Travel in Honduras – safe or not?

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Last Updated on March 24, 2021

Update April 2021: In addition to my article below, in which I share my experience traveling around Honduras as a female traveler, I recommend you check out the following articles to help you decide if travel in Honduras is safe at the moment:

Update August 2015: To give you a more up-to-date idea on the current situation in Honduras, I recommend also checking out this article on, written by a couple that has visited Honduras just recently: ‘The Murder Capital Of The World That Isn’t‘. Now on to how we experienced Honduras in early 2011:

During the eight-month leg of our trip through Central America, we crossed paths with countless travelers coming up north as we headed down south, and listened to their tips and advice for places we had yet to visit. The only place that nobody could tell us much about was Honduras. Not on many itineraries, there are two popular Honduras destinations: enthusiastic divers evangelically promote the Bay Islands, where they go to get their diving certificates, and the travelers interested in Maya culture will head to Copan Ruinas, a mere 12 kilometers from the Guatemalan border.

But what about the rest of Honduras? We had read about a lake just as great as Lake Atitlan, sleepy fishing villages on the Caribbean coast, colonial towns and the Ruta Lenca, a series of indigenous villages in the mountains – so much more than just Copan!

Even though travel in other Central American countries has also been called  unsafe on occasion, like Guatemala or Nicaragua, travelers continue to visit these countries without question. It is the culture of Guatemala and the sand, surf, volcanoes and colonial cities that attract people to Nicaragua. When it comes to Honduras, the hesitation travelers feel to visit Honduras often keeps them from visiting.

travel in honduras safeOne recent reason for this current feeling of insecurity may have been a political uprising in 2009 that hit international news. Then-president Manuel Zelaya attempted an illegal political maneuver which resulted in his subsequent arrest and exile. As a result, Honduras found itself in a severe constitutional crisis and many embassies issued temporary travel warnings to Honduras.

When considering the time of our visit (end of 2010 into 2011), this could have been what was causing the distinct lack of international visitors to the country. However, neighboring Guatemala receives on average nearly 1 million visitors annually, while Honduras welcomes only one third of that at, 370,000 visitors per year.

Travel in Honduras can certainly seem unsafe. The first thing that stood out to us was the amount of machine guns displayed publicly. Even in supposedly safe and heavily visited Copan, with visitors ranging from backpackers to retirees, the sheer amount of armed policemen and private security guards on the main square and parked in front of banks was unnerving. If there is this much police presence, we thought, why exactly do they need it? Is it only precautionary? Or should we have taken out a life insurance policy in addition to our travel insurance?

During a forest hike with a local guide in Copan, we inadvertently learned more about the narco-trafficking happening in Honduras than we did about the Mayan sites on the tour. We learned the levels of involvement, from ‘mules’ who transport it up the pyramid to who runs things at a mid-management level. A pimped out pick up truck even passed and stopped for a chat with our guide, who later told us that although they seemed like friendly happy guys, they were definitely involved in the drug trade. They posed no threat to us, and they never even got out of the car or talked to us. We would have remained ignorant completely had we not been with a guide, but it was unsettling to say the least that it was that close to us – and in the middle of a forest no less.

On the Caribbean coast of Honduras we felt safe, and even in the center of San Pedro Sula, a city it is said has suffered from an increase in crime, during the day didn’t feel any different from other big cities. In fact the main bus terminal was a giant shopping mall and felt more developed and travel-friendly than most central city bus terminals.

Tegucigulpa, on the other hand, felt unsafe and shady from the start. We never planned on visiting the capital, as there were no sights we felt we wanted to see, and several areas are considered overly dangerous. Unfortunately, however, after we realized that our New Year’s Day travel plans meant buses were not running directly to the Nicaraguan border, we stood at a bus station studying the guidebook to figure out a hostel for the night. While we frantically flipped the pages of our Footprint, one of the locals came up to us immediately and warned us not to stand with our backpacks there or we would get robbed. We hopped right into a taxi after that.

is traveling in honduras safeHowever, after finding an overpriced but very safe hotel (front door locked at all times, same as all other hotels in the area) we have to admit that we calmed down after a first stroll through the historic center, despite (or because of?) the heavy police presence in the area.

We made it home before dark, and wouldn’t have wanted to venture out once the sun went down. We heard several gun shots in the evening, always followed by police sirens rushing through the city. The next morning in the light of day, we went out to explore before catching the bus. The parque central was bustling with people, vendors, newspaper stands, and interesting urban art. The Cathedral is impressive, and well-dressed church-goers made the Sunday morning in the city center feel festive. After that, Tegucigulpa felt safer, though the amount of police men with machine guns left us with a strong feeling of unease and unable to fully enjoy our walk.

is travel in honduras safe

Would we recommend traveling in Honduras?

