Popular Cities in Central America

Top cities in Central America, page 1, based on popularity among TravBuddy members.

San Jose #1 most popular location
Costa Rica’s clunky capital is often dismissed as a dirty necessity on route to the country’s more notable beaches and jungles. If you’re on a flying visit to Costa Rica on the whole, y…
202travelers 97reviews 81blogs
Panama City #2 most popular location
Panama’s capital is heavy on the international influences brought in by the canal, with the famous short cut also providing the city’s real must-see sight. Sitting by the locks and watchi…
221travelers 57reviews 58blogs
La Fortuna #3 most popular location
One of the most intimate mountain destinations for travelers seeking that extra-special something that sets the destination apart from the major tourist hubs is La Fortuna de San Carlos, othe…
8travelers 60reviews 50blogs
Manuel Antonio #4 most popular location
A beautiful village nestled in the rainforest on the pacific coast of Costa Rica. Relatively small, this village is accessed only through Quepos where you can either catch a bus in or drive. …
14travelers 43reviews 30blogs
Antigua #5 most popular location
Antigua, is classified as a city. However, its population of some 35,000 plus inhabitants, makes it more like a bustling old age town. Located in the central highlands of Guatemala, its alti…
57travelers 53reviews 89blogs
Jaco #6 most popular location
Jaco is a rapidly expanding town on the Pacific side of Costa Rica. Home to a large ex-pat community and a surfing culture. If you are looking for a quiet off-the-beaten-track time then Jaco …
14travelers 27reviews 20blogs
Monteverde #7 most popular location
The Monte Verde cloud forest reserve is a green island in the top of the mountain. Most of the mountain's Pacific side is deforested and used for cattle feed, but east side is generally prote…
13travelers 24reviews 43blogs
Antigua Guatemala #8 most popular location
Antigua, is classified as a city. However, its population of some 35,000 plus inhabitants, makes it more like a bustling old age town. Located in the central highlands of Guatemala, its altit…
8travelers 16reviews
Granada #9 most popular location
Granada is considered the oldest city in Central America, founded around 1524 and continuously inhabited. It has seen battles, wars, pirate attacks and attempted power grabs throughout centur…
25travelers 32reviews 55blogs
Tamarindo #10 most popular location
Tamarindo is a beaultiful location in the Guancaste region of Costa Rica. It has everything for the adventure traveler. Whether you are looking for a relaxing vacation on the beach, want to …
27travelers 21reviews 20blogs
San Pedro #11 most popular location
San Pedro is the core of Ambergris Caye, the larger and more populated of the Cayes in Belize . It is also the city with more tourist attractions, making it an important catalyst for all the …
16travelers 23reviews 2blogs
Puerto Viejo #12 most popular location
Puerto Viejo is a small town stretched on the Caribbean coastline of Costa Rica, close to the Panama boarder. The town is very popular by surfers and backpackers, and affordable hostels, rest…
18travelers 54reviews 33blogs
Guatemala City #13 most popular location
Guatemala City is the most modern city in Central America, providing the visitor, of numerous activities, such as modern and colonial sites, skyscrappers, museums, tours, colonial churches, n…
106travelers 22reviews 25blogs
San Juan del Sur #14 most popular location
San Juan del Sur is a coastal town in south western Nicaragua, approximately 40 mintues from the Costa Rican border. The next largest town is Rivas, which is the capital of the departamento. …
13travelers 19reviews 24blogs
Roatan #15 most popular location
Roatán, located between the islands of Útila and Guanaja, is the largest of Honduras' Bay Islands. The most populous town of the island is Coxen Hole, capital of Roatán municipality, lo…
69travelers 24reviews 32blogs
Bocas del Toro #16 most popular location
Bocas del Toro is a province of Panama. The capital is the city of Bocas del Toro on Isla Colon (Colon Island). The population of the province numbers some 89,300 people. The province consist…
29travelers 18reviews 30blogs
Alajuela #17 most popular location
14travelers 15reviews 12blogs
San Salvador #18 most popular location
San Salvador is the capital city of El Salvador, approximately in the center of the country in a valley near the base of the San Salvador volcano. The city has a long history, with origins da…
71travelers 3reviews 25blogs
San Ignacio #19 most popular location
Cayo, as San Ignacio is referred to by the locals, is a great little town. If you've come to the country by way of Belize City, this place is completely different. A pictureqsue location, l…
10travelers 25reviews 35blogs
Quepos #20 most popular location
Quepos is a small town that serves as the entrance to Manuel Antonio. While it may not be the most picturesque town encountered in Costa Rica it certainly has character and is home to a large…
