Honduras Holidays & Accommodation
There are parks in Honduras that provide access to highlands 8000 feet above sea level, and other parks at sea level on the Caribbean side of the country that provide access to lagoons, mangroves, wetlands, beaches and coral reefs. As a scuba-diver, birdwatcher or dedicated hiker, you'lll have plenty to explore in this lesser-visited country.
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Honduras enjoys access to a large coral reef, and there are a number of islands in the Caribbean Ocean that offer a unique place to vacation and access these reefs. Roatan, and the Cayos Cochinos which are part of Roatan represent a Marine Protected Area for the coral reef. Cayos Cochinos presents limited traditional tourist options like hotels and restaurants, but in compensation provide access to pristine diving and snorkelling.
Much of the tourism in Honduras is centred on the Caribbean Islands of Roatan and Utila. Roatan is known for the British-Afro-Caribbean heritage of many of its residents, and its resulting unique culture. It has numerous diving schools and charters that can be booked and the advantage is that they are less expensive than comparably equipped facilities in more touristed areas of Central America.
Roatan has a colourful pirate history, and you can explore the history of the island on your visit. Other things you can do on the island include zip line tours, wind-surfing, and visiting a spa. It is one of the more developed of the Bay Islands in Honduras and as such has the most facilities. If this is not what interests you, you can charter a boat to Cayo Cochinos with limited lodging options and no cars or bicycles. It is a dedicated Marine Preserve and provides access to an unadulterated section of coral reef for snorkelling and diving
Utila, another of the Bay Islands, is more known as a backpackers retreat. Facilities are laid-back and lodging is cheap but comfortable. There are diving centres and places you can go to rent kayaks for ocean kayaking as well.
Honduras claims one of the most important ancient Mayan sites at Copan in the fertile valley close to border with Guatemala. Copan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is distinctive for its ceremonial structures and stone monuments covered in detailed hieroglyphs. For exploring rainforest, head to the northern part of the country and the Pico Bonita Rain Forest. At 8000 feet, much of the park is shrouded in cloud, but there are numerous stunning waterfalls that you can hike to while enjoying countless opportunities to view the wildlife of this lush paradise. For something closer to sea level, you might want to explore the Jeanette Kawas National Park, but be sure to engage a guide. This park has a lot of wetlands, and you have to be careful. Also in the area are lagoons, mangroves, and beaches. The protected area extends into the ocean to encompass the marine habitat.
Tegucigalpa provides many opportunities to sightsee for colonial architecture, including its many churches. As the capital city, you can also find many museums to visit and learn more about the history and culture of Honduras.