Honduras’ climate doesn’t change much throughout the year. But the country’s varying altitude can greatly affect the weather. The mountains are warmer in the dry season and Tegucigalpa averages around 21 C. It cools down in the rainy season. Heat and humidity affect the coastal lowlands all year.
When to fly to Honduras
For coastal areas where good weather prevails for much of the year, peak season tends to be determined by the tourists' school holiday periods. For the mountainous interior of the country the bulk of visitors arriving on cheap flights to Honduras tend to do so outside the rainy season with the period from November to April being most popular.
Although coastal areas do not have a pronounced down time, the inland mountainous regions tend to see a drop-off in visitor numbers during the rainy season between May and October.
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Getting around Honduras
By air: Honduras is large enough – and its terrain is certainly mountainous enough – to make getting around the country by air an appealing option, particularly if time is short. To that end several local airlines operate in the country and connect the major regional centres. However, if time is not pressing, more traditional ways of getting around are available and in many cases preferable because they will give visitors a considerably fuller glimpse of the country.
By car: Generally roads in coastal areas are good. However, this changes rather drastically in the interior and conditions get worse still during the rainy season when mudslides can block roads and overall conditions on the roads are very poor.
By bus: A national bus network is probably the cheapest way to get around the country but remember to book in advance as the services are very popular among the locals and many routes are sold out.
By train: Although rail travel in Honduras is generally unreliable in terms of being a transport option, tourist routes remain a draw for the more adventurous among us.
By boat: Finally, regular ferry sailings to the Bay Islands are available from La Ceiba and Puerto Cortés.
Honduras insider information
The majority of towns in Honduras feature a festival to celebrate a patron saint. Of these, two stand out: the La Ceiba carnaval in mid-May and the Feria Juniana at San Pedro Sula in late June. Parades, celebrations and religious ceremonies all combine to create a memorable street party that does not end when the sun goes down.
The Bay Islands are three principal islands: Roatan, Utila, and Guanaja – all of which are one of the world's top diving locales with access to the second-largest barrier reef in the world. Roatan is the largest of the three and although direct flights from several cities abroad are available it is also possible to get here by ferry.
Ecotourism fans jet in on cheap flights to Honduras for the Mosquito Coast. Much of the area is covered by a tropical rainforest that offers much to see and explore. Do take note however that the local name - La Moskitia – is a reference not to the all-too-common insect but rather the local Miskita Indians.
At 285 sq km, Lake Yojoa is the largest lake in Honduras and an area of great natural beauty. It lies along the main road that connects the country's two largest cities - Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula – and as such is easily accessed from either. Two national parks can be found along its banks: the Santa Bárbara National Park in the west and the Cerro Azul Meambar National Park in the east as well as modern amenities including hotels and restaurants that make it possible to enjoy the area for days at a time.
Experience the ancient Mayan civilization at Copan, one of the largest and most impressive Mayan ruins ever discovered. The area features pyramids, temples and the 21 stone pillars featuring carvings of local kings. It should be noted that the Copan Archaeological Park covers an area of 130 acres but remains a work in progress with ongoing excavations.