Hey, where’s my T-shirt?
I thought I was supposed to get robbed, murdered, or at least stabbed!?!
Actually I felt quite the opposite. Granted we didn’t spend much time is San Pedro Sula (current murder capital of the world), or other major cities infamous for recent violence.
I am sure the stats are true, and parts of the country are dangerous, but you have to look at what the danger is focused on: Drugs
Are you as a tourist involved in the drug trade? No. Is it likely you will be involved in violence? Probably not. This isn’t a free pass to wander anywhere you please in total disregard, but with reasonable precautions you can partake in some of Honduras’s highlights in high confidence of a safe trip.
Seguro is the Spanish word for secure and you will see the signs all over the place in regards to transport, banks, just about anything. Another aspect that doesn’t really help the feeling of safety: Guns! They are present at every bank, immigration, checkpoint, and even bus stops. Not small guns either, even on the island of Utila (where I couldn’t have felt safer), the guards in front of the bank have AK-47’s – complete with banana clips…
If like us, you are concerned with the general safety in Honduras (somewhat unfounded, well maybe…) there are a few extra safe options for getting around. We took the Hedman Alas buses, every stop is secure, metal detectors, and the bus never stops on the way. It’s pricy, but not knowing what to expect we opted on the side of caution. Looking back we probably over paid by about $20, but for 8 hours of bus rides they were pretty comfy too!
Coming from Livingston, Guatemala we took the cheap bus and felt safe enough, even through San Pedro Sula. The biggest negative of cheaper lines is they stop along the way to pick up passengers from the street. They slow you down, and it opens you up to bad guys (theoretically) getting on.
Don’t miss out
We only scratched the surface on Honduras cause we listened a bit too much to the negative news.
We really liked our three nights in Copan staying at Don Udo’s Hotel & Restaurant. If we didn’t have a language school starting the following week, we probably would have stayed another few nights. There is a ton more to Copan than just the Ruins (which are impressive themselves) did you know there is a hot springs spa in the middle of the Jungle in Honduras? And if that’s not enough there is a German ex-pat with his own beer hall in town, brewing some tasty beers in true German style.
The Bay Islands
Rotan’s little brother: Utila, was recently rated as the #2 island you have never heard of, and long time favorite among divers in the know.
I got my PADI open water diver course done here and had some amazing dives on the north side of the island. The beautiful cayes on the west side of Utila are gems, set in shades of bright blue and green water.
Safety in developing countries, particularly Honduras, is ever changing please check current recommendations prior to planning your trip. This is only my opinion, and in no way can I be held responsible for you or your safety, so do your research!
Leaving Honduras I am not 100% sure what to think, cause I didn’t see even the slightest thing to be concerned about, but there has to be some truth to all this danger talk….
Have you been to Honduras? Did you feel safe?
Wednesday 9th of March 2016
We were in Roatan last year and love it. Thought it was a great place! However, we talked to several people who despised it there and were completely petrified! All in perspective....
Thursday 25th of February 2016
Cool! actually, is it more likely for you to get attacked by a shark (which it not very likely...) than getting robbed by an armed thug in Utila. True story... :)
Sunday 22nd of August 2021
We just came back from Utila and we love it. I never did feel unsafe. The people are friendly and the food was great. Love it so much
Saturday 30th of January 2016
Great post :)
I am currently living in El Salvador (not your typical "safe country") and I am also Colombian. I mean : for years travelers were afraid to go to Colombia and now tours is booming there. it's pretty much the same with Central America : even though murder rates are skyrocketing (sadly) - you can still visit these countries being careful, doing what you are told to do and not exposing yourself. I go often to Copan Ruins in my own car and have never had problems. I've also been to Roatan and it felt like paradise. As I said on my blog : being in those places you don't feel like in "Honduras", meaning you don't feel in one of the most dangerous countries in the world. Be cautious and explore. Central Americanism full of surprises !
Todd @ Visit50
Saturday 16th of May 2015
Congrats on surviving Hannah & Adam! Everyone warned me about going to Honduras, but I was just in Roatan, which is generally pretty safe. I felt fine the whole time there, but then again, tourism is a huge part of growth in their economy.
Utila sounds awesome, I want to check it out next time!
Friday 3rd of January 2014
I just came back from Colombia and I felt the same way! Actually I thought I was going to lose my life there. And I was so wrong! Right now Colombia is safer than 4 or 5 years ago. Nothing bad happened to me, I didn't get mugged. They really care about tourists (basically because of the money you spend there). I learnt so many new and amazing things about the country, their culture and food. Now that I read you post I probably want to go to Honduras as well.
Wednesday 8th of January 2014
Colombia was amazing for us to! Honduras was rougher than Colombia in my opinion but perfectly fine! Where did you all go in Colombia?