With its colorfully painted buildings, cobblestone streets, and Spanish colonial architecture, Granada is a picturesque town that wears its history on its streets.
Parque Central is a hustling, bustling center of town. As in so many Spanish colonial towns, the park forms the heart of a grid that radiates out through the city's streets.
La Capilla Maria Auxiliadora isn't the grandest or most famous of Granada's churches. But it makes a credible claim to be the most beautiful.
The distinctive yellow and white Granada Cathedral dominates the city's skyline and is Granada's most important of the city's several churches.
Historic and pretty Granada is on Lake Nicaragua (Lago Nicaragua), but the lakefront isn't all it could be.
Cenote Xkeken, near Valladolid, is one of the prettiest of the 3,000 or so underground cenotes scattered across Mexico's Yucatan peninsula.
You'd never know it today, but Coba, on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, was once an important and powerful Mayan city. But it has long been in ruins.
Tikal, in northern Guatemala, was once one the largest and most powerful of the Maya cities. Today it has been most taken over by jungle.
Central America is where American school buses go to retire. In the balmy tropical climes of places like Guatemala and Honduras, they're given a new, colorful lease on life.
I'm on a real Caribbean island. But it's 100 miles from the sea. Flores is a tiny island village in Guatemala's Lake Peten Itza. It makes for a convenient jumping off point for visiting the nearby Maya ruins of Tikal.
Just outside Antigua, Pacaya is one of several active volcanos that make up the Central American Volcanic Arc.
There are many Maya civilization sites on the Yucatan Peninsula, but none has a more beautiful location than Tulum, not far from Cancun.
Chichicastenango is a town where buying and selling is everything. Its markets are reputed to be the largest in Central America; the range of wares on offer is truly impressive. And the indigenous Maya culture adds a distinct local flavor to the town.
If God and the government had their way, Antigua wouldn't exist. But it's a good thing it does. With charming Spanish colonial architecture, cobblestone streets, and a vibrant cultural life, it's a wonderful place to visit.
Guatemala City isn't a popular tourist destination, in large part because of the scourge of violent crime, but there are some things worth seeing in this otherwise crowded and poverty-stricken city.
Excellence Playa Mujeres resort, just north of the traffic and bustle of Cancun, is a great place if you're looking to just get away to relax by the beach.
Zihuatanejo is a small fishing village on Mexico's Pacific coast that's just bursting with local flavor. From the beautiful scenery, laid-back and welcoming locals, and ultra-fresh seafood, it's a great place to be.
There's much to love about Zihuatanejo on Mexico's Pacific coast, and the beach fish market is one of the town's gems.
Chichen Itza is one of the most famous, most impressive, and most visited of the Mayan ruins sites on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.