Crime To Lookout For
By far the most common crime in Honduras is robbery and petty theft. Violent crime is not very common. Tourists are often the target of petty crime because they are seen as easy targets. Take the following security measures to avoid being white:
- Do not carry valuables. Leave large amounts of cash, valuable jewelry and your passports in your hotel safe.
- Bring photocopies of your passport. Leave your passports in hotel safes when possible, but carry color photocopies of your passports at all times.
- Never leave your things unattended. Many tourists are often robbed when they leave bags on the beach or in restaurants. Always keep an eye on your personal items and never leave them unattended.
- Watch out for pockets. Do not carry phones or wallets in your back pockets or open wallets. Keep items in your front pockets and carry your purse bags in front of you. Only use bags that can be closed securely.
- Have your bank’s phone number handy. In case your credit card is stolen, have your bank’s telephone number easily accessible so you can call and cancel the card immediately.
- Avoid walking at night. Take official taxis and Ubers at night. If you must walk at night, do not walk alone and avoid poorly lit areas.
- Stay alert. Always keep in mind that you are traveling abroad and it is important that you never let your guard down.
- Keep calm. If you are robbed, it is important to stay calm, not defend yourself and give up your belongings easily. Violent robbery is very rare and most thieves are unlikely to attack you. Victims are generally only injured because they resisted or counterattacked.
It is always a good idea to research health, safety and vaccines before traveling abroad. Make sure all your routine vaccinations are up to date. The CDC also recommends vaccines against hepatitis A and typhoid fever. The yellow fever vaccine is not always recommended, but it is best to discuss the best vaccines with your doctor. For more information, see the vaccine article and talk to your doctor about your options. You can also visit the CDC website for more information.
Dengue fever and Zika virus
Some insect or mosquito bites can cause diseases such as zika or dengue in Honduras, although it is very rare. Currently, many travelers are concerned about the Zika virus in Central and South America. The concern has decreased significantly in the past year, but remains a concern for pregnant women, children, and the elderly. Talk to your doctor before traveling to Honduras to make sure it is safe for you. According to the CDC, Zika virus symptoms include fever, rash, headache, red eyes, muscle and joint pain. Symptoms of dengue fever include sudden, high fever, severe headaches, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, rash, pain behind the eyes, and muscle and joint pain.
To reduce the risk of insect bites, wear long sleeves and pants to cover more skin, use a repellent that has 20% DEET or more, stay in air-conditioned or screened rooms, and use mosquito nets if your sleeping arrangements are exposed to the air li.
Water in Honduras
In Honduras the water is not drinkable. The water is safe for showering, washing hands and brushing teeth, but not for drinking. It is recommended to drink only filtered bottled water.
Traveling As A Female
It is not uncommon for tourists to travel through Honduras alone or in groups. If the proper safety precautions are taken, women who travel can (and do!) Have a safe and amazing vacation in Honduras. However, just like traveling anywhere, women should always take special care with their personal safety. Follow these tips to make sure you have the safest vacation possible in Honduras:
- Travel with a friend. Although traveling alone is generally safe (if proper precautions are taken), traveling with a friend is always safer.
- Travel during the day. When traveling to a new destination, it is always better to travel in daylight. Remember that the sun generally sets in Honduras no later than 6 p.m.
- Share your travel itinerary with the family. Make sure your family and friends know your plans before you leave. Keep them updated on where you will be staying and if any plans change. It is also good to register every day.
- Don’t confront bullies on the street. It is very common for men to say things when they pass women on the street. However, don’t worry too much, most comments are harmless if ignored. You will most likely hear things like “beautiful”, “queen” or “how cute”. If you don’t recognize the comment and keep walking, the interaction is likely to end there.
- Don’t walk alone at night. This is true for all travelers who come to Honduras. Take official taxis or Ubers at night to avoid unnecessary trouble.
- Take care of your drinks. The nightlife in Honduras is really fun and generally safe. However, just like you would at home, keep an eye on your drinks and never accept any strangers. Remember that as a foreigner you are likely to be more objective than local women.
- Stay in reputable hotels. Avoid surfing on the couch or B&B Air. Research and select hotels with a good reputation for safety. Always be sure to tell your family where you are staying. It may be a little more expensive, but your safety and peace of mind will be worth it.
- Travel with an agency. Traveling with a renowned travel agency in the country is a great way to stay safe abroad. They are country experts and are available in the country if you need help.
- Keep your guard up at all times. Unfortunately, women can hardly ever let their guard down, and that is especially true when traveling abroad. Be smart, use common sense and practice the same security measures that you would use at home to stay safe and have an incredible vacation in Honduras.
Traveling With Families
Honduras is a great place for a safe family vacation. Honduras welcomes families from all over the world and works hard to provide safe and fun accommodation and tours for the whole family. Kids can do almost everything adults can do, including zipline, rafting, horseback riding, and kayaking. In fact, many tour providers offer discounts and additional safety precautions for those traveling with children.
You will also find many family-friendly hotels and resorts available in Honduras that offer special offers and activities. Finally, you can book dozens of different family tours or family vacation packages that we created specifically for families looking for an unforgettable adventure.
Tours And Activities
The most important thing you can do to keep an eye on your personal safety is to do your research before booking anything. One of the best parts of traveling to Honduras is the incredible tours and activities available for each type of traveler. However, you should never book a tour before looking for your provider’s certifications and safety records. Also, you should talk to your provider about current weather conditions. Some tours may change due to rain. However, reputable travel providers will be aware of the weather conditions and will only check it out if they know it is safe. Finally, each tour must include properly installed safety equipment and safety demonstrations. It is your job to make sure you feel safe before the start of the tour. Fortunately, Honduras has some of the best quality tours in the world, and it’s easy to find trusted providers across the country.
Catrachos Tours HN personally inspects all the tour providers we use and we only use the best and safest providers. Some of the amazing tours in Honduras include zip line, rafting, waterfall rappelling, and hiking.
Remember that Honduras is a tropical country with 5% of the world’s biodiversity. While we love all the different animals and bugs that run, it is important to remember that wild animals can be dangerous. It is extremely rare for tourists to come across dangerous animals like snakes and spiders. However, you should always listen carefully to what your tour guide says about animal safety. For example, in rainforests, snakes like to wrap themselves around trees and dress up as vines. Your tour guide will tell you to be careful not to touch the surrounding fauna and flora. Listen to them! During the wet season, snakes become especially livelier and more aggressive. Take a look at the safety of snakes here. Also watch out for spiders and scorpions that crawl in places you might not want, like shoes and open food or luggage.
More Honduras Safety Tips
The Catrachos Tours HN team is determined to ensure that all who visit our beautiful country have the best and safest time possible. When traveling abroad it is important to use common sense and take extra precautions. Here we have listed some additional safety tips.
1. Use common sense
When you visit a tropical paradise like Honduras it is easy to let your guard down and assume that nothing bad will happen. However, the best thing you can do to protect yourself is to use common sense and stay alert at all times.
2. Get travel insurance
Travel insurance is not only great for peace of mind abroad, it will protect you in the event of theft or injury.
3. Have a plan
Plan your trip carefully and do a thorough research. By doing your homework, you’ll find the safest destinations, hotels, and tour providers available. You should also share your itinerary with friends and family who are not traveling so they know where you are at all times. You can find many great articles to read here in the Travel section.
4. Keep a record of your belongings at all times
Leaving belongings unattended is a great way to let people know you don’t care. Many tourists are robbed on the beach or in restaurants because they leave bags unattended. Also, be sure to leave important documents and valuables in your hotel safe when you’re away from home.