Road trip in the Caribbean

Explore the 15 best travel destinations in Central America and the Caribbean Coast. Travel from Costa Rica to Colombia.
Distance: 2.750 KM // 6 weeks

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Road trip in the Caribbean

San Jose // Costa Rica

The capital city of Costa Rica, San José is not a pretty city, with ugly conglomerate of outdated commercial buildings, decrepit streets and crumbling sidewalks. It is a cosmopolitan city that can be categorized as something in between a modern North American metropolis and the standard Central American capital.

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Matapalo // Costa Rica

Matapalo is an escape from the typical tourist destination, off the beaten track, yet possessing all of the natural beauty of the Central Pacific. Those who enjoy enchanting beaches and great sunsets will be more than happy to divert it.

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Monteverde // Costa Rica

Monteverde and Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserves are in Central Pacific. Monteverde’s appeal centers around its scenery and nature. Many ecosystems exist in the numerous reserves.

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Poás Volcano // Costa Rica

Poás is one of Costa Rica´s most active volcanoes, and one of its most frequently visited and prominent ones. It contains a green acid crater lake and during some of its frequent phreatic eruptions, water from the lake is ejected like a geyser.

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Puerto Viejo // Costa Rica

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is a small coastal town in Caribbean Costa Rica in the province of Limón. It is popular with surfers and backpackers. This is an area where foreigners are buying and building. There are two gorgeous National Parks nearby – Cahuita and Manzanillo, and it rains more than on the Pacific side, which is why it is so lush and green with the rainforest coming down to the sea.

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Bocas del Toro // Panama

Bocas del Toro or Bocas Town is located on the northern Caribbean coast of Panama. Extending from the mainland cloud forest mountains to the tropical island chains, Bocas del Toro is considered Panama’s top travel destination. The archipelago has 9 main islands, 52 cays, and thousands of islets.

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Panamá City // Panama

Panama City is the capital of Panama. Panama City is a very multicultural place and the most cosmopolitan capital in Central America, with large populations from many different parts of the world. Spanish is spoken by most, and many speak some form of English.

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San Blas Islands // Panama

The islands of the San Blas Archipelago are strung out along the Caribbean coast of Panama from the Golfo de San Blas nearly all the way to the Colombian border. The San Blas Islands of Panama are an archipelago comprising approximately 365 islands and cays, of which only 49 are inhabited.

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Cartagena // Colombia

Cartagena is a city in Bolivar, Colombia. The city was the first Spanish colony on the American continent and one of the first sanctuaries of freed African slaves in the Americas. It is currently populated by an ethnic mix representative of Colombia’s own variety. Cartagena, located on Colombia’s northern coast and facing the Caribbean Sea, is the most visited city in the country by tourists.

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Santa Marta // Colombia

Santa Marta an important commercial port and tourist destination. Every day, there are cargo ships coming and going and the action is very much so visible. From the beach, the view of the Caribbean Sea is more or less to the west (beautiful sunsets) with a huge rock of an island jutting up out of the water to make a somewhat dramatic effect.

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Taganga // Colombia

Taganga is a small fishing village 5km north of Santa Marta at the Caribbean coast in Colombia. Taganga is a great and idyllic fishing village. Many tourists, local and international, visit this beautiful place every year. It has great charm and the surrounding attractions are plenty.

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Palomino // Colombia

Palomino is a town with a special character. The town itself is mainly a collection of houses near the main road. Here is where you can find the shops, bakeries, drugstores and restaurants in town. The real beauties of Palomino are the beaches, rivers and mountains. During your stay in Palomino, you may encounter indigenous people and local fishermen doing their daily work.

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Riohacha // Colombia

Riohacha is a city in Colombia. It is the capital of the department of La Guajira. It is located on the caribbean coast and the land behind the town is rather desertic. Riohacha is the entry point towards the peninsula of La Guajira, don’ miss it as it is still untouched by mass tourism.

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Cabo de la Vela // Colombia

Cabo de la Vela is a fisherman village in La Guajira. Cabo de La Vela remains off the beaten path for travelers who visit Colombia. This desert paradise is located in the La Guajira peninsula of Northern Colombia. It is a popular ecotourism destination of the Caribbean Region of Colombia.

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Punta Gallinas // Colombia

Punta Gallinas is the most northern point of Colombia and South America. Beautiful dunes, desert, exotic beaches and sacred indigenous cultures, it is considered one of the most exotic destinations in Colombia. It is inhabited mostly by indigenous Wayuu.

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Explore the 15 best travel destinations in Central and the Caribbean Coast. Travel from the beautiful Pacific Coast of Costa Rica to the idyllic Caribbean Coast of Colombia, through the cloud forests, Boca del Toro Islands, the San Blas Islands in Panama, Cartagena and visit the desert of La Guajira. Download Free Travel Guides of the itinerary.

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