Tela Travel Guide

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Tela Things to Do

  • 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.

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  • Tela Railroad Company Headquarters -...

    The building is used today as a community center of sorts, but it is deserted. I was fortunate that, when I arrived, the building was illuminated with cheap strings of lights for the parade, making it all the more charged with vibes. One inebriated man was whiling the hours away inside but didn't mind my snooping about. All the office fittings have...

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  • Triunfo de la Cruz, a Garifuna Village

    The Garifuna are an ethnic group of mixed ancestry who live on the Caribbean coast from Belize to Nicaragua. They descend from Caribbean people, and from African slaves, the latter possibly shipwrecked. The Garifuna villages have acquired, of late, a reputation as places to chill out. If that is your plan, be aware that accommodations are extremely...

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  • Lunch in a Garifuna village

    All Garifuna Tours include a lunch in one of the Garifuna villages which are close to the natural reserves (the lunch is not included in the price, however). Your guide will stop at the restaurant before the nature activities, so that you can order your lunch in advance.I enjoyed watching the ladies cook my fish, just caught, on an open...

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  • The Punta Izopo Natural Refuge

    Tela is surrounded by three renowned natural reserves: Punta Sal, Jardín Botánico Lancetilla, and Punta Izopo. I chose to go to Punta Izopo because I'm crazy about the mangrove environment. There is something about braided roots and branches, murky waters and animal noises which enchants me.I booked the excursion with Garifuna Tours (see General...

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  • Sultry Rio Tela

    Tela is bisected by a small river with attractive banks and pleasant views. Uncharacteristically, there are no streets along the river: you enjoy the views by walking up to dead ends. Two bridges cross the river, the old and the new bridge. The whole town can be walked throughout in one day.

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Tela Restaurants

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  • Bungalow - good food, good atmosphere,...

    We ate at the Bungalow in Tela. Its a small place that is a favorite with locals and expats alike. We wandered upon it and noticed the low prices. We asked a few expats that we ran into about it and everyone had great things to say. We loved our food and ended up staying for hours talking to Norman, the owner of the restaurant, from Louisiana. I...

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  • Good place to stay dry

    The beauty of travel is when you end up having the time of your life in some joint that sounds more like a garage than a food stand.I had spent a while taking photos of the Tela Pier under increasingly menacing skies. By the time I was back "in town," a downpour had started, so I took shelter in this fried chicken place. Like many places that serve...

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  • Very laidback

    One block from the beach, this is a very inviting indoor-outdoor place with powerful fans. The service is slow, but I had good tipico breakfast (desanuyo) there. Early in the morning, the place was quiet, but it looked much busier at dinner time.Luces del Norte must cater to foreign visitors on occasion: I saw a small English language book exchange...

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Tela Nightlife

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  • The hot spot, the only spot

    This 2 story bar is pretty much the only dance club in Tela, there was another one down the street; but it seemed to be for teenagers. The Honduran beer that is most popular, Salvavida; which is funny because it means life saver! hahaha! The dancing is nice, and i was really impressed because a famous band "Que Sabe" was there that night. They pass...

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  • MERENGUE - SALSA - PUNTA

    The nightclubs seem to change rapidly in Tela so I am not sure which place is "in" at the moment. I have seen places come and go over the time I spent in Tela. I suggest that you ask the locals for advice on the good and bad places to go. If all else fails then Telamar has some nice Marimba music on Saturday nights.

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Tela Transportation

  • Tela Express

    Tela was my first stop in Honduras, and I had planned to take a bus to Tela from the San Pedro Sula airport. However, I couldn't get clear information at the airport (a pattern in Honduras). So I took a cab, originally to the bus terminal. After a minute, we negotiated a fair price to take me all the way to Tela ($42), one good hour away, now under...

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  • To the Garifuna-village's by bus

    The taxi's around Tela normally are shared taxi's. Advantage is that they don't cost much: for a trip of 20 to 30 minutes you pay around 2 dollars. Disadvantage is that they only do standard routes. You have to know (or ask) where taxi's depart for a particular destination, and you have to make clear that you want it as a shared taxi when there are...

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  • Around Tela by taxi

    The taxi's around Tela normally are shared taxi's. Advantage is that they don't cost much: for a trip of 20 to 30 minutes you pay around 2 dollars. Disadvantage is that they only do standard routes. You have to know (or ask) where taxi's depart for a particular destination, and you have to make clear that you want it as a shared taxi when there are...

