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Tourism is strong in Central America !

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Published on: 2012/11/10


Opportunities in Tourism

Despite the downturn in the major economies, more and more tourists traveling the globe are looking for the kind of experiences that Central America has to offer.

The opportunities are there. Demand for tourist destinations such as the ones Central America can offer is firm and is increasing every year.

 A statement from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) reads:

Tourism grows in the world despite the international crisis
International tourist arrivals grew by 4% a year worldwide between January and August of 2012 and is nearing for the first time the 1,000 million mark for December, said the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

According to the UN agency, tourism figures climbed 5% in emerging economies, compared with 4% in developed countries.





The Aruba Shipwreck Directory  Caribbean Shipwrecks

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Published on: 2012/10/21


ARUBA Netherland Antilles
Aruba is the most westerly of the ABC islands of the Netherlands Antilles,
lying 15 miles north of Venezuela. The island is well known for its white
sand beaches, casinos and resorts.

Most diving is done off the island’s west coast, and there are a number of
interesting and historic shipwrecks to be explored.

For more information about Aruba visit the Aruba Board of Tourism’s official website –

click below to the source which has a list of several shipwrecks

source: The Aruba Shipwreck Directory  Caribbean Shipwrecks.

Tayrona National Park’s underwater world


Diving is a sure way to experience the prehistoric beauty of Tayrona National Park on Colombia‘s Caribbean coast from in, on and under the water.

Parque Tayrona is the gem of Colombia’s Caribbean coast, dazzling white beaches and clear coral-filled ocean are set against a Jurassic Park-style jungle, hung with vines and draped in damp mist, with flocks of pterodactyl-like pelicans laboriously flapping by.

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Each week hordes of tourists visit Tayrona, which was declared a national park in 1969 for its immense biological and archaeological value. Visitors go there for the beaches with their white grainy sand and imposing grey boulders. They go to see the Tayrona tribes-people in their traditional pointy white hats, and they go to hike deep in to Tayrona’s jungle to find the Lost City, thought to have been founded around 800 AD.

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Captain Henry Morgan’s 1671 ship hull and chests discovered in Panama



A group of US archaeologists may have uncovered a section of hull and coral-covered chests that privateer Henry Morgan lost during his 1671 raid of Panama.

The team from Texas State University is led by underwater archaeologist Frederick Hanselmann. He led last year’s discovery of cannons at the mouth of the Chagres River that may also have belonged to five ships Morgan is believed to have lost.


Captain Henry Morgan ship found discovered located Panama


The team have been working slowly to uncover the wreckage of the ship that has been buried in the sand.

“When we get to an archaeological site, like a shipwreck that has a lot of sand cover, we’re only able to open a little bit with each dive. The little bit on each dive is like a little minor discovery and there’s a little bit of excitement because you never know what you may uncover,” explained Bert Ho, project survey archaeologist from Texas State University.

The archaeologists say their findings include a 52-foot-by-22-foot (16-metre-by-7-metre) starboard side of a wooden ship, unopened cargo boxes and chests encrusted in coral that were buried deep beneath a think layer of sand and mud.

Panama’s Caribbean has long drawn treasure hunters and much of Morgan’s lost bounty has likely been plundered. Hanselmann is leading efforts to conserve the remaining traces of Morgan’s famous pillage of Panama.

Hanselmann says further research will be carried out in order to positively identify this as one of Captain Morgan’s lost ships.

This discovery expedition, carried out in July 2011, was made possible through a grant from the Captain Morgan Rum brand after initial funding fell through.

Additionally, volunteer time and resources were donated from the National Park Service’s Submerged Resources Center and NOAA/UNC-Wilmington’s Aquarius Reef Base















The Best Scuba Diving in Belize at Frommer’s

From: The Best Scuba Diving in Belize at Frommer’s.


Belize is rightly considered one of the top scuba diving and snorkeling destinations on the planet. The Belize Barrier Reef, second only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, runs the length of its coastline, and the country has three open-ocean atolls. Diving and snorkeling are superb all along the barrier reef; the following are just a few of the truly standout sites and dives.

Medical Tourism Emerges in Belize

From: Medical Tourism Becoming a Reality in Belize – The San Pedro Sun News.



