"Tela, Punta Izopo, and Triunfo de la Cruz" Top 5 Page for this destination Tela by calcaf38

Tela Travel Guide: 71 reviews and 160 photos

A coast with much history

The North, or Atlantic coast of Honduras would be worth a long visit of its own. Ancient Spanish forts alternate with renowned natural reserves and intriguing Garifuna villages where life seems to have stood still. And then, to the East, you have a vast undeveloped area, the Mosquito Coast (La Moskitia).

If, like me, you have limited time, you can sample the best of the North coast in and around Tela, a pleasant and laidback tropical town where the hours tick away slowly.

I visited Tela during the rainy season, and it did rain - ferociously - but not for hours and days like it does where I live. Tela feels like a different country than the other places I visited in Honduras. The Tela area is trying to refashion itself as a Caribbean cruise destination, which some of the locals view as an opportunity, and others as a catastrophe. Time will tell...

A great book to read in Tela

"Banana, the fate of the fruit that changed the world" by Dan Koeppel is essential reading if you are going to spend time in Northern Honduras - or if you are interested in Central American politics of the 20th Century, and in the titanic struggle between Standard Fruit and United Fruit.

Besides politics, the book describes the culture of a fragile fruit. Bananas are cloned: a Cavendish banana from Guatemala is genetically identical to a Cavendish banana from Malaysia. This makes bananas prone to diseases. (Scientists all over the world are trying to come up with a new breed before viruses and fungi catch up with the previous breed.)

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Colorful region packed with history and natural wonders
  • Cons:A possible target for anarchic future overdevelopment
  • In a nutshell:Off the beaten path, and fascinating
  • Last visit to Tela: Jun 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Aug 3, 2011 at 4:42 AM

    Great page. I was fascinated by your descriptions and photos of the relics of the banana trade here. The Garifuna tour sounds great, as does the caracol soup!

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Dec 17, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    I had planed to visit Tela last July but because of the difficulty with transport at the time I went to Guatemala insted. Hope I can visit Tela another time instead! Sounds like Pollos Al Carbon was a nice place to stay in when the rain poured down.

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Aug 2, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    oh what fun you had - you had the time of your life

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Jul 21, 2009 at 5:44 PM

    I love the way you explore OTBP places! Your rain shelter experience at Pollos Al Carbon is a great memory but my favourite is the old half-wrecked pier with the ship anchored off-shore! Kudos to you for experiencing the Garifuna culture too.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jul 19, 2009 at 7:19 AM

    Glad you like the mangrove environment. My daughter once spent a year in Brazil doing research on the effects of oil pollution on the mangrove trees. Good that they've found a new use for the derelict Tela Railroad Company headquarters.


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