How Safe Is San Pedro Sula for Travel?

San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Safety Index:
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San Pedro Sula is a city in northern Honduras.

It is the second largest city in Honduras after the capital Tegucigalpa.

Though it has a very bad reputation of being a dangerous city, it also offers gastronomic and cultural diversity at its best.

Another plus is the fact that the beaches are really nice and they are about an hour or two away from the city, so you can actually come and go the same day and have a great time in San Pedro Sula.

The people of San Pedro Sula, like most Hondurans are friendly warm people. Just be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Warnings & Dangers in San Pedro Sula

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : HIGH

San Pedro Sula is unsafe to visit, and 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

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : HIGH

Public transport is highly risky in San Pedro Sula. 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

PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

As for pickpocketing and bag snatching, it is a recurring concern on the streets of San Pedro Sula, 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

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

As for the natural disasters in San Pedro Sula, the rainy seasons that last from May to November brings many disastrous threats such as floods, hurricanes and landslide. Apart from that, Honduras is located on an active earthquake zone so tremors can be expected.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : HIGH

Mugging is also an issue in San Pedro Sula. 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

TERRORISM RISK : LOW

The risks of terrorist attacks in San Pedro Sula 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

SCAMS RISK : HIGH

As in almost any city, 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

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Many women have traveled alone to San Pedro Sula 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.

So... How Safe Is San Pedro Sula Really?

Though its residents (and many tourists) say that San Pedro Sula is a gorgeous city, you should keep in mind that it has extremely high rates of crime.

The most common form of crime is petty theft, pickpocketing and purse snatching occuring all the time on the streets of San Pedro Sula.

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 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 the entire country, with crimes such as kidnappings, rape, assaults and murders.

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

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, contact your local Honduran embassy for further information.
  • Currency - Honduran lempira is the official currency in Honduras. All corners of the city have ATMs all around but be careful when handling it on the streets. Credit cards are usually accepted in tourist related establishments.
  • Weather - San Pedro Sula 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.
  • Airports - Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport also referred to as La Mesa International Airport is the main and busiest airport in Honduras, serving San Pedro Sula. 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 San Pedro Sula, because it would cover not only medical problems, but also theft and loss of valuables.
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San Pedro Sula Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 21° C
Feb 21° C
Mar 23° C
Apr 25° C
May 25° C
Jun 26° C
Jul 25° C
Aug 25° C
Sep 25° C
Oct 23° C
Nov 22° C
Dec 21° C
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Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High
°C
252628303030292929272625
Low
°C
161618192021202020191817
High
°F
777982868686848484817977
Low
°F
616164666870686868666463

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