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Panama, San Blas, Isla Diablo, beach
Isla Diablo is a low key island of San Blas archipelago in Panama. Iconic two palms over water may not live up to your arrival, but all the beauty will wait for you. In San Blas, there are 365 islands, - many like in the picture. Hurry up, while this place is not built with hotels and cruise ships terminals. The idyll will not last forever. / read more » /
Rating: 9.0 (64 votes)

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Costa Rica, Punta Uva beach, rocks
Punta Uva - the best beach in Costa Rica. The most beautiful part of the beach is sometimes called Playa Arrecife, and is located just behind the cape to the north-east of the official Punta Uva beach. Ironically, this "secret" part of the coast is not marked as a beach on many maps, so it is easy to miss it. Look for Arrecife Restaurante to avoid confusion. By car you should drive on the highway # 256 from Puerto Viejo town to the bus stop located just before Korrigan Lodge hotel. At the bus stop, turn left onto a secondary road. / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (158 votes)
Nicaragua, Little Corn Island, Cocal beach, view from Casa Iguana Hotel bar
Cocal (Little Corn Beach) is the best beach in Nicaragua, located in the east of Little Corn Island in the Caribbean. Local landscapes with palm trees are the canonical tropical dream. / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (62 votes)
Panama, San Blas, Isla Chichime, beach
Isla Chichime is the most popular island in the archipelago of San Blas, Panama. This is a perfect tropical paradise with palms over water, white sand, clear water and excellent snorkelling on the house reef. And after all of that, you may communicate with the locals, which are quite remarkable Kuna people. / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (40 votes)
Mexico, La Paz, Playa Balandra beach
Playa Balandra is a huge shallow lagoon with calm and warm water in Mexico. There are several beaches within one bay, so you can always find a place being secluded enough. The only amenities are kayaks rental, as well as snorkeling near the rocks. There are no cafes, nor shops with any king of food, so you should take everything with you. During the weekend, there are no free tiki huts, but you may bring your own parasol. / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (1 vote)
Belize, Lighthouse Reef, Great Blue Hole, ship
Great Blue Hole - is one of the best dive spots in the World. It is located in Lighthouse Reef islands in Belize. Experienced divers can dive into the deep and swim with sharks, which are usually chilling here in the cool water. / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (45 votes)
Honduras, Utila, Water Cay, beach
Water Cay is a beach in the Utila island of Honduras, located on one of the tiny islands to the south-west of the main Utila island. Unlike most rocky beaches of the Utila there is an excellent sandbank, where people traditionally drink beer sitting in the water. Those beer hangouts are the key feature of the Water Cay being mandatory for all kinds of tourists. / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (131 votes)
Panama, Bocas Del Toro, Colon island, Starfish beach, in the water
Starfish (Playa Estrella) - the best beach in Bocas del Toro islands in Panama. Located near the Boca del Drago beach. Starfishes can often be found here. / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (432 votes)
Belize, Palencia, Maya Beach
Palencia beach - is a peninsula in southern Belize with the best beaches in the country. There are three main areas (from north to south) - Maya Beach, Seine Bight and Placencia Village. Nim Li Punit mayan ruins and the Great Barrier Reef are located relatively close to the beach. / read more » /
Rating: 8.6 (101 votes)
Belize, Lighthouse Reef, Half Moon Caye island, white sand
Half Moon Caye - is a small island in the south-east of Lighthouse Reef atoll in Belize. You may swim and sunbathe here, as well as observe the life of birds and turtles. Due to the relative remoteness from the mainland there are usually no many people here. / read more » /
Rating: 8.6 (27 votes)
Mexico, Tulum beach, Mayan ruins
Tulum - the best beach in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. Only here you have a unique opportunity to swim in the sea near the ancient port of Maya. There are also great Caribbean beaches unspoiled by mass development, located just to the south of Maya ruins. / read more » /
Rating: 8.6 (86 votes)
Panama, San Blas, Isla Perro, Barco Hundido shipwreck
Isla Perro (Gunboat island) is an island in the group of San Blas, famous for Barco Hundido shipwreck. So in addition to usual snorkelling on the house reef, it is also possible to make a "historical" research, - and all of that right by the gorgeous beach with white sand and palm trees. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (26 votes)
Panama, San Blas, Kuanidup island, beach
Kuanidup (Guanidub) is a small island near Carti port in the group of San Blas, Panama. This is iconic low key resort with excellent beach. There are no many palms, but these are very picturesque, while the sand is perfectly white. On the other hand, areas without sand have great snorkeling. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (20 votes)
Mexico, Akumal beach, palm trees
Akumal - beach town in Mexico on the Caribbean coast. The main attraction here is a superb palm beach. Keep in mind that ​​Akumal tourist area includes several areas that differ greatly from each other (from north to south): Half Moon Bay, Akumal Bay, Jade Bay, South Akumal, Aventuras Akumal. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (95 votes)
Panama, San Blas, Cayos Limones, Isla Pelicano
Isla Pelicano is a tiny island in the style of Robinson Crusoe, located in San Blas archipelago of Panama. There are no hotels, but there is a kiosk selling food and water. Sometimes there is a lot of garbage, but it is a common problem for many uninhabited islands, - today ocean will bring some trash to the beach, but tomorrow it will be washed away. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (26 votes)
