Though Roatan is known as being a spectacular diving and snorkeling destination and Copan Ruinas is home to arguably the best Mayan ruins in the country, some people would argue that La Ceiba is actually the most complete tourist destination in Honduras.
Located between the mountains and the sea, La Ceiba is in the enviable position of being able to provide travelers with an interesting mix of culture, adventure and eco-indulgence.
If you’re headed to Honduras, consider stopping in La Ceiba for the following:
• Water activities - Find moderately strenuous whitewater rafting and kayaking on the Cangrejal River. Rapids run from Class I through Class IV, with larger rapids becoming a possibility during the rainy season. Though this is a popular activity, the river isn’t crowded with tourists.
• A visit to Cayos Cochinos - This group of reefs, cays and small islands right off the coast near La Ceiba serves as the home to the local Garifuna people. Visit their traditional villages, where you can learn about their indigenous dancing, cuisine and culture.
• A day of hiking - Pico Bonito National Park encompasses a cloud forest and miles of hiking trails. A number of small waterfalls and swimming holes are also found in the park, so don’t forget to carry a swimsuit.
• Abundant wildlife - In addition to the incredible array of wildlife and birds found in Pico Bonito National Park, a nearby nature reserve located between the Cuero and Salado Rivers protects wildlife in the wetlands and along the coastline. Among the creatures found here are endangered manatees.
• An excuse to relax among the trees - La Ceiba has a number of “eco-lodges” that welcome you to kick back. Though the actual environmental impact of these accommodations is a bit questionable, they are surrounded by a beautiful and relaxing landscape. If you’d like nothing more than to sip a glass of wine while looking out over a cloud forest—butterflies flittering around and birds chirping in the background—you’re more than welcome to do so.
Travel tip shared by JoAnna Haugen