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Central America & the Caribbean - Best Tours & Trips

While technically part of the North American continent, Central America and the Caribbean Sea are a region (or regions) apart from the rest. Like some major Caribbean islands -- including Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico -- Central America has mixed Spanish and native heritage, while the Caribbean islands also display African, French, Dutch, British and even Danish influences. Besides large cruise ships, a variety of small ships also cruise the Caribbean and make stops in Central America as well. Costa Rica, Panama, Belize and Guatemala are all popular Central American destinations.

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Central America & the Caribbean Tour Reviews - Summary
98% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 835 Great 256 Average 19 Disappointing 5 Terrible 11
Value
4.7 Guide
4.7 Activities
4.7 Lodging
4.7 Transportation
4.7 Meals
4.7

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Does Not Recommend

Convenience of payments is not worth the stress. October 2018

1.0

Belize: Rainforests, Reefs & Ruins

  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
So far, our experience has not been great.
We booked, everyone was fabulous, we were excited! I was offered an additional $100 off of my trip and $45 off the price of private rooming, along with my boyfriends. Obviously an incentive to get us to book. Neither discounts were ever taken off the bill, even after sending in emails. Eventually I sent screenshots of what other reps had said and had the $45 taken off, but they refuse to honor the other discount. Oh well, only $200.
We are supposed to be leaving in January. They recently emailed and said that due to low enrollment, they are changing the dates to combine us with another group. Not only did I get this time off work, but the second date is after my semester already starts. Im not sure what Ill do for school, and no one at EF seems to care how this affects us. We selected a specific date? How can you just go and change it? Oh well, we will have to make it work.
Finally, the cherry on the cake here, we are told that our private room isn't a guarantee and we wont necessarily get it if we change dates. So the upgrade we already paid $700 for isn't necessarily available. No one ever mentioned it being questionable, they were in such a rush to take our money they didn't even feel the need to let us know. I told them that the private rooming is make-or-break for us, and Ive been waiting on a reply for days.
So far, the anxiety I feel over losing out on 3k is not worth the convenience of the monthly payments. Id highly recommend booking elsewhere unless you are unemployed and not a student.
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Operator EF College Break (EF Ultimate Break)

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Great guide and group made the trip August 2018

5.0

Cycle Nicaragua, Costa Rica & Panama

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The cycling was challenging in the heat but the guide, mechanic and driver
provided great support. A group were inclusive and the sights seen were
spectacular.
Looking into an active volcano at dusk.


The group letter was exceptional. Nothing was to much trouble. He looked
after the safety and welfare of the group.


The hills are challenging for casual cyclist in the heat of the day.


An enjoyable trip.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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Recommends

What a fabulous way to explore these countries August 2018

5.0

Cycle Nicaragua, Costa Rica & Panama

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This was our first Exodus trip and I have to say we had a few reservations
before we left . We have been on many of our own cycling holidays but never
on an organised one . We were worried there might not be enough cycling or
that we might have to wait ages for others or hold others up.
However Roberto our leader was brilliant . We all cycled at our own pace but
he kept us all together at regroup points and everyone was happy .
What I loved about the holiday was the opportunity to do something we like
-the cycling but also to do sightseeing and explore places I know we would
not have seen if we were on our own .
Everything was so well organised even down to our lunch being booked in
advance and we pay at end of the week .
I liked being in a group we had such a laugh it was like a two week party and
those on their own were looked after well.
I wish we had started looking at Exodus holidays before , I will certainly go
on another
Cycling along the lake and seeing all the wildlife
The views were amazing
Also staying on a Caribbean island in Panama


Brilliant
He made the holiday special and created the team ethos


If you can go a day earlier and stay a day later it is worth it so you see
more of Panama and Grenada


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Operator Exodus Travels

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Cycling, Scenery and Swimming August 2018

5.0

Cycle Nicaragua, Costa Rica & Panama

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The trip is a great combination of cycling in three Central American
countries all with quite distinct scenery. The cycling stages are not too
long but nonetheless quite challenging given the hills and heat/humidity.
Some training - particularly hills - is recommended! There was often time for
a swim at the end of the day and swimming one day in the Caribbean Sea and
the next in the Pacific Ocean was a highlight. Frequently, there was the
opportunity to spot wildlife along the route - sloths, howler monkeys and
toucans! A visit to an active volcano and cycling across the Panama Canal are
also part of the itinerary.
Cycling a very hilly stage of the tour through breathtaking scenery.


The trip leader - Memo - was very sociable, well organised and professional
with a great sense of humour. He too k the time to get to know each member of
the group and made sure that we were happy, comfortable and enjoying the
cycling - offering encouragement up the longer steeper hill sections.
Importantly, Memo was quite conscious of the safety of the group on the road.
Memo's briefings were comprehensive and helpful and he was always willing to
answer our questions - relevant or otherwise! Memo was well supported by the
local crew who were also very engaged with the group and made sure our bikes
were in good order and we were well hydrated/ fed with fresh local fruits at
the cycling rest stops. The trip was well supported by a great team which
contributed to the overall enjoyment.


The stages are quite hilly so some training is essential. There are a couple
of short off road stages so some off road training may also be helpful. Lunch
and dinner is at the traveller's cost which can add quite a bit to a two-week
trip. No too much time is spent in towns or villages so make sure you have
all the essentials with you. There are no too many opportunities for engaging
with local people or local culture.


Cycling Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama is a great way to get a taste of
three different Central American countries.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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Recommends

Fantastic experience August 2018

5.0

Cycle Nicaragua, Costa Rica & Panama

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Fantastic to see three amazing countries on two wheels, it was an incredible
trip and the scenery is just stunning. There are so many highs like cycling
around a volcano, the undulating fast rides in Costa Rica were so much fun,
riding a long the beach and seeing amazing wildlife. Having a dip in the
volcanic hot springs was amazing too. The food was excellent and our leader
Memo (Guilermo Sanchez) had the most amazing sense of humour and made the
trip even more special. There were a few hard climbs but when you reach the
top and see the stunning views - its worth it and there was so much support.
If you get a chance to go - do it.
There are so many, seeing the Lava flow in the Volcano, cycling along a
beach, hot and cold springs, Memo giving us a history lesson with his amazing
drawing skills. Best of all was laughing every day.


We have been on a few Exodus trips and Memo, has been the best leader by far.
He is incredibly organised and nothing seemed to phase him, he was always
there for us 24hrs a day.
He is extremely knowledgeable about the countries and the wildlife - best of
all he always gave us support and encouragement when it got a bit tough on
some of the climbs and we all made.
He is a very warm kind and friendly person - I would definitely ask Exodus
for him if I do the Costa Rica Coasts to Coast as he is just one of a kind. I
miss his sense of humour and stories.


Do some hill training or spinning classes and pack lite. Definitely take
mosquito repellent that has deer and plenty of sunscreen and some that you
can carry on the bike as it gets quite hot in the afternoon.


if you get a chance to go - go do it. It was so much fun and don't be daunted
by the climbs as you can do it all in your own pace its not a race. As
mentioned before I thought Memo was just excellent and he made the trip extra
special.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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