This post will be all about Honduras travel tips and all the cool facts about Honduras and things to know before visiting Honduras. From first timers to seasoned travelers, this post will be your go-to guide to get to know more of Honduras and what awaits you from amazing diving, Mayan Ruins, Natural Parks, Festivals to delicious food to try in Honduras.
We believe that Honduras is a paradise just waiting to be discovered. What makes this place so special, you ask? There are beautiful places to visit in Honduras for an adventure with nature and scuba diving, white-water rafting, bird watching, Mayan ruins and eating lots of local food.
Honduras Travel Tips And Things To Know Before Visiting Honduras
1. IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL IN HONDURAS
When you visit Honduras everyone is advised to avoid wearing fancy jewelry or displaying fancy things. Don’t forget to be mindful because you are visiting a different country and remember that their culture is different from yours. Try to take public transportation only during the day, and that’s what I did and didn’t have any problem. So yes, it is safe to travel in Honduras just be cautious.
You can feel pretty safe in the touristic areas like Utila, Roatan and Copan. You need to be careful in big cities like San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa. There are no night buses and make sure you are careful near bus stations and walking around these areas.
2. CASH IS THE KING IN HONDURAS
Cash is the King in Honduras. Honduran Lempira (HNL) is the currency of Honduras and $1= 24 lempiras. Almost everywhere in the country you can access ATM’s. And if you do need to withdraw cash, I would advise you to withdraw in Airport. Don’t worry most of the ATM’s in the country is reliable. I would recommend you a tip and this is to have a separate bank account for travels.
3. EASY VISA IN HONDURAS
The visa is easy in Honduras. There are many countries the EU nations, the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, Japan, Singapore and many more with free Visa to enter the country for 90 days. You only have to present your passport that is valid for at least 6 months. Visa extension are available upon entering the country. Everyone is required to have a ticket for return.
4. BEST TIME TO VISIT IN HONDURAS
In Honduras it is mostly hot and humid all year rounds. The country is a tropical nation, typical dry season is from the months of November to April and wet season is from the months of May to October. Dry season is the best time to visit and fully enjoy the Caribbean coast. And Caribbean coast gets plenty of rain during the months of September to February.
The best time to visit Honduras is during the peak season from the months of January to June, in this months the weather is dry and cool in most parts. Click here to know more about the weather in Honduras.
5. HEALTH TRAVEL INSURANCE
Things to know before visiting Honduras we recommend always to bring a travel insurance when traveling abroad just in case you have any problems. You can always have food Poisson, fever or any other kind of disease. Just make sure you are ready since it can be really expensive if you get a big surgery or problem in Honduras. You can check ours in this link where you can get covered starting from $40 USD per month.
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6. LEARNING SPANISH OR SPEAKING ENGLISH IN HONDURAS
Another learning opportunity in Honduras is to learn Spanish. There are a lot of Spanish classes in Honduras offering packages with different services and affordable prices. Even most of the touristic areas Honduran people almost don’t speaking English but it will be really useful to learn some basics in Spanish language.
7. HONDURAS IS SO CHEAP
You will have to pay entrance fee for Natural Parks, around $3-4 USD for a dish in a local restaurant. We will tell you below accommodation, food budget and general entrance fees and tour prices in Honduras.
ACCOMMODATION BUDGET TRAVEL IN HONDURAS
For accommodation budget travel in Honduras if you want to save up some money while you are in Honduras or you just want to travel on a budget. There are many ways to achieve that lets start with accommodation. You can find hotels, B&B’s and apartments. With a dorm, expect to pay $7-9 USD per night.
Those who want to feel much comfier staying in hotels can cost you a minimum budget of $10 USD. AirBnB is also available in the country the minimum budget for AirBnB in the country can cost you $15-25 USD. These budget will vary depending on how luxurious your stay would be.
8. FOOD BUDGET TRAVEL IN HONDURAS
For food budget travel in Honduras. There are plenty budget friendly authentic local restaurants for less than $3 USD. Beer in the country is $1-2 USD. So you can have your budget for food daily budget around $10-15 USD.
Moat of the dishes are coming with rice and beans. The most popular dish in Honduras is baleada. There are also liciados (milkshakes) for $1-2 USD.