While we were in Honduras we did not encounter one single safety issue, however due to the constant police presence (or in spite of it?) we never felt safe.  Just two days after we had left the country, we read about an attack on a mini bus, just like the ones that we traveled in, in which all passengers were shot and killed.

We have always been huge supporters of traveling off the beaten path, and Honduras can certainly offer that to its international visitors. In all the towns we visited in Honduras outside of Copan Ruinas, we were almost the only tourists – in towns like Santa Rosa, Gracias or Lake Yojoa.

travel in hondurasIn our opinion, traveling in Honduras is not much more dangerous as in its neighboring countries (a similar attack on a mini bus took place around the same time in Guatemala City, a capital which experiences several such attacks each year). However, visitors flocking to other Central American countries also take that risk to discover once-in-a-lifetime places, experiences and cultures. The question with Honduras is, is there enough to visit and see as visitors to warrant safety risks. The ever present machine guns and gun culture made it feel much more unsafe.

We would say yes, Honduras is without a doubt worth visiting, and as long as you stay vigilant and avoid San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa at night, traveling in Honduras is safe. Although we did not visit the Bay Islands ourselves, we have never heard any negative safety stories from people who did go, and when considering the number of tourists who visit the Roatan or Utila, the popular diving island of Honduras are probably the safest and most tourist friendly spots in the country.

travel in honduras safeAfter 11 weeks in Mexico, we also examined safety of travel in Mexico which you can read here.

Have you been to Honduras? If so, would you say traveling in Honduras is safe? If you decided to skip a visit there, did safety play a role? We would love to hear your thoughts on whether or not Honduras is safe to visit in the comments below.

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  1. I spent a bit of time in Honduras – San Pedro Sula, Copan, Utila, Tegu.

    I have to say of all the countries I’ve been in I felt the least safe here. It wasn’t the regular guns as I’m used to them, it was the hand guns people kept in their pants.

    I never had anything happen to me so I consider myself lucky but I wouldn’t recommend the country to many people.

    1. It’s strange how we get used to seeing security guns and guards with these huge guns, isn’t it! But I know what you mean about people packing their own pistols. We actually saw that a lot in El Salvador, too. It just makes you feel so unsafe when everyone is strapped!!

  2. I was surprised by the amount of guns in places like Antigua in Guatemala. I totally get what you mean by feeling less safe because of all the security and guards. I couldn’t help but wonder if it was really necessary at a coffee shop right on the square! All the signs at the night clubs reminding people that their guns weren’t welcome made me really uneasy too. I can’t imagine seeing people carrying their own hand guns and even MORE of a police presence. Very unsettling.

    1. Definitely know what you mean! And honestly, Antigua and other parts of Guatemala do have a lot of guns, but we saw much more of this in Honduras, and also El Salvador. Funnily enough, though, the first place we saw the whole ‘don’t bring your gun in here’ sign was in Arizona during our road trip in the South West US…

  3. Thank you for this post. We just arrived in San Pedro Sula a few hours ago, and this give me better picture about Honduras. Feel shock about the mini bus shot, and certainly hope nothing like that haunting us. I love your pictures.

    1. Hi Dina, the shooting was not in an area where tourists travel, so we’re sure you’ll be safe!! We really would like you to let us know how you feel about Honduras when you leave. In hindsight we like it much more than when we traveled through, but partially because Dani took some gorgeous photos of the place, and so it affects our memories.

        1. Oh hey thanks Dina – Thanks for the compliments on Dani’s pics – I am always amazed at how quickly she gets the shots, too – she sees it, snaps it, and it’s a great pic! I’ve got to take about 15 pictures of something before I get it right 🙂

  4. I have the silly habit to google stuff like “Is this and this safe to travel to” Stupid habit and I’ve decided to stop doing that. I will be looking for general recent travel warnings of a country and that’s that. Everything else just drives you crazy!

    1. It’s a good idea not to worry too much. There are always safer and less safe areas. Plus, safety is relative because I am from Chicago – with one of the world’s highest murder rates per year, and yet I would suggest that everyone visit Chicago!!! In general, in Honduras, we just felt this sense of unease due to the massive amount of visible weapons and security.

  5. Hubby and I have been living in Roatan for 3 months now (3 more to go on a house sitting assignment), and have not had one problem, nor have we ever found ourselves in a situation that we felt unsafe. Our house is out in the boonies, surrounded only by locals, far from the tourist areas.

