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White sand and palm trees in Honduras

The Republic Of Honduras in Central America is growing into a thriving and exciting tourist destination. Known historically for its banana trade, Honduras is popular these days for its pristine beaches and tropical palms, along with its amazing national parks and world-renowned diving spots around the islands of Roatan and Utila.

Flights to Honduras are frequent and there are a number of options available. You can fly into San Pedro Sula (SAP) or Teguigalpa (TGU) or if you plan to meet a cruise ship straight away, Roatan (RTB) is probably your best option. Cruises often depart from La Ceiba as well. Taxis in Honduras are cheap and reliable, making them the easiest option to travel from the airports to your hotel. Buses cover most areas also and are even cheaper.

Once in Honduras, travel by taxi or bus to the most popular destinations is simple. Essential spots to explore include the Jeanette Kawas National Park, famously home to the Howler Monkeys and Lago de Yojoa, a huge natural lake that is home to hundreds of species of tropical birds and fish, a perfect location to explore by boat around its many breathtaking waterfalls. These areas are perfect for day trips, enjoying the spectacular scenery, wildlife and friendly vibe. Obviously some time will also be spent on the clean white sand beaches that can be found across the country.

For those who wish to fully explore the history of Honduras, a trip to the city of Comayagua is highly recommended. It is home to some of the most impressive Colonial Spanish buildings on the island. Similarly, the area known as Trujillo has historical significance. Surrounded by national park land, Trujillo was the last place Christopher Columbus stopped on his last trip to The Americas.

The area was also known as a former favourite spot for pirates and still has signs of sea defences along the coast from the days when the Spanish had to hold fort there. For history of the much more ancient kind, you simply must visit the Copan Ruins. A one of a kind archaeological site, featuring carvings, statues and decorations that date back thousands of years. Likewise a visit to the caves in Cuyamel is highly recommended. You will need to book a guide, but this is a fascinating trip through the old Mayan trade routes that shouldn't be missed.

Watersports like scuba diving and rafting are some of the most popular reasons for travelling to Honduras. The islands of Utila and Roatan are great diving spots with coral reefs to be explored, while the Cangrejal river is perfect for a wild day of rafting.

Honduras flights can be made from a number of major UK airports, landing in one of the four airports on Honduras. The flight takes around eleven hours, non-stop. Find cheap flights to Honduras by using TravelSupermarket's price-comparison tool.