Central America

The Boomtown, the Gringo, the Girl, and Her Murder

When a local beauty turned up dead in Nicaragua's San Juan del Sur, the dream of paradise became a nightmare for one expat American surfer. He got 30 years and, predictably, a media melee ensued. But Tony D'Souza was on the scene from day one. This is the story you haven't heard.

Tony D'Souza
May 1, 2007

The Cult of Belize

Prepare to be converted by this tiny Central American nation of raw, dark jungle, teeming reefs, and a very original cast of locals. (They all speak English!)

Bruce Barcott
Aug 16, 2006

Tropical Bounty

With 25 national parks, 815 miles of coastline, and thousands of wildlife species, Costa Rica is indeed a rich coast. Experience it all with these seven sea-to-jungle family adventures.

Sally Schumaier
Aug 14, 2006

Breaking Away

What happens when a Type A relaxation-phobe takes his first vacation in years? Life gets good again.

Mark Jenkins
Jun 1, 2006

Fly the Eco Skies

Costa Rica's Nature Air gets an emissions-free face-lift

Tucker Teutsch III
May 1, 2006

An Impossible Place To Be

Panama's mythic Darién Gap—a 10,000-square-mile swath of jungle on the border of Central and South America—has swallowed explorers for centuries. Today, guerrillas, drug smugglers, poachers, and jaguars rule this vast no-man's-land. Our explorer spent six weeks trying to penetrate Darién's heart of darkness, but the Gap still fiercely protects its secrets.

Ben Ryder Howe
Sep 1, 2004

Viva Nicaragua!

From secret surf stashes on the Pacific to untouched Caribbean isles—plus all the volcanoes and colonial plazas in between—Nicaragua has the makings of a sporting paradise. Come discover Central America's red-hot center.

Kent Black
Apr 16, 2004

Groundbreaker

A plan to save Guatemala's Mayan cities with a park and a posh eco-lodge has enviros and locals boiling

Dan Buettner
Aug 1, 2003