    That being said, there are frequently robberies, etc. in the tourist areas for those that are not diligent with keeping tabs on their belongings. Like the rest of Honduras, and Central America, as long as you have your wits and common sense about you – all will be fine!

    1. Hey Dalene – thanks for adding to the conversation here, especially as a semi-local!!! You’re totally right – it is all about vigilance and being aware of your surroundings. As we said in the article, we honestly have not had any problems in Central America, and we had literally not a single problem in Honduras. It’s not more unsafe than anywhere, it was just this feeling we had, and then the shooting literally the day after we left. But it could have been anywhere – this happens around the world, unfortunately. By the way – very cool house sitting assignment! Central American housesits were harder for us to come by than we had hoped. We have two lined up for Spring and Summer now, and just missed one for Barbados, unfortunately. Ah well 🙂 Thanks again for your comments!

  6. I must say that we really enjoyed travelling through Honduras – more so than Nicaragua… But like every journey it comes down to personal experiences – no two trips are the same! We stayed pretty much off the main roads and out of the main cities.

    I particularly enjoyed Comayagua in the centre of the country, and driving through the densely forested mountains towards Gracias (and on to La Palma in El Salvador). Comayagua felt like an undiscovered Antigua (Guatemala): a similarly picturesque old town centre, minus the tourists! And the mountain road winding through thick forest to Gracias was a real adventure during the rain season.

    The people were rather reserved, almost shy, but once you talked to them very friendly and helpful. In Nicaragua we encountered persistant begging mentality similar to Africa, and had to be constantly watchful for not being cheated. And in Granada (of all places) serious security warnings from locals made us feel uneasy.
    Map of our route through Honduras:

    1. Hey Juergen – really fascinating actually! We sincerely LOVED Nicaragua, and Honduras not so much. We only spent two weeks there though, so that could be one reason. But one of the things we genuinely enjoyed in Honduras was the distinct lack of tourists (after Copan Ruinas, of course). When we came across so many again for the first time, we felt strange – we got really used to being the only tourists in certain spots. We also liked Gracias a lot, and Santa Rosa nearby. In defense of Nicaragua – this begging mentality we felt too, but only in Granada :-). In Leon (or fav Nicaraguan city!) we never felt it – we felt people were honest about price everywhere except for Granada, where tourists were easy bait (15% tax plus 10%tip on top of every meal in Granada – which didn’t exist anywhere else in the country – grrr). One of the worst effects of growth in tourism is the begging mentality and the beggars’ dependence on hand-outs, an issue we wrestle with as we travel often. In off-the-beaten-path Honduras, you definitely won’t feel that at all!! Great map, btw – glad you like Comayagua – wish we’d’ve gone!! We spent time in Omoa (didn’t like it) and then Santa Rosa (definitely liked it) instead. Thanks for your comments and for such positive words about Honduras!

      1. You see, travelling with your own vehicle !!IS!! different:
        we had all along the way in Nicaragua people jump into our way DEMANDING a handout. It started right at the border, where several small kids, younger than 7, jumped onto our steps, hung onto the mirrors with one hand, and knocked on the window with the other… Quite frightening as you can’t stop because then you can’t take off anymore until you have satisfied each and every one (you will run out of change before that).
        Then all these people who fix potholes in the road, by throwing big rocks into them. They stand on the road, often in locations where it’s difficult to get around them, holding out one hand, and with the other a pick or shovel in the way, so that you almost have to drive over their hand tools (risking a flat tire).
        Or kids who block the entire road with a wooden bar with nails pointing up, demanding a “road fee” to let traffic through – we’ve come across that twice in Nicaragua…

        Obviously they are not only targeting tourists, there aren’t enough, but it makes for unpleasant travel nevertheless. And this type of pothole-fixers we’ve seen in other countries too: Chiapas/Mexico, Honduras, Colombia, Peru (Cuzco on the road to the airport) – but nowhere as insistent – hence in other countries we actually paid more frequently.

        1. Thanks for your comment, Juergen. It is so interesting to find out more about someone’s perspective on safety in Central America who drives in a car – what a different experience! It seems to be quite scary sometimes… where you ever afraid to have your car stolen?

  7. Add-on: the one time we had something stolen on our 3-year trip happened to be in Honduras: at Lake Yojoa we left an old and damaged umbrella out to dry, and after around 2 hours in the sun it was gone! LOL – I hope who ever stole it realised how bad condition it was in…

  8. Hi, first day impression, we enjoy being here. We went to 2 malls in San Pedro Sula, people are friendly and food are tasty. Many security guys carrying shot gun, I asked permission to take picture to one of them, he said no (but friendly). Next time will go ahead without asking. We happen to be in “safer” area, the guest house owner said, we can even walk from the house to the mall.

