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Guatemala vs Costa Rica vs Honduras for 1 week Honeymoon

Carencro, Louisiana
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Guatemala vs Costa Rica vs Honduras for 1 week Honeymoon

My (active duty Army) husband and I are looking into CR, Guate, & Honduras for a week long honeymoon. We would love to hike somewhere (safe) in the forests or maybe get a tour through the forests (not sure how it works but we’re avid hikers in Louisiana) and we’d like to be on a beach as well (just for relaxation). I’m looking to see animals (safely, haha) and also relax with my spouse. We’re looking at going next year, don’t want to spend over $5k on the trip and have no clue the best time of year to go either. Any help is greatly appreciated!

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1. Re: Guatemala vs Costa Rica vs Honduras for 1 week Honeymoon

For safety, choose Costa Rica, hands down. It is also very beautiful and teeming with wildlife, tho wildlife can be hard to spot and some are extremely elusive. Honduras is one of the more dangerous countries to visit due to crime. In addition, they have recently been hit by natural disasters and have not had time to rebuild. Guatemala has some no-go areas due to extreme poverty and drug activity. Please consult the U.S. State Department traveler info. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/

Guatemala and Honduras both have some magnificent Mayan archeological sites--Tikal and Copan, to name 2 of the most famous.

Costa Rica has several widely different ecosystems ranging from the Cloud Forest in the mountains, to rain forest, to dry scrublands, each with different animals, and beaches with resorts, of course. We saw sloths, iguanas, frogs, lizards, howler monkeys, bats, some splendid birds and a few giant crocodiles. They also have some snakes you do not want to encounter and were told to be alert while walking around, so you may want to have a guide or at least read up on what to expect in various parts.

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2. Re: Guatemala vs Costa Rica vs Honduras for 1 week Honeymoon

You say “no clue the best time of year to go” ...

For Costa Rica, mid December to April is the “ dry Season”, lots of sunshine make it ideal for beach time and rainforest visits.. Of course thats also peak tourist season /most expensive time to visit too

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