View of Mayan pyramid in Copan Ruinas temples, Honduras

Things to do in  Honduras

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Honduras, the second-largest country in Central America, benefits from being sandwiched between the Caribbean Sea to its north and the Pacific Ocean to its south. That means the list of things to do in Honduras ranges from sun-soaking on white-sand beaches to scaling mountains and waterfalls, scoping out Maya ruins, wildlife-watching in the jungle, and snorkeling one of the world’s largest reefs. Many visitors see Honduras via Roatan, a popular port of call for cruise ships, but that offshore island barely scratches the surface of what this tropical spot offers.

Top 15 attractions in Honduras

West Bay Beach

With a coconut palm-lined stretch of white sand and a colorful coral reef just offshore, West Bay is one of the most popular beaches on Roatan and among the prettiest in all of Honduras. The area around the beach offers a wide range of accommodations as well as restaurants, cocktail bars, and shops.More

Gumbalimba Park

Cross the rope bridges to Gumbalimba Park on the jungle island of Roatan, Honduras, and step into a botanical garden and animal preserve, home to more than 200 rare species of plants and orchids. Cool off in the freshwater swimming pool, wading pool, cave, and sandy beach where you can rent kayaks and snorkeling gear, among other attractions.More

Roatán Butterfly Garden

The Roatán Butterfly Garden provides an oasis for tropical plants, parrots, and, of course, beautiful butterflies. The 2,992-square-foot (278-square-meter) walk-through enclosure features some 30 types of rare butterflies, as well as colorful birds and plants native to Honduras.More

Museum for National Identity (Museo Para La Identidad Nacional)

Located in the heart of Tegucigalpa’s historical center, the Museum for National Identity (Museo Para La Identidad Nacional) summarizes the nation’s historical and cultural identity through its collection of art and artifacts from around Honduras. The exhibits, housed within a nineteenth century hospital that once served as the Palace of Ministries, begin with the geological formation of Honduras and continue through to the present day.Highlights of the second floor permanent collection include a virtual tour of the Mayan ruins of Copán, shown several times throughout the day. The first floor host temporary exhibitions. While informational within the museum is only presented in Spanish, it’s possible to rent an English audio guide or take a free guided tour in English.More

Roatán Cruise Ports

Roatan’s Cruise Ports are located off the Caribbean coast of Honduras and offer access to the Bay Islands’ fabulous beaches, beautiful coral reefs, and upland forest. There are two cruise ports in Roatan—Mahogany Bay and Coxen Hole—and each serves different cruise lines.More

Mayan Ruins of Copan

At its peak in the ninth century, the ancient Maya city of Copán was a densely populated agricultural settlement of 20,000 inhabitants across 250 acres (100 hectares). Explore the well-preserved site to see Maya art and architecture, including several temples and pyramids, detailed hieroglyphs, and stone-carved stelae.More

El Picacho

With views across Tegucigalpa and surrounding peaks, El Picacho is part of the adjacent Naciones Unidas El Picacho Park. Its most famous landmark is the 65-foot (20-meter) Christ the Redeemer statue—among Tegucigalpa’s most recognizable places—but there are also gardens and trails worth exploring. Bonus: The verdant park enjoys relatively cool weather when the capital city is steamy.More

Macaw Mountain Bird Park and Nature Reserve

Hardwood trees and native plants provide a lush habitat for birds in this garden-like nature reserve. Hundreds of resident tropical bird rescues are the most colorful attraction, from yellow-naped Amazons to scarlet macaws. The center’s mission to restore Honduran bird populations place it among the country’s top conservation centers.More
Punta Gorda

Punta Gorda

Named for its distinctive promontory rising over the sea, Montevideo's Punta Gorda neighborhood is known for its beaches, the winding Darwin’s Ladder staircase—named for the famed scientist, who spent time studying the soil here—and its waterfront park. Visit to enjoy views of the ocean, or bring a swimsuit and go for a dip at Playa Verde.More

Sandy Bay Roatán

One of the cleanest and best-maintained beaches on the island of Roatan, Sandy Bay Beach is quieter than the West End, with enough restaurants, shops, and resorts for a comfortable stay. A reef just offshore offers excellent snorkeling right from the beach.More
Maya Archaeology Museum (Museo de Arqueología Maya)

Maya Archaeology Museum (Museo de Arqueología Maya)

Ceramics, stone fragments, and other artifacts from the Mayan Ruins of Copan are on display at this small museum. While outdated when compared with the newer—and very impressive— Sculpture Museum, it’s still worth a stop. Highlights include the complete burial of a female shaman, which offers a fascinating glimpse into Maya death rites.More

