And the Winner Is…

5 04 2008

Posted by: Chris and Laura

We have decided to put our Central America (and Mexico) highlights in one list. We have just spent 3 months researching your next vacation.  Central America is actually much easier to get to than you think (If you´re one of our readers in the South, it took us 3.5 hours of flying to get from Mississippi to Mexico and it´s cheaper than flying to California).

THE BEST OF CENTRAL AMERICA AND MEXICO

Best Beach: Tulum, Mexico. Beautiful white sand, turquoise water, Mayan ruins, what more could you want.

Best City: Antigua, Guatemala. Maybe we´re biased because we spent four weeks here, but it´s a beautiful colonial city with cobblestone streets, great restaurants, and a volcano.

Best Coffee: Fernando´s Café in Antigua, Guatemala. Best coffee period.

Best Local Food: Ceviche in Puerto Escondido, Mexico. Alissa, you have to go there.

Best Meal: Casa Vecchia in Antigua, Guatemala. An Italian restaurant with the most amazing Gnocchi and Tirimisu we have ever eaten.

Friendliest Country: El Salvador. You make friends every time you get lost.

Best Journey: Corcovado, Costa Rica. Butterflies the size of birds, spiders as big as your hand, and dragonflies as big as your head. Not to mention Monkeys, Anteaters, Mccaws, Tapirs, Coatis. I didn´t even know what a tapir or coati was until I saw them in the jungle.

Best Market: San Cristobal, Mexico. In this mountain town you can find spices, jewelry, leather goods, and other textiles.

Best Museum: Anthropology Museum in Mexico City, Mexico. Everything Mel Gibson should have studied before he made the movie Apocolypto and had the Mayans meeting the Spanish.

Best Mayan Ruins: Palenque, Mexico. Spend the night in a bungalow in the jungle, then hike to Temple of Inscriptions.

Best Place You´ve Never Heard Of: Playa Zonte, El Salvador. Due to the lack of tourism to the country you get your own private black sand beaches, and good surfing.

And, these wouldn´t be the best if there also weren´t the worst of…

Worst Beach: Playa Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Go to Florida.

Worst Boarder Crossing: Northern Belize. One day a year they have tax free shopping. Don´t try to cross on that day. You´ll stand in a mob of people for 2 hours with a heavy backpack.

Worst Town: Chichicastenango, Guatemala. Our guidebook described it as a quaint town nestled in the mountains. They lied.

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