10 of the world's best learn-to-dive destinations
Dreaming of getting your dive ticket? With a combination of idyllic conditions and reputable dive outfits, we’ve narrowed down the top spots to get certified – from the Caribbean to the Maldives, and everywhere in bet...
Places in Honduras
Roatán is the largest and most developed of the Bay Islands. Long and thin (50km long but only 2km to 4km wide), the island is a real diving and snorkeling mecca – virtually its entire coastline is fringed by an astonishingly diverse coral reef teeming with tropical fish. But there's much more to Roatán than its reef.
The Bay Islands
Spectacular diving and snorkeling draws visitors from around the world to the three Bay Islands (Islas de la Bahía) – Roatán, Utila and Guanaja – between 25 and 50km off the north coast of Honduras. Their reefs are part of the second-largest barrier reef in the world, and teem with fish, coral, sponges, rays, sea turtles and even whale sharks.
Ringed by forested hills in a highland valley, sprawling Tegucigalpa enjoys a relatively fresh, mild climate and a spectacular setting. Few travelers hang around long enough to savor the capital's delights and sights, but if you're passing through you will find the compact city center boasts some fine colonial architecture and a good museum or two.
La Ceiba is known as Honduras’ party town: Tegucigalpa thinks, San Pedro Sula works and La Ceiba has fun, so the saying goes. Certainly this port city's buzzing nightlife makes it a mecca for fiesta-hungry Hondurans. All the action is over the estuary in Barrio La Isla, the city’s zona viva.
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Island-hopping down Central America’s Caribbean coast
You don't always need suitcases full of cash to enjoy the Caribbean Sea – cradled in its western corner lie a number of idyllic island groups that are surprisingly easy on the pocket...
Honduras’ Bay Islands: a laid-back, uncrowded Caribbean paradise
Plenty of Caribbean islands have been labeled with the daydream-inducing word: paradise...
Honduran food for beginners
This is an excerpt from the Food & Drink chapter of Lonely Planet's guide to Honduras & the Bay Islands...
Honduras: travel books to read before you go
This excerpt from Lonely Planet’s Honduras & the Bay Islands guide provides a selection of travel literature to get you in the mood for your trip...