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.
Favorite Dish: exellent seafood - beautiful cocopalmtree beach
Found this spot by accident. After about two days I happen to walk into this establishment and found that it had the closest thing to Dunkin Donuts. The owner is a great person, very friendly. She is a great source of information on the island. To bad that she's not open late at night.
Favorite Dish: The coffee is great. Bagels are good.
Restaurante Luces del Norte serves the best seafood soup I have ever had. It's piled high with fresh seafood (see photos). It's a relaxed beach shack type of place, where locals sit in vests and shorts, drinking beer.
There are some good restaurants on Roatán, but Mavis & Dixies is my favourite. It has a great atmosphere, good service and superb food. On two different nights I tried the blackened mahi mahi and the grilled wahoo They were both delicious. There is a nice terrace at the back, overlooking the beach. They also serve excellent breakfasts. It's a great place to eat.
Favorite Dish: The blackened mahi mahi
Cafe Mariposa is a great place for an inexpensive seafood meal, meeting friends for a cold beer, or looking out at the Utila waterfront. The wait staff is friendly, speak english, and are happy to talk about Utila.
Favorite Dish: The grilled snapper was simple, perfectly done, and accompanied with rice and vegetables for about $6.00 US. Soda or beer for $1. The upstairs open air seating and ceiling fans make it a great place for a meal after a day of diving.
A former Peace Corps volunteer opened this nice pizza place in Santa Rosa de Copan. Seriously some of the best pizza I've had and it was inexpensive. We watched the cook pick basil from the garden to put on the pizza, it was so fresh.
Favorite Dish: The italiano pizza, garlic bread, and limonada.
In Tegucigalpa we have tipical restaurants like the 'EL PATIO', where you will find great food from Honduras and Mexican food.
Cheap en a lots of food, be prepared.
Favorite Dish: Pincho Mixto.. all kind of meat and all with a great dressing. (picante) (spice)
This was a nice place for a cup of coffee and a sandwich.
Overall Honduras is not a country where you go for the food. It's beans, corn and rice ... beans, corn and rice ... beans, corn and rice... beans, corn and rice
Favorite Dish: the breakfast we got every morning that we were there consisted of scrambled eggs, beans, honduran dry cheese, fried plantanes and toast. (with occasional avocado every now and then). It was accompanied by very strong but delicious coffee. The best coffee i had the whole trip was in the indigenous houses in Atlantica which was very sweet.
This is not so much a restaurant tip but a cultural food tip. Arroz con Frijoles or rice and beans in english is a staple dish in Honduras. The beans are cooked in various ways, fried, mashed, boiled and have usually had some sort of condiment added. To be honest I didn't particularly care for this dish much at all which made life a little hard for me because I was living with a Honduran family. I lost a lot of weight in Honduras but I was not starving.
Utila has the best seafood at the VERY reasonable prices.
Update July 2004: Mario has sold his restaurant and it is now some really boring overpriced Italian food place. Mind you, I've always felt Italian food pedestrian at its best.
You can now find Mario as the head chef at the resort near the old airport. The only way I found where he was, was by noticing that this was the only restaurant that advertised crab as a dish.
Favorite Dish: $7 bucks buys you the contents of the photo, including the beer. Simply the best seafood I've experienced. Heavenly.
I make guacamole wherever I go. See the picture below.
» 3 - 4 garlic cloves minced
» 1 Large tomatoe seeded and diced into small chunks
» 3-4 avacadoes (ripe) mushed to a chunky paste.
» 1 Lime freshly squeezed
» 1 super hot pepper (finely diced). This is optional but good
» Salt to taste
Do the avacadoes and then mix with the tomatoes and garlic. add lime juice and salt to taste. Takes about 5 minutes and the taste is outta this world!
Favorite Dish: Guacamole is easy to make, tastes good, is healthy and you can buy the ingredients anywhere. We were able to make a large bowl for less than 50 cents. The chips on the other hand...
Expatriados Bar and Grill is on the top floor of a building with a grass hut covering half of the floor space. They have a full selection of alcohol and non alcohol drinks. Their barbaque is delicious!! Their menu has Honduran and American foods with daily specials. I love eating here because the food is not expensive and you get big portions. The owners are friendly Canadians. Happy Hour is from 4-6 p.m Monday, Thursday, and Fridays. It´s a great place to meet other travelers and get advice as well as meeting the locals too.
Favorite Dish: My favorite dish are the tacos. You can choose from beef, chicken, or a mix. There big and not expensive. My husband, a Honduras, enjoys the usual Honduras plate of Ham or pork chop with beans, rice, and salad. It´s delicious!! There margaritas are good too!
Wow, if you are visiting Santa Rosa de Copan , don't miss the opportunity to eat a delicious typical Honduran breakfast in the restaurant located in the Hotel Elvir. It is located just a few minutes away from Central Park.
And if you are in La Ceiba, don't miss the opportunity to try the seafood that is served in this city. there are plenty of restaurants that serve seafood. It is just wonderful !!!
One thing which surprised me was the fact that you could get just about any food you wanted. As stated, I at a food court almost every day, dining on Subway and Burger King and such. We also went out a couple nights, once to a Steak House and once to a Chinese place. I'm still convinced I at dog at the Chinese place, but I figured I'd do that in the States too. Just kidding. It was really good food, and outside of lunches we didn't get any more 'traditional' dishes to the area, which was fine for me since I don't particularly like Mexican style foods.
3 kms anParque Arqueologicotes del, Copan, 504, Honduras
Good for: Couples
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