Honduras, Roatan, West Bay, Tabyana Beach
West Bay is the best beach in the Roatan island of Honduras. Shoreline is beautiful, while the home reef has excellent snorkeling. When cruise ships are in town, the beach becomes overcrowded. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (71 votes)
Nicaragua, Cayos Perlas beach
Cayos Perlas is a group of small islands near the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua. This is little-known and remote place with excellent postcard beaches - with palms hanging over water, white sand and almost no tourists. In many places there is the algae in the water, but globally it is not a problem. Some islands are made private by illegal owners, but your guide will give detailed information on where it is better to stay. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (20 votes)
Belize, Palencia, Laughing Bird beach, palm
Laughing Bird - is the only beach suitable for swimming on Laughing Bird Caye island. It's located where boats comes to the shore. The rest the beach is pressed coral chips, while seabed is rocky with seagrass. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (14 votes)
Belize, Ambergris Caye, Tranquility Bay beach, boat
Tranquility Bay - is the best beach in the island of Ambergris Caye in Belize. Without seagrass in the water, it would be the best beach in the Caribbean. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (43 votes)
Mexico, Isla Mujeres island, Playa Norte beach, aerial view
Playa Norte - beach in the north of Isla Mujeres. Since this is the only beach on the island suitable for swimming, there are always a lot of people. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (717 votes)
Mexico, Mahahual, Maya Chan beach
Maya Chan is a private beach on the Caribbean coast of Mexico, focused on tourists from cruise ships arriving at the port of Costa Maya. Daily amount of tourists is limited by the administration, so it never becomes overcrowded here. The place is beautiful and with excellent service. Unfortunately, there are usually a lot of algae in the water, but it doesn't spoil positive feeling. / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (10 votes)
Panama, San Blas, Isla Iguana, beach
Isla Iguana is a small island in the south of San Blas archipelago in Panama. There is a nice beach with palms, but it is rather mediocre in comparison with some other islands of San Blas. There is an excellent snorkeling on the home reef. / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (15 votes)
Mexico, Cozumel island, Passion Island beach
Passion Island (Isla de Pasion) - small beach island in the north of Cozumel island. The beach here is much better than in the rest of Cozumel. / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (189 votes)
Costa Rica, Isla Tortuga, Playa de Isla Tortuga beach, view from top
Playa de Isla Tortuga - the best and the only beach of Tortuga island in the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. This is a purely tourist attraction. Every morning boats come with crowds and every evening go away back. Anyway, it is worth to visit once, as the local landscapes are beautiful. / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (97 votes)
Honduras, Roatan, West End beach
West End is a popular beach on the island of Roatan in Honduras. There is cozy low key atmosphere unlike the neighboring West Bay beach. And it's almost same beautiful, except for the ugly water houses. In the northern part of West End we may note perfect Half Moon Bay beach located in an enclosed bay. / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (13 votes)
Costa Rica, Playa Carrillo beach, view from road
Playa Carrillo - one of the best beaches on the entire Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Palm groves along the beach are great, but dark sand spoils the impression. However, someone may like it. / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (19 votes)
Guatemala, Rio Dulce, Playa Blanca beach, palm
Playa Blanca is the best beach in Rio Dulce in Guatemala. The beach itself is quite ordinary. Much more interesting is the region of Rio Dulce. This is the most famous yacht spot in the Caribbean, as it's the safest place during the hurricane season. As a consequence, Rio Dulce is the best place in the World to buy a used yacht up to $30K. / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (255 votes)
Honduras, Roatan, Camp Bay beach
Camp Bay is a beach in the north-east of the Roatan island in Honduras. It is the best of the "secret" beaches, unknown for the most of cruise tourists. There are palms and trees, white soft sand, clear azure water, and a couple of cozy bars. / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (486 votes)
Panama, San Blas, Turtles island, beach
Turtles island (Isla Tortuga) is a BBQ island in the archipelago of San Blas, Panama. There are no hotels, so all of the tourists get here on a daily basis. It may happen, that you will be the only guest here. And all of this for $2 a day charged by local Kuna Indians. This is a good price to make a lot of photos in a perfect tropical paradise and to see people of pre-Columbian nation. / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (43 votes)
Panama, Bocas Del Toro, Zapatilla beach, boat
Zapatilla - two small islands with great beaches in Bocas del Toro archipelago in Panama. / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (16 votes)
Honduras, Guanaja, Graham's Cay beach
Graham's Cay is an islet with the best beach around the Guanaja island in Honduras. It has a perfect tropical beach, as well as a great choice of water activities including diving and parasailing. / read more » /
Rating: 8.3 (27 votes)
Panama, San Blas, El Porvenir, palm beach
El Porvenir is the main island of San Blas archipelago in Panama. There are hotels and even regional airport. Despite the nice beach, for most tourists El Porvenir is only the entry point to the islands of San Blas. / read more » /
Rating: 8.3 (9 votes)
Honduras, Cayos Cochinos, Cayo Chachahuate beach