Press Release – BELTRAIDE – September 3, 2012- Belize has once again pioneered another gateway to attracting more visitors and investors to our country, which is, through the emergence of ‘Medical Tourism’. Under BELTRAIDE’s Compete Caribbean Project, component two (2) entails the identification of two priority sectors for investment. One of the identified priority sectors is Medical Tourism. There is certainly great potential for this industry to boom and create employment for Belize, whilst increasing its Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).

Fox News Notes Belize as a Tourist Hotspot

From: Fox News picks Belize as tourism hotspot | Belize Travel Blog.


A recent  Fox News television broadcast highlighting Belize as one of a few selected international tourism hotspots shows that North Americans needn’t travel far to visit one of the world’s best vacation destinations, according to The Lodge at Chaa Creek’s Larry Waight.

“It was interesting to be watching television and seeing Belize come up as one of the Fox News hotspots for 2012, in company with just a few select locations that included more distant destinations such as Vietnam, India and Korea,” Mr Waight said. “What it said to me was, ‘great, you don’t need to travel far to enjoy what tourism industry experts and an authority like Fox News describe as the most interesting and best in the world’,” he said.

During the March 7, 2012 broadcast, Conde Nast Traveller Senior Editor Lisa Gill highlighted Belize.

“It’s sort of undiscovered compared to Mexico, but it’s right next to Mexico, and it’s relatively safe, everyone speaks English there, it’s a really accessible place for Americans to visit and it has loads and loads of these wonderful, ancient Mayan sites that you  can really go explore…” Ms Gill     enthused.

Custom SCUBA Charter Catamaran

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SCUBA charter boat

This SCUBA boat is specially designed by our engineering team who personally understand what is important for your diving adventures (one engineer is an ex-US Navy Diver).

This 30’ (9m) hull sports a wide beam with ample room for your diving guests.  The cushioned double seats provide storage for personal items for up to 18 passengers.  Twenty-six tanks (more are possible) are securely fastened to the gunnels yet readily available and protected from the Caribbean sun with a solar fabric roof.

Safe and easy water entry is allowed with the wide port and starboard dive ladders.  The pilot console is placed starboard side for greater visibility and safety of your diving guests.

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Diving with Sharks — Cocos, Costa Rica

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Published on: 2012/09/08

The Color of Blood – Cocos Island Shark Diving |

“That’s blood, you nimrod!” my cabin-mate yelps as we peel off our wet suits on deck, and I describe the black slime that moments earlier was oozing from the half-inch gash on my wrist during our dive. “Water absorbs color at depth. You were down there bleeding in front of 300 hammerheads?”

Guess so. I didn’t mean to. We had just executed the classic strategy for sighting hammerheads at Cocos Island: Drop to 110 feet, hunker down behind the boulders, and wait motionlessly for the freakish creatures to hover into view. But just as a fleet of several hundred sharks darkened the ocean before us, I accidentally raked my arm across a colony of sea urchins, ripped open my wrist, and watched in horror as sludge began spewing from my body. I panicked. I flailed. I emitted high-pitched squeals through my regulator and began squeezing, pressing, and coaxing what I imagined to be deadly sea-urchin toxin from my veins. How did I know I was fanning plasmatic barbecue sauce under the noses of 12-foot-long apex predators?

Wilderness Diving

Back on deck, I contemplate the snack I almost was, and for the first time the degree of our isolation strikes me with the force of an oncoming train. We are 21 souls on a small boat in the yawning Pacific Ocean, 300 miles west of Costa Rica. We have anchored off Cocos Island, an isolated speck of land days away from any other speck of land. There are no hospitals, no doctors, no 24-hour pharmacies. No blood banks. There aren’t even any tribal medicine men with voodoo rattles because—except for the half-dozen park rangers holed up in a tin shack—no humans inhabit these 14 square miles of mountainous jungle so impenetrable that even the rangers have no idea what lies in the dark interior. Hell, we’re alone.

On the upside, Cocos Island, one of the last pristine ecosystems in existence, has perhaps the greatest diving on the planet, with waters chock full of nature’s largest, weirdest, and most sublime creatures. Which means that, given the limits of human speed in water, the trickle of folks who journey here to ogle sharks, rays, whales, and other big-toothed meanies occupy a spot on the food chain somewhere near mollusks. True, the pelagics at Cocos aren’t necessarily known as man-eaters. But in the waters off this very lonely island, only two things are certain: aquatic vistas so spectacular you’d think someone had left the tap running at the Grand Canyon; and the merciless cycle of life and death.


