Let us face it, after two months of lock-down in most of the World, we are all looking forward to escaping on an idyllic vacation. I can imagine few places as idyllic as the Bay Islands of Honduras. But are the Bay Islands of Honduras Covid-19 free? Are they safe to visit? Are they open for business again?
safety in Honduras
Because of miss conceptions about safety in Honduras, many of the more conservative flashpackers traveling through Central America traditionally skipped Honduras. However, there are now even more serious concerns about Nicaragua.
This week, three persons from different countries told me that I lived in Paradise. Yes you heard right: not one, not two but three different persons! That leads me to one conclusion: Paradise in Honduras does exist, and I happen to be fortunate enough to live in it!
For years, San Pedro Sula earned the title of the “Murder Capital of the World”. At one point it had over 110 homicides per 100,000 persons. This year, the homicide rate has fallen to just over 51 homicides per 100,000 persons. This means that it has dropped from the number 3 most violent city in the World to number 26!
Yesterday, Friday, January 12th, a political protest in Tegucigalpa turned violent. When it became obvious to those violent protesters that they would not be able to gain access and attack the old Presidential Palace. That is when they turned on the nearest iconic building nearby. This happens to be the Tegucigalpa Marriott Hotel.
The good news is that the Bay Islands of Honduras are not part of this curfew. This means that travelers and residents of the Bay Islands of Utila, Guanaja and Roatan can go on with life as usual. Yes you understood correctly: there is no curfew in Utila!
This morning Honduras woke up to the news that a curfew is in place between 6 pm and 6 am. What does this news of a curfew in Honduras mean to you? How does it affect you if you are traveling in Honduras? In my personal opinion, it is good news for all.
Fodor’s, one of the leading travel publishers in the world, just came up with a list of destinations not to visit in 2018. They call in the Fodor’s No List. Unsurprisingly, they have added Honduras to that list. How wrong they are. They should have done their homework!
Many travelers that are exploring Central America are set on not visiting Honduras. The main reason is that they have read that Honduras is not safe. The truth, is that there are many safe destinations in Honduras that you can visit without a problem or putting yourself at risk.
Let’s face it, Honduras has a terrible safety reputation. The USA government issues travel warnings that are completely out of place and scare travelers. Honduran press does not help.