"Omoa - the fortress at the beach" Omoa by Bernd_L

Omoa Travel Guide: 20 reviews and 49 photos

The seaside resort Omoa at the Caribbean Coast is one of the oldest towns in Honduras. During the colonial area Omoa was an important port where the Spaniards shipped silver back to Spain.

As this was a constant target of pirates the port had to be protected. And therefore a massive fortress was built that is nowadays the main attraction of the small town.

The surrounding area is of a stunning beauty. The slopes of the Merendon Mountains are covered with tropical rainforest. So be prepared that it is very humid and rain is always an option here.

On the other hand this is the guarantee for a lush tropical vegetation. In the vicinity of the town - only a 45 minutes hike away - there is the waterfall ‘El Chorro’. It is said to be very scenic and has some swimming holes. Unfortunately when we visited the town it has been raining for several days and the path to the fall was only mud. So we decided against it.

Omoa itself is becoming more and more an interesting destination for backpackers and travellers on a shoestring budget, because there are several cheap hotels and some nice restaurants available. They are located alongside a beach that faces a nice bay of the Caribbean Sea.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Small and relaxing destination for budget travellers
  • Cons:Rains often
  • In a nutshell:Well worth a detour if you visit Honduras
  • Last visit to Omoa: Jan 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jul 26, 2013 at 4:34 AM

    Bernd, I see there's so much history there and the views are stunning indeed....

  • calcaf38's Profile Photo
    Apr 25, 2009 at 6:54 PM

    Thank you for sharing. Great page.

  • alza's Profile Photo
    Apr 20, 2006 at 8:50 PM

    Nice pics & tips of Omoa. I'd like to go back to Honduras one day. Your roadside fish photo is so cool! :)

  • Mailo's Profile Photo
    Mar 8, 2006 at 6:36 PM

    Bernd, nice page, congratulations, and sorry that you coudn't visit other places in Honduras, visit my homepage tosee a litlle more of Honduras.. and next time take a good taxi... hehehe.. the best to you.. Ismael

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jul 12, 2005 at 12:15 AM

    Those old American school buses really do look authentic. Nice tips on a place I had never even heard of up to now.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    May 5, 2005 at 10:28 AM

    Ahh, auf diesen Markt möchte ich auch mal - ellenlang einkaufen :-) Sieht prachtvoll aus :-) LG nach Leo-Egg an Euch und schönes WE

  • olja1234's Profile Photo
    May 3, 2005 at 5:42 AM

    Likable page... like your writing and photos. Greets.

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Feb 18, 2005 at 10:18 AM

    so then, ya love cruisin whot...hehehe thanx for the ride.

  • tini58de's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2005 at 11:50 PM

    beautiful page, Bernd - I especially liked the shopping tips! Wow, and finally I got to see your cruiseship! Impressive!


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