With a Caribbean and Pacific coastline, lush national parks and plenty of ancient architecture, a holiday to Honduras has something for everyone. Head to Copan for spectacular Maya ruins, Comayagua and the mountain town of Gracias for colonial villages and the capital Tegucigalpa for hidden history. With pristine sandy beaches and beautiful corals, beach lovers will enjoy Bay Islands which offers excellent snorkelling and diving. La Ceiba on the Caribbean coast and San Lorenzo on the Pacific are also prefect for relaxing. Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve is another must see and the largest tropical rainforest in Central America.
There are no direct flights to Honduras, but airlines including Delta, British Airways and Iberia offer indirect services from most major UK airports arriving in San Pedro, Tegucigalpa and Roatan. Delta also offer indirect flights from Manchester to La Ceiba, however these flights can be extremely expensive!
If you're heading to the Bay Islands of Roatan and Utila during your holiday in Honduras the cheapest option is to catch the ferry from La Ceiba. However, if you intend to travel during the festival of Semana Santa which takes place over Easter you might be best off flying as queues for the boat can be up to eight hours long! On the main land, buses are great for exploring the country and operate between most of the major tourist draws. They're very affordable and reliable and offer a great way of getting to know the locals who frequent them every day!
Finding cheap hotels in Honduras is pretty easy as accommodation to suit every budget is available throughout the country. The bigger cities such as San Pedro Sula offer the most choice with plenty of five star resorts as well as hostels, while the lesser known areas are more likely over basic guesthouses. During festivals such as the Semana Santa, book as far in advance as possible to secure your accommodation.
For cheap eats look out for restaurants advertising plato tipico at lunch time. This affordable meal consist of beef, rice, fried beans and fried bananas and will keep you nice and full for the rest of the day.
There are plenty of markets all over the country so be sure to visit one during your Honduras holiday, just make sure you brush up on your haggling skills as you'll need to haggle hard for a bargain. Leather goods, coffee, silver jewellery and ceramics are worth looking out for as tend to be of very high quality, yet at affordable prices.
Updated 19th June 2013
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