10travelers 18reviews 20blogs
Flores #21 most popular location
Flores is the capital, for the state of Peten, located 506 kilometers from Guatemala City, can be reach thru its International Airport "Mundo Maya" from domestic destinations, also internatio…
4travelers 20reviews 28blogs
Managua #22 most popular location
Managua is the capital city of Nicaragua as well as the department and municipality by the same name. It is also the largest city in Nicaragua at nearly two million people and is a bit of a s…
47travelers 18reviews 32blogs
Caye Caulker #23 most popular location
Caye Caulker is a small island in the Carribean Sea, approximately 20 miles from the Belizean mainland. The entire island is only five miles long and one mile wide, and the primary modes of t…
15travelers 20reviews 34blogs
Tikal #24 most popular location
As a secluded, difficult to get to jungle town full of ancient Mayan architecture, Tikal is a great spot to visit, off the beaten track yet every bit as impressive as the more internationally…
37travelers 14reviews 31blogs
Panajachel #25 most popular location
Panajachel offers the visitors a magnificent view, not only because of the 3 volcanoes that sorround it, but also by its lake Atitlan, the one mention by brittish writer/novelist Aldous Huxle…
14travelers 8reviews 20blogs
Quetzaltenango #26 most popular location
Quetzaltenango means, quetzal (national bird for Guatemala) and tenango (city or place), together they mean "City of the Quetzal", interesting convination. It was declared city 1825, some …
13travelers 25reviews 15blogs
Placencia #27 most popular location
7travelers 11reviews 9blogs
San Pedro Sula #28 most popular location
This is going to be best piece of advice you get here, this place is dangerouse please don't stay here I was attacked here and I stayed one night in Copan and met guy who got stabbed, we both…
18travelers 6reviews 9blogs
Cahuita #29 most popular location
Cahuita is a small town on Costa Rica's southern Carribean coast, best known for its national park and its beaches. Cahuita is also a destination for surfers, backpackers and anyone looking f…
6travelers 14reviews 16blogs
Leon #30 most popular location
León is a larger city that lies to the northwest of Managua in the department of León, close to the Pacific coast. The present location is not the original location of the city, which lies …
11travelers 22reviews 27blogs
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca #31 most popular location
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is a very small village at the Caribbean coast in Costa Rica. It is a very laid back place with nice beach bars to go out in the evening. Also it is a place for goin…
8travelers 12reviews 1blogs
Utila #32 most popular location
Utila is an island off the coast of Northern Honduras. This small island is home to about 3,000 locals and more than a dozen diving shops. Even though prices have escalated over the past fe…
22travelers 27reviews 23blogs
Dominical #33 most popular location
Dominical is a cool little surfing town in the Puntarenas province of Costa Rica. There are lots of hostels and cabinas and places to rent and buy surfing equipment. I personally thought the …
7travelers 12reviews 7blogs
Tortuguero #34 most popular location
A very remote town at the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. The only way to get here is by airplane or by boat. There are no cars in this town and the streets are all sand streets. It depend com…
4travelers 6reviews 17blogs
Belize City #35 most popular location
Belize City is the largest city in the Central American nation of Belize and was once the capital of the former British Honduras. The population of Belize City is 67,964, with neighboring add…
62travelers 8reviews 27blogs
Santa Teresa #36 most popular location
Santa Teresa has a beautiful beach, perfect for surfing or just playing in the waves. Restaurants are plentiful. The trip to get to Santa Teresa can be a bit of a challenge (rough roads) bu…
3travelers 5reviews 3blogs
Boquete #37 most popular location
Boquete is located in the province of Chiriqui in the highlands area. The District of Boquete contains 6 Counties, or Townships; Alto Boquete, Bajo Boquete, Boquete, Caldera, Los Naranjos an…
6travelers 9reviews 7blogs
Arenal #38 most popular location
The main reason to visit Arenal is to bask in the shadow of Volcan Arenal. The only volcano in Costa Rica to be constantly active since it woke up after 400 years after the big eruption back …
7travelers 9reviews 9blogs
Copan Ruinas #39 most popular location
Copan Ruinas or the Copan Ruins are a star Mayan attraction not just in Honduras but, along with Tikal, Chichen Itza and Palenque, in the whole of Central America.... if Tikal is about size a…
5travelers 6reviews 4blogs
Copan #40 most popular location
Copan is the famed Mayan archaeological city in western Honduras that at one time had a population of 24,000 residents. The ruins are well taken care of and are an impressive site. The to…
