There are a few things I would have liked to know that I didn’t really get to know until my trip to Honduras was in motion. This is just a small list of those things:
1. Travel time takes up a lot of your time here between bus transfers, taxis and the conditions of the roads. It ended up eating two whole days of my trip that I hadn’t planned.
2. The only hot shower I ever had was on Utila at UnderWater Vision. Don’t expect hot showers unless you hotel it. And even then, I would ask before booking.
3. If you feel unsafe, it’s probably because you are in an unsafe area. Keep true to your senses. I felt totally safe in Copan and Utila (smaller towns) and less safe in La Ceiba and San Pedro Sula (Larger towns).
4. Chicken buses are super cheap but sometimes you get what you pay for. They stop A LOT and a 2.5 hour bus ride can easily turn into a 4 hour bus ride or longer – especially if the bus breaks down (which happens frequently). Don’t go cheap if you are on a time crunch or want to get somewhere quickly. It’s not worth it if you have the budget for the more expensive, direct bus.
5. Dramamine was a must for me. On the bus to Copan and the ferry to Utila especially.
6. The water is NOT okay to drink. EVER. Always have bottled water with you.
7. Having a pre-planned place to stay in San Pedro Sula is smart. I also got a free shuttle to the bus terminal out of the deal. It was important in San Pedro Sula and La Ceiba but was NOT necessary for Utila. Utila has great spots to stay all along the water line.
8. Internet service is readily available most everywhere but you have to be a patron to get the password. Some places have more reliable internet than others. In La Ceiba, Banana Republic Hostel had great internet and it worked from my bed or the hammock in the main office area. In Utila, the internet at UnderWater Vision was sporadic and unreliable and it only worked if you were practically sitting ON the bar. Bundu and Munchies in Utila had strong and reliable internet but you had to buy something to get the password out of them (and the service at Bundu was horrible). At the San Pedro Sula airport, Digicell has strong and free internet but you have to refresh the browser and re-log in every so often.
9. Outlet plugs are the same in Honduras as in the US but the sockets are all usually loose and continually spit out your plug. Tape is handy or an extra set of books to prop up underneath.
10. The people of Honduras are friendly and eager to talk to you – especially if you speak Spanish. They love to tell stories and give insanely good advice and information for your travels. Many people residing in Honduras are transplants. Many people came for a visit and then returned home only to come again to stay for good. It’s an enchanting, beautiful and CHEAP place to live.
And lastly, add Honduras to your travel list. It’s a must see.