How Safe Is Honduras for Travel?

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Honduras is the second biggest country in Central America.

It shares borders with Guatemala to the northwest, El Salvador to the south and Nicaragua to the southeast.

It boasts natural beauties, colonial villages (Gracias, Comayagua), a breathtaking history that can be experienced during a visit to the ancient Maya ruins, natural parks, both Pacific and Caribbean coastline and the Bay Islands, that are basically just jaw-dropping beaches offering world-class snorkeling and diving.

Experiencing the coral reefs in the Caribbean paradise of Bay Islands: Utila, Roatán, Guanaja, and the Hog Islands is an exceptional adventure.

Visit the impressive ancient Maya civilization in Copán and marvel at its sculptures that are world-known for their quality.

Be a witness to several Mayan sites such as the main acropolis with the hieroglyphic staircase and the Rosalila Temple, Las Sepulturas, and El Rastrojon.

There there’s one more natural wonder: Lake Yojoa — the biggest lake in Honduras, famous for the little picturesque restaurants offering delicious fried fish by the lake.

Warnings & Dangers in Honduras

Overall Risk


Honduras is somewhat safe to visit, though it has many dangers. You should be aware that tourist hotspots, public transportation and some streets are places where most thefts and pickpocketing occur, and that violent crime exists on the streets, too.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Public transport is highly risky in Honduras. There have been robberies in public transport and buses are sometimes stopped while the robbers attack or harass the passengers. Be wary of unlicensed taxis since you might get kidnapped and robbed.

Pickpockets Risk


As for pickpocketing and bag snatching, it is a recurring concern on the streets of Honduras, so be careful and hold your bags tightly by your side. Make sure you don't flash your valuable possessions on the street, or better yet, leave them in your accommodation.

Natural Disasters Risk


As for the natural disasters in Honduras, the rainy seasons that lasts from May to November brings many disastrous threats such as hurricanes, landslides, mudslides and flooding. Apart from that, Honduras is located on an active earthquake zone so tremors can be expected.

Mugging Risk


Mugging is also an issue in Honduras. In such a situation, hand over all your possessions immediately and do not resist. Armed bandits often attack minibuses and vans loaded with tourists traveling from the airport to their hotels in Sand Pedro Sula. Avoid poorly lit and deserted areas.

Terrorism Risk


The risks of terrorist attacks in Honduras are low, but since they shouldn't be ruled out, it is important that you remain vigilant at all times and aware of your surroundings.

Scams Risk


As in almost any country, there is a great risk of getting scammed if you're a tourist. Always check everything twice and negotiate everything in advance. Taxi drivers might try to trick you into paying more, giving you wrongful information about the price of the ride.

Women Travelers Risk


Many women have traveled alone to Honduras and haven't had any problems at all. However, this country isn't the safest in terms of females traveling solo, especially at night and you should exercise precaution measures at all times and avoid dark and empty streets and locations. Be very careful when interacting with men, even hotel employees.

So... How Safe Is Honduras Really?

Though Honduras is a gorgeous country, you should keep in mind that Honduras has extremely high rates of crime.

The most common form of crime is petty theft, pickpocketing and purse snatching occurring all the time on the streets of Honduras.

This obviously means that you should keep your valuables in a concealed place and avoid going out with jewelry and flashy objects.

Be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Streets of Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula are known for robberies that happen both during day and night, often carried out by two-man teams on motorcycles that snatch items from pedestrians.

Violent crime is a serious issue in Honduras, with crimes such as kidnappings, rape, assaults, and murders.

Armed robbery is a common problem, with armed bandits attacking minibusses and vans loaded with tourists traveling from the airport to their hotels in San Pedro Sula.

Sometimes they even stop the buses in order to rob and assault the passengers and drivers.

Murder rate may be the biggest concern for foreigners.

During the period between 2010 and 2015 Honduras had the highest murder rate in the entire world.

Many accidents occur shortly after the victims arrive in Honduras and it may be so because there are criminal sources at the airports tipping off the information they pick up about tourists’ whereabouts and accommodation.

Because of this, visitors are strongly advised against discussing the details of their travel plans and accommodation in public.

Useful Information

  • Visas - Most countries do not need a visa in order to enter Honduras for any stays shorter than 30 days. Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months past your date of arrival. If you are not sure about your visa status, visit which will let you know whether or not you need visa based on your nationality and the country you want to visit.
  • Currency - Honduran lempira is the official currency in Honduras. All larger towns and cities have ATMs all around but be careful when handling it on the streets. Credit cards are usually accepted in tourist related establishments.
  • Weather - Honduras has tropical climate which is characterized in this country by cooler, milder weather in the mountains with lower temperatures of about 16°C to 20°C. The north coastline is very hot with rain during the year, and though it feels milder with the offshore breezes relieving the temperatures, the sun is very strong.
  • Airports - Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport also referred to as La Mesa International Airport is the main and busiest airport in Honduras. It is located 11 km east of the city of San Pedro Sula.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we advise getting travel insurance when traveling to Honduras, because it would cover not only medical problems, but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Honduras Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 21° C
Feb 21° C
Mar 23° C
Apr 24° C
May 25° C
Jun 24° C
Jul 23° C
Aug 23° C
Sep 23° C
Oct 23° C
Nov 22° C
Dec 21° C
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3 Reviews on Honduras

  1. Busy city

    Wow, I had no clue things are that bad… I was researching things a bit before booking our plane tickets to visit Honduras for a second time for a business-related trip… I stayed in Tegucigalpa last time and oh boy, was it crowded, I felt like in an ant village.

  2. Safe if you avoid key points

    I stayed at the Marriott hotel and traveled by Uber so I didn’t have the chance to see the city in its whole. I remember reading about their criminality rates and I was a bit scared but luckily the trip went ok in my case.

  3. M
    Mildred Quiles says:

    Honduras the Murder Capitol

    My son was murdered there in2017 and nothing their Government did. HONDURAS IS A HORRIBLE COUNTRY TO VISIT. I DON’T KNOW WHY THIS PLACE IS EVEN ON THE MAP

Rated 3 / 5 based on 3 user reviews.

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