    1. Hi Dina, really glad you are liking it so far! San Pedro Sula was the most built-up place the two of us had seen in ages and we definitely enjoyed the Dunkin’ Donuts there, too 🙂 Security guards in Central America don’t really seem to have a sense of humor about their weapons, so we’ve stopped asking to get their picture, and try to take pics when we can. Can’t wait to hear more about where you go in Honduras and how you like it!

  9. I’m so happy you wrote this and hopefully people will read it and not be discouraged or frightened any longer. I’m so sad that Latin America’s reputation is so terrible at the moment. Breaks my heart! I’ve traveled solo all over and never once had a problem.

    1. Hi Andi – exactly! You picked up on the fact that even though we felt so nervous sometimes with the strapped security guards and the personal handguns, still nothing happened. It was more about how we felt than the actual safety situation. I think one thing that is important about traveling safely in Latin America is an understanding of at least basic Spanish, just so you can keep alert to situations. Otherwise, this past 9 months through Central America has been the best of both our lives!!! Thanks for your comment!

  10. Wow, my boyfriend has talked a lot about going on a scuba diving vacation to Honduras. He’s trying to get me to go to a place called the Laguna Beach Resort on Utila island. I imagine it would be pretty safe there, however I am a little afraid when I here about all of the guns. I wouldn’t want to be near any of that.

    1. Hi Brooke, that’s the thing – nothing ever happened to us while in Honduras. Also – tons and tons of people go scuba diving every year on the Bay Islands so it is going to be safe as long as you keep your wits about you. This post certainly wasn’t meant to put people off of Honduras, it’s more an observations about how we felt, safety-wise, with all the guns around. We’d rather you give it a shot, go diving, and then come back and let us know here how it all went! 🙂

  11. I can see why you would feel less safe with all of the guns just out in the open. I think when you aren’t raised around that being normal, it can seem a bit extreme. Glad you guys had a safe experience overall!

    1. Seeing armed guards and machine guns is not unusual in Central America, but in Honduras there were just so many of them – considerably more than in all the other countries. And like Ayngelina mentioned in the comments – guys just walking around with their guns hanging out of their pants… pretty scary. But in the end we would still recommend going to Honduras and not being scared off by this.

  12. My Husband and I moved here about 4 months ago and I grown to really like it here in Comayagua. I do NOT like tegucigalpa…But i do like San Pedro Sula… just not at night! I was nervous around the guards and police carrying big guns, especially the ones at the bank who medal detect you then look through your purse to make sure your cell phone is turned off! but now it doesnt bother me! Its really not bad! and I also still do not like seeing the people here with the guns hanging out of their pants! But overall i am enjoying my time with my husbands family!

    1. Exactly! You get used to the guns, and in the end they don’t play a role in your own personal life. It’s intimidating, and makes you wonder why in the h*ll they need such big guns, but your experiences in general are safe. Glad you are enjoying Honduras, too! Spending time with your husband’s family also means getting to know the country in a much more personal way than we could have, too! Feel free to share your experiences again, and thanks so much for stopping by!

  13. Im feeling so bad reading this about honduras, but this is reallity and we have to stand to tit. wish it could be diferent and have good things to say. Yes, it feels some times unsafe here, and we have to handle it and keed going.

  14. Honduras, as a whole, is safe. It’s the big cities people need to watch out for and the roads between these cities. Just an hour away from Tegus is a small town called Danli (so small there is no movie theater) where the people who live there leave their front doors open and don’t really fear much (I know this because my sister lives there 🙂 ) My aunt runs a non-gov, non-profit that builds schools around Honduras, particularly in towns not even locals know about where CEPRODs cars are sometimes the only cars the people see at all.I’ve had the opportunity to go to some of these places to help out and really Honduras has some beautiful landscapes. And I agree, Honduras is very untouched by tourist…which is a good thing.
    Sadly, the crime reputation that precedes San Pedro and Tegus are true and the roads between these two cities are not the safest either. San Pedro as a city bores me a little, but Tegus has the potential to be a truly beautiful city since it is surrounded by mountains (El Cristo del Picacho–a christ statue like the one in Rio–is on top of a mountain overlooking the city. It’s a national parks and makes for a great “hike”…at day time!! there is a garden funded by the gov of Taiwan, shops, and a zoo–though I’ve never seen the zoo. Walk all the way up to the Christ and you’ll see an amazing view of Tegus. I don’t know how safe it is overall, but the times I’ve been there I’ve never had anything remotely scary happen…but do check and ask around if you want to go. Tegus really can be dangerous.). It’s tegus potential that really makes the crime rate a real “crime.”

