New to "backpacking" and seeking advice
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Jan 27, 2013 12:01 PM Last Post By: hermosajoe
Jan 26, 2013 10:43 PM
New to "backpacking" and seeking adviceHi All,
My fiance and I are heading to Honduras on March 2nd and we are looking for some advice. We have only been to more developed caribbean countries and have always stayed at all-inclusive resorts. We have decided to do more of a backpacker's approach for this trip and are very excited.
Our preliminary travel itinerary is:
Arrive in San Pedru and head to Copan for 3 nights. From Copan head to La Ceiba for 5-6 nights. From La Ceiba head to Roatan for 7-8 nights. Fly home.
1. We haven't made any reservations for accomodations. Is this going to be a problem? We are most concerned about Roatan as this is the most touristy location. We don't want to get stuck with no one where to stay!
2. We are planning on doing a diving certification course while in Roatan. Any advice as to whether we need to book with a diving school in advance to going? I'm guessing March is a prime travel time.
3. Does 5-6 days seem like too long in La Ceiba? Based on our research there seems to be lots of things to do (rafting, kayaking, hiking, etc.) and we want to make the most of our time. Any comments on the accomodations and tours offered by Omega Tours?
We'll probably have more questions as we continue our research but we'd appreciate any advice/recommendations!
Jan 27, 2013 6:19 AM
1The only issue will really be Easter Week/Easter Weekend, beaches are packed, and transport can be jammed.
You may find West End better than Than West bay as its less developed. Many diver operations include loding (dorm/hostel style) with a dive course, not sure about Roatan.
Omega gets a very positive feedback on this forum, check Trip Advisor too for lodging options.
Jan 27, 2013 11:42 AM
2Congratulations on your upcoming trip (and nuptials!). Honduras is an amazing country. A few general tips:
1. Get out of San Pedro the moment you arrive. Barring that, book a recommended, nice hotel with security, get a shuttle from the airport, and leave first thing in the morning. San Pedro's only redeeming feature is the airport, and it's best not to linger.
2. I would apportion your time such that you have another day or two in Copan, which is really beautiful and has some great attractions (like hot springs) nearby.
3. There's nothing much to do in La Ceiba itself, so if you're planning on spending much time in the area, you should base yourself out of an eco-lodge (Pico Bonito has a wonderful reputation) rather than the city proper.
4. Tela is a decent stop-off en route between Copan and La Ceiba. The beach isn't exactly a Corona ad, but it's a neat sort of decayed resort from the United Fruit Company days, with some nice old hotels on the waterfront. As with most of Honduras, stay inside after dark, and especially steer clear of the beachfront pedestrian street.
5. I second SoloHobo's recommendation of West End in Roatan. It's a little less all-inclusive-y, and there are some beautiful beaches (and reefs) along Half Moon Bay. Booking in advance never hurts, especially if you have the cash to stay somewhere a little more mid-range. Arco Iris used to be the go-to nicer spot in West End, though it's been a few years since I was back. I know they take reservations, though, or used to.
Jan 27, 2013 12:01 PM
3You'll enjoy Copan, nice small town with lot's to do. I would recommend Tela over La Ceiba for a couple of days, 2-3 days not 5-6. La Ceiba is more of a transit/ferry town. Tela has a nice vibe and several side trips, Islands and rivers. Add the extra days to the bay of Islands.
I really enjoyed Lake Yojoa. The birding is fantastic, fishing sucked.
Roatan is great as the reef is very close, very short boat rides. Don't really think early March will be an issue and getting places along with diving certification should not require reservations.
Sorry I know nothing about Omega.
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