Panama has a great mix of things to do and they’re all within easy reach of Panama City. Personally, we soaked up the sun in Bocas del Toro, got in some great hikes in Boquete, and then settled into the buzzing metropolis of Panama City for a few days.
Costa Rica is probably Central America’s most popular tourist destination, and for good reason. Although the country is quite small, it’s absolutely packed full of biodiversity, things to do, and places to visit.
We really enjoyed exploring Nicaragua and recommend it to backpackers. It’s very easy to navigate and you can see everything from colonial cities, to volcanoes, to lakes, to great beaches all within a few hours. Travel is affordable and the people are welcoming.