There was a rise in the number of Britons travelling to Central America in 2012, with official figures showing 96,039 people made the trip from the UK.
Figures released by the Ministries of Tourism of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama show a total of 747,712 Europeans visited the region last year, an increase of 2.4% on 2011. There was a 1.5% rise in the number of holidaymakers travelling from Britain.
More people visited Costa Rica than any other destination, with as many as 2.3 million tourists overall travelling to the country from across the globe in the first 11 months of 2012. Belize proved particularly popular among Brits, while the number of tourists taking in Panama increased by 7%.
Central America is famous for its jungles, wildlife, beaches, oceans and history. The Mayan ruins of Copan in Honduras and the Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica are among the most popular sites visited by tourists.
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