Story by Vicky Wheaton, as seen in the What's Hot magazine
Did you know that Cayman Airways flies to La Ceiba, Honduras, on Mondays and Fridays allowing for easy weekend breaks? And with a two bag allowance, any shopping you’ve done in La Ceiba’s Megaplaza or the more rustic markets can also be accommodated. You can celebrate your vacation with free rum punch on the round trip one-hour flight!
Sprawling nearly 43,500 square miles, the diverse landscapes contained within Honduras’ borders offer an astounding variety of activities. The sandy beaches of the Bay Islands and the Mosquito Coast contrast beautifully with the soaring interior mountains and the vast lake of Lago de Yojoa, while ancient Mesoamerican ruins and 17th century Spanish fortresses deliver destinations for culture buffs.
The gateway to Honduras for travelers from Cayman is the city of La Ceiba, which tourists can use as a starting point to discover nearby sights or to travel further afield. Bordered by mountains, dense green rainforests and white sandy beaches, La Ceiba is a perfect holiday base for those seeking adventure and activity, or for those who want relaxation and down time away from the routines of home.
The Cangrejal River divides La Ceiba into two and is one of the steepest in Central America, offering great white water rafting on its waters, and hiking, zip lining and horseback riding on its banks. Most of the river enjoys a protected status due to winding through the Pico Bonito National Park which lies a 20 minute drive from La Ceiba airport and offers a haven for birdwatchers with 500 species, as well as pumas, armadillos, monkeys and agoutis.
From La Ceiba, travelers can visit other gems that the Honduras has to offer. It is easy to take a small hop by ferry or airplane to nearby locales such as the numerous islands and cays that make up the Bay Islands. Here travelers can scuba dive at Utila and Roatan, hike the trails of Cayos Cochinos or take a short flight to Guanaja where stilted houses spawned its nickname “the Venice of the Caribbean.” From here, a short water taxi delivers travelers to Graham’s Place, situated on a private eight acre key where kayaking, kite surfing, diving and fishing are all at guests fingertips under the stewardship of transplanted Caymanian, Graham Thompson.