The Telamar area
West of the former headquarters, you will find a whole neighborhood which once housed the US employees of United Fruit. The complex looks somewhat like a Southern military base.
Part of the neighborhood has been turned into an upscale resort, the Villas Telamar. This is where the beach looks cleanest and safest.
Tuty's is on the Calle de Comercio in Tela. It is a good place to get a cheap (but delicious!) lunch. It is probably most famous though for its refreshing drinks made from real tropical fruit. Open from 6am - 10pm and closed Sundays.
Pollo's al Carbon
This place is located near the new bridge in Tela. It has fantastic charcoal chicken served with coleslaw and fried platano.
(see picture). Although a little more up-market the Villas Telamar tourist resort has a couple of nice eating establishments. It is a bit more pricey than the local eateries but I often used to go there for a romantic dinner or to the Delfin Bar (on the beach) for a Strawberry Daiquiri as the sunset! This bar is open from 9am to 11pm.
Located on the pedestrian street in front of the beach. This place has really good food with seafood being their specialty. The restaurant is open from 7am and is a hotel also.
Located next to Cesar Mariscos, Sherwood is also a hotel/restaurant establishment. Open daily from 7am-10pm.
Luces del Norte
This is the place with the English speaking owner that I was taken to on my first day in Tela. They have great breakfasts and real fruit drinks. It is located one block north of the beach towards the central park, very close to my old school.
Located upstairs on a terrace at the Hotel Presidente overlooking central park. I once went to a wedding here (a friend of a friend!) and had a blast! They have a variety of food available although the prices are a bit higher compared to the smaller places.
Merendero Tia Carmen
I used to stop off here all the time for their delicious baleadas. You can choose your filling wrapped up in a mouth watering tortilla.
Two locations: On the Jose Cecilio del Valle Street (runs parallel to the calle de comercio) and across the street from the San Antonio Gym. Pizzeria El Bambino
Located on the school road one block up from the beach. Has GREAT pizza and spaghetti dishes and a playground for kids. Open from 9.30am til 10pm.
Restaurante Los Angeles
This is Tela's Chinese food establishment. I recommend the Chop Suey dish. The portions are really big and eat in or take out are available. Open from 10am - 2 pm and then again at 5pm - 9.30pm. Located on the Comerical Street close to the old bridge.
Restaurante Puerto Rico
Located at the end of the Pedestrian Street in front of the beach on the first floor of the Hotel Puerto Rico. Open from 7am - midnight.
I have heard from my Teleno friends that there are many more restaurants now in Tela but these are the ones that I frequented and can personally recommend. I am sure that anywhere you decide to eat in Tela you will experience good food. Take the time to stop and chat with the owners of the establishments. They are always interested in talking to their customers!
To see more pictures and read about my time in Tela please take a look at the travelogue.
there are plenty of nice...
A sleepy coastal town, Tela has been slowly, but surely working its way to becoming an important beach destination. Located less than 90 km east of San Pedro Sula's International airport, and connected by an excellent paved highway, Tela is very easily reached from San Pedro Sula. If you are driving your own car, the driving time is under one hour from San Pedro Sula. If you are taking the public bus your best option would be to choose Hedman Alas, a first class service coach operator that has non stop service from San Pedro Sula to Tela; otherwise, make sure that you take one of the direct non stop buses to La Ceiba, and let the driver know you wish to get off at the entrance to Tela. From this point, you can easily catch a taxi to take you to the beaches, that have become Tela's main attraction. Tela has been the site of a pilot program aimed to create the Tourist Police. The result has been outstanding, with a force of 20 bilingual, friendly tourist police officers, statistics show that there has been absolutely no crime incidents against tourists in Tela for several years now.
Tela is located within the department of Atlantida, of which La Ceiba, located 100 km. east is the capital. Tela has become famous for its beaches, however, there is much more to Tela than beaches. The home base for the Tela Railroad Company for many years, owners and producers of the famed Chiquita bananas, Tela retains the air of a true banana town. The Villas Telamar hotel complex was actually the living quarters to many the executives of the banana company. The Lancetilla Gardens is but one of the many assets left behind by the company that has since moved its quarters to La Lima, just outside of San Pedro Sula.
Tela offers the natural beauty of its beaches, its exuberant tropical vegetation in three distinct areas: Lancetilla Gardens, Punta Sal National Park and Punta Izopo Wildlife Refuge, as well as the cultural experience of the Garifuna Culture. Tela is well worth your time during your vacation in Honduras. Best of all, it is still unspoiled. Enjoy Tela today, before it becomes a more popular international tourist destination.
It is very easy to get around town, as it is quite small. Locals use bicycles as the preferred mode of transportation. Banking in Tela is easy. There are several banks, at many of which you can change your dollars into local currency, as well as getting cash advances from your Visa and Mastercard credit cards. If you are carrying Travelers Checks, try cashing them before heading out to Tela, as it is difficult to cash these in town. exellent seafood - beautiful cocopalmtree beach
My "Camarones" at Telamar
Having a drink at Telamar
Botanical Gardne: Tela, Honduras
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