9. TOUR/ENTRANCE FEES IN HONDURAS
If you want to visit a place where you can see endangered species, Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve is beautiful protected area. The site is perfect for hiking, with trails and great waterfalls the you’ll definitely enjoy. There is no entrance fee to the park but you have to pay for the transportation that you will use in order to reach the park.
You can also reach Punta Izopo Wildlife Refuge from Tela and pay $38 USD to explore and spot local wildlife while kayaking. Roatan is lying in the southern edge of the second largest barrier reef in the world. Roatan is a paradise filled with wonderful surprise you can do a Half-day excursion reef snorkeling for $76 USD.
In Utila most scuba diving joints charge around $32 USD per dive which is pretty cheap compared to other countries, If you want to see the Copan Ruins the entrance fee is around $10 USD and the guided tour costs $22 USD. You can also pay for going inside the tunnels which will cost you an extra $10 USD. A typical zip lining experience costs $21-42 USD per person.
10. WIFI AND INTERNET IN HONDURAS
Internet in Honduras works great in big cities like Tegucigalpa and San Pedro. You can access free WiFi at hostels and hotels and there are lots of restaurant that are offering free WiFi. We advise that you get a sim card in Honduras if you need to catch up with some work online.
You can get two different sim cards companies in Honduras if you travel as a couple since the coverage can change depending on the company that you choose. It will be challenging to find Wi-Fi while traveling in a few small cities, mountains and will be hard to get great connection.
11. ADAPTER IN HONDURAS
In our Honduras travel tips you should know they use the American adapter. A few places make it possible to fit your European adapter in the plug. If you are coming from European countries, we recommend you to bring an American adapter to be able to charge everywhere.
12. LOCAL TRANSPORTATION IN HONDURAS
For local transportation in Honduras you can ride the bus for short trips in the city for as low as $1-2 USD per hour. And for express buses you should buy ticket in advance when possible to avoid being stranded. You can rent a car for $30-40 USD for the whole day. And taxi can cost you $2-3 USD for a short trip in the city center.
There are 3 kinds of buses that go around Honduras: chicken buses, rapiditos and express buses. Chicken buses can often be boarded in Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula and La Ceiba. It makes the trip much slower but chicken buses are the cheapest option. A faster option the rapiditos is a more expensive but faster. Express buses have scheduled stops and take intercity routes.
Ferry boats traveling to the Bay Islands from La Ceiba are available regularly. A roundtrip ticket to Roatan costs around $53 USD for a first class ticket and $43 USD for a regular one. Those going to Utila can take a ferry from La Ceiba for $25 USD one way, there are two daily ferries going from La Ceiba to Utila.
13. HONDURAS BORDER CROSSINGS
Honduras border crossings are easy. You can take a bus if you’re from San Salvador and Nicaragua. Also, if you’re coming from Guatemala, you can take a direct bus from La Ceiba, Tegucigalpa and different places in Honduras. The bus available is best for tourists.
14. SALSA LESSONS IN HONDURAS
Talking salsa lessons when traveling in Honduras. It’s a well-known fact in Central America and South America love salsa. So what better way to understand the people than to get into salsa as well than learning?
In all the salsa-loving places in Honduras La Ceiba and Roatan. Prices for classes can go between $5-10 USD depending on the people joining and even could be free of charge.
15. ENJOYING THE NIGHTLIFE IN HONDURAS
Honduras nightlife is great especially in La Ceiba and Roatan and Utila. Parties start late in the evening and everyone just loves to drink and dance the night away. Plenty of locals go out to bars and foreigners always ask for salsa lessons. Prices for beers and drinks are affordable $2-3 USD.
16. Are Panamanian People Friendly?
Are the Panamanian people very friendly? Yeah they are! Just a few of them will be able to communicate in English don’t forget their language is Spanish. It will be nice when interacting in Panama with locals trying to practice a few Spanish words, they will love to hear them.
17. PLASTIC BAGS EVERYWHERE IN HONDURAS
Plastic bags are everywhere in Honduras. You will buy water in bags, also fruits and juices are sold in plastic bags in local markets. Hopefully soon in Honduras will be starting to replace the plastic.
18. SNORKELING AND SCUBA DIVING IN THE ISLANDS
Honduras’ Bay Islands is one of the best diving spots in the world. You can go snorkeling at Roatan and the Jeanette Kawas National Park. Scuba diving spots also abound all over Roatan, Utila and Guanaja. The coral reefs here are spectacular!
