Cohune Palms River Cabanas, Belize
Posted by bullettreefalls
This is a lovely small B&B (voted best in the district on Trip Advisor) with thatched cabanas right on the river. Perfect mix of jungle, nature, Maya sites, local wildlife and villagers.www.cohunepalms.com
Bullet Tree Falls village - three miles out of San Ignacio
________________________________________________________________Hostel Bekuo, Costa Rica
Posted by jackhasbro
Easily the best hostel in San Jose. Bekuo has amenities that you can't find at any other hostels in Central America, like: a Wii for the guests, private rooms with their own desktops and internet, a REAL kitchen, and awesome staff.
Located near the University of Costa Rica, the best bars, a huge grocery store, a block from the main street in San Jose, and too much more to list.
325 metros oeste de Spoon Los Yoses,
Los Yoses, San Jose, Costa Rica
________________________________________________________________Staying in Flores, Guatemala
Posted by PeterJSmith
Flores is a small island on Lake Peten set near the beautiful Mayan temple ruins of Tikal. Rooms are easy to find here and Amigos Hostel is by far the most colourful. Remember to get up early and take the 4.40 am tour to tikal. This means you get to see the jungle wake up.
Bus to Flores then minibus to Tikal. Hostel Amigos can be found atwww.amigoshostel.com
________________________________________________________________Lomas de Tzununa, Tzununa, Guatemala
Posted by wiltrav
Lake Atitlan is one of the most breathtaking places on the planet. We travelled around the lake and never found a more peaceful and scenic spot than right out of our cabin door at Lomas de Tzununa.
Thierry and Maria were welcoming hosts and the accommodation was cosy and comfortable. We couldn't bring ourselves to leave!www.lomasdetzununa.com/
________________________________________________________________Casa de Cafe, Copan, Honduras
Posted by Golondrina123
It is beautiful, with views over a great green valley, hammocks, wonderful coffee, the amazing ruins of Copan up the road.
La Casa de Café
Barrio El Centro
________________________________________________________________The Bearded Monkey, Granada, nicaragua
Posted by SamEichblatt
A hostel close to the centre of Granada, the Bearded Monkey is friendly and lively without being dominated by hard-partying backpackers.
Arranged around a central courtyard lit with twinkling lights, the (public) bar sells local beers, decent food and its own compilation CDs, as well as running DVD nights from the owner's great selection, for a small donation.
Check the noticeboard for good value Spanish lessons by local teachers (Anjelica is recommended) and trips to the nearby Lago de Apoyo, where the Bearded Monkey has a cabin, the Monkey Hut, with terraces running down to the lake - an excellent swimming spot.
Avenida 14 de Septiembre, opposite the bomberos (fire station).www.thebeardedmonkey.com
________________________________________________________________Canopy Lodge, Panama City, Panama
Posted by mitzyli
Canopy Lodge is located in Soberania National Park, a 30-minute drive from Panama City. It's a former radar/observation tower turned into a hotel catering to birdwatchers. I recommend it because it's an opportunity to stay in a tower in the middle of the rainforest, and the views are amazing. I'm not into birdwatching, but I understand that this place is the ne plus ultra for those who are into it.www.canopytower.com
________________________________________________________________Kuna Niskua Lodge, El Porvenir, Panama
Posted by jackknife73
The lodge is situated on Wichub-Wala island about five minutes' boat trip from El Porvenir airport. It is a rustic, two-storey, bamboo structure and they feed you three meals a day and provide all transport. The price (c$40-50 per night per person) includes a trip for most of the day to the remoter islands for swimming, snokelling etc and then, on the return leg, a sidevisit to a more populated island to see more of the Kuna islanders flogging their locally made molas. The beaches were superb and the lodge was fine - it's not luxury, but there is a cold shower, running water and the hosts are very friendly. So a bit like camping but under bamboo. During my stay the other guests tended to be the more adventurous types of traveller and spanned all ages and nationalities. Recommended for a two-three day visit, especially as there are no mosquitoes here.
My hotel in Panama City made the reservation on my behalf but we went through three different phone numbers. Try 507-2275308 (the host speaks Spanish) Fax: 507-2252568.
Address: Kuna Niskua Lodge, Wichub-Wala, Porvenir, Kuna Yala, Apdo 280 Zona 1, Panama.www.kuna-niskua.com
________________________________________________________________Coffee Estate Inn, Panama
Posted by mitzyli
Stay at the Coffee Estate Inn: the owners are a little difficult, but they run a top-notch operation (fresh coffee, homemade breads, flower arrangements, amazing view, etc).
Eat at the Panamonte Inn in the fireplace room: nice ambience, the people watching is decent, and they serve great food for the money.
Drive to Cerro Punto and walk the trails in La Amistad National Park.
Coffee Estate Inn: www.coffeeestateinn.com
Panamonte Inn and Spa: www.panamonte.com
________________________________________________________________Bamboo Inn, Puriscal, Costa Rica
Posted by donalicia
A family-run affair of two cabinas, simple, but well-equipped and super clean, in the hills one hour from the capital San Jose.
To see the real Costa Rica, not the meretricious zip lines and canopy tours offered by exploitative ex-hippies, stay with Don Freddy and Dona Barbara. He has reasonable English and French, comprehensive knowledge of local wildlife and can show you how real local people live their lives. There is even a frequent bus service if you don't want to drive, as far as the capital for just over one pound each way.
Don't overlook San Jose either. Chaotic it is, but has some interesting backwaters like Barrio Amon; see the areas south of the Central Avenue before they get developed. Great little sodas (cafes) abound and, if you want upmarket, then try the Argentinian restaurant near La Solidad church; a timbale of green apple and prune accompanying a pork fillet in brown beer and honey sauce is worth taking the trip!www.bambooinnpuriscal.com