Traveling in Honduras

Traveling in Honduras

North America

Honduras climate

According to Bridgat, Honduras has a tropical climate that is temperate in the higher elevations inland. Due to the mountainous topography of Honduras, the local climate varies considerably depending on the altitude.

In the always humid Caribbean lowlands, the average annual temperature is around 25 ° C. In the winter-dry Pacific region, the annual mean is around 29 ° C, in the higher temperate regions around 20 ° C. The annual rainfall is low to moderate, the rainy season is between May and October. The amount of precipitation decreases from north to south. In the mountain valleys the annual mean is 1,016 millimeters, on the northern coast it is 2,540 millimeters. It rains all year round on the Caribbean coast. The hurricane season in Honduras is from June to November, and in November 1998 Cyclone Mitch hit the country.

Best travel time for Honduras

Fairs and celebrations are held throughout the year, but the largest are between February and August. While coastal lowlands are warm year round, mountainous inland areas can be cool and rainy (especially between May and October). On the Caribbean coast, it can rain all year round, but travel is only occasionally hindered by flooding. The best time to visit Honduras is between February and March, when it is relatively dry but the vegetation is still green.

Honduras transportation

Airplane: Domestic flights are relatively inexpensive and save some time compared to land transport. The airlines SAMI, Atlantik, Sosa and Islena offer domestic flights.
There are at least three daily flights to Roatan, fewer to Utila and Guanaja. You can also fly to La Moskitia.
Most flights depart from San Pedro. There are more than 30 airfields in Honduras. Even remote areas are regularly served by small aircraft.

Boat : Boats are almost the only means of transport between the cities and across the lagoon on La Moskitia, and they take you to Las Marías, where a number of popular tours start.

On Roatan, water taxis are the best way to get to West Bay from the West End. You can also get to Isla El Tigre in southern Honduras by motorboat (Lanchas).

Two convenient, air-conditioned passenger ferries, Utila Princess and MV Galaxy II, go to Roatan and Utila. There is no direct connection between the two islands – you have to travel via La Ceiba. There is also no ferry service to Guanaja.

Train: the three railway lines in the northern part of the country are mainly used for the transport of bananas. It is possible to take the banana train from San Pedro Sula, there is a tourist train in La Ceiba.

Automobile:the road network in Honduras has a length of about 14,600 km, only a little more than 2543 km is paved, about half is covered with gravel. Weatherproof roads connect Tegucigalpa with San Pedro Sula, Puerto Cortés, La Ceiba and the largest cities on the Caribbean coast and on the Golfo de Fonseca. You shouldn’t drive in the dark. Off-road vehicles are recommended away from the paved roads. Rental cars are available in all major cities and on Roatan. Small car prices start at $ 30 per day, with airport prices 10-15% higher.
Rental agencies in Honduras include: Avis, Hertz, Advance Rent A Car, Arena Rent a Car, Caribbean Rent a Car, Budget, National / Alamo, Econo Rent-a-Car and Molinari Rent A Car.

Buses are a great and cheap way to travel around Honduras. Usually the buses start very early in the morning, in the late afternoon you can hardly find a bus connection. Microbuses or rapiditos (minivans) run on some routes. They are generally faster and travel more often than regular buses.

Reservations for bus connections are usually not required. However, for travel during Semana Santa (the week before Easter), buy your ticket a day or two in advance.

It is highly recommended that visitors to Honduras not use city ​​buses, especially in San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa. In addition to pickpocketing, there is a risk that the buses in certain areas of the city will be stopped by gangs to demand a “toll”.
The taxi prices are so cheap that the risk is not worth it.

Taxis in Honduras do not have a meter, but most cities have fixed tariffs. In many cities, colectivos (shared taxis) operate on several fixed routes. In any case, agree on the price with the driver before departure.

Traveling in Honduras