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Honduras Travel Guide

Honduras — Travel Tips

Language

Spanish is the official language of Honduras, although on the Bay Islands English is the most common tongue. If on the northern or mosquito coast, the languages are usually the native Garifuna or Miskito, although many will also speak English and Spanish. The majority of Hondurans speak only Spanish within the interior.

Currency

The currency in Honduras is the “lempira,” named after an indigenous leader who was the last to attempt resistance against invading Spanish conquistador forces. The lempira is divided into 100 centavos (cents). The US dollar is widely accepted in the Bay Islands (Roatan, Utila, Guanaja), otherwise you will need to change your money into the local currency through one of the country’s banks. ATMs are becoming more common in Honduras, although it is advisable to bring cash in more remote areas.

Time

The time zone in Honduras is GMT -6.

Electricity

Electricity runs at 110V and 60Hz in Honduras, you may need a transformer if your electrical appliance differs from this standard. Honduras uses a two-pronged North American plug, but if your appliance has a third ‘grounding’ prong you will need a converter.

Communications

The mobile phone network in Honduras is well covered in more built-up areas, and along the coast. If you do not have international roaming on your phone, you can buy a pre-paid SIM card which also works for local internet access if your device allows. The three biggest pre-paid providers are TIGO, Claro and Digicel. Certain parts of Honduras are very remote and have no coverage.

Duty-free

Duty Free goods can be purchased at Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula and Roatan international airports. If you are traveling to the US you are allowed to import 1 liter of alcohol and 1,000 cigarettes.

Tourist Office

Institute of Honduran Tourism: http://www.letsgohonduras.com

Consulates in Haiti

US Embassy, Tegucigalpa: +11-504-236-9320
Canadian Embassy, Tegucigalpa: +11-504-232-4551
Spanish Embassy, Tegucigalpa: +11-504-236-6875

Emergency

Police: 199
Medical: 195
Fire: 198

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