    1. Hi Paola, thanks so much for this comment – it’s great to hear from someone like you who has been to so many different places in Honduras. Nothing bad happened to us either, and it’s important to keep pointing that out. We also know exactly what you mean about Tegucigalpa. The night we arrived we were warned about safety and duly frightened, but then we went for a stroll, and the cathedral was jaw-droppingly stunning and people were really friendly. The city has the potential and that’s the real crime.

    2. Hi Paola!

      Would you be willing to get in touch regarding that NGO that ou know in Honduras? I run a NGO that certifies good volunteer projects and I am planning a trip to Honduras in April. I would love to meet trustworthy people managing non-profits and certify their volunteer projects so that more people from abroad could go and visit those places and work for good ans fair causes. Email me at paulina at

      Many thanks!

  15. I live in Honduras and, In my opinion, those ‘cops’ use their machine guns mainly for intimidation to reduce crime. I read in the newspaper not long ago that San Pedro Sula’s policemen had plastic guns which looked ridicolously real.

    They won’t murder/rob you in Honduras if you don’t mention anything about football (soccer). There are a lot of ‘gangs’ across Honduras that fight over pointless things about soccer.

    I would not recommend using these two words: Ultra, and Revo. Those are the names of the two primary ‘gangs’ in Honduras. If you don’t get in troubles with them you will be fine.

    If you see 10+ teenagers/young adults under a light post, don’t worry as they are most likely posers trying to get attention.

    Most of the people won’t mind you. If anybody starts taunting you just ignore them. Don’t care about what they say. They are probably trying to get you mad and force you to follow them into a place where they may kill you.

    1. Hey Charlie, that’s fascinating about cops maybe using plastic guns to intimidate/deter crime! Thanks for the tips about staying alert in Honduras. Glad that you live there are say it’s safe enough for visitors. Thanks for stopping by!

  16. Ok I was in Honduras 10 years ago and things haven t change yet……………..I will never forget that around 2 o clock in the night I was in the centre of Tegucicalpa and suddenly 2 guy assaulted me and my local friend with a gun…………… I had a guitar with me and I knew I will never see it again as well as my important repertoire of songs…………..then whithout thinking I started running but my friend just put the hands up
    I was then safe and I run to the police alarming them that my friend was assaulted with a gun. The police were taken a car very slowly and of course we couldn t find this guys .When I got back to the guesthouse my friend had his teethts completely broken and whithout pants and money was mormouring his pain……………. Well just to say don t go out at night some places in Hondurass are still dangerous
    Otherwise NOBODY SAID that people are extremely friendly and sometimes people can invite you to dinner or stay in the house.Women are extremely nice and sexy and again friendly. 10 years ago I thought I will go back when the things will be changing but unfortunately nothing is better yet.Then I will wait and hope that one day this incredible nice place with so many nice and friendly people will change……………….. see you again my loveHonduras michel

  17. “Plus, safety is relative because I am from Chicago – with one of the world’s highest murder rates per year, and yet I would suggest that everyone visit Chicago!!!”

    Hey Jess, nice friendly blog you have here!

    Are you sure you’re not confusing Chicago having ‘one of the world’s highest murder rates’ with just ‘the USA’? Chicago’s murder rates are absurdly low compared to La Ceiba, San Pedro Sula, Guatemala City, Tegucigalpa etc. I wouldn’t call Chicago a particularly dangerous city, certainly not on a world scale or compared to those in Latin America.

    I’m surprised you felt safer in SPS than Tegus however, SPS historically is much the more dangerous city though Tegus did have a big increase in 2010 which closed the gap somewhat but it’s still a bit safer. Gunshots in Tegus as well huh? Perhaps it was where you were situated in the two cities or you were just unlucky in Tegus and lucky in SPS. Who knows?

    Where did you go in the Caribbean, La Ceiba?

    I wouldn’t worry about travelling somewhere outside of a declared conflict zone because even in the most crime-ridden countries or cities, the chances of you being caught up in something are extremely low. Living there is different of course.


  18. Hi, I am currently making arrangements to travel to the Honduras to visit Dr Sebi’s Usha Village for medical treatment. I am a 32 meek and mild Australian blonde female. I will be traveling with 2 male companions, one although he speaks fluent spanish is meeker than i LOL and the other is a fit elderly gentleman. My concern isn’t necessarily the guns or the locals as i am an experienced traveler. My biggest concern is being raped as i hear this is common. My concern is i am forced to travel 202km from San Pedro Sula to La Cieba. I am aware not to travel at night however am unsure if the road from San Pedro Sula to La Cieba is safe? Could anyone please advise if they know of anyone who has been attacked traveling from San Pedro Sula to the Usha Village. Also if there is anyone who resides in Honduras that may like to be our guide. It is such a beautiful country and Dr Sebi has the potential to cure me from my illness.

