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Central America Ocean Cruises are an ideal tourist and vacation destination for fun lovers. You will discover some truly amazing clusters of idyllic islands in Central America, each with its own traditions, culture, and rich history. Enjoy a spectacular trip as you are set for an unforgettable experience cruising around the Central American Ocean. Read this travel guide to learn more about Central America Ocean Cruises. With cruise line volume buys plus our low everyday prices you can save up to 80% versus the brochure price! Book your Central America cruise today with AffordableTours.com, your discounted cruise headquarters.

Central America Travel Guide

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Central America Travel Guide

Central America Cruises Highlights

  • Take a trip to the Panama Canal, one of the seven wonders of the modern world.
  • You get to see Spanish colonial architecture and historical places in Cartagena.
  • Take a trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site - Antigua.
  • Visit the Mayan archaeological ruins.
  • Nature lovers will love the Corcovado National Park, a huge conservation area in Costa Rica.
  • Hike into the jungle and see rare creatures like the pumas and tapirs.
  • Experience Old World culture 
  • Explore the unrivalled natural beauty and wildlife

Central America Cruises Travel Tips

  • Exercise vigilance and take safety precautions like you would in any city.
  • Keep your valuables safe, don't stay out alone at night, and take a safe transport mode.
  • Avoid excursions that are not suitable for your physical and health condition — for instance, don't take long hikes if you have a heart diagnosis.
  • Take along a phone with GPS tracking devices to know your location and where you are heading.
  • In case of emergencies, have emergency contacts on your phone and have it written down too.
  • Dress modestly and keep flashy accessories to a minimum.
  • The best time to visit depends on what you intend to experience. Ideally, March and April are great for those that want to dive with the whale sharks in Belize.
  • There are two seasons: the dry season (December - April) and the green season (May - November); choose carefully.
  • The temperature doesn't fluctuate much during the year. So, you can travel in any season you desire.

Central America Cruises Things To Do

  • The Panama Canal (Panama)
    The Panama Canal (Panama)

    Situated in-between the Pacific and the Atlantic Ocean, the Panama Canal plays a vital role in the country's economy. Take a trip to the locks, cross the canal, and behold the beauty of this construction site. The Panama Canal was arguably the most complex engineering feat in the 20th century.

    Best Time To Visit

    Take a visit to the Panama Canal between November to April. However, the best time for this attraction depends on how you plan to spend your time.

    You Should Know

    It's a seafarer's shortcut: ships traveling between New York and San Francisco can cut short their journey by 7,872 miles. It is a safe route for ships as they avoid sailing into the dangerous waters of Cape Horn in South America. It features a legendary and impressive lock system with the lock and dam constructed with 4.5 million cubic yards of concrete. Lots of lives were lost while constructing the canal. Over 5000 on-site workers died between 1904-1913, while 20,000 workers died while the french were trying to build it during the 19th century. It was officially handed over to the control of Panama in 1999.

  • The Bahía Marine National Park (Cortez Sea - Mexico)
    The Bahía Marine National Park (Cortez Sea - Mexico)

    This marine park was created in 1996 in the middle of the Cortez sea. You will get to see various fascinating landscapes such as mangroves, rocky shores, and cliffs. You will also see Montserrat Island, with its white sandy beaches, bright green colored waters, and Punta Agua Verde rock formation in this marine park. 

    Best Time To Visit

    Between August to October remains the best time for the Bahía Marine National Park. It is the driest time, which makes it an ideal time to visit.

    You Should Know

    The Cortez sea has some of the highest biodiversity on the planet. It serves as home to over 5,000 macro-invertebrate species. Bird lovers will enjoy this beautiful scenery as it is a bird watcher's paradise. It is a vital area for bird breeding, migration, and refuge.

  • Chichén Itzá and the cenotes of Yucatán (Mexico)
    Chichén Itzá and the cenotes of Yucatán (Mexico)

    This site is touted as the world's most famous and preserved Mayan site. You will get to see the sacred cenote, pyramid-shaped Castillo, observatory, and temples. All these with other amazing sites make the Chichén Itzá and the cenotes of Yucatán a fantastic place to visit.

    Best Time To Visit

    Considering the weather and how it will favor your trip, you may consider between November to March as the best months to go.

    You Should Know

    It has a depth of 30 meters diameter of 65 meters and was once used in human sacrifice ceremonies. Chichen Itza comes from two other Latin American "wonders" (Machu Picchu and Cristo Redentor) as a very highly rated wonder site. It features a naturally occurring phenomenon known as "cenotes," which means freshwater sinkholes.

  • The Blue Hole (Belize)
    The Blue Hole (Belize)

    The Blue Hole is a site you need to add to your Central America Ocean Cruise itinerary. It is located in Belize and with a massive 300 meters diameter and 124 meters depth. One of the highly sought-out diving spots in Central America.

    Best Time To Visit

    January to May is the ideal time to pay a visit to The Blue Hole. The reason for this choice of month is because of the impending rain in other months.

    You Should Know

    It is a massive underwater sinkhole situated off the Belize coast and lies close to the center of Lighthouse Reef. The Blue Hole consists of giant stalactites, columns, and dripstone sheets, which were believed to be formed during glacial periods. The Blue Hole Monument is ranked among the seven wonders of Belize's World Heritage site. According to The Discovery Channel, The Blue Hole is listed among the 10 Most Amazing Places on Earth.

  • Manuel Antonio National Park (Costa Rica)
    Manuel Antonio National Park (Costa Rica)

    Manuel Antonio National Park is located on the Pacific coast, closer to the ocean. Its length spans over 700 hectares of primary and secondary forest. In this park, you will enjoy lovely scenes of animals living and moving about in tranquility. 

