I Survived Honduras!

Hey, where’s my T-shirt?

I thought I was supposed to get robbed, murdered, or at least stabbed!?!

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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

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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…

Transport

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!

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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.

Copan Ruins

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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 expat with his own beer hall in town, brewing some tasty beers in true German style.

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The Bay Islands

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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.

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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?

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31 thoughts on “I Survived Honduras!”

  1. 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….

  2. 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 !

  3. 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!

  4. Hi!

    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.

      • We were in Bogota (only 2 days) and then we went to the Caribbean Cost – Cartagena de Indias which was amazing! We spent there almost a week, enjoying the white sandy beaches (The Coral Islands of Rosario), the Totumo Volcano, snorkeling in the sea. A perfect holidays!! I wrote several posts on my blog about everything I experienced in Colombia (a lovely and unforgettable experience) and all the time I felt safe.

        • We missed Bogota, only had so much time. We did go to Cartagena and it was okay. We also went to Rosario island but the trip we did they literally dropped us off at a hotel and that was it. The walled city was really pretty and interesting but we were shocked by the prices. But I guess thats what tourism does! We probably wont return there again, but LOVED Salento!

  5. I only spent 1 day in Roatan (I was on a cruise during spring break in college). We hiked mount moriah and had water and snacks in a local home. My 3 girlfriends and I were the only ones on the hike with 1 guide. He was very nice and we stopped and talked to different people on the street on our way there. Everyone was beyond nice and we never felt unsafe! There were many warnings so a lot of others on the cruise stayed in the “americanized” port area. Boring!! I hope to go back sometime and explore the rest of this country.

  6. Really glad you had a good experience. We lived on Roatan for 6 months and while we still have friends there and enjoyed ourselves, I don’t think it is a place we’d go back to. So many of our friends, in our short time there, were robbed and had other things happen. I, myself, have a big “gun story” from there. Nothing happened to us directly but it kinda felt like it would just be a matter of time before it was our turn.

    That being said, it is beautiful, and most of the people are so lovely. It’s always such a shame when a few bad things/people ruin it for everyone else.

    • 6 months in Roatan! We did a week in Utila and that was enough for me! We really enjoyed Copan, we would return there. Glad nothing happened to your directly while you were there. Hope all your friends were fine.

      The people are very lovely, and it is sad that some people ruin it for everyone…

  7. I love that you liked HOnduras! I was born there and I agree with all of you! You have to be careful in any Latin American country, but the beauty you will see there will b
    Ow your mind! The second best thing is the loving welcoming amazing people! 🙂 I myself have great fiends over there and the people I met while traveling the country were also such a surperice, I always felt loved in my country ! 🙂 I encourage you to come and visit it, go to pico bonito ceiba la encenada in tela, cayos Cochinos, the pulapanzak waterfalls, la Esperanza, Valle, la Mosquito, try south with going to amapala! 😉 there aRe so many other places I never got to see but you can definitely explore! Honduras is a paradise ! ;).

  8. I’m glad to hear all those wonderful comments about my beautiful country, Honduras. It has many things to offer.. Foreign people will be always welcome!

  9. So glad to hear foreigners talking about my beautiful country Honduras, we have so much to offer with so little money to spend compared to other countries. Violence is everywhere in the world, and as it was said before, the main reason for violence in Honduras is drugs, if you see the location of Honduras you will realize that it is a bridge for drugs going from South to North; It is important to be aware and avoid areas known for their high crime rate, San Pedro Sula is a very dangerous city but it also depends on where you go, there are pretty safe sides of the city where you can walk without feeling threatened. The best way to travel is via “fancy” bus lines that will check you and your luggage upon entering and no way no how are going to stop anywhere to pick up passengers. Copan, the Bay Islands, Moskitia, Amapala, Tela, La Ceiba and all the nature and colonial history Honduras has to offer are worth the trip; just remember to stay safe, don’t go around with too much money, credit and debit cards are accepted at nearly every place with touristic activity, and nearly every business. Wish you the best of your stay in my Honduras, one small country and three wide worlds: Maya Renaisance, Tropical Nature and Caribbean Charm. See you soon!