  19. Hello i’m from Honduras and it kinda makes me sad to see how bad reputation the country where i was born has, anyway, even when i would like to say good things and defend my country, sadly, i have to accept the reality and acknowledge that Honduras is really falling apart year after year, the violence rate is simply too high and it still increasing. Its not that i wanna make bad propaganda of Honduras but actually i wouldnt recommend anyone to come here cause based on the thoughts that you kindly shared about the main post it seems that (in my opinion) all of you guys dont really know too much about how unsafe you can be here, obviously, like everything, there are places where visitors can stay more or less safely like islas de la bahia or bay islands (sorry if i mispelled it) than for instance san pedro sula or tegucigalpa. But if you really want to come to Honduras i would recommend you to wait, who knows, maybe the situation here change from here to 5 or 10 years. BTW if you’re about to visit my country it was not my intention at all to scare anyone, i just said all this because i’m honduran, i live in tegucigalpa and i know how things are here.

    1. Hi Daniel, thanks so much for sharing your thoughts! Your country has such beautiful scenery and gorgeous little colonial town – it’s a shame that it is so unsafe and that people are scared to visit. Hopefully the situation gets better one day!!

  20. Hey, I’m from Honduras! Honduras is a very dangerous place to live, but I believe that it is more dangerous for us natives than tourists. I say go visit honduras, it is very beautiful, we have great food and awesome people. Just be careful where you go and the time you go out at.

    1. Honduras really is a beautiful place and it’s such a massive shame about the crime. Good advice – visit, but stay alert. Thanks so much for stopping by!

    2. Sarahi Jaar i agree with most of what you wrote except the part when you say that Honduras is safer for tourists than for natives, it’s not like that at all, i’ve heard plenty of cases where foreigners have been robbed, kidnapped, raped and even killed.
      P.S. I’m also from Honduras.

  21. I spent 1/2 of each year from 2000–2009 in Omoa and Tela…finally Ensenada.
    I was robbed a couple of times…….when I was not paying attention to surroundings….walking in places I knew risky.
    As to all the “official” armed men….a friend told me that many had the guns…few had the bullets.
    I love Honduras. I will return.

    1. Interesting to hear that many of the guns don’t have bullets, Peter! Wish we’d known that while we were in Honduras, it sure would’ve made us feel safer 😀

  22. Hi and thanks for the post!
    I was born and raised in Honduras, but I haven’t lived there in several years… Honduras is an awesome country, with magical villages, wonderful landscapes and nature, nice and friendly people and delicious food!!!
    I can just say that it is worth to visit at least once… Is it unsafe? sure it is, just like most contries in Latin America, and many in Africa, Asian and even some cities in Europe… but you have to inform yourself and be cautious. There are really dangerous areas that travellers should avoid, but in general it is more about having some common sense. I hope you all enjoy your time in Honduras and I might be posting some experiences since I am travelling there with some finnish friends in a couple of weeks, I hope they enjoy the time there and of course they have the advantage of a local guide!.

    1. Hey Clarissa, thanks for commenting. We definitely want people to consider traveling through Honduras as you are right, some of the most beautiful countryside we have seen was there. It’s just a matter of keeping up to date with dangerous locations such as Tegucigulpa and even more San Pedro Sula, which currently has the highest murder rate I think in all of Central America. We get a lot of interest in this post because people are so interested in going!!! Let us know how your trip goes!

  23. Well all of you are right one thing or another, but, in Honduras as any other country in Central America keeps the guns on handy. Here in the USA they keep the gun in the car or at home, so they will used it when they need it as well. Security guards used guns here too. My believe is that you die when you get your time, everybody has a day and I do travel a lot. Good luck to everybody.

  24. I spent 6+ months in Omoa….a beach resort losing it’s beach cause of a very long jetty which changed the water movement.
    I moved to Tela….love the town, the old USA compound houses on stilts.
    Then spent almost 3 years ( 6-7 months per year) in Ensenada……a Garifuna village on the Caribbean Coast.
    It was incredible. New Years, guys wore very large hats with eye slits in the mouths; women’s dresses with ribbons…really colourful..played drums..a small guuy all painted with clay came with an arco..the little children were really scared; my step son said because he could turn them white..every house gave them money.
    I would walk along paths in Triunfo de la Cruz…a bigger village……hear drums…….young men would be dancing…my thought were……..very old traditions.
    I was robbed 3 times in La Ceiba…..each time not paying attention………each time walking from La Zona Vida to my hotel…only the last time did I feel in danger……after that i took taxis at night.
    Honduras is beautiful; the non robber, non gangster incredible..pleasant…welcoming…

    1. Thanks for sharing your experiences Peter. Honduras can really be a welcoming place and there is definitely loads of tradition. Sorry to hear that you had safety issues while you were there, and thanks for recommending people to take taxis at night. That’s a helpful tip!