19. GET THE OPEN WATER IN UTILA
You can get the Open Water course for scuba diving in Utila. The Open Water in Utila is one of the cheapest place. You can pay around $250-300 USD for 3-4 days and it will include a few dives. I did myself and it was amazing plus while doing the Open Water the accommodation was included. An amazing experience on a budget!
20. RIDING BUSES WHERE THE RADIO PLAYS THE HOLY MASS
I was riding local buses and I found for first time playing the pray on the radio. People were listening to the pray since it was so loud. I love living these experiences that´s why I love riding public transportation. You will find apart from Honduras in a few countries in Central America since they are so religious.
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21. TRY THE FAMOUS BALEADA
Try Baleada in Honduras which is a traditional Honduran dish with ingredients famously eaten all over South and Central America. Perfect for breakfast or lunch, this street food is basically made of mashed fried red beans on the inside and a flour tortilla on the outside. Some add cheese, butter, scrambled eggs, plantain and avocado.
22. ENJOY SOME ENCHILADA
Enchiladas are maybe familiar with the enchiladas of Mexico but Honduran enchiladas are actually quite different. Similar to tostadas, the Honduran version are served with fried flat corn tortillas. On top of the tortillas are ground beef, cabbage, tomato, ketchup or tomato sauce, and other spices.
Pupusas are one of the most famous dishes in Honduras and El Salvador is pupusa, or thick corn tortilla stuffed with all sorts of delicious fillings. You can eat an assortment of cheese, beans and beef pupusas that are then served with curtido de repollo (cabbage).
24. PALMITO SALAD
Palmito Salad is one of the popular dishes in Honduras. Palmito salad is made of hearts of palm (which taste similar to artichokes) and can be mixed with typical ingredients like lettuce, tomatoes, olives, capers and garlic. Order Palmito salad in a local Honduras restaurant is a definite must-try!
25. TRY LICUADOS
A licuado is a smoothie made from fresh fruits or fruit juices. The fruits are blended with milk, yogurt, ice and a sweetener and will save you from hot and humid days in Honduras. This non-alcoholic drink is popular among tourists and locals alike. It can be drank at the beach or in the busy street markets.
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FESTIVAL IN HONDURAS
26. SEMANA SANTA
Semana Santa (Holy Week) like other predominantly Roman Catholic nations is a big deal in Honduras. One of the best time to visit Honduras is during this week because of all the marvelous parades all over the country. In these parades, events in the Bible from the Easter story are reenacted by locals.
27. PUNTA GORDA
Punta Gorda is celebrated on the 12th of April. Punta Gorda celebrates the 4,000 Garufina people who settled in Roatan many years ago. Punta Gorda is one of Honduras biggest festivities with tourists and locals partying in the Caribbean coast and beyond.
28. LA FERIA DE SAN ISIDRO
Feria de San Isidro in Honduras is considered the carnival of La Ceiba and is comparable to New Orleans’ Mardi Gras Festival. If you’re looking for places to visit in Honduras, you might want to stop by La Ceiba during the week before the third Saturday of May to take part in this festival.
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29. VISIT THE COPAN RUINS
You have to visit Copan Ruins just by the border between Honduras and Guatemala lies the remains of a Classic period Mayan kingdom. Copan ruins is the most touristic place in Honduras and it has temples and hieroglyphs that date back to around 400 to 800 A.D.
The city was abandoned due to lack of resources but this site now flourishes as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1980. The entrance fee is $15 USD and its totally worth it!
Tegucigalpa is located in the Southern-Central highlands, Tegucigalpa is the capital of Honduras and largest city. Tegucigalpa has a huge population. You can visit Museo para la Identidad Nacional and get to know Honduras better with their very accommodating and knowledgeable tour guides.
You can also visit Catedral de San Miguel Arcángel, a church that was constructed in the 1700’s. There are truly plenty of cultural gems in Tegucigalpa! And 20 kilometers outside Tegucigalpa is Parque Nacional La Tigra that has a beautiful cloud forest and hiking trails.
31. SAN PEDRO SULA
San Pedro Sula is a big city great place if you are coming from Guatemala or for connecting cities in Honduras (buses going everywhere in Honduras). If you’re planning to spend at least a day in San Pedro Sula you can visit El Merendon’s hills and take a photo with the iconic Coca Cola sign.
