Discover the Mayan ruins, jungle trails in Manzanillo, or just take in the beautiful sites along the coast of Mexico on a river cruise. Several smaller cruise liners offer luxury river cruises around Central America with stops in Costa Rica, Huatulco, and other popular destinations where you can soak up the local culture and enjoy some sun and sand. Whether you’re heading to Costa Rica or Puerto Vallarta, here are some of the best river cruises in Central America.

20-Day Central American Treasures and Caribbean Cruise

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If you’re ready to enjoy a 20-day adventure at sea, plan the ultimate river cruise adventure aboard the Scenic Eclipse. This luxury ship goes on both ocean cruises and river cruises so you can enjoy the best of both words as you explore the Caribbean and Central America. Ship amenities include an indoor and outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, lounge area with a bar, and cuisine from around the globe. The cruise takes you through the Panama Canal and to Costa Rica where you an enjoy the white sandy beaches and tropical paradise.

Ponant Latin America Cruise

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Discover ancient civilizations, explore the Mayan ruins, and discover the stunning coral reefs o the Mayan barrier in Mexico on your Ponant river cruise. From the cloud forests in Costa Rica to the scenic Huatulco Bays in Mexico, be prepared for an adventure of a lifetime on your Latin America cruise. All ships have an on-board spa and dedicated well-being center with treatments from SOTHYS Paris™. You can relax in the heated saltwater pool and solarium, enjoy drinks at the outdoor bar, and watch musical performances in the onboard theater.

Viking Cruises Panama, Central America & Cuba Cruise

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Book an all-inclusive cruise with Viking Ocean Cruises that takes you from Miami to the Gulf of Mexico, Cozumel, Belize City, Honduras, Costa Rica, the Panama Canal, and even Montego Bay on a 15-day adventure. The cruise includes eight guided tours in eight different countries so you can learn all about the Mayan pyramids, coral reef preserves in Cozumel, and the rich culture and history of Belize, Cuba, and Jamaica along the way.