From the beaches of Cancun to Punta Cana's all-inclusive resorts, when it comes to traveling many of us have "been there, done that." These ultra popular spots attract hoards of tourists every year, which makes your vacation less than unique. Why not explore the road less traveled and kickback like a local? So thanks to your awesome recommendations, we've rounded up some videos to inspire your next off-the-beaten path adventure!
Warning: These YouTube videos will make you want to drop everything and backpack all over Latin America.
Bahia de las Aguilas - Dominican Republic
Recommended by Lina Rey on Facebook.
Getting there: The beach is located in Pedernales which is a two-hour drive from the city of Barahona that is home to Maria Montez International Airport.Fun Fact: Pedernales shares a border with Haiti.
Semuc Champey - Guatemala
Recommended by @adventureheart85 on Instagram.
Getting there: This scenic location is four hours away from Guatemala City. Once you make it to the city of Lanquín you can stay in a local hotel or hostel which offer shuttle service to the area, hop into a 4x4 truck for a bumpy ride that's worth the end results or go for a 2 1/2 hour walk to soak in the sights.
Travel Tip: Have a relaxing swim in the pools of water that collect in Semuc Champey's limestone bridge or check out flocks of bats in the Lanquin Caves.
Playa El Coco - Nicaragua
Recommended by Eugenia Miranda, Vivala.
Getting There: You can take a bus from Managua (where you will find Augusto Cesar Sandino International Airport) to the city of Rivas where you can catch a second bus to Ostional that stops at the Parque Maritimo El Coco.
Great For: Nature lovers who enjoy bird watching.
Playa Sucia - Puerto Rico
Recommended by Zuania Capó and Mariela Rosario, Vivala.
Getting There: Playa Sucia (AKA La Playuela) is a 2 1/2 hour drive from San Juan. Making your way there can get a little rocky since you will be going through unpaved roads that can be tricky to navigate when it rains.Travel Tip: Bring food and drinks with you! There are no oceanfront hotels at this secluded beach.
Playa Medina - Venezuela
Recommended by Bibi Núñez, Vivala.
Getting There: Take an 8 hour bus ride to the city of Carúpano where you can grab a taxi that will take you the rest of the way.
Fun Fact: Loud music is prohibited, ensuring a peaceful visit if you are looking for a quiet retreat.
Calling all thrill seekers! Tell us where you’ve jumped out of an airplane or scaled a mountainside in Latin America. We want to know where you’ve had your most exhilarating adventures in Latin America. Let us know in the comments.