    Best Time To Visit

    December to March are the best months to visit the Manuel Antonio National Park; this is the dry season. The month of September is the wettest season and should be avoided at all costs.

    You Should Know

    Come along with your food and water as you won't get such a service in the park. This park is close to the equator, so the sun is strong. It will be best to put on light-colored clothing. The park also has a beachside, so you can prepare for the beach while you visit.

  • Pura Vida Gardens (Costa Rica)
    Pura Vida Gardens (Costa Rica)

    The Pura Vida Gardens is dubbed as the most beautiful in Central America by the Tropical Sierra Foundation. A visit to this garden will expose you to a lot of Costa Rica's flora and fauna. From there, you can stroll to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Pacific Ocean.

    Best Time To Visit

    You can visit this attraction every day of the week from 8 am to 5 pm. Also, your schedule determines your month of a visit while targeting the dryer season of the year.

    You Should Know

    The botanical garden consists of thousands of flowers and several orchid varieties, both domestic and foreign, and has the tallest waterfall in South America. The waterfall is about 600 ft, which is an amazing site to view. It has a spectacular sunset.

  • Tazumal (El Salvador)
    Tazumal (El Salvador)

    El Salvador is renowned as a destination full of secrets, and true to this claim, you will soon find out when you visit. The Tazumal archaeological site has 5000 BC ruins in its site, which tells the story of Maya civilization.

    Best Time To Visit

    There is no right time to visit this attraction; it's solely based on your trip schedule. But we do advise you don't choose the heavy rainy season.

    You Should Know

    Formally, Tazumal was researched in 1940 by Stanley Boggs (archaeologist), where he identified 13 structures. This is an exciting site for archeology lovers as it tells a lot about pre-Hispanic cultures.

  • Fortress of San Fernando de Omoa's (Honduras)
    Fortress of San Fernando de Omoa's (Honduras)

    This tourist site was constructed between 1752 and 1775 to act as a guard for the Honduran coast to protect the shipment of silver ore Caribbean pirates. Presently, the fortress serves as one of Honduras' most historic monuments.

    Best Time To Visit

    Any time of the year is okay to visit this attraction; it's solely based on your trip schedule. But we do advise you don't choose the heavy rainy season.

    You Should Know

    The San Fernando de Omoa's Fortress has a rich history of war and conquest and was declared a national monument in 1959.

Central America Cruises When To Visit

Quick Facts

Typically, the best time to take a Central America Cruise is during the dry season though you should also consider that its tropical terrain emits heat, humidity, and heavy rain. The peak season for cruise ships is between February to April, when the ships frequent the Panama canal ports, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Honduras. With your ocean cruise potentially spread across various Central American countries, you will want to do adequate research before proceeding on your proposed trip. You need to know your itinerary and the expected weather condition of the area you intend to visit. This will enable you to plan and know when it is suitable to visit because some sites are not advisable to visit at some times of the year. Plan your holiday outside of designated holidays to get the best deal to hike with a lower crowd. Custom-made holidays are ideal as it will you off the beaten track during these times. Lastly, spend time planning your trip and enjoy every bit of your cruise around the Central America Ocean. Bon Voyage!

Note: If you are on a budget and don't want to exceed your budget, it will be best to avoid visiting central America from late November to April because the prices get increased this period. You can hike in most of Central America's highland regardless of the season, but the annual temperature in the mountain areas could dip as low as 20 degrees from 32 degrees.

  • Dry Season - November to April & January to March - Best Season

    In most Central American countries, their dry season is usually around January to March, while it is November to April in Panama, Nicaragua, and Honduras. In Nicaragua, rain usually falls for an hour in the afternoon, while December to April is very dry in Costa Rica.   On the other hand, Mexico is vast compared to the countries earlier mentioned; therefore, the weather too is very unpredictable. November ending to April is dry in the coastal areas while it snows from December to February in the northern mountainous regions. Usually, the dry season in Mexico is between January, February, and March (or November-April in Panama, Nicaragua, and Honduras).

Central America Cruises Frequently Asked Questions

Where can you visit?

During this trip, you will be able to visit countries with beautiful coastal beaches. This cruise presents you with the opportunity to explore numerous inland jungles and their unique environment. When on this cruise, you will also enjoy visiting beautiful cities, towns, and villages, filled with historical details that are relevant and interesting to know. The exciting cruise will help you behold beautiful sights that will help make your tour enjoyable. 

How will the cruise be designed?

The answer to the format the cruise will take depends on the itinerary you are choosing. With the right itinerary, you can enjoy your trip without missing anything interesting when on tour. You can pick itineraries designed as part of the Caribbean cruises, which will allow you to explore numerous ports in locations like Panama, Honduras, Costa Rica, etc. Expert traveler agents or websites can help you select the best travel itinerary that will include all essential tourist destinations. 

What are the highlights of the central America ocean cruise?

This ocean cruise is organized to help you explore several rain-forest destinations. You will also explore rivers filled with various sea aquatic creatures, which are unique to Central America. You will also explore coral reefs with their magnificent local wildlife. The ocean cruise will expose you to the wonders of the local sites and historic sites. This cruise will also present you with the opportunity to enjoy snorkeling, riding horses around beaches, watching animals like dolphins live their life. 

How much does the Central American ocean cruise cost?

The cost often depends on the destination, the number of days you are planning to use, accommodation options, and transportation options. If the cruise takes around 8 to 10 days, you can expect to spend about $2500. This may be higher or lower, depending on the number of days and the factors highlighted above. 

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