"Not bad but not the best" La Ceiba by Srechko
La Ceiba Travel Guide: 1 reviews and 3 photos
I spent my 2nd and 3rd nights while in Honduras in La Ceiba. My bad impression about the country, acquired in small town Ocotepeque close to El Salvador border, did fade a little - but not that much.
Trip from to La Ceiba from Ocotepeque including change of the bus in San Pedro Sula was quite an eye opening experience for me. First part of the trip (Ocotepeque - San Pedro Sula) was pretty sad, but awesome experience. Bus was awfully dirty, villages in mountaneous Honduras are in bad shape and became the poorest looking area I have ever seen. San Pedro Sula as the second largest city in Honduras did not look impressive either. Close to the muddy bus station, I have seen a young man eating directly from the garbage can.
Second part of the trip along the Carribean side was much more pleasant and the area looked cleaner and richer and that included the town of La Ceiba.
By day, town looked pretty decent and clean. In the evening though streets became almost deserted which made walking quite unpleasant. Being alone there, I was often a target of local bums. They were quite friendly but were always in the end asking for money.
I was already travelling through Latin America for a month and it was getting emotionally harder and harder for me to deal with kids, homeless people, and local beggers. First evening in La Ceiba, after I withdrew some money from the ATM machine, I was being followed for 10 minutes by one of the local bums. I finally stopped and talked to him, and of course he had a sad story to share and asked me for money. That was the moment when I felt that I was not able to handle this anymore and that maybe I should just go home....
I didn't go home - but I cancelled all the other Honduras related plans and left the country in the direction of Belize - where I recovered completely...
Anyway 2 days spent in La Ceiba I haven't done and haven't seen anything interesting. Beach is average, not to bad but quite dirty and unattractive. Town is ok, but nothing unusual or different. There are way too many chain restaurants (Pizza Hut, Burger King, etc.) and too little of anything authentic.
Lack of interesting activity options was evident and unless your plan is to go to Roatan or Utila, I don't really see a reason for staying in La Ceiba. My guide book recommended a few eco excursions, the most interesting one being a visit to a national park 40km away. No agencies I went to had any solid information on how to get there. One local guy offered to take me there for US$50 (insane amount for Honduras). I could not find any tour or any official information on how to get there so I finally decided to do it myself. On the bus station I talked to a few more people and most of them said that going there alone is not safe and that it is not easy to find transportation from the road to the park entrance. I finally gave up on this idea - something I didn't usually do on my trip - well Honduras did it for me...
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