First, take the bone-white beaches of South-East Asia, the terracotta charm of colonial Europe and South America’s crumbling ruins. Shake well and add a dash of world-class diving, island hopping by catamaran and two plates of tangy jerked chicken. You now have the magical cocktail that is Central America (either that or a really crowded kitchen). With the chilled vibes of the Caribbean on one side and the rolling swells of the Pacific on the other, you can’t really go wrong. Just grab a compass, point yourself due paradise and let us handle the rest.