HONDURAS TRAVEL GUIDE
Honduras – a land not frequented by the tourist for reasons of its tumultuous political upheavals as also the devastation caused by Hurricane Mitch in 1998 – is slowly limping back to normal. The lush rain-forests, the alpine ridges and charming little coastal towns all beckon the traveller to come and explore this land. Its rich cultural heritage found in the spectacular Mayan ruins of Copan are second only to Chichen Itza in Mexico.
Honduras is a Central American country with Caribbean Sea coastlines to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south. In the tropical rain-forest near Guatemala, the ancient Mayan ceremonial site Copán has stone-carved hieroglyphics and stelae (tall stone monuments.) In the Caribbean Sea are the Bay Islands, a diving destination that's part of the 1,000 km-long Mesoamerican Barrier Reef.
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HONDURAS QUICK FACTS
- Capital: Tegucigalpa
- Currency: lempira (HNL)
- Area: 112,090km²
- Population: 9,588 million (2018)
- Language: Spanish, Creole English on the eastern coast, Amerindian dialects
- Religion: Roman Catholic 97%, Protestant minority
- Electricity: 110V, 60Hz (two-prong North American plug)
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HONDURAS PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
- 14 April, Pan-American Day
- 1 May, Labor Day
- 15 September, Independence Day
- 3 October, Francisco Morazan Holiday
- 12 October, Día de la Raza
- 21 October, Army Day
Also, Semana Santa (Holy Week) from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, especially Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday.
FESTIVALS IN HONDURAS
La Feria de San Isidro - (May) Honduras’ largest fiesta takes place in the streets and clubs of La Ceiba, culminating in late May with 250,000 people attending parades. Costumed dancers and revelers fill the city to bursting.
Sun Jam - (early August) This tech party, set on a tiny desert island off Utila, features electronic DJs of global repute.
BEST TIME TO VISIT HONDURAS
The climate in Honduras is hot and tropical in the coastal lowlands, with annual temperatures averaging 26°–29°C; it becomes more temperate in the highlands, where annual temperatures average 16°–24°C. Average annual precipitation is lowest in the central mountainous interior (800–2000 mm) and highest in the Caribbean coast (+2,000 mm), where rainfall is year-round.
The Pacific coast and interior highlands have a dry season (summer) from November to April and a wet season (winter) from May to October that experiences a short break (1–4 weeks) in July/August.
- October to February - Rainy season on the north coast and islands but dry in the interior.
- March to April - Hot and dry everywhere, with temperatures soaring inland.
- June to September - Peak season for viewing whale sharks in Utila.
SPORT & ACTIVITIES
HIKING & CYCLING IN HONDURAS
The best time for outdoor activities in Honduras is during the dry season, from November to April. Don miss spotting a quetzal in the cloud forests around Lago de Yojoa or near the peak of Montaña de Santa Barbara.
BEACH OPTIONS IN HONDURAS
The beaches in Honduras are particularly beautiful from December to April when there is little to no rain, and the weather is just right. If you're visiting between May and November, you'll have better weather on the Bay Islands.
KITESURF IN HONDURAS
There are a few great spots suitable for kitesurfing in Honduras: The beach at Roatan, the main kiting spot at Camp Bay Beach and Marble Hills Farm at Punta Gorda. The most consistent winds are from February to August. January and September could be quite good too, but with less wind.
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HEALTH RISKS IN HONDURAS
Be aware of possible health risks in
Zika Virus - Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.
Dengue - Dengue is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. About one in four people infected with dengue will get sick. For people who get sick with dengue, symptoms can be mild or severe.
HONDURAS TRAVEL TIPS
The whole country is a great as the dollar goes a long way and the trickle of visitors means that competition between agencies and hostels is fierce. Utila remains the biggest backpacker destination, beloved for cheap diving. Lago de Yojoa has a brewery, a great hostel and all manner of affordable activities.
WHAT TO EAT IN HONDURAS
WHERE TO EAT
To keep costs down head to comedores (simple eateries) where a two- or three-course meal is virtually certain to be a bargain. Buy snacks from panaderías (bakeries) and markets. Cafes and restaurants in tourist towns have plenty of international dishes on their menus, including vegetarian choices.
WHAT TO EAT AND DRINK
Be sure to try Honduras' national dish, the baleada (a tortilla stuffed with myriad fillings, usually including refried beans and salad) available from street vendors, and also from national chain Baleadas Express. You'll find great grilled meats in the country's interior, including lots of pinchos (kebabs). On the coast seafood is superb: tapado is a legendary Garifuna fish soup prepared with coconut and spices; in the Bay Islands is a similar dish called bando. Fresh juices