Honduras Travel Tips & Useful Info

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A well-planned trip can make all the difference so to get you started we've compiled some top travel tips that answer all you need to know. From health to food, shopping to tipping, voltage to time, we've got it covered so you can enjoy the finer aspects of holiday planning.

What vaccinations do I need for Honduras?

You should seek medical advice from your local health practitioner before travelling to Honduras and ensure that you receive all of the appropriate vaccinations. As a guide Tetanus, Typhoid and Hepatitis A are strongly recommended. A valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is also required if travelling into Honduras from an infected country.

Do I need anti-malaria tablets for Honduras?

There is some risk of malaria in parts of the country though these areas are very much off the beaten path. Across most of Honduras, including the traveller hotspots, there is no need for anti-malarials but precautions to avoid mosquito bites should be taken. Insect repellent containing at least 50% DEET is recommended. For more information on travel health in Cuba visit the NHS Fit to Travel page or the CDC Traveler's Health page.

Is it safe to drink tap water in Honduras?

Tap water is best avoided. Travellers to Honduras should drink bottled water, which can be purchased easily and cheaply, or purify their water with purification tablets or by boiling it.

Honduras food - Top Travel Tips
Grilled fish served with rice and salad is popular along coastal Honduras

What's the food like in Honduras?

Honduras is not known as a culinary capital and most meals consist of stewed or grilled meat accompanied by a generous portion of rice and beans as well as a fried plantain. In the more touristy areas, such as Utila and Roatan, there are a range of international restaurants, which cater mainly for travellers. Seafood is common on these islands thanks to the easy access to the sea.

For most Hondurans, breakfast consists of a baleada or two - flour tortillas folded in half and filled with refried beans and sour cream as standard but most have the option of adding eggs, bacon, avocado, ground beef or vegetables. For lunch, a typical meal would be a pastelito, which is very similar to a baleada but tends to be more meat-orientated and is deep fried.

Safe eating while travelling in Honduras

Honduras is still a developing country and, as such, its hygiene standards are lower than those in the West. Restaurants in tourist destinations are fine but once you stray from the beaten path caution should be exercised. Street food is the norm here, but if something looks old or like it has been in the sun for a bit too long, under attack from flies and other bugs, stay away from it. With a bit of common sense everyone should be able to eat safely.

Is it standard to tip in Honduras?

Tipping is rarely expected in Honduras but in restaurants it is polite to leave a little extra (around 10%) if the service has been adequate. Taxi drivers don’t expect tips, nor do street food vendors. In upmarket hotels it is nice to tip the maids and bellhops but, again, this is not obligatory. Minimum wage in Honduras is low so tipping can make a huge difference to someone’s daily salary.

Honduras souvenirs - Top Travel Tips
Colourful souvenirs including maracas on sale in Honduras

What souvenirs are good to shop for in Honduras?

While it isn’t something that you can take home, the most popular thing to buy in Honduras is SCUBA diving lessons. The islands of Utila and Roatan offer the cheapest PADI diving courses out there and attract enthusiasts from around the world who want to take part in these cut price underwater adventures. Courses also usually include accommodation during the time it takes to complete the course.

Authentic handicrafts are another widely available souvenir in Honduras, ranging from woven goods such as clothing and hammocks to wooden sculptures to handmade jewellery. Pottery and other knick-knacks can be found in markets throughout the country.

Is bargaining acceptable in Honduras?

Generally yes, but this is usually restricted to markets and street vendors. Restaurants, hotels and bars won’t usually participate in bargaining. Taxis can occasionally be negotiated but if there is a meter in the car then your chances are greatly diminished. On the islands the main method of transport is tuk tuk and fares with these can normally be haggled.

Is it safe for a single woman to travel in Honduras?

Honduras is not one of the safest countries in the world but the dangers are not the sort that target women specifically so travelling here as a solo female does not present any particular issues. Revealing clothing might garner more attention than you'd want, especially on the mainland, so wearing something reasonably conservative is a good way to avoid unwanted catcalls and hisses from local men.

What is the duty free allowance for Honduras?

The following goods may be brought into Honduras without incurring customs duty:

  • 500g of tobacco in any form
  • 5 litres of wine or spirits
  • 2kg of confectionery
  • Goods up to a total value of US$500

The following are banned from being imported into Honduras:
Meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, dairy items, unlicensed arms and ammunition, and pornographic media or literature. Spearfishing is illegal and scuba divers may therefore not enter the country with spear guns. Plants require appropriate phytosanitary certificates.

What is the currency in Honduras?

The official currency of Honduras is the Honduran Lempira, however, the US Dollar is also widely accepted. For the latest exchange rates head to Oanda.

Pounds Sterling, US Dollars, Euros and other major currencies can be exchanged in Honduras though it is a good to keep a decent supply of US dollars in cash with you. Exchange facilities are available at various bureaus de change and banks and most towns have ATMs. It's advisable to request bank notes in smaller denominations, as it can sometimes be hard to get change from large notes and smaller notes are handy for smaller purchases and gratuities. Honduran Lempiras are not exchangeable outside of Honduras (apart from some border towns) so make sure you spend them all before you leave.

Traveller's Cheques are not recommended as they are often difficult to exchange and incur high fees. It is also advisable to take more than one bank card as dodgy ATMs are a problem in Honduras and cards are often copied and used fraudulently.

What do things cost in Honduras?

Honduras is one of the cheapest countries in Central America and is famed for its USD $10 a day budget option (usually undertaken by backpackers). Breakfast will normally amount to less than USD $1 and lunch, if you stick to street food, won’t be more than USD $2-3, depending on how hungry you are. Tuk tuk journeys are always less than USD $5 and can be as little as USD $1.

When travelling on tour with us to Honduras, your accommodation and local transport is included, and we recommend budgeting USD $25-30 spending money per day to cover meals, drinks, souvenirs, optional activities and extras.

What sort of plugs do I need for Honduras and what is the voltage?

Standard Voltage is 110v and plugs are the US style with two flat pins. We recommend that you take a universal travel adaptor with you so that you can use any plug variety.

Is WiFi widely available in Honduras?

In touristy areas WiFi can be found in most hotels, restaurants, bars and cafes, although the speed isn’t always as fast as what we are used to back home. Cyber cafes are found in many towns and cities so there should be an option to get online no matter where you are.

What time zone is Honduras on?

Honduras is 6 hours behind British Summer Time and does not observe Daylight Saving.

Is Honduras a dangerous place to visit?

Unfortunately, Honduras has the highest homicide rate in the world as a result of the gangs and drug cartels that run rampant across the country. Generally speaking they tend to leave tourists alone since the government cracked down on violent crime against visitors as it was deterring tourists from bringing their money into the country. While there are certainly some places that should be completely avoided, places like Copan, Utila and Roatan see numerous tourists and are well policed and safe for foreigners. Nevertheless, be alert at all times, especially in places like San Pedro Sula bus station as theft and armed robbery are frequent.

Further reading for planning your trip to Honduras

To make the most of your time in Honduras check out more of our useful resources:

Best Time to Visit - a guide to the seasons and what weather to expect
Tourist Visas - information on visa regulations and procurement
Style of Travel - details on our Central America tours including local transport

See Also

For help planning your trip to Honduras take a look at our handy Travel Guide resources:

Best Time to Visit - climate, seasons and festivals of Honduras
Tourist Visas - what you need to know before leaving
Style of Travel - what to expect on a Latin America group tour

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