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Honduras Honduras

Bordered by the Caribbean Sea to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south, Honduras is becoming more popular as a tourist destination in Central America. Known for its natural resources, such as sugar cane, coffee and tropical fruit, it is increasingly visited by Canadians because of its tropical climate, rainforests, serene mountains and beautiful islands. Whether you are planning to spend your time on the beach or explore the mountains or rainforests, having comprehensive travel insurance can give you the peace of mind in knowing you are covered if you run into travel issues.

Top tourist destinations in Honduras

Honduras is filled with action-packed adventure opportunities. It is home to the world’s second-largest barrier reef, so you will have access to some of the best snorkelling and diving in the Caribbean. You can also visit colonial villages, ancient Mayan ruins and countless local festivals. Add to this the beautiful beaches, whitewater rafting, hiking and wildlife viewing, and you will have no trouble filling up your travel schedule.

Some of the best places to visit in Honduras include Cayos Cochinos, Rio Cangrejal for its rapids, Comayagua to see the street carpets, Punta Sal National Park, Utila for scuba diving, Copan Mayan ruins and Roatán for water activities.

Travel tips for Honduras

A valid Canadian passport is required to travel to Honduras, and it must be valid for at least six months past your departure date. Tourist visas are not required for stays of up to 90 days, business visas are not required for stays up of to 30 days and student visas are not required at all. As part of the Central America-4 Border Control Agreement, Canadian travellers are permitted to travel within Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua for up to 90 days without additional travel documentation. Although there is no entry fee to Honduras, there is a departure tax of $40 USD.

As in other Central American countries, personal security in Honduras is important. Always be aware of your surroundings. Tourists have been known to be followed, and petty crime is common. Protect your passport at all times.

An international driving permit is required if you plan to drive. The currency is the Honduran lempira (HNL). Even though Canadian currency is not accepted, the US dollar and traveller’s cheques are accepted. You will need show your passport for financial transactions at local banks. Spanish is the main language spoken.

Hurricane season is from June until November. During this rainy season, highways are often closed due to flooding and rockslides. Forest fires are common during the dry season (December to April), often causing airport closures. Earthquakes are also possible, so pay attention to local weather forecasts and plan your trip accordingly.

Travel insurance options for vacations to Honduras

When you travel to a country such as Honduras, it’s important to protect yourself with vacation travel insurance. This ensures you have access to emergency medical care and travel assistance if you have travel issues or simply have questions related to your trip. Get a free quote for travel insurance with Blue Cross today, and know that you will be covered when you’re abroad.

General Honduras Canada
Continent: Americas
Population (2012): 7,935,846 34,754,312 (2012)
Area (km2): 11,209 9,984,670
Capital: Tegucigalpa
Currency: Honduran lempira
Official language(s): Spanish
Drive: Right
Diesel (2012): 1.15 1.23 (2012)
Gasoline (2012): 1.25 1.23 (2013)

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