Offshore, Belize's vibrant coral reefs (part of the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere) acts as a diving Disneyland for visitors. Don't be discouraged by a lack of scuba certifi cation, though, as the reef is just as easily enjoyed by snorkeling, sailing, fishing or merely looking at it from one of the many offshore cays. Rent a golf cart to get around the unpaved roads of San Pedro Town at the south end of Ambergris Caye, just a 20-minute puddle jump from Belize City and host to the most visitors in Belize. Caye Caulker, a smaller pedestrian island is a 15-minute puddle jump back in time where the main mode of transportation is walking.EXPERIENCE HONDURASThe second-largest nation in Central America, Honduras offers a landscape both dramatic and dramatically varied. The black-sand beaches of the Pacific Coast and the white-sand beaches of the Caribbean Coast are divided by high, pinecovered mountains. With rustic charm, Honduras offers low-key and inexpensive travel like few places left on the planet. Tourism developed slowly here, meaning things were carefully planned. Eco-tourism is wildly popular, protecting the indigenous culture and natural heritage.Spanish is the official language, though English is widely spoken, especially on the Bay Islands. Roatán, the largest of the islands, is surrounded by the rich coral reef, making amazing diving and snorkeling a must. Scuba newbies looking for certification flock to Utila, the island known as a "certification destination" for its easy, inexpensive training in ideal underwater conditions. Catering to a more elite crowd, Guanaja wows visitors with hikes through the tall, unique Caribbean pine forests.On the mainland, Copán Ruinas, located on the northwestern border near Guatemala, is known as the Athens of the Maya civilization, showcasing the most advanced sculpture in the Maya world.SEE IT ALLA mecca for over a million surfers and nature lovers a year, Costa Rica knows a thing or two about entertaining visitors. The local motto, "Pura Vida" or "Pure Life" perfectly sums up the vibe laid-back enough to lack an army. With beaches, cloud forests and volcanoes, the varied topography acts as an outdoor playground. Catch a surf at Playa Tamarindo on the Pacific Coast; relax in natural hot springs in La Fortuna at the base of the active Volcán Arenal; zip-line through the cloud forests of Montevedre; or chill out to reggae beats on the mellow Caribbean Coast.The time to visit Panama is now - the word is out and in a few years the landscape could be quite different. Thinking about Panama without thinking about the canal might be impossible - visiting the country without seeing the engineering feat would be a shame. But the raw, natural beauty of Panama, especially the incredible number of bird species, begs to be explored. Offshore, the famous archipelago Bocas del Toro has six verdant islands. Isla Colón, the largest and most visited, is a great jumping-off point for exploring the islets by water taxi. Nearby Isla Bastimentos is quieter, with an infectious, laid-back Caribbean feel.