    • We had an amazing time, and we had to share it with the world. Hopefully others will add Honduras to their future travel plans. Honduras has a ton to offer is right, we did so many activities in our 10 days in Honduras. We try to be street smart, avoided SAP (except passing through), we rode the “fancy” bus aka Hedman Alas, we carried little cash, walked in groups at night, etc. It is a small country, but oooo so much to see & do. We can’t wait to return!!!

  10. Really enjoyed reading this post and comments from people around the world that have been in my country Honduras. Insecurity is a very sad thing but with the necessary precautions you shouldn’t have any problems.
    Thank you for spreading the word about Honduras, reading stuff like this really motivates us to keep fighting for a better Honduras 🙂
    I wanna share this post from my blog about UTILA island so you can enjoy some pictures from this little hippie’s paradise <3 http://bit.ly/11kYt4m

    • Glad you enjoyed the post. We hope others will read this post and reconsider Honduras. We had no issues at all, and had a fantastic time. There is crime everywhere and you have to realize it can happen right in your own backdoor. Keep fighting for sure! Thanks for sharing the post!

  11. German expat with his own beer hall in town? As a German I like the sound of that! 🙂 Honduras looks wonderful. To be honest I have stopped listening to other peoples’ opinions on safety. As long as you are sensible (i.e. not go to known dodgy areas or walk home at night on unlit streets with your fancy DSLR camera), you should be fine. To be honest there are parts in London where I feel much more unsafe than in a lot of South American cities, including Rio.

    • You read it right!!!!! Honduras was wonderful, is it on your trip plans anytime soon? We too have disregarded peoples opinions on safety. Now Egypt…I wont be going there right now I do take that information for real. Even thought I really want to go there, we hope to add that on next year! Always being street smart, and you should be fine!

  12. It seems to be hit or miss in Honduras. I lived on Roatan for about a year. My house was broken into once, some of my friends were robbed at gunpoint. I spent nearly two months travelling the mainland and never had a single problem. I have stayed in both San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa many times and never had any problems, but many of my friends were robbed in these places, especially the capital. It all seems to come down to luck in some areas. Despite its bad reputation, Honduras is a great place to travel. The locals are friendly, and in many areas you will be the only foreigner. The Moskito coast is my favorite area of Central America, and if you get the chance, I recommend heading over this way, I hear the Nicaraguan portion is incredible as well. Enjoy Nicaragua!

    • Luck has a lot to do with it, but the same things can happen any where in the world. Terrible that your friends had those experiences. The locals are amazing for sure. I will have to do some research on the Moskito coast right now, we are currently in Nicaragua!!! Thanks for commenting!!

  13. You are generally spot on. Most violence occurs between gangs, drug cartels, and the government. Locals sometimes are victims because of who they are related to. It is extremely rare for a tourist to have issues, though it does happen. A friend was help up at gunpoint outside an ATM in the middle of the day in Honduras. For a few months, the Bay Islands were having lots of problems on Utila and the cays, but after the murder of a well-loved expat there is more of a police presence, and violence has gone back down.

    The reason for the AK-47s on Utila is because the bank was robbed several years ago. The robbers received some island justice, too. You don’t mess with Utilians. 🙂

    We loved Copan Ruinas, too! I was ready to get a place and stay longer, but I was still working on Utila. Good call with Hedman Alas, too. I rode them not so much for safety reasons but for comfort. And often there were more locals on the bus than tourists.

    • It’s good to know why the heavy gun presence in Utila, but it makes sense now that we know. Glad to hear you loved Copan too, it is magical for sure. How many days did you get to spend there? Hedman Alas is super comfy, the seats/movie/fsnacks/drinks no complaints here!!!

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