Visiting Honduras? Don’t overlook these beautiful beaches

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There is no denying that Honduras is a beautiful destination, but these underrated beaches are definitely overlooked by most tourists.

Honduras is a beautiful country in Central America that is often overlooked as a tourist destination – often for security reasons. But Honduras has a lot of attractions to offer. Honduras is a country of white sand beaches bordered by the second largest barrier reef in the world.

The mountains of Honduras are covered in jungle, with cascading rivers suitable for rafting. Here we will see an impressive number of birds and even Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth in the eastern part of the country. Another beautiful and quiet place to spend an idyllic vacation is on the tropical Vietnamese resort island of Phu Quoc.


Honduras and what to expect there

Honduras is full of things to see and explore including many Mayan ruins, one can discover exquisite Mayan ruins (ruins that are not overrun by tourists). Then there is the Spanish colonial architecture, the cobblestone villages and the fresh seafood.

  • Copan: Once one of the most important urban centers of the Mayan civilization – Visit both the archaeological site and the nearby colonial town of Copan
  • Caution: Honduras is a spectacular undiscovered destination, but its reputation for crime and instability is true – reasonable precautions are best taken
  • Capital and largest city: Tegucigalpa
  • Population: Honduras has approximately 9 million inhabitants


Today the customs and culture of Honduras are a mixture of Spanish and indigenous culture and one can find many traditional communities in the country. Honduras has serious problems with poverty and crime, but with reasonable precautions it can be a truly rewarding trip.

Related: 20 Amazing Mayan Ruins In Central America (That Are Not Chichen Itza)

The virgin and peaceful beaches of Honduras

The Caribbean is like America’s backyard when it comes to beach vacations. Many islands like the Bahamas and the US Virgin Islands are highly developed, commercialized and overcrowded. But that’s not the case with all Caribbean beaches.


The Caribbean coast of Honduras remains – according to Lonely Planet – “almost completely unknown to travelers and there are some spectacular beaches here. “

The country’s Bay Islands are famous for their superb diving as well as their great beaches and they include Utila and more particularly the more developed island of Roatan.

  • Les Cays, Utila: These are the best beaches in their area with tiny coral cays right next to the island
  • Trujillo: These beaches that surround this sleepy little town are known to be some of the best in the country.

Honduras has some 470 miles of coastline divided between the mainland and its various small Caribbean islands (it also has a small coast on the Pacific Ocean).


Roatan Island

The most developed islands and beaches in Honduras are found on the island of Roatan. This island is more Caribbean in its flavor and its history. Even today, many people speak English as their first language due to their historic colonial ties to Britain.

  • Caribbean: Roatan is culturally part of the Caribbean
  • Roatan: Offers the most developed resorts in Honduras
  • Flights: Roatan offers direct flights to the United States

Roatan has an international airport with regular flights to a number of cities in the United States as well as the Honduran mainland. One can expect spectacular golden sand beaches here.


Related: Caribbean Islands: A Guide To Each Top Destination (So You Can Easily Choose)

Cayos Cochinos Islands

The tiny Cayos Cochinos Islands have pristine white sand beaches that are virtually deserted. They consist of two small islands (Cayo Menor and Cayo Grande) as well as 13 other small coral cays in the Caribbean off the coast of mainland Honduras.

These islands are part of the Municipality of Roatan and are a Marine Protected Area. They are part of the second largest coral reef system in the world (the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef). There are no roads, cars or even bicycles on these small islands – a hiking trail connects the residences to the beaches.


In Cayo Menor there is a scientific research station and visitor center – all types of commercial fishing are prohibited in the marine park. The waters here are the healthiest of the Bay Islands.

Garifuna villages offer inexpensive backpacker accommodation in hostel-like huts.

City and region of Tela

Tela is located about a 90-minute drive from San Pedro Sula and is a thriving Caribbean resort town. Tela is a very old community having been founded in 1534 – to put that in perspective, the oldest successful settlement in the United States is Jamestown which dates back to 1607.

Here you will find beautiful stretches of sand surrounded by lush tropical parks. Parks here include the Lancetilla Botanical Garden, the Punta Sal Rainforest, the Punta Izopo Wildlife Refuge, and the Monkey Lagoon.


  • Beaches: White sand beaches
  • Development: Basic but Up And Coming – there are a variety of hotels and restaurants

The nearby Cusuco National Park is as beautiful as it is rich in biodiversity. It is home to 270 species of birds, 35 species of bats, 93 species of reptiles and amphibians, and is a must-see for anyone in the area.

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