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Roatan, Honduras Bay Islands
The beach at Roatan, a jewel
in Honduras' Bay Islands.


Honduras Travel Fast Facts

Getting there: regular flights from major world cities to San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa (Toncontin) and Roatan.

What to see: Tegucigalpa, Santa Lucia, Comayagua, Bay Islands of Roatan, Guanaja and Utila, Rio Platano Biosphere Reserver, Santa Rosa de Copan, Honduras national parks

Currency: lempira

Official language(s):
Spanish



Honduras is largest country in Central America after Nicaragua (which borders it to the south) and remains one of the travel industry's best kept secrets.

Affordable and inexpensive, the country is a tropical paradise rich in scenic wonders, as well as Mayan historical treasures, and lays claim to some of the Caribbean's most beautiful beaches — such as those found on the Bay Islands of Roatan, Guanaja and Utila — offering world class surfing and diving, or just lazy beach-bumming along the shore.

For ecotourism and adventure travel, Honduras is one of the best locations in the world for jungle hiking, as in the Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve and other Honduras national parks that make up the largest unspoiled rainforest north of the Amazon in Brazil.

Honduras also provides much interest for those seeking out historical treasure, in such colonial towns as Santa Rosa de Copan featuring a compact look at both the country's 17th century Spanish colonial heritage as well as more ancient Mayan ruins.

Spanish is the main language spoken throughout the country, although English is often heard spoken by friendly locals at main attractions and in the larger cities catering to tourists, such as Tegucigalpa, the capital city that serves as an excellent starting point for exploring the country.

Suggested day trips from the capital include picturesque Santa Lucia, and the old colonial capital of Comayagua.


DID YOU KNOW? Honduras Travel Fun Facts


World's second largest coral reef.

• Blonde, blue eyed Hondurans on the bay islands are direct descendents of British pirates who first arrived there 500 years ago.

• The term “Banana Republic” was first applied to Honduras by the American writer O. Henry, for the influence that U.S. banana companies had at the time.

Scarlet macaws, sacred to the Mayans, is the national bird of Honduras.

The Bay Island coral reefs make Honduras the second in the world with more coral reefs after Australia.

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More about Honduras travel & tourism around the Web:

Honduras.com - Use the right-hand menu to navigate to more information on Honduras beaches, national parks, Mayan ruins and more, plus guides to Honduran art & culture, cuisine, fun facts & history.

Honduras Vacation - Ideas and Suggestions - A personal tour of the country with suggested itineraries, information on best beaches, Mayan ruins, wildlife refuges, with maps and suggested reading. Also surf the left-hand menu for more on trip planning & packing, best times to go, and other practical travel tips.

Introducing Honduras - Lonely Planet - Excellent overview with more in-depth looks at the Copan ruins, La Ceiba, San Pedro Sula and more with maps, photos, videos, practical travel tips and related visitor suggestions.

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