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While Americans regard prohibition as a romanticized thing of the past, alcohol bans still exist in countries like Brunei, Libya, and Saudi Arabia — and if Indonesia’s Parliament has its way, you can soon add tourist destinations like Bali to the list, too. But if you think a countrywide outlaw of liquor is outrageous... Read More

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A baby sea turtle in El Salvador
Baby sea turtle/Jenny Peters

El Salvador, the small Central American country sandwiched between Guatemala and Honduras, is playing catch-up with the rest of the region when it comes to welcoming tourists to its beautiful Pacific shores. Wracked by a 12-year civil war that ended in 1992, the country has spent the last two decades rebuilding... Read More

A suite at Casa ILB in El Salvador
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The seven countries that make up Central America (Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Belize, Guatemala, and El Salvador) offer something for every traveler, from beaches to volcanoes to cool cities to pristine rainforest to archaeological sites. These countries are also offering a wider and wider range of hotels. To... Read More

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Sounds impossible to buy a ticket to the wrong destination, right? You’d never mistake York, England for New York State. But would you notice an airline issuing a plane ticket for Grenada instead of Granada, like British Airways did last month? Or the 1,500 mile difference between airline codes... Read More

 Basilica del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús, San Salvador

Although it’s not quite as cool as Costa Rica or Guatemala, El Salvador is truly a gem in Central America. The country is rebuilding after its bloody civil war in the early ‘90s, and is now improving its tourism infrastructure. The best news? The country is very inexpensive to... Read More

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Royal Caribbean is in negotiations to begin featuring El Salvador on its upcoming 2012 cruise circuit. The Central American destination, which has been trying to position itself on the cruise tourism radar, citing its surfable beaches, ecotourism sites, Mayan ruins, and comparative affordability amongst its... Read More

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Hopkins, Belize is one of the best beaches in Central America
Francis Ford Coppola PresentsThe Turtle Inn welcomes guests to powder-soft sands in Hopkins, Belize, one of our favorite picks for Central American beaches

By: Carolyn McCarthy Central America has always attracted intrepid visitors in search of unfiltered natural beauty. Now, a set of top-tier, and often eco-friendly resorts is reinventing the region as a world-class beach destination, complete with unspoiled coastlines, coral reefs, and corduroy waves. ... Read More