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North or South.....

Nels

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  • Added on: May 18th, 2011
Hey Travelers!

I need and appreciate some help.... I have to make the oh so hard decision to either head North from Managua or South. I have 20 days left in my trip and no return ticket…. I could go anywhere and do anything! I know either way I go it will be awesome but I would appreciate the insight! Money is a moderate issue but time is of the essence!

Option #1- Guatemala to southern Belize, southern Belize up to Cancun, Isla Holbox then fly home
Option #2- - Osa Peninsula and Pavones in Costa Rica, Bocas Del Toro, Panama City, Fly out of Panama City
Option #3- Osa Peninsula and Pavones in Costa Rica, Bocas Del Toro, Puerto Viejo and Fly out of San Jose


Throw any other options my way or places to visit or stay in these areas!

Nels

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I vote for option #1, but with a stop in El Salvador and/or the Bay Islands in Honduras on the way through.

Costa Rica is expensive. Guatemala and Belize are amazing.

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Bideshi wrote:I vote for option #1, but with a stop in El Salvador and/or the Bay Islands in Honduras on the way through.

Costa Rica is expensive. Guatemala and Belize are amazing.


What he said however, with the exception of Caye Caulker, I was not impressed with Belize.
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I, on the other hand, loved Caye Caulker. But I was travelling with friends so it may be a whole different experience solo.
It's definitely a backpacker ghetto but just happens to be one I had a fantastic time in.

I haven't done the south option but I loved the what I saw of the north option;

Caye Caulker - even if only for the absolutely stunning snorkling and diving. Hol Chan! The Blue Hole!!
Orange Walk - the town is a bit of a hole but very local and there's a fantastic river trip to the ruins you can do if you're not ruined out already
Chetumel - not too bad at all for a border town
Tulum - fab little town, great beach, cenote diving and Coba ruins nearby (v authentic, not too theme-parked up. Plus, you can get a bus direct to Cancun aiport from here and not have to ever set foot in Cancun town. Big bonus!

My friends carried on south and raved and raved about Guatemala.
Also got good reports about Holbox and Isla Mujeres.

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Guatemala, Belize and Mexico. That's the way to go, in my view. All kinds of diverse places to see...Cancun isn't one of them, so I suggest just reaching there the day you want to fly, but that route is the best.
Good Luck Out There.

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  • Added on: May 19th, 2011
Thanks guys for the tips! I have already backpacked Belize and agree it was amazing! I think this may come down to a coin toss....

Cheers!



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