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Tela Shopping

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  • Supermarket

    A very good place to buy some food and drinks when you are going away for a daytrip to the beach or one of the National Park around Tela, is the supermarket at the southside of the Parque Central. This is the only big supermarket in Tela, and here you can find everything you need and don't need for a day trip: all kinds of cold drinks, chips,...

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  • CALLE DEL COMERCIO

    This is the main shopping and commercial street in Tela. The two main banks, Bancahsa and Banco Atlantida are on this street. This picture is taken from the old bridge looking towards the central park at the end. Also along this street is Tuty's, Restaurant Los Angeles, Garifuna Tours, The Photographic Studio and a few shops that sell clothing,...

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Tela Local Customs

  • Independance Day

    Like everywhere in Central Amerika, the national Independance Day in Honduras is celebrated at the 15th of September. This day in 1820, all the Spanish colonies in the area got their independance. And still, every year this is celebrated with festivals all over the country, in every country in Central America.At the 15th of September in 2007, I was...

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  • Lazy days...

    I found this great picture of the father of my friend. I saw many people relaxing in Tela. It is so hot that you have to spend a good amount of time recovering. In his case, he likes to party and this was him recovering from too much beer!

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  • Public Pools

    They have 2 public pools in Tela. One at a hotel close to Telamar and another at a Teacher's resort. But i saw this sign and I thought it was really strange. Not to pee anywhere but the bathroom seems obvious to me, but hey maybe they have a problem with that. I was told by some locals they put the signs up because people just apparently pee where...

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Tela Warnings and Dangers

  • THE OPEN DRAINS

    This is us returning from the beach. You can see a typical Honduran pick-up truck and the style of the buildings. Also, on the side of the roads are the large drains. Be careful not to drive or fall into one! Honduras is prone to heavy rains and floods. I was "lucky" enough to experience one of these floods when all the streets in Tela were awash...

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  • BEACH AT NIGHT

    I have had the unfortunate experience of being held at knife point on a beach in Tela. I was young and dumb and there at night. My advice to you all would be to stay away from the beaches at night. I was lucky I was with someone who could talk us our would be robbers out of doing anything stupid!!

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Tela What to Pack

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    by staindesign Written Sep 16, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: During the day insects don't seem to bother, probably because it is so HOT! But at night, if you aren't staying in an air conditioned place. Put repellent on before you go to sleep, the bugs (little flies) walk all over you!

    Miscellaneous: I would even suggest taking an insect net to put around your bed, during the rainy season of August & September!

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Tela Off The Beaten Path

  • Tela's Pier

    A nice spot to have a look at in Tela, is the pier you'll find in the new part of the town: Tela Nuevo. You can get here by crossing the bridge in the western part of town, and by entering the beach here immediately. After 100 metres you will see this old pier going into the Caribbean Sea. The nicest thing here are the many fishermen that are...

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  • Tela Station

    In the 19th century Tela became famous for being an important banana producing city. The American companies Standard Fruit Company and United Fruit Company established large plantations and also invested in the railroads along the coastline. After 1930 most of these plantations were abandoned because of deceases and floods and because of this, so...

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  • Barely believiable

    One of the nice areas of tela is Telamar, a large hut that is like a restaurant, and a rental place for beach chairs and ocean toys. It was such a beautiful place, i was told by locals that this place is rarely visited. But is extremely busy during semana santa (Easter week). This is a beautiful view from the hut looking out towards the little town...

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Tela Sports & Outdoors

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    by kiwigal_1 Written Mar 27, 2003

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    This is me with my then boyfriend, Abner, on the same hill. We were walking to the beach to play futbolito .

    Futbolito is one of the most common sports played in Honduras. There are many grounds for futbolito in the barrios where most people live. There is a concrete one in the center of town and the colegios have their own futbolito "gym's".
    It is unusual for women to play futbolito but being an avid soccer player in New Zealand I made sure that I was allowed to play with the guys.

    Abner and Rhianon
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  • Garifuna Tours

    Garifuna Tours is a small ecotourism agency based in Tela and in La Ceiba. They organize four excursions each from Tela and from La Ceiba, as well as longer trips to the Moskitia. I emailed them before leaving, to find out if the Punta Izopo excursion was available on the date that was convenient for me. I received a response in a few hours, and I...

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  • THE GARIFUNA PEOPLE

    In Honduras the people are mainly mestizo which is a mixture of indiginous indian and spanish. However, in the northern part of the country (where I was living) there was a large population of garifuna (see the picture). These people were brought to Honduras to work on the banana plantations. Many of the garifuna people living on the Bay...

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