A skinny belt of countries that runs from Mexico to South America, Central America is made up of seven countries — Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. Combined with the chilled vibes of the Caribbean, which is made up of over 5,000 islands, reefs, and cays, this is a region that has much to offer to travelers who come looking for adventure. While this region doesn’t look like much on the map, looks have never been more deceiving. Surrounded by the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, this region is teeming with all manner of wildlife, volcanoes, colonial towns, Mayan ruins, and mile upon glorious mile of white-sand beaches. And as much fun as they are to explore by day, these lands truly come alive at night – often to the beat of salsa, calypso or reggae.