You know that feeling you get when you finally come across a website that just has everything you need to know.
You’ve been trawling around the web for a while.
You’ve been to some pretty dark corners and spartan blogs.
And then you find that one gem. The information packed, beasty, epicly awesome piece of internet.
This post is dedicated to the best pieces of internet I’ve found during my time in Central America.
If you’re planning to spend any time in the region, I’m certain that every single one of these websites and resources is going to come in useful to you at some point.
Bookmark them. Save them. Write them down. You’re going to need them a lot.
Regularly updated information on the entire public bus network in Belize.
This site is maintained by the mysteriously named Mister B.
He’s been on the ground in Belize travelling around since at least the last decade so far as I can make out.
This blog is his collected knowledge, acquired and accumulated over that time and carefully maintained in this handy blog form for all to see.
The public bus network in Belize is pretty good and if you need to get around the country, you’ll definitely want to use it because it’s cheap.
Longer journeys between destinations within Belize mean you’ll have to mesh multiple bus journeys together with a few changeovers. That’s easily said, but getting hold of the timetables for anything other than the city you’re currently in can be a bit of a nightmare. And that makes planning your journey tricky.
Luckily, the Belize Bus Blog is there waiting to come to your rescue.
It’s updated regularly both by Mister B and crowdsourced updates are in the comments. Leave one of your own if you discover a fare/route change or have any questions.
Sticking with our public bus theme for a minute longer, the Centro Coasting team have got you covered for El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.
Same kinda deal with this one as with the Belize Bus Blog. Think full, detailed info on every bus route you could want.
What I really like about Centro Coasting though is how easy is to navigate through and find the specific info you need.
Starting by selecting your country from the main menu, you can then navigate to the town/place you want to start your journey. From there a handily laid out page will outline every route out of there, where it goes, what times it runs and how much it costs.
You don’t have to work as hard for your info as you do on the Belize Bus Blog. But hey, I’m not complaining. They’re both still awesome websites that have saved my bacon multiple times!
OK so that’s your busses sorted. Now the Border Tramp guys have got you covered for accommodation!
The goal of this blog is to help budget travellers find good but cheap accommodation, food and transport around Central America.
The couple who run the blog have been travelling around Central America on a budget of $25 per day, and they’ve racked up a LOT of knowledge along the way.
The site has recommendations for places to stay broken down by place. Just select where you are or where you’re going, and they’ve hand selected 4 or 5 of their favourite budget spots for you to check out.
So many of the hostels I’ve stayed in here in Central that have gone on to become my favourites, are all from Border Tramp recommendations.
I always check here first when I’m looking for accommodation options in a new place in Central America. I’ve stayed in heaps of them and I can honestly say they’ve all been great.
A well rounded site if you want to get a good general overview of Nicaragua.
Vianica has a huge database of knowledge on this amazing country. Everything is covered from what to do, see, eat and experience.
A couple of really good features are the events section where you can check out what’s going on in Nica while you’re there, and also the wildlife section which lists and photographs all of the different wildlife you can expect to see dotted around the country.
It’d be nice to see them develop the wildlife section further, so that we can see the best locations within the country to spot each species. But still, having said that, a pretty useful resource as is.
Keeping abreast of political current affairs isn’t as exciting as looking up where to spot Giant Eagle Rays, I’ll give you that.
But it is important to at least have a hand in the game.
Especially with countries that are a little bit more politically volatile, like a number of the Central American ones.
Keeping at least a loose eye on what’s going on could help you to avoid getting stuck in the middle of any localised political unrest as it arises.
More importantly, it gives you a bit of an insight into the real life problems that the people in the country you’re visiting are dealing with.
It’s an important part of getting to know a place and connecting with the people you find there.
Stick this blog in your reading list or add it to your RSS reader before and during your visit.
Thanks to all those who have been featured here for helping to make my Central America trip just that little bit easier.
I’ve yet to find one solid ‘go-to’ website for a country by country history of the region. If anyone has any good suggestions, please let me know.
Are these sites useful? Do you have any others you’d like to see added to the list? Let me know in the comments below.
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