Waterfall adventure: How to visit the Cascada de Montezuma in Costa Rica on your own

Montezuma is a small beach village on the southern tip of Costa Rica’s Nicoya peninsula. For years it has been known and visited for its free-spirit Bohemian vibe, as a result of Argentine hippies that settled here and decided to sell their handicraft bracelets and jewelry.
However, there is more to visit here. A lot of natural beauty, that is. You can find hills full of dense tropical forest, beautiful bays and mangroves. And I didn’t tell you about the waterfalls yet…

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Cuba at its best: Hiking the valleys of beautiful green Viñales

When we visited Cuba I was quite surprised by the diversity of the nature on the island! After some beaches and beautiful colonial cities we traveled to Viñales, located on the west tip of the island. As soon as you get in the area you see the landscape changing: tropical, extremely green vegetation, lots and lots of palm trees, pools of water, smoothly shaped “elephant” hills. This beautiful serene city is the hub of a hiking paradise.

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Somoto Canyon: unmissable adventurous canyon trip in the Northern Highlands

If you ask me, I would say the northern part of Nicaragua is underestimated. Since a lot of Nica travelers fly over for about 3 weeks, they try to squeeze in a couple of cities, volcanoes and beach fun before they take the plane back.

That’s a pity, because the Northern Highlands offer misty cloud forests, idyllic country side landscapes with the best coffee and tobacco plantations, and beautiful valleys and canyons. One of those canyons is the Canyon de Somoto. If you are looking for some action in and around the river, this canyon is the place to go to.

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Bluefields and beyond: How to reach East coast of Nicaragua

As you could read in the blog about Little Corn Island  the East coast of Nicaragua is the perfect getaway for a couple days (or weeks) of beach fun with plenty of sun, cocktails, sharks, coconuts, Rondon and snorkeling.

However, the East coast is quite hard to reach since the majority of the land is covered by jungle and mangroves.

If you have time and want to explore the East part with it’s beaches and jungle, the city of Bluefields is a good starting point. This town is situated in the middle of the coastline. It’s at the end of the Rio Escondido river, in the Bluefields Bay. From there you can arrange a panga (boat) and head to the Pearl Lagoon in the North, or take the ferry to Big Corn Island.

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Relax and enjoy the Caribbean vibe: Little Corn Island

Had it all with after a couple tough weeks of hiking, climbing, city tripping and horse riding in Nicaragua? Holiday time it is! And the East coast is where you want to go. You will find beautiful white sandy beaches, waving palm trees, azul blue sea and on top of that a taste of the extremely relaxed Caribbean vibe.

Sounds good, right? We thought so. Looking for a place to restore and completely reload? Head to Isla de Maïz Pequeña: Little Corn Island.

There is only a tiny hiccup: the journey to this bounty island is quite challenging.

No worries: I summed it all up for you. If you take the easy road, you’ll get there in a couple hours. Otherwise, in 2 days. 

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Escape the touristy beaches of East Mexico: flee to Isla Holbox

The East Coast of Mexico is well known for its long stretched white sand beaches, azul blue sea, ceviches, and of course wild nightlife. This has to do with the hundreds of Americans that celebrate Spring Break in Cancún or Playa del Carmen.

Not looking for another week full of screaming, drunk, sun burned tourists but looking for a nice beach and beautiful nature?
Isla Holbox is your answer.

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The rough west coast of Nicaragua; surfers paradise

Nicaragua is captured by 2 oceans: First you have the 50 shades of blue, easy snorkling Carribean sea at the East coast.
The sand is white, palm trees wave in the wind, fisherboats pass by searching for lobsters.
And then there is the rough West coast. No white sand and palm trees here, large beaches of vulcanic gray sand stretch out.
Lots of wind and rocks cause the sea to start creating waves, big waves that is.

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Playa del Este: Cuban style beach holiday

When entering Havana you will notice it immediately: there’s a grayish haze hanging above the city. A result of years and years of pollution.

This results in the fact that streets and buildings literally color 50 shades of gray.

And even though the beautiful, brightly painted old timers bring charm and nostalgia, as soon as they pass you, they quickly disappear in a thin blue line of exhaust gases. Leaving you breathing for air.

Luckily Havana is situated at the North-West coast of Cuba. During the hot and smoggy summer months (July-August) the citizens of Havana flee the city to one of the beaches east of the city: the beaches of Playa del Este.

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