8travelers 5reviews 29blogs
Samara #41 most popular location
3travelers 11reviews 9blogs
Ambergris Caye #42 most popular location
By far the most developed of the islands that make up Belize, Ambergris Caye is also the largest of the islands, set in the northernmost section of the group. This is the premier destination …
15travelers 18reviews 21blogs
Guanacaste #43 most popular location
13travelers 8reviews 4blogs
Montezuma #44 most popular location
Bohemian town that caters to tourism. Open cafes make the town appealing to backpackers from around the world which is very noticeable when the sun goes down and people return from the surf, …
8travelers 14reviews 13blogs
San Pedro La Laguna #45 most popular location
San Pedro is a real gem on Lake Attitlan... the usual 'trip' around Lake Attitlan often starts at a place like Panajachel and goes around the lake, stopping at San Marcos, San Pedro, Santiago…
11travelers 12reviews 39blogs
Heredia #46 most popular location
Larger town that keeps its small town feel due to being the home of the largest University in Costa Rica, National University of Costa Rica, which accepts many international students. Heredia…
19travelers 3reviews 15blogs
Chichicastenango #47 most popular location
Chichicastenango, is one of Guatemala's most visit places by the tourist, have to mention that chichicastenango is better knowed for its market days near Santo Tomas church, its typical mayan…
6reviews 13blogs
Panama Canal #48 most popular location
48travelers 15reviews 2blogs
Puntarenas #49 most popular location
A large bustling port town that serves as the main port on the pacific side of costa rica. Having improved vastly over the past couple of years it now has an attractive boardwalk area and sho…
7travelers 6reviews 5blogs
Escazu #50 most popular location
History of Escazú This old colonial town derives its name, Escazú, from the indigenous word Izt-kat-zu, meaning "resting stone," because it is believed that this was the area where the n…
4travelers 1reviews
Tegucigalpa #51 most popular location
Of all the major Central American cities, Tegucigalpa's climate is among the most pleasant due to its high altitude. Like much of central Honduras, the city has a tropical climate, though tem…
34travelers 1reviews 14blogs
Liberia #52 most popular location
7travelers 2reviews 23blogs
La Ceiba #53 most popular location
It is the third largest city in Honduras, containing roughly 250,000 people. The town is just beginning to have a tourist infrastructure for westerners. There are good hotels, ATM machines an…
8travelers 7reviews 10blogs
Lanquin #54 most popular location
Lanquín, one of the tribes conquered by a group of friars, among them: Fray Pedro Angulo, Fray Luis de cancer and Mr. Rodrigo de la cerda, was based on the year of 1540. Between 1540 and 1…
1travelers 13reviews 13blogs
Rio Dulce #55 most popular location
The area called "the Rio Dulce" begins at the mouth of the river on the Bahia de Amatique at the Garifuna town of Livingston. Going upriver, one passes through a spectacular steep walled cany…
1travelers 3reviews 7blogs
Belize #56 most popular location
24travelers 1reviews
Isla de Ometepe #57 most popular location
Isla Ometepe is an island located in Lake Nicaragua. The island exists of two volcanoes, Concepción and Maderas. The shape of the island is created by the volcanoes and looks like an eight. …
3travelers 3reviews 17blogs
Nosara #58 most popular location
Nosara is peace...no crowds, no kitschy touristy stuff, just surf and sand and some amazing yoga in the treetops with the howler monkeys. And coconut ice cream. Very safe. Everyone is frie…
2travelers 2reviews 1blogs
Cabuya #59 most popular location
1travelers 5reviews 1blogs
Ometepe #60 most popular location
Ometepe is beautiful island in the Lake Nicaragua. Two volcanoes Concepcion and Maderas make this island, populated by around 30000 people. Beautiful nature, peaceful surrounding, great treks…
1travelers 6reviews 2blogs
Santa Ana #61 most popular location
4travelers 3reviews 3blogs
Lake Atitlan #62 most popular location
Lake Atitlán is a large lake in the Guatemalan Highlands. Atitlan is recognized to be the deepest lake in Central America with maximum depth about 340 metres (1,120 ft). The lake is shaped …
7travelers 3reviews 3blogs
Santa Elena #63 most popular location
2travelers 5reviews 8blogs
Esteli #64 most popular location
Estelí is a fast growing and progressive city of about 119,000 people. It enjoys a pleasant climate throughout most of the year due to its location in the north central highlands at a mean e…
2travelers 6reviews 9blogs
Turrialba #65 most popular location
2travelers 9blogs
Livingston #66 most popular location
2travelers 1reviews 4blogs
Jaco Beach #67 most popular location
2travelers 4reviews
Hopkins #68 most popular location
