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Find out where to eat, stay and play in Central America (Costa Rica, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and El Salvador).

Family friendly attractions, hotels and restaurants.

Things to Do In Guatemala City – Family Staycation

So what’s a staycation? To me it means either doing a small vacation like trip (either day trip or multi-day trip) that is super close to home. And that is exactly what we did! Our chosen location, one least thought of for people who live in Antigua, Guatemala, Guatemala City. With my husband working a […]

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Where to Stay in Guatemala City – Grand Tikal Futura Hotel

Living in Antigua it is virtually impossible not to hear about Tikal Futura Mall. We’ve been there several times to go bowling and do a bit of shopping. Visiting the mall I’ve seen signs to Grand Tikal Futura Hotel, but always thought of it as a motel or more along the lines of a budget […]

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Divercity Guatemala City – Where Kids Get to be Adults

Kids are always saying they wish they can grow up and be adults. Well, somebody heard them and Divercity was born.  Up until very recently this different type of attraction was only in South America, but is now in Guatemala City as well. Until I received my itinerary from INGUAT, Instituto Guatemalteco de Turismo (Guatemala’s Tourism […]

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IRTRA Petapa – Amusement Park Fun in Guatemala City

Who would ever think that amusement parks are the best places for a private guide to assist you? Especially when traveling as a single parent! Well that is exactly when I truly valued the private guide that INGUAT, Instituto Guatemalteco de Turismo (Guatemala’s Tourism Board and Institue), helped me set up – Norman from Turismo Chapin. When […]

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Family Friendly Dining – Nais Guatemala City

Eating is a huge part of traveling. So, when I was in the process of working with INGUAT, Instituto Guatemalteco de Turismo (Guatemala’s Tourism Board and Institue), for our private tour of Guatemala City, Nais Guatemala Restaurant was recommended. After doing some more research and chatting with Norman, our private travel guide of Turismo Chapin, we decided […]

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Visiting the Kids Museum – Museo de los Ninos in Guatemala City

With my husband working a lot lately, I wanted to do something different with my kids. I decided on a staycation, of sorts, to Guatemala City. We have been to Guate several times, however, I wanted to do the full-on family trip. I have heard of INGUAT, Instituto Guatemalteco de Turismo (Guatemala’s Tourism Board and Institue), […]

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Life on Rio Dulce – It’s Not as Dulce (Sweet) as it Looks

Rio Dulce is better known as the Amazon of Guatemala. And for good reason. It’s lush, full of water canals, a rain forest and full of amazing birds and wildlife. It is also a place for fishermen and local people. Here’s a glimpse into their lives on the river. The main mode of transportation here […]

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Experience Guatemala City Street Fair Like Local

I’m a huge fan of street fairs and local festivals. This is when all the real goodness of the country comes out to play. If you are visiting any city or country during the local festivals, my advice – go and have fun! And get over your non greasy dieting and no carbs. You have […]

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Local Dishes of Costa Rica – Photo Essay

When visiting Costa Rica the number one suggestion I make to everyone  – visit a SODA, the local eatery and enjoy homemade Costa Rica food. Casado – this dish usually has beans, salad, plantains, rice and different meats, fish, chicken or vegetarian style. Gallo Pinto – you haven’t eaten Costa Rican until you eat Gallo […]

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Island Hopping in Granada, Nicaragua – Photo Essay

One of the top attractions to do when visiting the colonial city of Granada Nicaragua is go on an island tour. There are over 360 islands, and you can either do a tour, rent a boat and go island hopping. We did a private tour, which was barely more expensive than a collective one and […]

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Local Fishermen’s Pier in El Salvador – Photo Essay

El Salvador is one of those hidden secretive type of destinations. When staying on the coast visiting the beaches we took a day trip to the Pier in Libertad. Let me tell you, if you are in the area, this is a MUST VISIT spot! Fresh caught fish and seafood made into fresh Ceviche – […]

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Snorkeling Tour on Ambergris Caye, Belize – Photo Essay

Our private tour man awaits us for the snorkel day with fish and sharks. We headed to Hol Chan Marine Reserve where some of the best snorkeling near Ambergris Caye can be experienced. These are my gorgeous captains. I’ll be on boat with them any day. These were the not-so-friendly fish part of our trip. […]

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Biking on Caye Caulker – The Only True Way to See the Island – Photo Essay

Caye Caulker is a two mile island off of Belize City and without a doubt one of the most beautiful places my family and I have ever visited. We are so in love with it, that we want to move there, even for a short period of time. Aside the laid back lifestyle and gorgeous […]

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Easy Living in Hopkins Village, Belize – Photo Essay

Hopkins Village is one of the only true villages left with the Garifuna culture as the main culture of the town. All is located along the beach and finding the restaurants and other cool things to do is part of the fun here. Chilling and learning how to play drums with the local boys of […]

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Fine Dining in a Ruin in Antigua, Guatemala – Photo Essay

Dining in Antigua, Guatemala can be different and unique if you know what to look for. Each year a special night – Noche de Chefs – happens around March. Where over 20 different restaurants offer up their best dishes as part of the package. And to hold it true to Antigua, where else but dining […]

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Tikal Guatemala Experience

Tikal Maya Ruins is one of the most special places in the world to my family and me. Why? Because this is where my husband and I met thirteen years ago. Since then we have taken our sons to visit the ruins so they too can see the magic this place possesses. Normally when my […]

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Unique and Healthy Restaurant in Flores Guatemala – La Danta

Searching for a healthy restaurant in Flores always caused a major challenge for me. For several reasons: 1. Most restaurants serve the same type of food which is usually Guatemalan cuisine or Italian. These could be construed as healthy, but overall they weren’t ideal choices. Plus, living in Guatemala for almost five years, my family […]

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Gringo Perdido Ecological Inn on El Remate Guatemala – A Luxurious Family Adventure

Every time we visit Flores / Tikal area, we end up staying in the town of Flores. Which is super adorable, colorful and on Lake Peten Itza. However, it was time for a change. I’ve heard about El Remate which is also on the lake, but a completely different layout. Instead of a being a […]

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Family Friendly Guide to Staying at Finca Ixobel – Eco Lodge

One of the rarest things for my family to do is to return to a place that we’ve visited once before. With the world being so large and with so much to see, the place has to be extra, extra special. That is exactly the way we feel about Finca Ixobel! I have personally been […]

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Day of the Dead – Kite Festival in Guatemala

Guatemala is known for many events and festivities. But one festival that is celebrated is not experienced anywhere else in the entire world – Kite Festival – Day of the Dead in Sumpango (November 1). The day is to remember the dead. Over 500 years ago the tradition started that flying kites as high as possible […]

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