Central America and the Caribbean
The countries of Central America offer extensive dream beaches, countless Mayan temples and – especially in Costa Rica – untouched nature and national parks with a fascinating world of animals and birds.
Beach holidaymakers, divers and fans of cruises choose the Caribbean islands.
Due to the rainy season in the summer months and an increased probability of hurricanes, the best time to travel is in winter (end of November to May).
This type of travel not only involves little effort and offers the opportunity to visit exotic destinations practically from your own living room, it also minimizes the risk of illness that travel countries can bring with them.
Since all meals are taken on board, the classic travel diarrhea is hardly a problem. Only diarrhea that can be transmitted directly, such as norovirus, can sweep through the entire ship like a storm. The ship’s doctors and infirmaries on board the big steamers are better equipped than many a small provincial hospital, so there’s no need to worry.
Yellow fever occurs only SOUTH-EAST of the Panama Canal, only the areas of Panama bordering Colombia are affected by the disease.
However, caution is advised when planning, some countries require a valid yellow fever vaccination upon entry if a yellow fever country has previously been visited. This regulation may also apply to cruises in the region if a country on the itinerary is designated as a yellow fever country.
A typhoid vaccination is advisable for trips to rural areas.
Rabies immunoglobulin is only available in Mexico City.
The Caribbean islands are malaria-free with the exception of Haiti. Costa Rica, large parts of Panama and Mexico (except for the border area with Guatemala and Belize) as well.
The risk is low in the remaining countries/parts of the country.
For a cruise, please only pack your personal medication – the on-board pharmacy and ship’s doctor are well equipped.
Individual travelers should be prepared for diarrhea (it’s no coincidence that travelers’ diarrhea is also called Montezuma’s Revenge).
Well-effective preparations for mosquito repellent absolutely belong in the first-aid kit. Dengue fever, but also chikungunya and zika viruses circulate in the region.
Vaccination check 6 weeks before the trip – are there vaccination regulations? Search through the cruise operator’s documents for this question.
Get sun protection and mosquito repellent in good time, the preferred travel time is winter, when the range of sun creams in our shops is sparse.