When you think of family vacation destinations, Honduras, the tropical paradise located in Central America, isn’t normally at the top of the list. However, with a quick 2-hour flight from Houston, Honduras is becoming one of the new hot spots for families (and singles) with its beautiful islands, luxuriant rainforests, and striking mountains. There is also great value in traveling to Honduras since traveler numbers are still relatively low, competition between travel agencies and hotels work to the traveler’s advantage. Honduras is also not an expensive country (unlike many of the high traffic destinations) so you can easily have an affordable yet luxurious family (or romantic) getaway!
From snorkeling in the second largest barrier reef (after Australia), swimming with dolphins, zip lining, exploring caves, exotic wildlife viewing, there are many things to do in Honduras. Tourist attractions in Honduras also include ancient Mayan ruins, majestic villages and colorful celebrations. There is truly something for everybody in the family to enjoy.
West University Moms recently had the pleasure to sit down with Ms. Ana Lucia Funes, Head of International Markets for Honduras for a little Q & A to learn more about Honduras – the country, the cuisine and the best things to do with the family!
Q: West University Moms: What is the best direct route/airline/flight from Houston?
A: United Airlines has the best direct flight from Houston (IAH) to San Pedro Sula (SAP). Spirit also offers affordable flight options and the great thing for US travelers if that you only need your passport to visit Honduras!
Q. What is the best season to visit?
A: The weather is gorgeous year-round, with average temperatures of 80-85 degrees. The rainy season is from September to November, making it an ideal location when you want to spend time at the beach during the winter and spring months.
Q. What is the currency and exchange rate?
A. The official currency in Honduras is the Lempira, from the Cacique Lempira, an indigenous leader of the Lenca group who defended his territory during the Spanish conquest. The official exchange rate is set every day by the Central Bank of Honduras (Banco Central de Honduras). US dollars are easily exchanged at the airport, hotels, and stores and of course can use your Visa, Master Card and American Express credit cards in many places, and there are plenty of ATMs throughout the country. Additionally, many places gladly accept US dollars.
Q: What does Honduras export?
A: The economy of Honduras relies primarily on agriculture exporting Coffee Banana, Palm Oil and Shrimp.
Q: What is the cuisine like and what are a few of the most popular local dishes and drinks?
A: Honduran gastronomy is varied with pre-Columbian, Spanish, Creole and some African elements. Popular cuisine and dishes are made with fresh seafood including king crab soup, conch soup, and ceviche. A traditional breakfast favorite, Baleadas which is a tortilla folded in half with refried beans, meat and avocado is a popular dish with locals and visitors alike.
Q: What are the best family-friendly cities to visit and the attractions to do in them?
A: One of the top destinations is, of course, Roatan Bay Island – with the world’s second largest barrier reef, it is the premier locale for scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming with dolphins, parasailing and glass bottom boats. Other activities include zip lining through the jungle (and even into the water), exploring the caves and ruins as well as interacting with local animals like monkeys, sloths and native island wildlife, such as Capuchin monkeys, scarlet macaws, toucans, parrots, island deer, katamundi, howler monkeys, and more.
Copán and Copán Ruinas is the country’s most famous historical site with the fabulous Maya ruins at Copán. This stunning ancient city is located in the gorgeously thick forest and close to the charming town of Copán Ruinas, with its beautiful cobblestone streets and colonial-era houses.
Q: What are the best family-friendly accommodations?
A: A few of the top resorts and hotels are the Infinity Bay Spa and Beach Resort, Fantasy Island Resort, Mayan Princess Beach & Dive Resort, Anthony’s Key Resort as well as private homes to rent. More information can be found on the website: https://honduras.travel/en/plan-your-trip.php
Q: What is shopping like?
A: The local markets in all the major cities sell a variety of handmade items: pottery, jewelry, woodcarvings, leather bags and clothes, and straw baskets, to name but a few. Around the Mayan site of Copan, local merchants sell remarkable replicas of Mayan hieroglyphics and artwork. Honduras is also a leading producer of coffee, cigars, and fruit.
When it comes to family vacations, we moms are always on the lookout for areas that are affordable, easy to navigate and offer adventure and entertainment with access to nature. We have all done many of the popular, convenient and touristy destinations, but there’s a sense of discovery that comes with getting off the beaten path and exploring places that offer all kinds of excitement for families while managing to avoid the trendy spotlight. I think we have found that place in Honduras!
For more information visit: www.honduras.travel/en
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