These last days I have been enjoying absolutely perfect weather in Honduras. When I got up yesterday morning, I decided I had to write a post about how the best time of the year to visit Honduras is now. We have had cool sunny days that are ideal for hiking, diving and exploring. They are also perfect to spend the day at the beach. If you are visiting the Mayan Archaeological Site in Copan, you would simply have an out of this world experience. The lush, green tropical rain forest, the awe inspiring three dimensional stelaes and multicolored scarlet macaws all combine for a magical experience. Especially when you have a deep blue sky above you.
Somehow, I got tied up with other things, and did not find the time to sit down and write about how December is the best time of the year to visit Honduras. And then, last night, we got a cold front sweeping in from the Caribbean. These cold fronts are not really cold, but they can be very wet. Last night, it rained non-stop in the Cangrejal River Valley. This morning, the river is huge. You could not do white water rafting in the Cangrejal River today. But then, it will be awesome for the Christmas and New Year holidays!
Despite the rainy weather today, and probably tomorrow, I stand by my words. The season between December and March are the best time of the year to visit Honduras. For starters, the temperature is not oppressively hot. As a matter of fact, it can get chilly in the morning. We have guests who stay at our bed and breakfast, La Villa de Soledad, who regularly ask for an extra blanket during this time of the year! The nights may be chilly, but the days are superb. With the temperature in the mid-80s during the day, you can afford to take a hike in the rain forest or explore the ruins. The temperature is perfect for kayaking in the lakes and lagoons around the country and even for white water rafting.
If you are diving or snorkeling, you will not feel too hot when on the boat. Fortunately the Caribbean waters around the Bay Islands of Honduras are always warm. Another thing to be said is that because of the cooler weather, the air is crisp and clear. As the hot months of April and May come along, there is usually a lot of water that has evaporated from the ocean. This makes for hazy days, and visibility is not as good. Between December and March, you can usually see the islands from the Caribbean Coast along La Ceiba. Likewise, you will me marveled at the spectacular skyline on the mainland you can enjoy from the Bay Islands.
Of course, crisp, clear days make for spectacular blue skies. These tie in with white clouds to create the perfect picture taking conditions. If you are traveling inland over Honduras, you will fall in love with the picturesque mountains, villages and people going about their daily lives. No matter how good you are at taking photographs, the images of your travels through Honduras will remain in your memory for many years for you to cherish.
Towards the middle of April, farmers in Central America begin their traditional process to prepare the land for the rainy season. Here, we have a centuries old tradition of slash and burn before we proceed with sowing the land to plant our fields. This creates a lot of smoke that spreads all over Central America and Mexico. Unfortunately, it also creates many forest fires. During this time of the year, the air is hazy and full of smoke and the days are hot. This is when we all miss the lovely days we enjoyed between December and March.
So despite the big rain storm from the current cold front, I thoroughly stand by claim that this is the best time of the year to visit Honduras. Come on down and check it our for yourself. You may just fall in love with the country and decide to stay longer. The important thing is that you are always welcome, and the locals will look after you. Hondurans are always generous when it comes to hospitality!