The travellers visiting North America have a huge range of destinations to choose between.From the colourful Mexico effortlessly blending the old and new with its Mayan ruins and the thriving modern cities to Costa Rica, a prime ecotourism destination.
It is a land of glorious contrasts from the imposing Manhattan skyline and the colonial architectural gems of Cuba to the rich green rainforests of Panama.USA and Canada, the two biggest countries are as diverse as their landscapes.
Not to forget the Caribbean islands- the Bahamas, Jamaica , Puerto Rico and Trinidad and Tobago, which attract millions of tourists each year.Coral reefs, unspoilt beaches and world- class resorts define these laid-back towns and are a paradise for its tourists.
The climate varies throughout the North American continent. With USA and Canada having four distinct seasons and most other countries like Cuba and Mexico having two.Caribbean islands on the other hand, are year-round destinations.
The two biggest countries of the continent USA and Canada, both have diverse weather conditions. The eastern part of USA is considerably colder than the West Coast during Winters whereas in Canada the weather is extremely cold throughout the country.The best time to visit these countries is late spring (April to May) or early autumn (September to early October).
The two seasons in Mexico and Panama are: dry and wet; the dry lasting from mid-December till mid-April and the rainy season lasting from May to November.Except for a few rainy spells during summers (May to November),the Caribbean nations enjoy warm weather all year long.
Given the vastness of the continent the easiest way to get around is by plane. In the US there are several low-cost airlines while in Canada you can fly with the domestic airlines and in Mexico use the large private national and regional carriers. The smaller countries including Cuba, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica and Panama all have good domestic flight networks.
Taxis are always a reasonable option while visiting any city, but to really experience the country and explore isolated towns and villages renting a car gives you the freedom to do so, but bear in mind that apart from the US and Canada road conditions can be poor. If you’d rather save on transport, buses are the most cost effective way to get around.