The Most Budget Friendly Countries in Central America

San Juan del Sur, Rivas, Nicaragua
San Juan del Sur, Rivas, Nicaragua. Photo by Darren Lawrence on Pexels

If you’re looking to explore more of the world on a budget, then it might be time to explore Central America. Central America boasts natural landscapes, rugged views, delicious coffee, and rainforests to name a few. Central America is also an excellent option for those traveling from North America, and looking for something unique that isn’t a too far a plane ride away. Keep reading for a few of our top Central American destinations and pack your passport and sunglasses.


Only a five-hour plane ride from New York, and two from Miami, Guatemala is a very attractive option for those looking for a budget friendly and beautiful country to explore. The country is home to ancient Malayan history, active volcanos, colonial architecture, natural pools, and rainforests. Guatemala is the ultimate escape for the hiking and nature enthusiast looking for a budget friendly and fun getaway.


One of the more underrated destinations in Central America. Nicaragua is close to Guatemala and an excellent budget friendly option for friends and family. The country boasts beautiful and natural landscape, including mountains, volcanos, and rainforests. Accommodations and food is also very inexpensive, making this underrated gem an excellent place for backpackers to explore.


We recommend Belize for those looking to party and relax on tranquil islands. Belize is known for its excellent Caribbean Sea beaches, and dense jungles. The jungles are home to ancient Malayan ruins, while the beaches are known for rich marine life.