Four of the Best Caribbean Islands in Central America


Roatán, Honduras; Ambergris Caye, Belize; Corn Islands, Nicaragua; and Bocas del Toro, Panama are all featured here. Here are short excerpts for each one.

Roatán, Honduras: About 30 miles off the coast of mainland Honduras, Roatán, one of the Bay Islands, is a world apart. English is also widely spoken on Roatán, thanks to its long association with the British during its history. This despite Honduras’ status as a Spanish-speaking country. [. . .]

Ambergris Caye: With its white-sand beaches and turquoise waters it is no surprise that Ambergris Caye is one of Belize’s top retirement destinations.[Ambergris Caye] has been Belize’s top tourism destination for decades, with the first visitors, like in Roatán, drawn to the quick boat ride to the Mesoamerican Reef it offered.

Corn Islands, Nicaragua [. . .] But the real jewel is 1.1-square-mile Little Corn, which you reach by boat from its larger sister island. It’s a place as yet untouched by any large-scale development and has a small expat community. The native islanders are English-speaking Creoles, although immigrants from Spanish speakers from mainland Nicaragua are arriving in increasing numbers.

Bocas del Toro, Panama: Although most of Panama has well-documented, titled land available for sale, Bocas del Toro is quite the opposite, as the Ngöbe-Buglé tribes control part of it, and reserve land cannot be bought or sold or developed. You can buy in sectors that don’t fall within the Comarca, or reserve area, but much of this land isn’t titled and/or is plagued by ownership disputes. The better option, for those who fall in love with this area, is to visit often or rent.

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