Tourism is an important source of employment in Honduras. The Honduras government and the National Chamber of Tourism, Canaturh agreed on a holiday change in Honduras. For many years, Honduras has had three different holidays in October. The 3rd of October is a holiday to honor the birthday of Francisco Morazan. Morazan is an important Honduran Independence Hero. Honduras also celebrates Columbus Day on October 12th. Finally on the 21st of October the country honors its armed forces.
These three holidays in October were joined into one longer holiday. The idea is to promote travel throughout Honduras. This promotes the local economy. It also motivates Hondurans to discover the many natural assets that Honduras has. When put together as an extended holiday, Hondurans have a 5 day vacation. This equals the Easter Week holiday that also has a 5 day holiday. The holiday starts the first Wednesday in October and goes on to Sunday. If you are traveling throughout Honduras on these dates, prepare yourself! Expect busy hotels, lots of traffic on the roads and busy ferries running to the Bay Islands.
Travel Tips for the Extended Holiday Week in Honduras:
This holiday is for Hondurans, so you will not see many Central Americans flocking to Honduras. As always, the most popular destinations are the beaches, with the Bay Islands taking a lead. If you are traveling on these days, make sure you plan accordingly. Even better, pre purchase your bus, ferry or airplane tickets to insure a seat! Do not expect to find a room at the hotel of your selection, beat the crowd and make a reservation!
This holiday is a lifesaver for the local businesses, as it comes up in the middle of the slow season. Most hotels offer low season rates. This is a good opportunity to travel throughout Honduras with economy. Expect La Ceiba, Tela, Trujillo, Utila, Roatan and Copan to fill over the holiday.
It is also a good time to visit the two larger cities in Honduras. Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula become much friendlier during these holidays. For one, there is no traffic, so it is a good opportunity to visit the city and explore its surroundings. Museums remain open, as well as the shopping malls. Whatever you are doing, enjoy the upcoming extended holiday week in Honduras!