You can go zip lining at Mountain Adventures and hiking around the area. And San Pedro Sula city center Mercado de Artesanias Guamilito is a great place to buy souvenirs and local crafts.
32. LA CEIBA
La Ceiba is known as the Entertainment Capital of Honduras. La Ceiba has a fun, inviting vibe because of its friendly locals and the city’s nightlife district. La Ceiba is the perfect place to party in Honduras and will serve as your jumping point to the Bay Islands.
There are Parks like Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge in La Ceiba perfect for nature lovers. From La Ceiba is very quiet and you can the ferry to Utila, There are a few restaurants and place to stay in La Ceiba if you are planning to stay a couple of days.
Utila is the smallest of the major Bay Islands at only 13 km long and 5 km wide. Utila is one of the cheapest place for diving in the world. Aside from diving, there are a number of other water activities to try here like snorkeling, canoeing, paddle boarding, kayaking and fishing. For relaxation, there are spas, yoga and pilates centers all around the island. Utila’s beaches and cays are also a main attraction and each spot is definitely one of a kind.
An Open water course costs around $250 USD and they include accommodation, check and compare prices and choose your best option. You can do in different languages for sure English and Spanish. Food is little bit more expensive than mainland and internet was working fine!
The nightlife was great in Utila and day trips diving and snorkeling were incredible. In Honduras the coral reef coming from México and Belize is the second largest coral reef in the world! There are two daily ferries going to Utila from La Ceiba around $25 USD one way leaving La Ceiba 9 am and 4 pm.
Roatan is bigger than Utila and prices are higher. Roatan is lying on the southern edge of the second largest barrier reef in the world. Roatan is an excellent diving and snorkeling. You can also enjoy Roatan’s waters by going sailing, Flyboarding and even swimming with dolphins.
35. CAYOS COCHINOS
Cayos Cochinos is also known as Hog Islands. Cayos Cochinos is a breathtaking paradise made up of 2 small islands and 13 small coral cays. With Cayo Cochinos’ crystal clear waters, pristine beaches and incredible views is hard not to fall in love with one of the best destinations in Central America.
You can get to Cayo Cochinos from Roatan, Utila and La Ceiba. Most of the day trips are charging around $100 USD per person for the visit to enjoy this paradise.
Comayagua is one of the historical sites in Honduras, Comayagua is a great place to see some Spanish Colonial architecture, neo-classic buildings, colonial plazas and old churches. The Immaculate Conception Cathedral was completed in 1711 and is one of the oldest in Central America. Comayagua is a great place to enjoy the Holy Week in Honduras.
37. BIRDWATCHING AT LAGO DE YOJOA
Lago de Yojoa is a beautiful lake is a wonderful fishing and bird watching destination and is known for its biodiversity. There are coffee plantations to visit in the area as well. You will be able to spot mover 400 species of birds and even try the zip line in Lago de Yojoa.
38. RÍO PLÁTANO BIOSPHERE RESERVE
Río Plátano is an amazing place with plenty of animal and plant life. One of the things to know before visiting Honduras that Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage site in the La Mosquitia area of the Caribbean Honduras. Río Plátano is preserved with the help of its indigenous people and local inhabitants. Migratory birds visit this beautiful forest every February and March.
39. PICO BONITO NATIONAL PARK
Pico Bonito National Park is perfect for hiking with trails that are also enjoyable for bird watchers and nature lovers in general. There are great waterfalls in the park and you can even swim in natural pools. How refreshing! Get ready in Pico Bonito National Park to have fun with nature.
40. JEANETTE KAWAS NATIONAL PARK
Jeanette Kawas National Park is in the northern Caribbean coast. Jeanette Kawas National Park is also known as Parque Nacional Punta Sal one of the best places to enjoy snorkeling, hiking and other activities with nature. Even just walking along its beaches, exploring its mangrove, tropical forests and encountering howler monkeys.
ACCOMMODATION BUDGET TRAVEL IN HONDURAS
You can stay in a dorm, expect to pay $10 USD per night. Those who want to feel much comfier staying in mid budget hotels can cost you $30-40 USD. If you prefer more luxury starts from $80 USD.
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