Lago de Yojoa
Largely undeveloped, and ringed by dense tropical forest, Lago de Yojoa is exceptionally scenic. Thanks to the indefatigable efforts of a local microbrewery owner to promote the region, the lake is now the most popular spot to break the journey between the Bay Islands and Nicaragua.
Parque Nacional Jeannette Kawas
Standing on the beach at Tela, you can look out and see a long arc of land curving to the west to a point almost in front of you. This point, Punta Sal, is part of the Parque Nacional Jeannette Kawas. The park has several white-sand beaches, including the pretty Playa Cocalito.
The idyllic white sands of the Cayos Cochinos (the Hog Islands), just 17km from the mainland, can easily be visited as a day trip from the La Ceiba region. Access is by motorized canoe from Nueva Armenia or Sambo Creek, east of La Ceiba. There's a L200 to entrance fee to enter the Cayos Cochinos.