The southern half of the great American continent is split into three regions: the Caribbean, Central America and South America. Countries where Spanish, Portuguese and French are spoken are often referred to as ‘Latin America’. Whichever part of this continent entices you to visit, you are in for a cycling treat.
Many tourists that take a holiday in the Caribbean do so for the beautiful white sand beaches, inviting seas and water sports. The region has a reputation for cruise boats and luxurious resort hotels. Increasingly, a few of the islands are now also beginning to be known for what they can offer the cyclist. The islands are surprisingly diverse with stunning coastal and inland scenery, hills, mountains and forests. Interesting cycling destinations range from Barbados to Bonaire.
Certainly the most popular place in the Caribbean for cycle holidays is Cuba. This unique island has a diverse landscape, fascinating history and relatively little traffic, a great combination for cyclists. From the dramatic limestone scenery and the tobacco fields of Vinales, colonial towns such as Trinidad, to the high mountains of the Sierra Maestra in the east, there are some superb and diverse routes to explore on two wheels.
Moving further south, you come to Central America. Central America is the isthmus between North and South America, consisting of seven countries that form a narrow land bridge between Mexico and Colombia. From north to south the seven countries are Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. Each country is unique and a cycling holiday in Central America offers a great diversity of environments, nature, culture and history within a relatively small area.