  25. I have been to Rostand 5 times each spending 2 to 3 months at a time. Roatan’s west end, west bay and sandy bay with most other areas are very safe. Avoid coxen hole at night. Avoid walking around most locals towns like cozen hole at night if your a fringing and cannot speak Spanish fluently. Avoid wearing jewlry and leaving things within reach. Common sense. Laceiba didn’t seem too safe for grings stilling around at night either. Go out with a cab to a safe destination then take a cab home. No messing around all night. Bottom line. West end and west bay is the safest for the most obvious of gringos. Nowhere else. Utila is very safe. On the strip at night but not in the back road all hours. Just have respect for locals and don’t stand out and you can go most places.

      1. Hi , by this time you probably are in Honduras o returned already, safe to the States.I dont know from where people get the fear of kidnaping in Honduras.The only case that I can remember, was of a banker,over 40 years ago.Honduras is not Mexico, where kidnapings ocurr mostly to Mexicans. Having a red hair is not a reason to fear, Honduras also has red haired people as also blondes, that is not a reason for kidnaping. In my own family reds and blonds exist. I found too many negative commenst here about Honduras. The people that had have bad experiences, never said if they were drunk or else, in the wrong place and hour. I lived in Guatemala when the country was under civil war, I never experience any sort of violence. Do what locals do,and you will be safe. Better if you use Radio taxis, they are safe and cost a tip of cab in the US. My advice is if you fear, then dont travel to Honduras.What is the point of visit a country and agonize along the way for FEAR of something? Stay at home, make sure doors and windows are locked, after all you live in a country were people are killed by ” bored” kids.

  26. yes hi…im traveling to honduras in june…been there like 5 times…Tegus and San Pedro whit mi wife…but now i have dougther realy realy white with red hair…im very concerd about kidnaping…can anybody please respond to me

  27. Hi there, I am traveling to Honduras in May with Global Brigades. We will be providing medical and dental care in a few of the rural communities. Although we will be a few hours from either Tegu or San Pedro Sula where crime is prevalent, I am still concerned! Each day we will be drive 1-3 hours from the compound to our destinations and are worried about running into trouble while driving. Thank you for this article it has some great tips!

  28. Hello

    My grandma lives in honduras tegusigalpa and my aunt in san pedro sula .. I’m going to visit Honduras soon, and I am very scared but at least i have a big family there and a big house. Still i’m just 13 years old, and i’m very nervous :/

    Sorry about the bad english i live in finland ;D

  29. im planning on going to san pedro sula with my friend who is from there and im very nervous. recently read that last yr 2012 san pedro sula was named the most violent city in the world. ive heard stories about the violence in general in honduras but really always wanted to go. i plan on renting a car to visit agua blanca sur in el progresso yoro so i can meet my boyfriends mother and family. are there any dangers in doing that?

    1. We can’t really answer that in a concrete yes or no way, Megan. The best answer we can give is that it was definitely one of the most violent cities, we had heard that too, so you have to be smart about where you go and what you do. The advantage you have is that you would be traveling with locals, which is obviously always better as they know how things work. We went and we survived, as do many others of course, so definitely consider both sides of the safety coin and take precautions!

  30. I went to Honduras almost twenty yrs ago. I was shocked back then to see all the machine guns and folks guarding banks etc. But I did like the people and spoke fluent Spanish. I went to omoa, tegus, comayaguela, danli, choluteca, campamento, lago yojoa. Also I forgot we went to tela. We couldn’t go to copan b c of hurricane warnings. I loved Honduras but there were dangerous parts. La valley de angeles tiene many things for souvenirs. I don’t believe is to back again. I understand nowadays the maras. R quite bad. I also went to el Salvador. Frankly I enjoyed the bit of el Salvador better. Though again there were machine guns evwrywhere. I would go back to central America but is check out Guatemala Nicaragua panama . I do not regret going to Honduras however u have to be well aware of your surrpundigs and realize bad things can happen.

