From winter 2014 Thomson Cruises will be offering 4 Central American itineraries. Here are 4 amazing experiences – from scuba diving to zip-lining – to add to your ‘must do’ list…
Central America’s cruise industry is booming at the moment and, from winter 2014, Thomson Cruises are getting in on the act. Thomson Dream will be offering 4 Central American itineraries, starting and ending in Jamaica (pictured below) and ticking off countries like Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Honduras and Panama – not to mention Caribbean heavyweights like Cuba and Grand Cayman, plus Colombia in South America.
With such an unparalleled diversity of landscape on offer (where else in the world can you see beaches, mountains, rainforest and volcanoes in the same holiday?) it would be sinful to spend your time here glued to terra firma. Here are 4 ways to get swept off your feet in style…
Belize’s Great Blue Hole looks like a giant indigo inkblot in the middle of the otherwise crystal-clear Caribbean Sea. This underground cave – or submarine sinkhole, to use the proper terminology – was one of Jacques Cousteau’s favourite haunts, and scuba divers have been heading there since the Seventies. It’s the resident sharks that get people really excited – reef, bull and hammerhead species all come out to play.
Roatan, a stone’s throw off the coast of Honduras, is the kind of place you daydream about on a cold, drizzly Monday morning. The island lays on the scenery like it’s going out of fashion and, while there are plenty of walks you can do, there’s something special about meandering through the countryside on horseback. Native Honduran mountain horses are smaller than your typical breed, so they’re a dab hand at navigating the island’s steep terrain.
Bridging the 48-mile gap between the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans, the Panama Canal makes Regent’s Canal look like a bathtub. The colossal waterway’s main purpose is to give cargo ships a helping hand on their around-the-world voyages, but you can test the waters (pun intended) with a quick half-day jaunt. Watching the locks in action is fascinating stuff – if you’re not distracted by the views, that is, which span voluptuous hills and never-ending jungle.
Costa Rica introduced zip-lining to the world back in the Seventies, and it remains a subject matter expert. A quarter of the country is covered in rainforest, so there’s no shortage of canopies to discover. After being harnessed up and hoisted into the sky, momentum takes over. As you hurtle from platform to platform, it’s tempting to shut your eyes and let out a huge scream – but you’d be missing out. The birds-eye views stretch into oblivion, and the sing-song of tropical birds echoes overhead.
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Author: Samantha Shillabeer
Published: December 11, 2013
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