Honduras Bay Islands, Roatan, Utila, Guanaja & the Cayos Cochinos are the most popular tourist attractions in Honduras. They offer many of the best things to do in Honduras diving, snorkeling, sea kayaking, or relaxing on a beach.
3: Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve
Located on the watershed of the Rio Platano, the reserve is one of the few remains of a tropical rainforest in Central America, populated by indigenous people, and containing varied plant and animal life.
4: Boat trip
Take a boat trip along the winding canals of the Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge, which provides a habitat for numerous animal species, including monkeys, alligators and manatees, and dozens of waterbirds.
Seek heritage & history in Comayagua, former capital of Honduras and now a colonial masterpiece of cobbled streets, tiny plazas and whitewashed houses. The best time to visit is during the unique and fervent celebrations of Easter week.
6: Go Diving on a Coral Reef
The Bay Islands are surrounded by the Meso American Barrier Reef, the second biggest coral reef in the world after Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Many diving schools on each island offer scuba lessons and organize trips to see the schools of colorful fish, intricate coral structures, underwater cliffs and caves, and wrecks of ships some dating back hundreds of years that have sunk in the waters surrounding the Bay Islands.
7: Copan Ruinas
The extensive remains of Copan (5th-9th century AD) are amongst the most remarkable Mayan sites in Central America. In addition to an extensive series of underground tunnels, the vast Grand Plaza and the Acropolis, there's also a court where the fascinating Mesoamerican Ballgame was once played. Unmissable.
8: Parque La Concordia (Tegucigalpa)
A couple of blocks west of the Museo Nacional de Historia y Antropologia Villa Roy is Parque La Concordia, a mellow park full of reproductions of the Maya ruins at Copán, including a pyramid and many stone carvings.
9: Basilica de Suyapa
The most important church in Tegucigalpa, and therefore in Honduras, is the Gothic Basilica de Suyapa.La Virgen de Suyapa is the patron saint of Honduras; in 1982 a papal decree made her the patron saint of all Central America. Construction of the basilica, which is famous for its large stained glass windows, began in 1954; finishing touches were still being added when we visited.
10: Wildlife refuges
Get back to nature: wildlife refuges and national parks all over the country offer an exciting, unspoilt landscape and multitude of flora and fauna. Cloud forests, mountains, dry forests, pine forests, coastal wetlands and huge rivers are there to be enjoyed.
11: The El Castillo Fort (Trujillo)
The El Castillo Fort is an old Spanish Fort, dating back to the 17th century. Situated by the coast, it provides an excellent view of the area. In the fortress you many, among other things, see old canons used for protecting the city against enemies.
12: La Tigra National Park
The park is situated near Tegucigalpa in a height of 2270 metres, in one of the country's most beautiful areas, which furthermore has an extraordinary wildlife. Following the paths through the forest of the park, you may see pumas, monkeys and lots of colourful birds.
Tela is a favorite Honduran Caribbean beach town for many travelers - a small, quiet place with superb seafood, several good places to stay and some of the most beautiful beaches on the northern coast. The best beach is east of the town, in front of Hotel Villas Telamar. It has pale, powdery sand and a shady grove of coconut trees. Relax and enjoy the simple life!
14: La Cascada de Rio Negro
The short hike to La Cascada de Rio Negro is a pleasant excursion. On the road into Trujillo, turn at the 'Mahogany & Cacao Reforestation & Research Facility' sign, circle behind the stadium and then turn right down a dead-end street. Veer right down a dirt road and through a gate; where the road bends rights, look for a small path with a water tube partially buried in the middle. Follow the path (and the tube) about 1km to the falls.
15: The Mosquitia region
Mosquitia is situated in the northeastern part of Honduras. The area is inhabited by Miskito, Paya and Sumo Indians, and the region's development is basically non-existing. However, many people feel attracted by this area due to the amazing nature. Besides, you will find many wild animals in this area, and will most likely see monkeys as well as alligators while visiting this region.
16: The Great Plaza
The Great Plaza is part of the Copan Ruins. This large square is the home of ancient tombstones dating back to the Maya Indian period. Pictures and figures have been carved in most of the stones, and the Great Plaza is a very interesting an impressive place to visit.
17: The Acropolis Temple
Acropolis is a large temple, also part of the Copan Ruins. A long stairway will lead you to the temple and on the way you will see stones carved with several hieroglyphs. The Copan Ruinas is one of the most visited places in Honduras, and a walk in all these ancient ruins is surely an amazing experience.
18: The Roatana Islands
100 kilometres of coral reef, white beaches and even more! Roatan is the largest of the three islands, surrounded by more than 100 kilometres of coral reef. This island is paradise for divers, and especially the beaches on the western side of the islands presents a spectacular view with a turquoise coloured ocean, colourful fish, white beaches and coconut palms.
Reel them in! There is good fishing on both coasts and Lake Yojoa offers some of the best bass fishing in the world.
20: Canopy touring
Try canopy touring: a series of cables are fixed from tree to tree and, attached to a pulley while wearing a harness, you can 'fly' through the canopy of the rainforest.