Central America, with its warm weather, beautiful beaches and low cost is conducive to some of the biggest and best traveler parties out there. High class festivities, bikini ragers and jungle bashes are in abundance. Here are my top 5 parties of Central America:
Léon Nicaragua and Lava Shots, Big Foot Hostel
Not only is Big Foot Hostel of Léon, Nicaragua famous for their Volcano Boarding tour (which is amazing, check it out), but it is also the #1 place to party in Leon. Every night is party night here. There is a Big Foot hostel downtown as well as on Peñita beach providing ample party patrons. Both hostels have bars, booze, beers and pools which is the perfect set up for any bikini ridden Central American Party. Big Foot Hostel is also the owner of the Lava Shot Challenge; 2 shots and 1 double of ghost chilli soaked alcohol. Can you do it without throwing up? If you can, a nice t-shirt will be yours to wear with pride.
Trump Tower Champagne Party, Panama City
Feel like stepping up the class? Head over to the highest bar in Panama City, the 66th floor of the Trump Tower and enjoy a champagne party. On select nights of the week, from 5:00pm-8:00pm Trump Towers Ocean Bar offers unlimited champagne for just $10 USD. So put on your fancy flip flops and shorts and head over and get as much as you can from this high class backpacker friendly champagne party.
Zephyr Lodge, Lanquin, Guatemala
Build up some stamina before this one. The Zephyr Lodge resides in the middle of the jungle near Semuc Champey and has a day AND night party. Running on a tab system, it feels almost resort like and so the party just keeps on going and going and going. This little trick can get both your wallet and your health in trouble by the end, if there is one. So try and be careful. Consisting of pools, tabs, stunning views and a good bar. This is definitely a place where you come, stay for a while, and then crawl out a little later than expected with a lighter wallet to match your head. Who doesn’t want to party in the middle of the jungle anyways?
Aqua Lounge, Bocas Del Toro, Panama
In the North of Panama there is the archipelago of Bocas del Toro. Consisting of 10 islands surrounded by beautiful Caribbean beach, this is the place to be. On Carenero Island, just $1 USD water taxi from the main island sits the infamous party bar, night club, and hostel; the Aqua Lounge. With an MTV spring break like feel, this backpacker haven is absolutely packed full of booze smothered travelers starting just after midnight. It is ladies night here almost every night so for a few hours, drinks are free for the girls. The dance floor is always packed and after a few hours so are the makeshift ocean swimming pools. This is Bocas del Toro so chances are you had no shoes when you arrived and were wearing not much more than swim trunks and a bikini so why not a 3:00am drunken swim. If you plan on staying here, plan on partying until the wee hours of the morning. Here is hoping you don’t need much sleep…also the beaches are are perfect for recovery.
Sunday Funday, San Juan Del Sur Nicaragua
By far the most well-known and anticipated party in Central America is San Juan Del Sur’s Sunday Funday pool crawl. I am sure you have seen the T-shirt somewhere if you are traveling through the Americas. Put on by a few hostels this party starts at 2:00 in the afternoon with a shuttle ride from either Pachamama hostel or the Naked Tiger to a hotel with an infinity pool looking over all of San Juan Del Sur. You are left here for a few hours to swim and drink yourselves silly before being thrown into another shuttle to watch the sunset from the patio at the Naked Tiger. More drinks continue to be served at the Naked Tiger. Let’s just say during this party I have seen things from intoxicated backpackers that I simply cannot un-see. Following sunset, party goers are once again thrown into shuttles and driven to Pachamama hostel in town where the hostel turns into a nightclub full of…you guessed it…more drinks and a lot of dancing. The party is well organized and everyone does it for a blast. No one should miss out on the Sunday Funday pool crawl of San Juan del Sur.