  31. Hi everyone! Really make me sad to read here the amount of bad opinions about Honduras. Basically for two main reasons. I was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras Capital, but I had lived mostly of my life in the US. The person that wrote the article use Honduras to make political statements about the presence of guns, near a paranoid level.Reality is that Israel show more presence of guns that Honduras, but nobody is advocating for no visiting Israel. To be impartial, has to be say that North Americans are not used to see armed guards or military on the streets.Saying this is more a subject of impression tha is perceived in a wrong way.In Hispanic America we saw police and soldiers since we’re babies.That is not a political issue to us I need to say that never ever in Honduras we have a single case of a former military person “going postal ”
    The presence of more security in Honduras is due to the activity of Mexican drug cartels, shipping drugs to the US. Tourist very seldom are victims of grave crime in Honduras, unless the visitor lack prudence and common sense. A woman or man walking alone in night is a potential target in Honduras and London. I have over 30 years traveling to Honduras and never had a bad experience. I use common sense .The most common crimes against tourists can be theaft in Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula and La Ceiba. Small towns are safe, as are the Bay Islands. Tegucigalpa is not Paris, but is a city with over 400 year of history, has excellent museums, international cousine, quaint villages near by, excellent views from the city park El Picacho, and friendly people. All tourist can enjoy Honduras with the right attitude and caution.To be fair, I dont fear being shot at a mall or church in Honduras, as I fear here in the USA. Honduras is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, specially because of its people. Don’t. let alarmist reports steal from you discover the beauty of the country of Five Stars.

    1. I’m currently in Honduras on my way north, travelling by motorcycle. I fully agree with your comment – Honduras is an incredibly beautiful country and the people are amazing. Definitely my favourite place in Central America. I think it’s sad that so many people continue to believe it is not safe here. It is no different to anywhere else in this area of the world. l Use common sense and you’ll be fine. If you want to read about our experiences we’re writing a ride report on the forum

      1. Caroline – wow, Honduras by motorcycle! That’s badass 🙂 Thanks for sharing the link to your trip report, I’m going to check it out right now! Enjoy the rest of your trip 😀

  32. Hi everyone , I came back to Honduras after leaving in NY for 20 years and its very different from what it was when I was younger, it is very dangerous at night I wouldn’t recommend to anybody walking around at night its almost as bad as the Bronx during night time lol. My advice is … Honduras is for tourists that love nature and nice colonial villages, any of those places meaning the beach , villages , copan ruins , water falls , or places to go bird watching or to do extreme sports its safe but do it during the day . Avoid Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula . And if you can rent a car its very cheap and you can truly be safe . Also I don’t mind the guards or the police , not having them around is when people should worry . Anyway I do recommend Honduras , the more visitors we get the better , we can learn a lot from foreigners and the government will do more to keep them safe if we get a nice flow of tourism. Just please don’t go out alone at night unless you are driving and are going to a theater or an event where people you know will be. Be friendly , smile , we like Americans and don’t be offended if some people smile when they see you , they will probably talk about how tall and white you are lol . We don’t mean to offend. Also most people call north Americans gringos but to us is just a nick name its not meat to offend north Americans, you can call us catrachos ? anyway travel safe everyone.

  33. I am taking my 2 kids (14 and 18) to Honduras for the Summer. We plan to rent a car and drive from San Pedro Sula to Copan and then from Copan to La Ceiba, where we will take the ferrry and spend a week scuba diving.

    We have traveled to Honduras in the past, but have never “traveled” inside the country. Usually just beeline it to Rotan.

    I am a bit weary of the car rental. My husband says I am putting our lives at risk.

    Any thoughts???

    1. Laura – car rental or not.. that’s a tough question. I felt pretty safe while traveling there, to be honest, but I am not sure how I’d feel about renting a car with kids.. maybe you should also post your question on a Honduras Tripadvisor forum? Just to get some more opinions.. Enjoy Honduras, Laura!

  34. Hi, I have been talking to a girl in San Pedro Sula for over a year now and we really like each other. She is heavily involved in her church like I am, and claims the city is safe if you just keep out of bad areas and use common sense. I told my family about wanting to visit her someday, and they started to get all agitated and said I would get killed in a day down there. Do you think the fears are overblown? It sounds to me that gangs only go after each other, not random tourists.

    1. That’s a tough call – I feel like you’ll be fine, but don’t hold me responsible if you go and something happens 😉 But in all seriousness, you’re right: the violence is gang-related and not directed against tourists. As long as you stay out of the dodgy parts of town, I think you’ll be fine! Make sure to read Caroline’s Honduras post for a different perspective on San Pedro: And did you read the Medium article I linked to? Go see your girl and let me know how it went 🙂

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