Central America Living

By James Dyde | Stories, information, and opinion from Central America - the heart of the Americas. 

Living In Nicaragua In An Age Of Insurrection

Living In Nicaragua In An Age Of Insurrection<p>May 18, 2018<p>¨Too soon we get old and too late we get smart¨, my uncle Bob used to tell me as he bounced …

Central America

Volaris Costa Rica Inaugurates Washington Route, Marks New Chapter for Dulles

Tom has been flying for as long as he can remember. His first flight memory was on a Song Airlines 757 flying from LaGuardia to Orlando. Back then, …

Costa Rica

A Quick Guide To The Players At The Nicaraguan National Dialogue

A Quick Guide To The Players At The Nicaraguan National Dialogue<p>May 17, 2018<p>Occasionally, so-called reality TV turns into real broadcasting reality, …

Venezuela

How Nicaragua's Protests Could Spread Elsewhere in Central America

Protest

Selfies, Cellphones, And Social Media In Guatemala (Or How To Hashtag Your Way Through Life)

Selfies, Cellphones, And Social Media In Guatemala (Or How To Hashtag Your Way Through Life)<p>May 16, 2018<p>Over and over, the omnipresent social media …

Social Media

El Salvador

El Salvador and Honduras are the two countries I was most nervous about to start this trip. I even considered not going through El Salvador – as it …

Central America

Nicaragua under pressure, as violence continues

Anti-government protests left two dead and dozens injured, as protesters and police clashed in the city of Masaya. The Catholic Church has called for …

Venezuela

Nicaragua’s Tourism Future

It has been approximately 30 days since the protests began here in Nicaragua. Daily we read reports of hotels suffering through the loss of current …

Nicaragua

Pension reform proves perilous in Latin America | Public Finance

Deadly violence in Nicaragua sparked by abrupt changes to the country’s pension system have underlined the high stakes involved in reforming public …

Latin America

El Salvador tries to shed its reputation as a murder hotspot to attract tourists

Would you holiday in one of the world's deadliest countries outside of war zones?<p>A grassroots movement in the tiny Central American country of El …

El Salvador

Hiking In El Salvador: Three Easy Day Trips From San Salvador

Hiking In El Salvador: Three Easy Day Trips From San Salvador<p>Do you ever tire of the city? Even small cities can become overbearing and San Salvador …

South America

How Fireball Helped Us Nearly Win The 2018 World Offshore Championship

How Fireball Helped Us Nearly Win The 2018 World Offshore Championship<p>May 11, 2018<p>Ever since I moved to Costa Rica in 2009, fishing has been my …

Costa Rica

Showing the way in San José – how Costa Rica gets it right

With authoritarianism and proto-fascism on the rise in so many corners of the world, it is heartening to see a country where citizens are still deeply committed to democratic principles. And now its people are trying to redefine their politics for the 21st century.<p>Over the years, Costa Rica, a …

Economics

Welcome to Punta Gorda, Belize – A Taste Of The Real Belize

Welcome to Punta Gorda, Belize – A Taste Of The Real Belize<p>Punta Gorda, Belize – called PG by most everyone – is the southernmost village of any note …

Central America

Best Surf Trips Under 2 G’s: Costa Rica

Central America’s most stable democracy remains its most consistently inexpensive surf destination<p>By

Costa Rica

Guatemala Corruption Panel Has New Foe: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio

MEXICO CITY — President Jimmy Morales of Guatemala has made no secret of his desire to get rid of a United Nations-backed anti-corruption panel that helped bring down his predecessor.<p>The commission of international prosecutors has charged Mr. Morales’s brother and his son in a fraud case and it …

Corruption

Punta Pacifica, Panama City: Central America’s Mini-Dubai?

Punta Pacifica, Panama City: Central America’s Mini-Dubai?<p>May 07, 2018<p>Moving to Panama and have some cash to splash? If you want an exclusive …

Central America

Why Costa Ricans are being paid to marry Chinese migrants

<b>"Who wants to earn some money?"</b><p>It was just a simple question, but it was enough to convince María (not her real name) to enter into what seemed like a simple deal.<p>A young woman offered the 46-year-old Costa Rican woman 100,000 colones ($175; £130) to get married to a Chinese man so that he could …

Costa Rica

What Country Has The Best (And Worst) Roads In Central America?

What Country Has The Best (And Worst) Roads In Central America?<p>Once they cross the Rio Grande and find themselves in Latin America (AKA Mexico), the …

Central America

Cold-War Echoes in Central America

Over the last decade, the United States has pursued a foreign policy toward Latin America that married regional security and stability with democracy promotion and economic development. Under the Trump administration, that has begun to change — in an echo of the Cold War, narrowly defined national …

Trump Administration

Viewfinder: Mid-Riot Ice Cream in Nicaragua

An ice-cream salesman walks in front of riot police agents blocking the road as demonstrators protest during a march to the National Congress to …

Viewfinders

Costa Rican leader on tackling regional migration - CNN Video

Costa Rica's youngest ever President-elect Carlos Alvarado speaks to Christiane Amanpour about his landslide election win and Central American migration.

Costa Rica

Bring the Rule of Law to Nicaragua

Washington — For more than a week at the end of last month, Nicaragua was shaken by widespread, youth-led demonstrations calling for an end to the corrupt rule of President Daniel Ortega. With his regime under pressure, Mr. Ortega’s security forces detained hundreds, and dozens were killed.<p>The …

Venezuela

Scandinavian-inspired hotel emerges from the lush Costa Rican landscape

European design elements meet Costa Rican craftsmanship in the newly completed Mint Santa Teresa, a modern hotel set into a steep hillside in Santa …

Costa Rica

Is Nicaragua Safe To Visit Right Now?

Nicaragua Update: Is Nicaragua Safe To Visit Right Now?<p>May 02, 2018<p>Is Nicaragua safe to visit right now? That’s a question we’ve been asked a lot …

Nicaragua

Nicaragua undergoing "worst political crisis" in country's history, journalist says

<b>MANAGUA, Nicaragua --</b> Nicaragua is experiencing the "worst political crisis" in the country's history, says investigative journalist Carlos Fernando …

Human Rights

Why Shouldn't Central American Mothers Flee From Violent Street Gangs?

On several occasions, Donald Trump has described Central American street gang members as “animals” and recounted gruesome killings in detail. Yet when women have fled with their children from Central America to escape these same street gangs, Trump administration officials have bullied and …

Immigration

7 things you have to know before you visit Belize

<b>Beautiful Belize, a small country in the northern part of South America, sure packs a punch.</b><p>Despite its relatively diminutive size, it manages to fit …

Belize

How Trujillo, Honduras Is Developing Into A Tourist Destination To Contend With

How Trujillo, Honduras Is Developing Into A Tourist Destination To Contend With<p>Apr 30, 2018<p>We’ve been coming to Trujillo, Honduras since the …

National Parks