Best/Worst of Central America

T&I came up with this list upon exiting Panama. Though we’ve visited Mexico, Costa Rica, and Honduras on previous trips, we have excluded those experiences from this best/worst list and have only included Belize, Nicaragua, and Panama. We hope to come up with something similar for South America as well, mostly because it makes for a good passing-time activity on bus rides.

FORMAT: Category- Best/Worst

Category Best Worst
 Beer  Toña (Nicaragua)  Belikin (Belize – only 9oz)
 Rum  Flor de Caña (Nicaragua)  Strong Rum (Belize)
 Street Food  Lady selling oxtail stew & other deliciousness (Caye Caulker, Belize)  Chef Andrew’s horrendous oatmeal cookie (also Belize)
 Beach  Red Frog Beach, Bocas del Toro, Panama (honorable mention: San Blas Islands, Panama)  Caye Caulker, Belize (essentially no beach)
 Snorkeling  Caye Caulker, Belize  Isla de Coiba (2nd site of the day), Panama
 Ocean Clarity  Caye Caulker, Belize (honorable mention: San Blas Islands, Panama)  San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
 High Class Meal  Habañeros, Caye Caulker, Belize
 Worst Meal  Granada, Nicaragua (nachos at one place and burger/spaghetti at another)
 Low class meal  Taco Loco, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua (honorable mention: ceviche at the fish market in Panama City)
 Coffee  Cafe Ruiz, Boquete, Panama  Mamallena Hostel, Boquete, Panama
 Weather  Boquete, Panama  Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
 Nightlife  San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua  Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua and San Ignacio, Belize (tied)
 Surfing  Santa Catalina, Panama  Random beach near Panama City, though it did have beautiful black sand beach
 Buses  Panama “chicken buses”  Tica Bus
 Hot Sauce  Belize  Nicaragua (strange vinegar onion mix)
 Rice and Beans  Bocas del Toro, Panama  Our horrible homestay in SJDS, Nicaragua (note: T says all rice&beans are terrible)
 Good looking people  Panama  Nicaragua
 Relaxing  Caye Caulker, Belize and San Blas Islands, Panama  Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
 Tour  Casa Ruiz coffee tour, Boquete, Panama (honorable mention: Masaya volcano tour, Ganada, Nicaragua)  Hop on-Hop off bus tour in Granada, Nicaragua
 Drink  Frozen mojito at  Habañeros, Caye Caulker, Belize (honorable mentions: coconut lemonade at Thai restaurant in Panama City and chocobanana shake in San Juan del Sur)
 Experience   too hard to choose just one Homestay in SJDS, Nicaragua (honorable mentions: horseback riding in Matagalpa, Nicaragua, cab ride in San Jose, Costa Rica, rental car on Isla de Ometepe)


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