If you’re looking for an exotic, off-the-beaten-path getaway, look no further than Honduras.

With white beaches fringed by jungle, some of the best diving in the Caribbean, jungle-shrouded mountains, elegant coffee fincas and plenty of charming towns, this oft-overlooked beauty has all of the things that encompass a thrilling adventure, yet none of the crowds. Country highlights include the ancient Maya city of Copán, whose towering pyramids are today guided by a team of scarlet macaws, the pristine coral reefs and beaches around the Bay Islands, and thick, undisturbed jungle where lucky visitors might spot a tapir or jaguar. It’s paradise, indeed.