If you’re someone who likes to play it safe, I’d say stick with Costa Rica. It has a well-established tourist infrastructure, a stable government, amazing biodiversity, and sandy beaches on the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. I also admire the country’s commitment to eco-tourism and sustainability. The downside? There's very little left undiscovered.
Honduras, on the other hand, is the rising star of Central America. Yes, it’s a rough place: corruption is rife, income inequality is staggering, and parts of some of the larger cities are unsafe. But the country has been experiencing something of a turnaround, and visitors will find ancient Mayan ruins, empty beaches, and a growing list of world-class lodges, all for relatively low prices. If you want to take the road less traveled, here are my recommendations.