Your opinions, please.
Hi all---new to this kind of thing (blogs). My boyfriend and I are thinking about going to Honduras in Sept 2010 for 3 weeks. We are mainly interested in the coastal regions and islands, not so much cities....I also read there is a beautiful nat'l park near the coast. We are really interested in getting open water dive certification and just laying around, swimming, sunning and drinking beer.
how safe is it and how is the weather??? I am relucatant because of all the travel warnings and now weather on top of it. I totally get tropical weather and the fact that it is hurricane season, but have traveled fairly extensively thru s. amarica and central and can put up with spotty rain, etc.
Any good tips, hints, suggestions? Any info is appreciated.
Hey Erin, while I cant vouch for the weather at that time of year I can tell you there is good diving and cheap accomodation on Utila. It is a perfect place to do your certification, one of the cheapest in the world and there are plenty of options. I did all my diving with Captain Morgan's (you cant miss it, right there when you get off the ferry). I chose them because they had a private hotel on one of the cays (so you can dive some more remote areas) and it seemed like a fun organization. You can walk down the main road and shop around there are many packages available, compare the prices and attitudes of the owners. Also a fun town to hang out in, plenty of eating/drinking/coffee options. Roatan is more upscale, from what I hear there are better beaches there. The smaller cays have the best beaches around Utila, that private hotel I mentioned has kayaks you can use for free to paddle over to them if you want some time on the sand.
I dont know about that park near the coast, but the rest of the cities I passed through in Honduras were not so pretty. Guatemala is my favorite country in CA (been to all but Panama) and it is the cheapest place to fly into - maybe you could consider flying into there, checking out Tikal, volcan Pacaya (where you can touch the lava), the garifuna town of Livingston, the beautiful cobblestone streets and volcanic landscape around the mountain village of Quetzaltenango or the area around Lago Atitlan and then take a bus over to San Pedro Sula for the jumping off point to the Bay Islands. Obviously you cant do all these in three weeks but you can hit a couple of sights in Guatemala and get some diving in as well.
Thanks Dominic for your input, really appreciated. I actually have been to Guatemala, visited Tikal, etc about 3 years ago and thought it was great. I am looking for a new adventure and have heard great things about Honduras. Again, i really appreciate your reply and am going to go ahead and book tickets to the islands!
I just travelled across Honduras and found it to be a safe place to travel in, despite the bad press it gets. We mostly hitch-hiked around, and never had a dodgy experience ever. We felt perfectly safe there, and I think the crime you read about centers more on drug-related issues. I hope this puts you at ease a little,
thanks all for the replys-I am actually writing this from Roatan and have found it safe and lovely to travel around!! thanks again for the input!
I am in the same boat. My boyfriend and I are heading there in March. Its his first time out of the country. Last night we were at a photography course and a couple there basically told us it was super violent, cabbies were hitting tourists over the head with guns and robbing them and that we were ballsy to be traveling on the mainland. Everything I have read says that as long as you are using common sense you will be fine. We are going to go anyways, but my boyfriend is a but nervous 😊
Hey I just recently drove to Costa Rica from the states and stopped to stay a few months with a friend in Choloma Honduras. I have been traveling Central America for over ten years now and honestly Honduras is very unsafe. I'm telling you from one traveler to another, just be careful, and stick to the tourist routes. The cities are filled with gangs and police violence, and it gets crazy. Stay off the buses and DO NOT ROME AT NIGHT! I lived with my friends family for a while and really got to see what goes on there and it's ruff. El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica are all super safe and off the chain if you are looking to hit Central America. For tons more info, maps, music, surf spots, and whats really good in Central America check out <snip> !! Safe Travels- WorldDank
I loved Honduras. I traveled by myself and actually really loved Tegucigalpa. While Honduras has a higher murder rate than other countries (so does Guatemala and El Salvador) it's mainly confined gang violence that tourists rarely witness. Just be smart, have common sense and you'll be fine. I hitch-hiked in smaller towns and felt safe but also sized up the situation carefully. I would check out the wet and dry season schedule as you won't want to dive off the coasts if it's just going to be windy/pouring rain.
Some friends and I recently traveled to Roatan. It is absolutely amazing. We had heard that the hotels in West Bay can turn into a zoo during cruise ship days with hundreds of passengers descending on the hotels. We wanted to stay in West Bay but did not want to deal with all those people.
We ended up staying in a vacation rental in West Bay. We rented it from Caribbean Colors who offers "full service vacation and long term rentals". In addition to renting us the house, they also offer a kind of concierge service. I let them know what our group wanted to do and they did the rest for us. I found this easier than trying to do it online as so much of the information is out of date on so many of the websites about Roatan. Caribbean Colors also got us a great rate on a rental car (as I was told renting a Scooter was quite dangerous because of the roads) and found us a dive shop that we all loved. On our last night, instead of going to dinner, we booked a personal chef through Caribbean Colors that came to our house and made the most amazing dinner ever. They were extremely helpful with everything. <snip> I highly recommend them.
All in all, I loved Roatan. I thought thought the beach in West Bay was amazing though it does get too crowded on Cruise Ship days. We ended up diving most days so the crowds were gone by the time we got back in the early afternoon. The diving was great and we even saw a pod of dolphins. Definitely a must do!
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