Carambola Botanical Gardens and Nature Trails

Carambola Botanical Gardens and Trails comprises more than 40 acres (16 hectares) of floral gardens and lush jungle trails along the hillside of Carambola Mountain. Parrots and iguanas roam the gardens, where rare orchids, medicinal plants, spice plants, and fruit trees flourish.More

La Tigra National Park

Honduras’ first national park, La Tigra National Park is a protected mountainous area of cloud forest northeast of the country’s capital city, Tegucigalpa. It was made a national park in 1980 to protect it from deforestation and is home to a myriad of ferns, moss, fungi, and birds, including the colorful quetzal.More

Lancetilla Botanical Garden

Migratory birds and nature lovers alike flock to this 4,154-acre (1,681-hectare) botanical garden outside of Tela, the largest such garden in Honduras. More than 2,800 plants are conserved on the property, where walking trails lead through experimental plantations and arboretums. A small interpretive center showcases exhibits on tropical plants, and you can cool off in the property’s clear-running river.More
Casa K’inich Museum (Museo Casa K’inich)

Casa K’inich Museum (Museo Casa K’inich)

Interactive exhibits invite kids into the world of the ancient Maya at this small, nonprofit museum in Copan Ruinas. Clothing and musical instruments are on display here, along with other objects that reveal the history of both daily life and elite rituals in Maya cities. Information in Spanish, English, and Mayan helps to tell the story and illustrate different aspects of the culture.More

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All about Honduras

When to visit

As when visiting any tropical country, most visitors set their sights on Honduras in the dry season, roughly late November–April. In addition to avoiding the rainy season, traveling in these months also avoids hurricane season and the country’s peak heat, with temps hovering around 85ºF (30ºC). Still, it can rain at any time, so pack that rain jacket no matter when you travel.

Getting around

Most visitors see Honduras via cruise ship, disembarking at Roatan, an island about 35 miles (56 kilometers) offshore. If you’re exploring the mainland, you’ll probably fly into Tegucigalpa—the capital—and explore from there via taxi, bike, or rental car, or continue to a local airport, such as San Pedro Sula, La Ceiba, Tela, Choluteca, or Puerto Lempira. The country also has a solid network of long-distance buses (Viana Transportes and Hedman Alas are well-known), and boat travel is an option, too.

Traveler tips

If you’re on the mainland and want some underwater adventures—aka snorkeling and diving, and some of the world’s best at that—skip Roatan and instead head to Utila or Guanaja, two of the other Bay Islands. Some consider Utila, the smallest island of the three, the mecca of Honduras’ diving scene, which is saying something. Ferries run frequently from Roatan or San Pedro Sula.


People Also Ask

What is the #1 tourist attraction in Honduras?

The No. 1 tourist attraction in Honduras is Roatan. As it’s the main port of call for cruise ships, the island—off Honduras’ northern coast—receives a sky-high number of visitors. On the mainland, the top tourist attraction is the Copan Ruins, one of the most important Maya sites in the world.

What is Honduras best known for?

Honduras is famous for its natural wonders, which span from its highest point at 9,347 feet (2,849 meters) to the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea, and from mighty rivers and cloud forests, lakes, and dense jungles to the classic white-sand beaches of Roatan and Utila.

What are three things you can do in Honduras?

Do these three things when in Honduras: Snorkel the Mesoamerican Reef (one of the world’s largest), visit ancient Maya ruins at Copan, and stroll the beaches of the country’s Bay Islands. Beyond that, you can also explore cloud forests and high mountains, explore traditional villages, and sample incredible foods.

Is Honduras tourist friendly?

Much of Honduras is tourist-friendly, and local businesses rely on patronage. Roatan, in particular, is built for tourism and is invested in making tourists feel comfortable. However, the US Department of State has posted travel advisories due to crime and kidnapping. When in doubt, travel with a buddy.

What are the top things to do in Honduras?

The top things to do in Honduras are visiting Roatan, an island off the country’s northern shore that’s famous for its snorkeling and white-sand beaches; exploring the Copan Ruins, an ancient Maya stronghold; touring coffee farms like Miramundo; and birdwatching and wildlife-watching at spots such as Pico Bonito National Park.

Why do tourists visit Honduras?

Tourists visit Honduras to experience the country’s epic nature. Whether it’s the white sand beaches of Roatan, dive sites off Utila, or national parks on the mainland, the entire country glitters with natural beauty—often without large crowds. Of course, the exquisite 500-year-old churches and ancient Maya ruins attract visitors, too.

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