The endangered Hawksbill sea turtle is just one of the amazing creatures you can see while SCUBA diuving in Utila.

Dive Shops in Utila, Honduras

Competition between shops is fierce in Utila, where inexpensive Open Water certification is a big business. Here’s a round-up of recommended dive shops, all of which are PADI-certified and have similar prices for services.

A person in a rash guard sits on the sand with a boat anchored just off-shore.

Recreation and Water Sports in Placencia Village, Belize

There’s no shortage of guide services in Placencia, where most tour operators offer service to all nearby destinations: snorkeling and fishing trips with lunch on a beautiful caye, visits to ancient Maya ruins, and a variety of paddling tours. Here’s some helpful information about great companies offering recreational activities in the area.

Light reflects off a shallow pool of turquoise water onto the limestone walls above it.

Tulum Beaches and Cenotes

Discover Tulum’s very best beaches—thick white sand, turquoise-blue water, gently bending palm trees—or go on a snorkeling adventure in an underground cenote. Yucatán experts Gary Chandler and Liza Prado advise you on all the best spots around Tulum.

The white sand of Oranjestad Beach juts out into turqoise water with the land and cityscape stretching into the distance.

The Best of Aruba in One Week

You’ll get plenty of gorgeous beaches, azure water, and memorable sunsets in this seven-day itinerary—and you’ll also head inland to explore the culture and unique topography of Aruba.

Underwater photo looking towards the surface through a school of small fish.

Diving in the Galápagos Islands

While perhaps not for beginners, the Galápagos Islands rank among the world’s best dive destinations. Read on to learn what to expect and the best seasons for diving in these dramatic waters.