The Best Beach and Island Tours in South and Central America

Nick Dauk

Hit the book button, close that laptop and pack your bags – these Culture Trip small-group adventures will give you the beach breaks and island retreats you’re badly craving, plus much, much more.

Load your luggage full of swimsuits and sun hats – it’s time to take a trip to the beaches and islands of Central and South America. Embraced by the Caribbean, Pacific and Atlantic, these destinations are all home to a diversity of culture and nature, with no two being the same. Seeking a shoreline to service your tan? We know just the place. These are the best beach and island tours in South and Central America.

Man surfs in water off Playa Guiones, Guanacaste

Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Surf’s up in Costa Rica’s Pacific coast town of Tamarindo. No need to bring a board or any skills to hang 10; this tiny surf town has everything you need to learn how to carve waves, pura vida style. If that’s a little too salty a suggestion for you, this Culture Trip experience will also send you puma-spotting high in the cloud forests and soaking in the volcanic hot springs of Arenal. After a hard day of play, a California massage at the spa will do your muscles well.

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San Jose, Costa Rica

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Tamarindo, Provincia De Guanacaste







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Maja Proescholdt and Gethin Morgan contributed additional reporting to this article.

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