Best Alcoholic Drinks in Central America

I thought I’d be able to backpack through Central America in two months – in reality, it took three and a half months, and the alcoholic drinks in Central America was one of the reasons why.

Central America is full of islands and beaches and beautiful cities that American frequently vacation to, and what do we do on vacation? We drink. So if you’re going to Central America you should know about all of the must-try alcoholic drinks in Central America.

Even though Central America isn’t known for its wine, how Italy is, or for its beer, how Germany is, they’re still home to tons of original beers, wines, and spirits.

Why not try something new while you’re on vacation in another country? You can always grab a Bud Light when you get back but how many times can you have huge piles of chili powder thrown in your beer? Sounds gross, right? Ya, it was pretty bad but it was an experience and I’m glad I tried it…then tried even harder to finish it.

Here’s a list of the most popular alcoholic drinks in Central America.

P.S. I’ve never heard of any problems of people getting sick or dying from the alcohol in Central America as they did in the Dominican Republic.

#1 Coco Loco (Belize)

Coco Loco is a coconut filled with a hefty amount of Carribean rum and it's usually cut open right in front of you and served with a straw as you walk barefoot along the beach...sounds like heaven.

The Coco Loco is notorious in Caye Caulker, Belize.

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#2 Flor de Caña (Nicaragua)

I'm ashamed to say that I think I drank more Flor de Caña than water when I was in Nicaragua. At only about $7 for a full 750ml bottle of high-quality rum, how can you go wrong?

As you can see from the photo, the Flor de Caña headquarters is located in Nicaragua and you're allowed to take tours of it! I recommend it if you have the time.

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#3 Horchata (Throughout Central America)

This delicious drink usually doesn't come served with alcohol but my father taught me you can add alcohol to anything so I added it to the list. Plus, it's too delicious to keep off the list.

Horchata is a sweet, spiced beverage made from milky rice.

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#4 Gallo (Guatemala)

There's nothing extremely special about Gallo beer but there's also nothing incredibly bad about it either and that's a good enough beer in my book. It'd be tough to spend a full week in Guatemala without a few Gallos.

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Written by Derek

Derek, our editor in chief, is an avid reader and lifelong backpacker who has traveled to more than 30 countries and 30+ U.S states. He is a digital marketing specialist with over 10 years of experience growing companies using innovative growth strategies.

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