National Geographic profiles Colombia as a tourist destination

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Published on: 2012/07/20

From: National Geographic to release Colombian travel guide – Colombia news | Colombia Reports.

The book’s author and acclaimed travel writer, Christopher Baker, has made several trips to Colombia since 2010, visiting BogotaMedellin, the coffee region in western Colombia and popular vacation spot, Cartagena.

“We believe it’s time Colombia became an international tourist destination. Colombia has an ideal profile for National Geographic due to its amazing nature and cultural aspects,” said Baker. “Colombia is one of the richest countries in terms of tourist attractions, which meet everyone’s needs and interests. From bird-watching to active adventures and culinary challenges, the country is prepared to receive both groups and independent travelers,” he added.


A  total of 317,962 travelers visited Colombia in 2011, according to the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism. Between January and April 2012, foreign tourism increased by 5.3% compared to the same period last year.


Diving Marvels of Colombia

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From:  Diving in Colombia.

Colombia is not only a tropical land. It possesses a gigantic aquatic garden in the Pacific Ocean and a virtually unlimited pool in the Caribbean Sea.


Diving in Colombia is living biodiversity. Photo:


Colombia is one of the world’s diving marvels thanks to the privileged features of its two oceans, considered true living laboratories. On account of the unique adaptations of the fauna, the wealth of vegetation is home to endemic species

Discover Colombia!

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From:  Colombia – destination ready for discovery 15 reasons to visit Colombia –

Colombia is a destination ready for discovery. From its beautiful landscapes, rich heritage, cosmopolitan cities, and mouthwatering cuisine, Colombia is THE destination in Latin America. 

15 reasons to visit Colombia


Coasts: As a destination where the sand is caressed by two oceans, Colombia’s privileged location allows its visitors to enjoy over 2,900 km of coasts on two oceans and the Caribbean Sea. Talk about the ultimate beach vacation! Long, tranquil beaches between jungles and the sea line most of the Pacific coast, while the Caribbean coast contains wide beach beaches, large resort complexes, and various shops and restaurants.

Diving: Go to the depth of Colombia’s colorful seas. Bordered by both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, there is a world that is designed for the delight of divers under the sea. The famous Seaflower Biopsphere Reserve around the Island of Providencia contains the world’s third largest reef park, and is a global haven for spotting the sea’s shiny starfish, crabs, angelfish, corals, sponges and various other species in strange shapes and vibrant colors.


Nicaragua Offers Many Choices for your Sportfishing Adventures!

Sport Fishing | Nicaragua |

Nicaragua is the largest country of Central America. It borders Honduras in the north and Costa Rica in the south and it houses two big lakes: Lake Managua and Lake Nicaragua. Lake Nicaragua is the biggest lake of Central America and has the only fresh-water sharks in the world!


Explore the many locations of Nicaragua where you can enjoy sportfishing, SCUBA and many other boating activities.  This site highlights various regions for you to consider,  the description of the region, what type of game fish you will find, tours, charters as well as prices.

The Beauty of Colombia is Seen With the Burgeoning of Ecotourism

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Published on: 2012/05/25

Wildlife Tours & Ecotourism in Colombia Guide.


Whale Watching in Colombia

Colombia’s tourism industry remains relatively young and undeveloped, and as such there is not the plethora of ecotourism projects, jungle lodges and wildlife tours that you might find in neighbouring Ecuador for example. Parts of the country, such as the Llanos region, which is rich in easily viewable wildlife are not particularly safe for travel. There are, however, a few excellent wildlife viewing options available in Colombia.

Colombia’s whale watching season is between June and September, though whales (mainly killer and humpback whales) can often be seen in the months of may and October in addition. The best place for whale watching tours is Gorgona Island, but whales can be spotted throughout Colombia’s Pacific Coast. In addition to whales, there’s great scuba diving options in TagangaSan Andres and Providencia Island.

Leticia is gateway to Colombia’s Amazon rainforest, where wildlife tours see numerous rainforest creatures.

Colombia is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, and has an array of National Parks, many of which have wildlife viewing possibilities and are excellent for birdwatching tours. See the birdwatching section for further details.

