Are you dreaming of a vacation set in the jungle, surrounded by lush green and exotic wildlife? Here’s a curated list of jungle resorts located in Central America or the Caribbean. Some are easier to get to than others, but all are worthy of a visit.
Explorean Kohunlich, Chetumal Mexico
Set in the middle of the jungle on the Yucatan Peninsula, this all inclusive cabana style resort offers a rich variety of nature-oriented activities. Accommodations in bungalows or cabanas. Perfect for the active couple or for small friend groups that are looking for soft adventure. Families welcome (not recommended for younger children). Kayak, hike, bike, or explore Mayan ruins. 4 stars. How to get there: resort is 35 miles from Chetumal airport (connect in Mexico City).
Gamboa Rainforest Resort at the Panama Canal, Panama
Nestled in the Soberania National Park Rainforest, on the banks of the Chagres River and Panama Canal. Guestrooms (166 in total) all face the river and have hammocks on the balcony. Ideal for families, couples, and groups. All inclusive option is available. 4 stars. How to get there: resort is 45 minutes from PTY airport.
Blancaneaux Lodge, Caya District Belize
A luxury 20-room retreat in the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve with thatched-roof cabanas and villas. Explore the reserve on horseback with an equestrian sightseeing tour, or find ultimate bliss in the Waterfall Spa, which provides a variety of treatments, massages and a rejuvenating hot pool. No air conditioners and not handicapped-accessible. Located close to Mayan ruins. How to get there: lodge is located 85 miles from BZE airport.
Sunset at the Palms Resort, Negril Jamaica
Treetop style accommodations are surrounded by tropical vegetation, located across the street from famous Negril Beach, Jamaica. This is an adults only all inclusive resort and appeals to the couple who want a beach vacation with seclusion and relaxation. Most of the guests are honeymooners. The resort is romantic and comfortable but not especially luxurious. 3 1/2 to 4 stars. How to get there: resort is 49 miles from Montego Bay airport.
Ladera Resort, St. Lucia
Enjoy breathtaking views of the Piton Mountains and the Caribbean Sea at this luxury adults only resort. This hillside resort feature 34 rooms each with an open wall and plunge pool. The beach is 15 minutes away by shuttle. This romantic setting is ideal for the anniversary couple How to get there: resort is 40 minutes from UVF airport.
Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique Resort, Riviera Maya Mexico
This adults only all inclusive 128 room resort is within easy striking distance, located south of the Cancun airport in the Riviera Maya area. Villa type accommodations are located within the jungle and beachfront, with cenotes and rivers on the grounds. Bikes available to get around expansive resort grounds. Fantastic spa services and cuisine. Ideal for a special romantic getaway. 5 stars. How to get there: resort is located 32 miles from Cancun airport.
Chable Resort and Spa, Chocola Mexico (near Merida)
Situated in the Mayan jungle near Merida Mexico, this luxury hotel is within 25 mi of Hacienda Yaxcopoil, Calcehtok Caves, and Zoological Park of Centenario. Intimate, private, and tranquil. Breakfast is included and children are welcome. 33 rooms total. 5 stars. How to get there: resort is located 18 miles from MID airport.
Peace Lodge, Poas Volcano Costa Rica (near San Jose)
Peace Lodge introduces its guests to a symphony of purely Costa Rican experiences celebrating the natural wonders of the rain forest and the splendid creatures that inhabit this magical environment. The upscale accommodations are uniquely themed to complement the inherent beauty of its rain and cloud forest setting. Fishing, hiking, and horseback riding are available activities. Children welcome. 4 stars. How to get there: located less than an hour from SJO airport.
Nayara Resort Spa & Gardens, Arenal Costa Rica
A world of comfort and style surrounded by an untouched natural paradise. Located on the outskirts of the Arenal Volcano, Nayara Resort Spa & Gardens is the experience of a lifetime. There’s a total of 50 casitas and villas. Ideal for couples, friends, and families with older children. 4 1/2 stars. Because of the location, I would suggest this resort as a part of a multiple-stop itinerary. How to get there: resort is 4 hours from LIR airport and 3 hours from SJO airport.
El Mangrove Papagayo an Autograph Collection, Guanacaste Costa Rica
Spanning for 17 acres this beachfront resort is located only 15 minutes from the artsy town of El Coco. 85 suites are nestled amid mangrove and beachfront forest. Enjoy a laid-back vibe and barefoot luxury at this hip resort. All inclusive option is available and children are welcome. Perfect for couples and small friend groups. Located in the Guanacaste area on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. 4 1/2 stars. How to get there: resort is 20 minutes from LIR airport.
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