Hopkins Village is a wonderful Garifuna settlement on the beach. We recieved electricity and mains water just 15 years ago. Now a multinational community with a population of around 1,500 we…
1travelers 2reviews 3blogs
Dangriga #69 most popular location
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El Remate #70 most popular location
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Tela #71 most popular location
1travelers 2reviews 3blogs
Colon #72 most popular location
Colon is city on the Caribbean entrance to the Panama canal. It was a starting point of the railroad catering to the gold rush prospectors going towards California in 19th century. Town has…
5travelers 1reviews 5blogs
La Libertad #73 most popular location
La Libertad, also known as "El Puerto", "Puerto La Libertad" is home to Central America's elite surf spot, La Punta. A 100+ feet ride of consistant head high waves. Right point break. …
2travelers 1reviews 3blogs
Masaya #74 most popular location
Masaya is in close proximity to the capital of Managua and is located between Mangaua and Granada. It is located in the department of Masaya and is the capital of this department. This is the…
2reviews 8blogs
Semuc Champey #75 most popular location
Semuc Champey is a Natural Monument located near Lanquin in Guatemala. The park is a steep valley of lush forest with a large rushing river at the bottom. At the throat of the valley the ri…
2travelers 4reviews 6blogs
Xunantunich #76 most popular location
3travelers 6reviews 4blogs
Cartago #77 most popular location
5travelers 1reviews 8blogs
Coban #78 most popular location
City was founded in the year 1543 by the King of Spain Carlos V (the fifth), the cathedral was started to built the same year 1543, and still stands up to this date. At cathedral u will find …
1travelers 4reviews 5blogs
Playas Del Coco #79 most popular location
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Drake Bay #80 most popular location
Drake Bay is an off the beaten track village that serves as a good starting point for Corcovado park. It overlooks the pacific and the nearby reserve of Cano island. It is slightly harder to…
1travelers 3reviews 1blogs
Little Corn Island #81 most popular location
Little Corn Island is a fantastic, get-away retreat on the Carribean side of Nicaragua. Accessible from Big Corn Island via a 45 minute water taxi, the island has a tiny port and no roads or…
3travelers 6reviews 15blogs
Moyogalpa #82 most popular location
Known by some as the Gateway to Ometepe, Moyogalpa may pop up on your list of travel destinations if you are planning a trip to Nicaragua soon. Moyogalpa is a municipality situated in the Riv…
7reviews 4blogs
Puerto Limon #83 most popular location
2travelers 1reviews 3blogs
Puerto Jimenez #84 most popular location
5travelers 1reviews 3blogs
Parrita #85 most popular location
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David #86 most popular location
3travelers 2blogs
Uvita #87 most popular location
Uvita is just south of Dominical, Costa Rica. It is a small town situated in the Marino Ballena National Park - where you can see whales at certain times of the year. It provides a unique co…
1travelers 3reviews 2blogs
Mal Pais #88 most popular location
Mal Pais lies at the southeastern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula in Puntarenas province. Although it is a small village and there are very little tourist attractions or services, hotels and dini…
2travelers 4reviews 5blogs
Poas #89 most popular location
Poas is actually the name of an active volcano located at Poas Volcano National Park in Alajuela province. There is a viewing platform at the edge of the crater where on a clear day, one can …
2travelers 2reviews 2blogs
Santa Cruz La Laguna #90 most popular location
1travelers 2reviews 1blogs
Culebra #91 most popular location
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Suchitoto #92 most popular location
Suchitoto is a pristine colonial town on a hill overlooking Lago Suchitlan. The town's historic center is both idyllic and a great stopping point for people who like to please their pallets. …
1travelers 2blogs
Lighthouse Reef #93 most popular location
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Guatemala #94 most popular location
36travelers 4reviews 1blogs
Peten #95 most popular location
2travelers 4reviews
San Ramon #96 most popular location
San Ramon is a small city about 45 minutes from San Jose, . In the center of the city is a small park in front of Catholic church where the locals teens gather to meet after school. Small b…
1reviews 6blogs
Belmopan #97 most popular location
8travelers 1reviews 4blogs
Corn Island #98 most popular location
9travelers 3reviews 9blogs
Juayua #99 most popular location
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Punta Gorda #100 most popular location
Punta Gorda - often referred to simply as "PG" - is the southernmost town in Belize, and the capital of the rugged Toledo District. Originally founded as Peini by the Garifuna it is today hom…
1travelers 1reviews 3blogs