There are few genuine examples of ecotourism (nature based travel whereby the environment and local community positively benefit from the presence of tourism), or community ecotourism, in Colombia. As the country becomes increasingly safe for travel, and the tourism industry further develops, ecotourism will become more widespread we hope. For the moment, consider Ecoturs Colombia, who offer birdwatching and nature tours to various National Parks throughout Colombia.

Nicaragua’s Corn Islands Offer Spectacular Diving & Snorkeling Activities

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Published on: 2012/05/15

 Scuba Diving around the Corn Islands.

Gorgeous, tropical fish are abundant and if you go to the right sites, you will have a good change of spotting rays and sharks. Furthermore, there are plenty of smaller but not less fascinating fish. They come in every color, shape, and size. It is amazing to see that you can find a world so different right under the surface and so close to the shore!

The Corn Islands are also great places to snorkel. The reef is quite close to the surface, which allows you to see the same kind of fish as scuba divers, and if you’re lucky you can see even rays or sharks when snorkeling! The reef is also often close to the coast, which allows you to snorkel off the beach to the reef.


New Christ of the Deep at Home in the Underwater Sculpture Park

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Published on: 2012/04/05

| Grenada’s Official Travel Planning Website.


The Grenada Underwater Sculpture Management Group (GUSMI) is pleased to report that the World’s First underwater sculpture park, located 2 miles north of St Georges at Moliniere Bay, is now home to two new statues.

The first piece, a replica of The Christ of the Deep, was on display on the Carenage since its official blessing there on the 22nd October during a ceremony attended by numerous officials including the Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture, Peter David.


New sculptures at world’s first underwater sculpture park

The second sculpture, ‘Sienna’, is based on a character from the short story ‘A Different Ocean’ written by local author Jacob Ross. Sienna is a young girl gifted in free diving. The story follows friendship and betrayal as her talent is exploited in the search for lost treasure.

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Bonaire Diving Locations

Best Caribbean Dive Sites | Bonaire Diving Locations – Dive sites.


Bonaire is often called a divers paradise. This is also the tagline you’ll see on the number plates of the cars. The island is especially known for its 53 easily accessible shore dive sites.

Bonaire has 86 official dive sites. Most are marked by yellow stones. You’ll find them on the side of the road. Each stone carries the name of the particular dive site.  Bonaire is visited by snorkelers and SCUBA divers of all skill levels.

Bonaire is a premier Caribbean underwater photography destination from entry to professional level. The abundance and variety of colorful sea life on Bonaire’s reefs offers countless micro and macro subjects.  In addition, calm seas and mild currents make underwater picture taking less challenging on Bonaire than other destinations.

Grenada’s Underwater Sculpture Park is featured in National Geographic

| Grenada’s Official Travel Planning .

St. Georges, Grenada – (March 19, 2012) Grenada’s Underwater Sculpture Park and the statues created by Jason deCaires Taylor are featured in a special edition National Geographic magazine titled ‘Wonders of the World – Earth’s most awesome places 

Photo: Detail of the underwater sculpture park in Grenada in the West Indies

Grenada was also the recipient of two #1 places in the 2012 Scuba Diving Magazine Awards – Best Advanced Diving and Best Wreck Diving in the Caribbean/Atlantic. “This has been a fantastic start to our year and we are deeply gratified that our sculpture park has been highlighted by the National Geographic and that our unique array of reefs, walls and ship wrecks has been recognized by the readers of Scuba Diving Magazine,” said Simon Stiell, Director of Tourism for Grenada. “With numerous snorkel areas and 50 dive sites, on two islands, to choose from, there is always something new and exhilarating for all abilities to explore.”

Grenada Dive Sites and Wonderful Underwater Treasures

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Published on: 2012/04/04

Grenada Dive Sites 

Granada boasts spectacular underwater treasures and marine life which will fascinate any level of diver. A unique array of reefs, walls and ship wrecks in the blue green waters surround both Grenada and Carriacou.

With more than 30 sites, your Spice Experience can take you into the colour and magic of marine life. Visibility can range from 30 to 100 feet. The reefs, walls and wrecks are among the best in the region. The largest ship wreck in the Caribbean Sea, The Bianca C, burned and sank just outside the St. George’ Harbour in 1961. This Italian luxury liner is encrusted with corals and is not only the largest but is considered the prize site in the Caribbean.

Mar y Sol offers Twin Vee Catamarans to help explore and enjoy your diving experience.  These catamarans offer lots of space for your gear!  Contact us for more information!

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