Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico; Semuc Champey, Guatemala; Bocas Del Toro, Panama
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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.


Santa Teresa - Costa Rica

Recommended by Daniela Vesco, Vivala.

Getting there: You can arrange a shuttle-transfer to Santa Teresa from the city of San José with Montezuma Expeditions.

Great For: Surfers and yogis! The region is home to several surf and yoga retreats.


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.


Cholon - Colombia

Recommended by @jaye_sant on Instagram.

Getting There: The island is just a 45-minute boat ride from Cartagena.

Fun Fact: Cholon has been referred to as Colombia's party island.


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.


San Blas - Mexico

Recommended by @chelipj on Instagram.

Getting There: San Blas is a 3 1/2 hour bus ride away from the popular cruise destination of Puerto Vallarta.

Travel Tip: Go on a Jungle Boat Ride to La Tovara to swim with crocodiles (at your own risk of course).


Bocas Del Toro - Panama

Recommended by @sheamess21 on Instagram.

Getting There: Grab an express bus from Panama City at the Albrook Terminal that will get you to the island in 10-12 hours.

Travel Tip: Rent an ATV and discover secret beaches on a romantic adventure of your own!


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.