Whether it’s on one of Central America’s white sandy beaches or in the midst of the jungle, sunsets create those incredible moments that make you just stop and admire as the sky becomes a concoction of oranges and reds.
With your vacation in Central America fast approaching, experiencing the beauty of Central America’s verdant nature and landscapes around you during a magnificent sunset will be sure to stay with you for a long time.
We have compiled a list the top 5 places to watch sunsets in Central America, all of which will leave you glued to the spot in admiration.
♦ A Maya Sunset at Tikal, Guatemala
Could it get any better than watching the sunset (or sunrise) at one of world’s most magnificent Maya ruins? The 5 largest temples at the ancient Maya site of Tikal tower above the rainforest and are without a doubt your best bet for unrestricted views of the sunset over the rainforest canopy.
As the mighty temples of Tikal turn orange and red, the air fills with the sounds of toucans, howler monkeys and parakeets from the surrounding Tikal National Park rainforest.
When the last shimmer of sunlight disappears, you will have the rare opportunity to be at Tikal with a spectacular blanket of stars above and to be able to enjoy one of the most overwhelming Guatemala travel experiences.
♦ An explosive sunset in the Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Although the Arenal Volcano has been resting since 2010, the sunset over this world famous volcano is nothing less than explosive. Whether you’re on a sunset nature hike or relaxing in luxurious hot springs at one of our exclusive lodges, the view is mind-blowing.
As in many of the wildlife rich destinations of Costa Rica, as the sun goes down, the wildlife comes out to play.
However, Arenal is particularly unique in the way that the sun illuminates the volcano while the sounds of the wildlife add a captivating and wild soundtrack to an equally dramatic landscape. Whether you prefer a relaxing sunset or a more active sunset experience, Arenal and its surrounding volcanic landscape will ensure it is one that you will never forget.
♦ Sunset paradise in Ambergris Caye, Belize
The beaches of Ambergris Caye have all the paradisiacal characteristics of a beach from your travel inspired dreams. Ambergris Caye is Belize’s largest caye, but that doesn’t take away from the relaxed atmosphere and secluded beaches that you can find there.
Your sun-drenched days will be filled up with relaxing on palm-backed white sandy beaches, enjoying the warm, clear-azure Caribbean waters and exploring the colorful reefs.
In the evening as the sunsets over the horizon adding a tint of orange and red to the perfectly still turquoise Caribbean Sea, you will have truly found paradise on Earth.
♦ Watching the sun go down at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
It’s time to relax and enjoy the incomprehensible landscape of Lake Atitlan. Aldous Huxley famously wrote of it in his 1934 travel book, ‘Beyond the Mexique Bay’:
“Lake Como, it seems to me, touches on the limit of permissibly picturesque, but Atitlán is Como with additional embellishments of several immense volcanoes. It really is too much of a good thing.” – Aldous Huxley
As the golden outline of the sun falls behind Lake Atitlan’s volcanoes and mountains you can enjoy this breath-taking moment from the shore or from one of the many authentic Maya towns situated on the hillsides that surround the lake. Accompanied by a guide you can also hike up to the summit of the Indian Nose which will repay you with unrestricted panoramic views of the glistening lake below, the volcanoes and the towns of San Juan and San Pedro. This just may be one of the best and most beautiful places in the world to enjoy a sunset.
♦ Sharing sunset with newborn turtles in Tortuguero, Costa Rica
Considered the birthplace of eco-tourism, Costa Rica is home to 5 of the world’s 7 species of sea turtles. Situated on Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast is the extra special destination of Tortuguero.
One of the country’s most remote National Parks, endangered sea turtles come in their droves to the beaches of Tortuguero to nest, lay their eggs and frequent its Caribbean shores.
From June to October the beaches of Tortuguero are a particularly special place to enjoy a sunset as endangered Green Turtles come ashore to lay their eggs at one of the world’s last major nesting sites. While on a night tour of Tortuguero’s beaches to see these protected turtle nesting sites, the whole scene will be framed by one of Costa Rica’s world famous and spectacular sunsets.