Driving to Guatemala from Omoa we had to pass through a Honduranian checkpoint a couple miles before the border. We showed our passports and they let us through. We then arrived at the immigration building and again had to show our passports. This building was to house both Honduranian and Guatemalan immigration officers, however, the Guatemalans never showed up. After we got checked out, we then had to show our passports again at a checkpoint just past the parking lot of the building. Afterward, we drove into Guatemala where the Guatemalan immigration building is about 20 miles inside of Guatemala where once more we showed our passports for the fourth, and finally, last time.
Omoa has a bank but since we were there on the weekend, it was closed. We exchanged money right in the Hotel Flamingo. The rate was about 18 Lempira to 1 US which is fair. The Canadian owned businesses will also take US but I got the feeling they prefer lempira. Roli, on the other hand, will take any currency. He’ll exchange whatever you have.
Situated in the Bahia de Omoa which is in the Gulf of Honduras, Omoa is normally a quiet town located on the far west of the Caribbean coastline in Honduras. It is one of the oldest towns established by the Spanish in Honduras and was once the primary port. With the development of Puerto Cortes as a port along with the installation of rail lines from San Pedro Sula to Puerto Cortes in the late 19th century, Omoa became an almost forgotten town. Most of the residents earn a living by either fishing, farming or herding cattle.
Omoa is usually quiet during the week but can get very busy on the weekends. It is the spot that Honduranians from Puerto Cortes or San Pedro Sula like to come to escape the cities for the weekend. Some come as far away as Tegucigalpa to spend a week or two here as a vacation. Omoa has a wide range of accommodation options - from backpacker hostels to nice hotels.
The town is bounded by the Sierra de Omoa Mountains and the beach. From the main road to the beach is about one kilometer. There is one road which gets you there so you can't get lost. This road is lined with various stores, hotels and restaurants. Most of these are located along the beach itself.
For additional photos of Omoa, see Honduras 2010
A nice farewell to Honduras
"How wrong we were"
We thought we would get some rest while waiting for the departure of the lancha ro Belize. We did rest. A bit.
Omoa is a great seaside town. Since everyone else is in the Bay Islands or in Tela, Trujillo and such, the city is more available for residents (prices are better, too). The man beach on a little bay is full of restaurants and hotels, and it bears the local movement of people. Weekends are great, because everything gets lively with Honduran families taking their weekend baths.
There is also an almost deserted beach a few metres from the main point. But if you're here to wait for your boat, which is definitely more agreeable than staying in Puerto Cortés, you will have to bother leaving a lot earlier to get your passport stamped. But a lot earlier means, I don't now, an hour and a half. Not too much, right?
Omoa is a little village, close to Puerto Cortes. It's not really worth visiting, especially not if you are used to beautiful beachplaces. But for us it was a good alternative after our travels. It's a place you can visit if you want to go to Belize by boat, like we did. The boat leaves in Puerto Cortes en arrives in Dangrigo or in Placencia. If you want more information about this, read my tips.
In Omoa you can visit a fort, and there a lot of places where you can eat great seafood. Like in Flamengo, they serve the best fishsoup I ever ate!
Not really worth visiting, but if you're already in Puerto Cortes and looking for a nice little village to stay for a day, Omoa is a good alternative. It's quite cheap too.