Welcome to our selection of holiday homes to rent in Central America.
Central America is the name given to the isthmus, or thin piece of land, stretching between Mexico and Columbia, connecting North and South America. Consisting of seven countries, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama, the region is noted for its natural beauty and fascinating historical and cultural attractions. Some descriptions of Central America also include several Caribbean islands, but it is widely accepted that the region is made up of only these seven nations on the mainland. The official language of most of these countries is Spanish, and while they each have their own currency, the US dollar is accepted in many places.
The Atitlan Lake in Guatemala is one of the most popular natural attractions in the Central America region, thanks to the stunning scenery that surrounds it. The lake itself is still used by local fishermen, though tourists and locals also use the waters to help cool off! The Isla de Ometepe, off the coast of Nicaragua, is another top tip for travellers looking for somewhere to relax, while the island's volcanic peaks make the scenery as impressive as the beaches. Divers should head to the Bay Islands in Honduras, which are situated on a large coral reef. There are dozens of diving companies set up in this part of Central America, and everyone can give it a try, even if you're only a beginner.
If you have access to a car, one of the most impressive roads to take through the Central America region is the Arenal Route through Costa Rica. Passing by rainforest, local villages and lakes the road takes you between two volcanoes, Platanar and Arenal itself. Arenal is still a very active volcano, and most days you can see smoke pouring from its peak.
The busiest and most cosmopolitan of Central America's cities is Panama City, home to glass skyscrapers as well as the traditional areas like Casco Viejo. Now home to a community of artists and some of the best and cheapest restaurants in the city, this is the area to stay in if you are travelling on a budget. Not a conventional city, the Mayan town of Tikal is nevertheless worth exploring, even if you have to travel deep into the Guatemalan jungle to find it. Because it is out of the way it is often much quieter than some of the better-known Mayan settlements like Copan and Uxmal. Some tour companies run trips to these fascinating villages, which are worth taking some time to explore.
Looking for self catering holiday accommodation in Central America? then below is a selection of villas in Belize and apartments in Central America that can be rented direct from their owners. You can either click on each listing for further details or you can use our search engine on the left if you are looking for something in particular.