily, the best time of year to visit Costa Rica is during the winter, as it’s considered dry season! Which means warm days, ocean swims, and hopefully no rain.

view of belize city


A buzzing metropolis with all the pleasures of a beach getaway, Panama offers a little something for everyone. City vibes on one side and sweeping beaches on the other, it’s a top contender for best winter destinations in Central America.

Voted one of the best spots for digital nomads, this vibrant country has so much to offer! For solo travelers over the holidays, it’s incredibly easy to meet people here. 

White Yacht Off The Coast Of An Island In San Blas, Panama, Central America

If you’re planning to stop in Panama City during your stay, the well-developed public transportation system (the metro is actually a key highlight for most tourists!) makes it easy to get around and explore various neighborhoods too- and with the rainy season ending in November, there’s no excuse not to roam!

Aside from skylines, silky sands, and friendly faces, you know what else is a key selling point here? Prices! That’s right… Panama is one of the most affordable destinations for winter travel, and we’re all looking to save a little when traveling. 

beach at belize cayes


With Jetblue’s exciting announcement that they’re adding a direct route from JFK to BZE this December, jetting off to paradise has just become so much easier!

A tropical haven surrounded by crystal-blue waters, Belize is home to some of the most picturesque resorts you can imagine. The Cayo Espanto private island resort ensures guests have access to a slew of unique activities: from diving in the Great Blue Hole to helicopter tours from above.

Since the weather is in ideal form, why not get out and explore some of the many caves, ruins, and boat excursions this oasis has on offer? Belize is a showstopper when it comes to winter getaways… Have we convinced you to book your flight? 😉

toucans in the caribbean

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