The resort of Tela has a ravishing coastline of pale sandy beaches backed by coconut palms and dotted with fascinating Garífuna villages. So why do few travelers bother to drop by? Well, the stark reality is that Tela's town center is pretty rundown these days and those lovely beaches certainly could be cleaner.
That said, you should consider a night or two here as the two nature reserves – Jeannette Kawas and Punta Izopo – are very special indeed, and within easy striking distance.
Tela is crammed with Honduran vacationers during Semana Santa (Holy Week before Easter), but the rest of the year things are pretty tranquilo.