Surfing in Honduras

Overview

Honduras is situated at the mid point of Central America. In the north it has boarders with the neighbouring countries Guatemala and El Salvador and in the south with Nicaragua. This relatively calm country is generally undeveloped as regards tourism but still has a lot to offer in terms of leisure activities and relaxation.

On the one side Honduras is shaped by its rocky landscape, especially by a huge mountain range which runs across the country. You can also find an almost untouched rain forest, which gives a home to some very rare animal and plant species. This exotic natural world, the paradise like beaches and the diversified topography are a dream for every nature lover and make a holiday here an unforgettable and lasting experience.

Beside rainforests and lush green grasslands you can find lots of banana plantations in the valleys of the Caribbean coast. The friendly character of the local population is an added bonus to a visit here. As well as touring the mainland you can take an exciting trip to the volcanic islands off the coast. The country is rather undeveloped as far as surfing and very little is known about its waves and surf spots. You will definitely not be meeting a lot of people in the water!

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Climate

Honduras has a tropical climate, but it can vary at lot depending on the altitude. Therefore the permanently humid climate on the Caribbean coast differs greatly from the moderate climate inland. The average temperature on the Caribbean site is with 25 degrees, which is very comfortable, on the Pacific coast is rises to an average of 29 degrees.

Honduras sees relatively little rain and most rain falls during the rainy season of May to October. The amount of rainfall diminishes from north to south. The Caribbean coast experiences some rain, all year long; the Pacific coast is in fact, quite arid. The hurricane season in Honduras lasts from June till October.

The coastal regions are warm almost all through the year whereas the mountainous interior can be rainy and chilly at times. The best times to visit Honduras are the months of February and March, as at this time the climate is already relatively dry but the vegetation is still green.

Waves

Most surfing is done on the Caribbean coast as the Pacific coast has no real swell window to speak of.

The best times are from November till February; at this time the swells from the Caribbean hit the eastern coast. When it comes to surfing Honduras can be described as nearly undiscovered.

Travel information

Most international flights arrive in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, these are the two biggest airports in the country. There are few direct connections from Europe so travellers will have to make a stopover either in Amsterdam, Paris or New York. Also American cities such as Miami or Chicago have connections.

Apart from the long haul flights there are numerous direct flights to and from all Central American capitals and to the Caribbean. The "Aeropuerto Internacional Toncontin" is located five kilometres southeast of the city; thanks to a regular bus service and taxis, the connection to the city is good.

Apart from the flight connections there is a regular international ferry connection (offered by Golf Cruz). The ferry operates twice a week between Puerto Cortés, Dangriga and Belize City. It is also possible to travel by bus, but you should keep in mind that the regular busses do not cross the boarders to the neighbouring countries. This means that you have to switch busses at the border.

For an easier journey it is advisable to take one of the several international bus lines. They have excellent modern buses and make connections between Honduras and almost all Central American Centres. It is advised to purchase the tickets in advance.