Many people pass through Tela or even stay a night or two to visit the fantastic Lancetilla Botanical Garden, the largest botanical garden in the Americas. The two nearby nature reserves – Jeannette Kawas and Punta Izopo – are both wonderful excursions as well, and within easy striking distance of town.
Tela itself is a run-down urban resort whose beaches are, sadly, full of trash and in many places simply unsafe even during daytime. Its town center is loud, busy, paint-chipped and definitely not safe after dark, while its hotels and restaurants are overpriced.
Tela is crammed with Honduran vacationers during Semana Santa (Holy Week before Easter), and often on weekends, but the rest of the time things are pretty tranquilo.