Utila

TOP 10: Beaches in Honduras

There are hundreds of beaches to choose from in Honduras, with823 km of coastline divided between the Caribbean Sea (669 km) and the Pacific (163 km) its coastline and islands, where the sand can be either pearly white with turquoise waters or the stunning contrast, of black sand and red sunsets.

In Honduras, each beach offers a slightly different experience. Some are good for snorkeling, diving, some are secluded and almost private, and some are filled with tons of things to do. Check out our favorites from the TOP 10 list below:

1. Playa Uva, Cayos Cochinos.

Featured in this article cover image, Playa Uva’s beauty will take your breath away. Playa Uva is located at Cayo Grande, the biggest cay at Cayos Cochinos: situated 30 kilometers (19 mi) northeast of La Ceiba on the northern shores of the country. Protected by the government and by the Honduran Coral Reef Foundation, these Island are off-limits to commercial divers and fishermen which makes this untouched nature so much more stunning. You can book a tour,  with the Honduran Coral Reef Foundation or with Garifuna Tours. Ask at our front desk for more info, book through us and get a 10% discount.

2. Chachahuate, Cayos Cochinos.

Photo by Tesla for La Hamaca Hostel

Also located at Cayos Cochinos archipelago, It the only habited cay from the 13. Garifuna locals will receive you with a smile and sound of their drum beats, don’t miss trying a typical Garifuna style dish here: fresh fish caught at the moment, fried plantains and rice & beans prepared with coconut milk. If you want to stay for more and live the real cultural experience,  there are a 3 basic rooms/huts available to rent. There is no electricity or running water, however, there is food and cold drinks available for purchase.

Photo by Tesla for La Hamaca Hostel

 3. Water Cay, Utila.

Photo by Tesla for La Hamaca Hostel

Water Cay is the biggest Cay of a collection of tiny islets located at the south of Utila island Town. Water Cay was popularized for being the home of the annual electronic music festival, Sunjam.  After a short  30 mins scenic boat ride you’ll arrive, the cay is inhabited, we recommend you to take beverages, food and snorkeling gear. Bathrooms on-site.

4.Little french key, Roatán

photo: littlefrenchkey.com

Located in t Roatan, Little French Key is a private island providing fun and adventurous aquatic activities to enjoy in a carefree setting. You can relax by the water, or choose more activities such as ziplining, kayaking or even swimming with Jaguars. There’s no shortage of fun on this island.

Photo By @islandbunny for La Hamaca Hostel

5. West Bay Beach, Roatán

Relax in a hammock under palm trees, while sipping a cocktail from a coconut. West Bay Beach is an extended stretch of beach and the busiest beach on Island.  Full of restaurants, hotels and beach bars offering 5 stars services. Only a short swim away you will discover amazing coral formations and simply outstanding snorkeling.

6. west end beach, Guanaja

West end beach at Guanaja: one of the Bay Islands of Honduras. The Island has been described as the Venice of Honduras because of the waterways that run through it.[wikipedia 

It is amazingly gorgeous and relatively unvisited, tourism is confined to a handful of small resorts that cater to divers, snorkelers, and adventure travelers. The island’s warm, clear waters support an extensive coral reef. Guanaja is the only Island of Bay Islands with fresh water waterfalls: the shrimp and the Big Gully.

7. Coyolito, Amapala

Photo: Gustavo León

 

8. Playa Negra, Isla del Tigre

Isla del Tigre is a volcanic Island on the Pacific coast of the country, Gulf of Fonseca. There are a few beaches on the island, and our best pick is ” Playa Negra” which has black sand beaches from volcanic rock. Isla del Tigre is only accessible by boat from Coyolito on the mainland.

 

9. Playa Escondida, Punta Sal, Tela

Photo: (@quentincaussin)

Did you ever watch that move the beach?  this is JUST like that sans all the drama!

Located on the western end of the Bay of Tela, Punta Sal National park has it all! Perfect beaches, pristine coral reefs, and lush green jungle.

 

10. Bahía de Trujillo, Colón

Photos: for La Hamaca Hostel by Viajes de un Catracho

Natural beauty meets historic architecture in Trujillo. Some of Honduras’ most pristine beaches with coastal coral reefs and views of the open sea are found in Trujillo.

 

How to get to Utila - La Hamaca Hostel

How to get to Utila

How to get to Utila from La Hamaca, San Pedro Sula

Option 1 - Ferry Via La Ceiba, every day.

Fastest route
Less expensive option
Least number of changes
Deluxe Catamaran Yacht
4 hours
$25 or 600 HNL
9:00 am
4:40 pm
Get to the bus station
From the hostel take a taxi to the bus station.

Taxi will cost $5 or 120 Honduran Lempira

Depart no later than 4:30 am. for the 9:00 am ferry or 12:30 pm for the 4:40 pm ferry.

Purchase your ticket at San Pedro Sula Bus Station
Go to the either: Mirna or Diana express, or Hedman Alas counter and purchase your ticket to La Ceiba

To say this in spanish “Hola, Queiro one ticketo por favor” or phonetically “Hola, kee-ERO one ticket-o por favor”.

The ticket should cost $7 or 170 Honduran Lempira

Take the Bus to La Ceiba
When you get to La Ceiba bus station Take a taxi to the municipal dock, where the ferry leaves.

A private taxi will be around 150 Honduran lempira or you can share the ride for 50 lempira each

Municipal Dock- Utila Dream Ferry Office
Once you get to the municipal dock head to the Utila Dream station at the right

Purchase your ticket to Utila

The ride is approx 45 mins.

Option 2 - By Air, Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat.

Fastest route
Most expensive option
Least number of changes
Safest route
Airplane
45 Minutes
$140 or 3,360 HNL
3:00 pm
Arrival 3:40 pm
Get to San Pedro Sula's Airport
From the hostel take a taxi to the Airport

Taxi will cost $5 or 360 Honduran Lempira

Depart no later than 1:15 pm, the ride is about 25 mins.

Purchase your ticket online or at the Airport
Take the Flight to Utila
The flight lasts arund 45 mins

The plane might make a stop at La Ceiba Aiport to pick up passengers.