In many ways, Honduras is made for adventurers. This nation of nearly nine million people has had its share of struggles, to be sure, but it is also a country of hidden wonders. From the sparkling waters on its shores to the Maya ruins concealed in its interior, you'll get a glimpse of Central America off the beaten path - and you'll do it in the familiar warmth of our Honduras vacation rentals.
Honduras sits in the heart of Central America, measuring slightly larger than the state of Tennessee. It shares borders with Guatemala to the west, Nicaragua to the east, and El Salvador to the south, with much of its beauty awaiting on 500 miles of shoreline that trace both the Caribbean Sea and the ocean-side Gulf of Fonseca.
Since gaining its independence in 1821, Honduras' history has been a complicated affair. Today, the country continues to confront poverty, underemployment, organized crime, and violence in its urban areas. Yet recent years have also brought increased foreign investment and sustained economic growth, providing welcome signs of positive change for residents and travelers alike.
In search of Honduras' most fascinating historical wonders? Head inland to the ruins of Copán, a UNESCO World Heritage Site discovered in 1570 and excavated in the 19th century. Long considered to be one of the most important sites of Maya civilization, Copán served as the political and religious center of the southeast Maya region.
Visits to the two major urban areas - the capital of Tegucigalpa and the northwestern city of San Pedro Sula - still require thought and care, but the outlying mountains and shorelines are full of natural treasures. Begin your visit in La Ceiba, the Caribbean port built around a sacred Maya Ceiba tree in the 19th century. From here, you'll be just 60 miles east of the gorgeous beaches on Tela Bay, with the family-friendly Cieneguita Beach 50 miles further.
The star of Honduras' Caribbean coastline awaits just off the mainland on the Bay Islands of Roatán, Guanaja, and Utila. These three small isles are a haven for in-the-know scuba divers and snorkelers looking to mingle with tropical fish, flapping rays, and the occasional whale shark. You'll also find some of the most beautiful above-water scenery in the Caribbean on West Bay Beach on Roatán, West End Beach on Guanaja, and Water Cay on Utila.
If you're looking to explore the less trafficked Pacific coastline, look no further than Isla del Tigre in the Gulf of Fonseca, where you can wander the traditional fishing village of Amapala and walk the black sand of Playa Negra on your own.
Plan a visit to this Central American frontier before the rest of the world catches on - reserve your stay in one of our Honduras vacation rentals today!
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