Cayo Chachahuate is the most popular beach on the Cayos Cochinos islands. It's located on an islet - not far from the two main islands of the archipelago. In fact, this is a fishing village with palm trees and white sand. Many tourists come here as a day trip from Roatan or from La Ceiba. / read more » /
Rating: 8.2 (107 votes)
Nicaragua, Big Corn Island, Long Bay beach
Long Bay is a beach in Big Corn Island in Nicaragua. The beach is nice, though not the best one. / read more » /
Rating: 8.2 (82 votes)
Belize, Turneffe, Turneffe Flats beach
Turneffe Flats - is a hotel in the north-east of Turneffe atoll in Belize. Though the beach is the best in the islands of Turneffe, in general it's not perfect. There is a lot of seagrass in the water, and most of seabed is not comfortable for swimming. / read more » /
Rating: 8.2 (8 votes)
Belize, Caye Caulker, The Split beach, clear water
The Split - is the most popular beach in Caye Caulker island in Belize. The main attraction here is rasta Lazy Lizard Bar. / read more » /
Rating: 8.2 (80 votes)
Costa Rica, Puerto Vargas beach, white sand
Puerto Vargas - beach in Cahuita national park in the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Keep in mind that there are two quite different beaches in park. First, you'll get to rather mediocre beach called Playa Blanca. Most people stay here and feel happy. However, we recommend not to be lazy and walk to a much more elegant Puerto Vargas beach, located in the south-eastern part of the park. Ask locals for direction. / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (161 votes)
Belize, Ambergris Caye, X'Tan Ha beach, hut
X'Tan Ha - is a hotel beach in Ambergris Caye island in Belize. Unlike most of other beaches on the island there is no problem of seagrass in the water. / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (34 votes)
Honduras, Roatan, Mahogany Bay beach
Mahogany Bay is a beach near the cruise terminal at Roatan island in Honduras. It's overcrowded, when cruise ships are in port. The rest of time nobody needs this beach, because there are more interesting places on the west of the island. / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (195 votes)
Mexico, Playa del Carmen beach
Playa del Carmen - young beach resort, which looks better then overdeveloped Cancun in most aspects. However, some people think that Playa looks somewhat provincial in comparison to Cancun. Perhaps so, but the actual beach vacation here is more cozy and more cheap. / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (125 votes)
Belize, Ambergris Caye, San Pedro beach, bicycles
San Pedro - is the only town in Ambergris Caye island in Belize. There are lots of piers on the shore, and lots of seagrass in the water. However, if you walk a little to the left/right you can always find a good piece of the beach or maybe hotel beach (it will be free for you). / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (33 votes)
Belize, Turneffe, Turneffe Island Resort beach, aerial view
Turneffe Island Resort - is a hotel in the south of Turneffe atoll in Belize. In general, the beach is quite good. However, it's far from the best, even by the standards of Belize. / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (10 votes)
Mexico, Yelapa beach
Yelapa is a laid back beach being one of the best on the Pacific coast of Mexico. Many years ago it was just a fishing village with an excellent beach. As for now this place became popular and even gets some passengers of cruise ships. However, it is still a cozy village without crowds of tourists. / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (16 votes)
Honduras, Utila, Chepe's beach
Chepe's is the best beach on the Big Island of Utila group in Honduras. Not to be confused with a private Bandu beach, located nearby. Both beaches are sandy with clear water, trees and occasional palms. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (14 votes)
Belize, Hopkins beach, view from water
Hopkins - is a beautiful beach in Belize, which began to destroy from April 2015 due to the barbaric actions of Hopkins Bay Resort after they established a groyne (breakwater) to build their private beach. As a result, the rest of the coast suffers from a strong erosion. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (56 votes)
Guatemala, Puerto Barrios, Punta de Palma beach, boat
Punta de Palma - is a beach on the Caribbean coast of Guatemala near Puerto Barrios town. The beach is beautiful with many palms hanging over the water, but somehow not very cozy. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (252 votes)
Costa Rica, Playa Samara beach, white sand
Playa Samara - nice beach in the west of Costa Rica. There are a lot of palm trees, nice dark sand and funny youth. Please also pay attention to the nearby Playa Carrillo beach, which is probably even better. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (40 votes)
Panama, San Blas, Isla Aguja, beach
Isla Aguja is a private island in the group of San Blas, Panama. Many people choose it, because it is located near the mainland. However, you should understand that, if you spend extra half an hour on a boat journey, you will get much more beautiful islands. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (5 votes)
Mexico, Sayulita beach
Sayulita is a popular surfer beach to the north of Puerto Vallarta in Mexico. The beach is good, but slightly overcrowded. To the west, there is a more secluded Playa de los Muertos, and more to the west there is an exclusive resort with a private beach called Playa Escondida. Anyway, there is always a positive atmosphere with funny international crowd. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (26 votes)
Mexico, El Anclote beach
El Anclote is a public beach in Putna Mita, Mexico. There is an excellent choice of cafes and restaurants, while the beach is beautiful - with white sand and calm water, that can rarely be met on the Pacific coast. Areas with pebbles can also be found ashore. In general, this is a great place for a family holiday with children. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (4 votes)
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