Honduras is a nation brimming with incredible coral reefs and luscious rainforests that ought to be experienced atleast once in a lifetime. But due to its soaring crime and murder rate, its tourism has been affected. However, if one takes proper caution and safety measures, then this Central American country is a delightful nation to visit.
Kick-start the trip by heading out to Roatan - one of the biggest and most developed of the Bay Islands in the Caribbean Sea. Thanks to the long stretches of soft-sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters as well as the extraordinary coral reefs, it is a popular holiday resort for diving and snorkeling enthusiasts. Some of the other attractions in Roatan includes the Iguana Farm, the Caramola Gardens and the Roatan Butterfly Garden. Those who love dolphins and would enjoy an encounter can visit the Roatan Institute of Marine Sciences. Features include swimming and snorkeling with the dolphins, play simple games with them, participate in a dolphin specialty course, or have a dolphin dive experience.
Head 32 kms from the west coast of Roatan to reach Utila, most pocket-friendly of the Bay Islands. This 13-kilometer-long-island is a haven for backpackers for there are reasonable and affordable diving spots. Dive operators provide opportunities to visitors to dive or swim with whale sharks. Take a day trip from Roatan to reach the Little French Key. It is characterized as an eco-friendly tropical paradise off the island's south shore. Animal lovers can visit a wild-life sanctuary for close-up animal encounters. Some of the rescue animals include monkeys, deer, and toucans.
Visit the capital city - Tegucigalpa and admire the Christ of the Picacho monument, set atop the eponymous mountain to the north. Do take a tour of the city itself particularly the old historical centre with its colonial buildings and winding stone streets. Around 20 kms from the dynamic capital lies the beautiful and gorgeous La Tigra National Park. Situated at an altitude of 2,270 meters, this pretty and unspoilt park is home to a luscious and dense cloud forest, housing ocelots, pumas, and monkeys as well as a haven for brids such as the toucans, trogons, and the elusive quetzal.
Perched in western Honduras, Copan is a small Mayan site renowned for its impressive series of portrait stelae. It developed into one of the most significant Maya site by the 5th century with over 20,000 residents but was later mysteriously abandoned a few centuries later. If you're keen on learning more about heritage, culture and history, then one will enjoy Comayagua. The first capital of Honduras is lined up with Spanish colonial architecture: cobbled cobbled streets, tiny plazas, whitewashed homes and grand churches. The perfect time to visit would be during its unique and avid celebrations of Easter week.
When it comes to shopping, be on the look-out for woodcarvings, cigars, leather goods, straw hats and bags, Guatemalan hand woven fabric, Lenca pottery and paintings. As for cuisine, do dig into some of their local delicacies such as Enchiladas (A flat corn tortilla, fried and topped with ground beef or pork, cheese and a non-spicy tomato sauce), Pastelito (A folded, deep-fried flour or corn tortilla filled with beef or chicken, rice and/or potatoes and spices) and Tamales (Fresh corn cakes occasionally served with cheese, chillies or raisins).
The stay options of Honduras is abundant with the best luxury hotels, rental apartments and cheap accommodations available for the tourists to decide which kind to opt for depending on their budget and taste.
The climate of Honduras ranges from tropical in the lowlands to temperate in the mountains. The central and southern areas are comparatively hotter and less humid as opposed to the northern coast. The best time to visit would be during the dry season (December to May).