La CeibaCaribbean coast of Honduras, 202 km from San Pedro Sula.
There are buses from San Pedro Sula for L100 (lempiras), the journey takes around 3-4 hr.
From Guatemala City take a bus to San Pedro Sula (8-11 hr) or Copán Ruinas and change.
Golosón International AirportAerolineas Sosa - Roatan, San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa, Útila; Cayman Airways - Grand Cayman, Roatan; CM Airlines - Tegucigalpa.
Since its a small town, everybody knows where everything is. Know the name of your destination or have it written down (for the more obscure destinations, include the barrio or colonia in which it is located). However, you can also say names of important buildings and the taxi driver will most likely know what you're talking about.
There are plenty of buses in La Ceiba. The cost is usually around L10-15. A bus will continue to pick up people until it is full. If a bus doesn't stop to pick you up it's because it has reached capacity. Just stand at the side of the road and flag one down when you see it coming. The people who ride the buses are locals that want to travel in a more economical manner. Hondurans are generally very friendly, still, it's a good idea to watch your belongings like everywhere else in the world! If you're not showing off your cash and valuables, you should be ok.
- Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge. You take an old train through the pineapple fields to a beautiful lagoon. There is a modern park building with small displays and public restrooms. You can then take either a motor boat or canoe tour of the lagoon. Bring suncreen, hats and water bottles. Reservations with Cuero y Salado Foundation at +504 2440-0191.
- The Lodge at Pico Bonito. The lodge allows day visitors. You can use their pool, hike their trails, climb their lookout towers and have lunch at their restaurant. It's a lovely place to explore and easy with children.
- El Porvenir. The beach at El Porvenir is lots of fun. There is a river flowing into the sea and it makes for a freshwater "tubing" area that runs parallel to the sea. There's also a small restaurant for drinks and chips.
- La Ceiba Carnival, the biggest in Central America. It takes place on the third Saturday in May, though there are mini-carnivals in the various barrios in the days leading up to it. This is a unique event that completely packs the town out, and is generally very peaceful and good natured.
The Banana Republic hostel located between 12 Calle and 13 Calle on Ave La Republica (3 1/2 blocks south of Parque Central) offers daily commutes to and from their Jungle River Lodge, ~32 km (20 miles) north in the Pico Bonito national rain forest. Here they offer adventure in the form of canopy tours (i.e., ziplines from platform to platform built into the treetops) and whitewater rafting (very intense during the rainy season) among other activities.
Ask a local about nightly football games at the Municipal Stadium located about 4 blocks east of Parque Central. The East side of the stadium has a much more lively atmosphere than the family outing-like setting of the West side; the tickets are a slightly more expensive but certainly worth it for a more authentic experience.
phone: +504 449 0045address: Km 7 Carretera de YarucaVillas Pico Bonito, Jungle Eco Resort on the spectacular Rio Cangrejal. A hidden paradise in Pico Bonito National Park with self contained lodges for rent. Beautiful infinity pool with views of the Waterfall and Jungle. Hidden Paradise restaurant with wireless internet. Close to the bridge leading to the waterfall and cloud forest in the park. Great hiking, mountain biking, white water rafting and zip lining. We are just a short ride to the Bay Island ferries. A splendid holiday destination.
phone: +504 2441 3279address: Colonia Toronjal 2Exciting trip along the turbulent Class III & IV rapids of Cangrejal river. Departing from La Ceiba heads upriver to the rafting put in, while accessing to the unique and amazing set up of this side of Pico Bonito Park that will be the background during the two hours and a half that this journey lasts. Rafting tour includes instruction on procedures, security equipment, bilingual professional guide and gear (rafts, paddles, life jackets and helmets). Participants are invited to a picnic meal at the end of the activity, consisting of some sandwiches, cookies and fruit and soft drink. (504) 9699-9300
A great place for tourists and ex-pats alike is Bar Expatriados. It's been a while since I've lived in La Ceiba but any cab driver or local will know it's roof top downtown location (in Barrio El Iman at the end of Calle 12). The former owners, Mark and Maureen have returned to Canada but the new American owners, Joe and his wife Michelle, are helpful and friendly. The menu is typical American/Honduran. Great burgers and imported/domestic beer. The cost for a meal is expensive compared to the non ex-pat places but much cheaper then a fancy restaurant. A night of dinner and drinks for two will run you about US$30.
The Mango Tango is another popular moderately priced restaurant along the beach strip in the Zona Viva (Calle 1 along the beach).
Ricardos on Avenida 14 de Julio is also delicious and well priced and serves some of the best food in Central America and has the awards to prove it. They are at the top end of the price scale in La Ceiba but still half what you would expect to pay for the same plate above the Rio Grande.
A bit outside of town toward the airport the ex-pat owned and operated Iguana Bar & Restaurant serves local seafood and open grille beef speciality dishes on the beach at more moderate prices.
Expatriates Bar & Grillphone: +504 440 1131address: 12a Calle, South of city centerGood grilled food, cold beer and friendly staff.
A big draw-back for budget travelers is the lack of hostels. There are only a couple & both are surrounded by dark streets after 7PM, offering very little. There is a hostel located in La Ceiba called Banana Republic but it has problems with security, most recently (date unknown) involving a series of break-ins.
Via radio, they communicate with a personal cab driver that will offer you transportation around the city and, for US$20 (Oct 2007) the 32 km (20 mile) ride north to their jungle lodge, located in the Pico Bonito national rain forest (see DO above).
Lastenia Hotel is nice and cheap place to stay; they have a really tiny swimming pool upstairs, a cafeteria next door, you can get a room with a/c or fan, depending on your budget. Three people can stay for about US$15 a night. They now provide transportation to the bus station, airport or ferry terminal for about US$3 per room (not per person).
Hotel Gran Ceiba is another seemingly good quality hotel, but travelers who stayed there in February 2009 were robbed by someone with access to the hotel keys, so buyer beware.
HostalLa Mokitia Ecoaventuras Guesthouse/Hostal in La Ceiba, with tropical gardens, big yard, Tv hall, book exchange, Free Wireless Internet Service, Our friendly, bilingual, staffs are ready to help you with information and reservations. NO check out time. Inf. (504) 2441-3279 / (504) 9699-9300 (24hrs)
phone: +504 2440 1268address: Avenida La Republica, between 12th and 13th StNice hostel with a Kitchen, Wifi and computers, hammocks and a selection of dorms or private rooms. However, there is an overwhemingly large bed bug infestation. Practically every bed has a colony of them boldly crawling across the mattress surface and seams. Still, there is a book swap in addition to lockers being available, but you'll need your own padlock (as of June 2012).
LMEA Guest housephone: +504 2441-3279address: Col. Toronjal 2Economical guest house in La Ceiba, with free wifii, kithchen, social, TV A/C L150 p/p the night. +504 9699-9300 Geanie 24hrs
phone: +504 9946-7994address: Cangrejal RiverFull rafting outfit. There is direct access to the national park by way of a hanging bridge. The land for the visitors center is in front of the hanging bridge, and was donated by the Hotel owners. In addition, trips are available to the 300 acre black pepper and tropical tree farm. The bar and restaurant have views of birds, the waterfall and mountains.