Once dubbed the “Athens of Central America,” Honduras has some amazing sites to see. It has colonial villages, ancient Mayan ruins, natural parks, and a Pacific and Caribbean coastline dotted with the Bay Islands, a particularly beautiful spot for beach lovers and scuba diving aficionados. The best part? It offers all the adventure sports that have put Costa Rica on the map, for at least half the price! This Honduras travel guide will help you plan your next vacation.
Honduras Travel Guide: Fast Facts
- Honduran power voltage is 110/120 V 60 Hz; Power sockets A & B
- The Honduran currency is the Honduran Lempira (HNL) and is around 20 HNL for 1 USD
- Beware of Chikungunya, a viral disease transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitoes. This outbreak continues to affect parts of the Caribbean and Central America. Symptoms can take up to 12 days to appear, but usually begin within 3-7 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Symptoms generally include fever and joint pain; other symptoms can include fatigue, headache, nausea, vomiting, muscle pain, and rash.
- Malaria is prevalent in all areas of Honduras with an altitude of less than 3,281 feet, and is found in tourist locales like Roatan.
- It is advised to exercise a high degree of caution in Honduras, especially in larger cities, because of the high levels of violent crime. The main thing is being safe at night and avoid wandering the streets alone, especially in big cities.
- Water is NOT potable in Honduras. Drink only bottled water. Tap water may be contaminated. If you order a mixed drink at a bar, ask that ice not be added, since it may have been made from tap water.
Top Packing Tips for Honduras Travel
Honduras weather is considered tropical on both its Pacific and Caribbean coasts. The country has a dry season, typically occurring between November and March, and a wet season, occurring between April and October. The Bay Islands and Caribbean coast of Honduras are outside the typical hurricane path, which is between June and November, but they can receive the tail end of tropical storms or hurricanes during this period of time.
- Sarongs – From protecting yourself from the hot island sun, to being used as a towel or keeping cool on a cool night, sarongs are a must-have on your caribbean vacation.
- The protection basics – Travellers should stock up on the essentials: sun block, mosquito/insect repellant containing DEET or a pyrethroid insecticide, sunglasses and a hat. Bugspray is particularly important in the Bay Islands as sand fleas are a common and can be a huge annoyance.
- Personal safety products – Before leaving for your trip, make sure to pack some personal safety products, like money belts and locks, so that you can keep your valuables safe on your trip.
- Bring a water bottle – water is not potable in Honduras, so make sure to pack a water bottle that is easily refillable, especially if you plan on doing any adventure sports!
Top Things to do in Honduras
- Scuba Dive the Bay Islands – seahorses, Barracuda’s, sea turtles, nurse sharks, trumpet fish, starfish, whale sharks and stingrays are just some of the things you might come across!