Frequently Asked Questions - Honduras Travel
Every week, I receive emails with a variety of questions. I thought it
might be helpful to list the most FAQs:
Q. Can you tell me what immunizations I
should take prior to my visit to Honduras?
I believe this is an important issue that is best
asked of your personal physician, your city public health nurse, or a medical
professional. I know what I took in preparation but that may well be
inappropriate for you. Tons of information is provided by the
CDC. Odds are that
your doc will follow the shots recommended by them.
In another section of our site, I include more suggestions on maintaining
good health while traveling in
Q. How much should I budget for on a daily basis?
This is a tough question. Visitors to this site are all the way
to folks who stay at all-inclusive resorts. My wife and I
are somewhere in the "middle" of that broad array. I budgeted $100/day for our room,
expenses, meals, rafting, special entrance fees, etc. Our actual expenses
didn't even come close to that and we came home with plenty to spare.
I need to add, we are not big shoppers nor heavy drinkers. Hard alcohol
and wine are expensive (local rum and beer are not).
Backpackers can get by on $15-20 per day if frugal and
traveling with others. Dive resorts at the high end on Roatan and Guanaja can start
at $200 per day and on up. You will find many options between those
extremes. Here are some of my
Q. What time of the year should I go to Honduras?
Tough question again. What are you after? Diving?
Well, the rainy season begins in October and runs through mid-January (but don't
hold me to that!). On the North Coast and the Bay Islands, you can expect a
thunderstorm any day of the year. The North Coast is hot and humid all
The Western Highlands (Copan, Gracias, Santa Rosa de Copan) are tempered by the
altitude. The dry season in the highlands is January through May.
Q. When is the Carnival in Ceiba?
La Ceiba is renowned for its Carnival (Carnaval in Spanish), with many saying it is the
second best in all of Latin America. Music, food, dancing in the street, a
wee-bit of imbibing, and parades. It usually falls the last two weeks in
May but you really, really, need to check with someone in Ceiba, say your hotel,
for specific dates.
Get those reservations way early, though. Rooms go fast
Q. I have never been to Latin America. What
might I expect in Honduras?
● Events/schedules/time for events (bus departure, flights within
Honduras, shop openings) occur when
they happen, not a moment before. If you need a fixed schedule where
everything must "go down" when you want it to, you are going to be
disappointed. Hondurans are not as time conscious as we North Americans are.
Sit back and relax. Vacation, remember? This is not New York City.
● You will be
visiting the most hospitable people that we have encountered in all of our trips
throughout Mexico and Central America. Make an effort to speak Spanish,
even if it is just, "gracias" or "buenos dias." Always
be respectful and it will be returned a hundred-fold.
● On the mainland particularly, you are going to see many rifle-toting
guards, policemen and -women, and soldiers. Be prepared for that or it can
'crush' your vacation. As importantly, don't overreact to it. It comes
with the turf. Here are
my ideas on making your
trip safe and pleasurable by just using common sense.
● You will see plenty of poverty. Honduras is the 2nd
poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere (others suggest the 3rd poorest). Some North Americans are unable
to deal with this and it either ruins their vacation or they give money to
people inappropriately. Hondurans deal with their own poverty much better
than we do in response to seeing it. Here are some ideas on
healthy ways to assist ease
that poverty, if so moved.
● Hondurans will always answer any question posed to them.
You need to understand -- In Honduras, it is more
important to "please the other person" than provide a correct response.
Answers, well, aren't always on the mark.
If you need an answer; it will be provided, regardless if the person
knows the answer.
It is a mere cultural nuance to always answer a
"I don't know or "I'm not sure," are not known in
the Honduran vocabulary.
Double check important matters
with another person; take answers with a grain of salt. We have
experienced 'need to please with an answer' in other Central American countries as
● Your hotel bill and restaurant check will have
a 16% surcharge added to
it that goes to Uncle Sam -- or rather, Uncle Ricardo?
Look at your bill and see if a tip (propina) has or has not been
added in. I tip 15% in restaurants for good service; 2-3% of the
hotel price to the maid, merely left on the pillow.
● In more rural parts of Honduras, the children may or may not have
been exposed to outsiders. They will be naturally curious. Find the
playful side of yourself and interact, by all means. Kids are kids.
● Show an interest in the Honduran culture and it comes
back to you multiplied. People the world over understand respect.
Demonstrate respect daily. Watch
your body language. It speaks volumes.
Q. Where is the best diving on Roatan?
You are asking the wrong guy. Swimming, to me, is staying alive
while I am in the water. If you are interested in diving, visit
Laura Radford's articles on-site about Roatan diving.
When we stayed with divers at Bananarama on Roatan, to a person, they remarked that the diving
was every bit as good as diving on Bonaire or Belize. I trust that means something to you.
They also mentioned that the cost of diving in Honduras was the cheapest of any place they
had ever visited. Even I understand that one.
Q. Is Honduras dangerous?
I answer that by asking, "How safe
are urban areas in your home state?" I believe that we are so used to the
violence and crime at home that we "overlook" it and become alarmed when
traveling in Latin America. We over-react. Warren Post, ex-pat and
owner of Pizza Pizza Restaurant in San Rosa de Copan, has
some ideas that reinforce my point.
In another section, I offer
many suggestions that
will help make your travel safe and secure. I would add that there are no
parts of Latin America that I would hesitate to visit, but that is just me. Women traveling alone
might benefit from the reading this
Most of all, common sense and a general awareness of your surroundings go an awfully long way when
traveling to Latin America.
Q. Your site has little on Tela. How come?
We didn't visit Tela and I don't pretend to
know more than I have read.
If you visit Tela, are a good writer, and
are willing to share your experiences on this site, please
Here is an example of a superb travel
critique of Roatan by Kathy Munster who sent it along in the spring of 2004.
Q. How current is your information?
We traveled Honduras in February 2003. Visitors to our site are
extremely good at keeping it current by informing me of their experiences when
they return home. Weekly, I make appropriate changes on the website based on their
It helps when you provide feedback on your hotel stays, offer suggestions on
things to do, and send along those "if I had only known..." If you have
benefited from our site, please consider helping the next person coming down the
line. Reach me through out
contact form. Post it to your PDA now.
Q. Have you painted an accurate picture of
Honduras on your website?
I hope so. Honduras has its share of very serious social issues.
That needs to be pointed out. The people, their hospitality, the diversity
of cultures, and their warmth can not be surpassed. The scenery, the
beaches, the diving -- out of this world.
Did our visit to Honduras go perfectly? Heavens, no. But few of our Central American
visits ever do! That is part of the adventure! Just remember that
you are visiting a nation with a very undeveloped economy. You aren't in
Q. What if I have other
I entertain all questions and would be glad to hear from you.
One caveat, please -- first spend some time on the site. Please
read the website before "asking away." Thanks.
Use the search engine on our site
to look up material you can not readily find. Some
people prefer to use the Site Map or the
Quick Hits first to see where
to begin with topics of interest.
Q. Why this site?
What's in it for you?
This site is a small thank you to the Honduran people for the hospitality we
were extended. Nothing more.
Hondurans are the most gracious and
welcoming people I have had the privilege of meeting and traveling among.
I hope our site adds
to your traveling pleasure among the people of Honduras.
May your travels be safe and restful!
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