Category archives: Central America

Hotels we love: Florblanca Villas in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

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There comes the time when I've just had enough. Carrying at least one heavy backpack from one bus stop to the next, holding on to my valuables on a public bus, curling up on a super-thin dorm mattress trying to avoid leaving the safe (and clean) environment of my sleeping bag. Fighting for the last tablespoon in the hostel kitchen and ending up slurping 1-mi[...]

Surf'n'Sun: Costa Rica Surf Camp in Dominical

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Do you like trying out new things just as much as I do? Learning how to surf has always been a dream, so I naturally got super excited about our trip to the world famous surf paradise  Dominical in Costa Rica - a Travelette has been there before, read more here. To get the most out of it we decided to take part in a surf camp. A surf camp? - what's that? Her[...]

Colors of Curaçao

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Curaçao, long before popping on my radar as an actual place one could visit, had existed in my consciousness as a sweet blue liquor that we used to mix with orange juice in my teenage years and giggle over drinking green cocktails while listening to "Here comes the hotstepper" or whatever 90s dance track was chic at our local disco at the time. When not too [...]

Utila, Honduras - living the island life

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An island perched on the edge of the Mesoamerican barrier reef (the second largest reef system in the world), encircled by crystalline waters and with an exotic history peppered with pirates, gold and sunken treasure… So far, so very Caribbean. But Utila’s unique selling point in this region where ritz, glitz and cruise ships reign is that it embraces the ba[...]

The Travelettes Guide to Copán Ruinas, Honduras

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Parrots, sweets and cobbled streets… Oh, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring some of the most brilliantly preserved Ancient Mayan sculpture to be found anywhere in the world. The picturesque Honduran town of Copán Ruinas, lying nigh on the Guatemalan border, is a breath of crisp, fresh, river valley air. Peeling ourselves off the seats of our non air-[...]

Seaside perfection in Tela, Honduras

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Oh, we Travelettes do like to be beside the seaside! So when I booked my flights to Central America, visions of azure skies and lily-white sands sparkled before my eyes and all I could think about was making tracks straight to the Caribbean coast. A little bit of research turned up Tela – the nearest seaside spot to the airport. It looked to be just what the[...]

Backpacking in Dominical and Uvita, Costa Rica

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The area around the small towns of Dominical and Uvita, on the Pacific coast of southern Costa Rica, is one of my favorite places in the world. I’ve visited the region four separate times over the course of six years, and although through that period of time there has been many changes, the overall energy of the magical region remains untouched. More hotels [...]

Volcano Boarding: Extreme and Dusty

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We all know the excitement of the usual surfing, wakeboarding, tobogganing, dune surfing, sledging… you name it! Anything with a board on sand or water is guaranteed to look great and feel so fun! But have you heard of doing it on ash down the side of a live volcano? A volcano in Nicaragua in Central America called Cerro Negro? The world’s most active cinder[...]

The Parador: The Epitome of Jungle Luxury

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I spent my weekend surrounded by jungle. I saw a white faced capuchin during my morning walk. I ate lunch with an iguana beside me. I swam under a waterfall in the afternoon. I did yoga with tropical birds. I watched the sunset over the ocean as I ate dinner. The best part?  I didn't even leave my hotel. Travelettes, I have a terrible confession to make. Whe[...]