Patricia Magaña explores several lesser-known locales in the wider Caribbean region. She writes about Corn Islands, Nicaragua; Roatan, Honduras; Cartagena, Colombia; San Andres, Colombia; and Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica. I can definitely vouch for San Andres [photo above]! Here are just a few excerpts; se more information in the link below:
Corn Islands, Nicaragua
[. . .] What they do have is some serious snorkeling (the dive wreck of a Spanish galleon—cannons and anchors, in all its 400-year-old glory) is swimmable from the shore. Bring comfortable shoes, too, as these islands are ripe for jungle exploration.
Cruising aficionados have been enchanted with Roatan for years, and it’s high time everyone else got in on the secret, too. Right in the path of the second-largest barrier reef system in the world, Roatan Island has everything you think of when you think of the Caribbean [. . .].
[. . .] Not-to-be-missed activities in Cartagena include the walled colonial city, the Spanish forts, and the many offshore islands good for day excursions. Enchanting and inspiring, it’s said that Cartagena was the unnamed setting for Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ masterpiece, Love in the Time of Cholera. [. . .]
San Andres, Colombia
[. . .] The coral island and its accompanying cays, reefs, and the sister islands that make up the rest of the archipelago (Providencia and Santa Catalina), is part of the Seaflower Biosphere Reserve—a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve that encompasses 10 percent of the Caribbean Sea.
Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica
[. . .] In addition to the three most commonplace Caribbean F’s (fishing, food, fun), tourists come to this side of the Costa Rica for the fourth F: fauna. Of special significance is Tortuguero National Park, 20 miles of which is a very active egg-laying nursery for four varieties of sea turtles.
From rainforests to beaches to lagoons, the 11 different types of habits found at Tortuguero National Park are also home to a large variety of animals, including caimans, three-toed sloths, several types of monkeys, and even jaguars. [. . .]