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If your trip will include Central America, be sure to browse through all the Central America articles below. We at The Cheap Route have already done a lot of first hand research about Central America, we've been there done that when it comes to Central America, continue reading to gain first hand insight. Our goal is to to provide the hard to find information and photos about Central America.

Salty Meets Fresh: Playa Langosta and Estuary, Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Thursday, February 9, 2012
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Soccer on the Beach
A family plays soccer on Playa Langosta

Playa Langosta is a strip of beaches and rocky coast just south of the resort town of Tamarindo in Costa Rica. The shore is lined with resorts and bed and breakfasts, but most are removed enough from the beach, behind dense foliage, that the beach retains an unmolested feel. Playa Langosta can get pretty crowded during the peak season, so arriving just before that, early December, will give you perfect weather and a little less crowded experience.

The 5 Worst Border Crossings In The World

Friday, November 25, 2011
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Amigos En Nicaragua
The guys running our bus in Nicaragua

I hate travel days, packing up your bag, dealing with whatever means of transport is necessary to get to your next destination, and especially crossing borders. Borders are some of the most stressful places on earth, they're generally crowded, everybody is nervous, excited, tired, and just wants to get through and move on. It's not much better for the people working at them either, they have to deal with these people who are tired and stressed out, which in turn wears them down. Borders are also a place of great opportunity for locals; tourists are generally out of place, uncomfortable, unable to properly communicate, and easy to take advantage of. This translates to dollar signs for the clever, tricky, and/or dishonest locals looking to make a buck off the passing tourist, and even more stress and uncertainty for that tourist.

Top 10 Best Places To See Monkeys

Thursday, November 17, 2011
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Angry Monkey
A Monkey grabbing my camera lens and trying to eat it

If you were to take a survey of human beings and ask what the funniest animal is, the overwhelming majority would answer "Monkeys". They're so similar to us, but still so different. There's something strangely familiar about the monkey, but still so animalistic. They have no rules and rely purely on their instincts, which means they're constantly getting into trouble and goofing around, which is what makes them so funny to us. Below are the top 10 places to visit if you want to see monkeys in the wild.

Ecoglide Ziplining – Arenal, Costa Rica

Sunday, September 11, 2011
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About to go - Arenal Zipline, Costa Rica
About to take off down the Arenal Zip Line

For any adrenaline fueled, adventure seeking individual planning on visiting Costa Rica, ziplining is a must! A perfect resort to encounter this experience was near the remote location of La Fortuna, a quaint town boasting a reputation for its spectaular setting overlooking the Arenal Volcano.

Arenal Volcano National Park Tour, Costa Rica

Arenal Volcano & The Jungle Around It, Costa Rica
Views of Arenal Volcano surrounded by jungle

A opportunity to have an up close and personal encounter with one of the top 10 most active volcanos in the world may be an alarming and somewhat daunting prospect to many, but combining spectacular and breathtaking surroundings with a chance to witness a volcano in full flow (excuse the pun!), results in the Arenal Volcano National Park being a place definately worth checking out.  The Volcano itself, set amongst a wildlife infested rainforest, is located roughly 16km west of La Fortuna, the areas most popular and well catered for local town. This is in fact where the majority of tours operate from and due to the number of hostels and budget hotels it provides an ideal location for any visitor who wishes to spend some time in the area.

Fishing in Tamarindo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
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A Huge Snapper, Tamarindo
A huge snapper caught with the head of a skipjack tuna in Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Tamarindo, located in the Guanacaste Province of Costa Rica, along with being a great surf and resort spot, is a really fun place to fish. I was there in December, which is supposed to be a good time to catch marlin and sailfish although we didn’t, but I had just as much fun reeling in the hard fighting skipjack and yellowfin tunas that bit almost every time we threw out a line. We were even lucky enough to catch a snapper.

San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

Beachfront Bars & Restaurants, San Juan Del Sur
Beachfront Bars and Restaurants on the bay in San Juan Del Sur

San Juan Del Sur is Nicaragua's Premier destination on the Pacific. The colorful buildings and gorgeous beaches make it an ideal stopover on your way through Nicaragua. Flying into Managua International Airport, take the local "chicken bus" to get to San Juan Del Sur. In Nicaragua they use re-painted old school buses for their public transport, you'll be amongst almost entirely locals, its cheaper and more fun.

Ross Kemp On Gangs

Ross Kemp On Gangs
The title graphic for the show, picturing Ross Kemp

With episodes filmed in some of the most dangerous places in the World, Ross Kemp really sticks his neck out there to film this show. Follow him around the world as he meets with the most ruthless, violent, and dangerous gangs in the world. Originally airing in the UK, the show began airing in the US in 2009 under the name "Gang Nation", find it on the Investigation Discovery Channel.

Semuc Champey Pools – Lanquín, Guatemala

Semuc Champey, Guatemala
A view of Semuc Champey from the Mirador viewpoint

Semuc Champey is a natural attraction tucked away in the mountains of an isolated jungle in Guatemala. Situated in the town of Lanquín, get ready for a bumpy ride if you plan on visiting the pools. Semuc Champey sits above the Cahabón River, in an area where the harder rock on the surface has held strong while the river eroded the softer rock beneath. Now the pools sit a brilliant turquoise color while the muddy river runs beneath them and out the bottom of a large waterfall on the other end. The water in the pools is all rain water, which is why it’s so clear, unless it rains extremely hard for a long period of time, in which case the river may flood over the pools as well.

La Flor Sea Turtle Reserve – San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

Wednesday, July 21, 2010
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Baby Sea Turtles Entering The Sea, Nicaragua
Several baby sea turtles making their way to the ocean

When visiting San Juan Del Sur, consider spending a night at the La Flor Sea Turtle Reserve on the Pacific Coast. Board the shuttle from the Casa El Oro at about 8 or 9pm and spend an hour driving the bumpy dirt roads through the jungle out to the reserve. When you arrive, depending on season, expect to see a handful of armed guards to protect against poachers, and a bunch of white sacks containing turtle nests. If you’re lucky, a short walk to the beach and you could be amongst a mass arival of hundreds if not thousands of turtles.

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