When it comes to visiting Honduras, the island of Roatan tends to be the popular destination. However, it has become more and more crowded over the last several years and it misses out on many of the cultural attractions of the mainland. If you want to experience authentic Honduras beaches while enjoying a more serene experience, Tela is where you should go.
Founded in the 1500s, Tela thrived during the banana industry because of the Tela Railroad Co. The same historic charm is present today. Tela has remained unspoiled and has not experienced the same extreme tourism and commercialization of other popular Honduran destinations. Visitors get to experience authentic culture of the Central American region without sacrificing tranquility and solitude on tucked away white sand beaches.
While Roatan resorts might seem like a popular option, the following are just a few of the family excursions that are easily accessible from Indura Beach & Golf Resort Curio Collection By Hilton. Guests can comfortably travel to each attraction using luxury bus and boat accommodations.
Considered the “Paris” of the ancient Mayan civilization, Copan Ruins are one of the most historically renowned attractions here. The ruins are roughly a 4.5 hour drive from Tela, and the opportunity to visit an archaeological site of the Mayan people is well worth the trip. The ruins are home to the longest known Mayan inscription in the world with a total of 1,250 glyphs.
You can either take a tour or leisurely wander the grounds at your own pace. There is also a bird park and hot springs on site, so there are plenty of activities to keep you busy if you decide to make this a day trip. You can reach Copan from Tela by bus, rental car or you can arrange private luxury travel services.
Just over two hours away from Tela is the Pulhapanzak Waterfall. Standing at a staggering 140 feet tall and only 30 feet shorter than world-famous Niagara Falls, it’s quite the site to witness. To make for an even more exciting adventure, there’s a zip line tour that takes you so close to the falls that you’ll be sprayed with mist from the powerful water. The zip line tour isn’t recommended for small children, but is a great option for a family with teenagers or a group of adults.
Lancetilla Botanical Garden
Less than 5 miles away, the Lancetilla Botanical Garden is the closest attraction to the resort. Both an arboretum and a tropical forest preserve, it is home to one of the largest tropical botanical gardens in the world. You can take an afternoon stroll amongst stunning flowers and plants while learning more about the native flora and fauna.
Not far off the coast of mainland Honduras are the bay islands of Utila, Roatan, and Guanaja. Roatan is home to the second largest barrier reef in the world making it a sought after destination for diving and snorkeling. Guests of the Indura Beach & Golf Resort can conveniently take a day trip to experience the allure of the island without sacrificing the seclusion of Tela. Travel is available both by air and ferry. There is a ferry that travels to Roatan in just over an hour departing from nearby La Ceiba. There are also cheap flights departing from San Pedro Sula that arrive in Roatan in roughly 45 minutes. Both options are convenient ways to make a day trip to the island. For a more personal experience, private boat charters can also be arranged.
By taking a short ferry or private boat ride just 20 miles off the coast of La Ceiba you’ll find the historically significant Cayos Cochinos. Consisting of two small islands and 13 small coral cays, its only inhabitants are Garifuna villagers. There are no cars or roads on the islands, and many of the houses and structures are built on stilts. The Garifuna are indigenous people who are believed to have originally traveled over to Honduras from the island of St. Vincent in 1797. Cayos Cochinos is one of the most authentic and untouched destinations in the area, and provides visitors with a submersion into their rich culture.
Tela is a hidden paradise of tranquility and luxury without sacrificing access to all of the best Honduras beaches and attractions. Come take in an authentic Central American gem, without succumbing to crowds and over commercialization. Visitors of Tela will experience an unspoiled Caribbean paradise, the perfect backdrop to make memories on your next family vacation.