Honduras is often overlooked as a holiday destination. However, it would be a crime to miss out on the country’s great cultural depth and diverse natural beauty that sweeps over the landscape. From the ancient Mayan ruins of Cópan to the sensational sunsets on Roatán Island, Honduras is a scintillating holiday destination. Where else can you find picture-perfect Caribbean beaches and resorts for a fraction of the cost of the more popular islands? Here, in heavenly Honduras.

Honduras invites visitors to take advantage of its vast natural resources, both on land and in the sea. While the cities offer fine hotels and a decent selection of museums, markets and ornate cathedrals, you won’t need more than a two days to see all the highlights. In the capital of Tegucigalpa the most noteworthy attractions are: the National Identity Museum, that details the intricacies of Honduran culture and history; and the old colonial churches of St. Michael’s Cathedral, Los Dolores Church and San Francisco Church.

Beyond the cities spend time trekking through the tropical forests, admiring majestic waterfalls and the exotic wildlife found in; Pico Bonito National Park, La Tigra National Park or Parque Nacional Montaña de Celaque. All of the national parks promise spectacular views that can be enjoyed from the tallest peaks as well as the nearby forest lodges.  The elegant Cabaña Mirador El Rosario outside of La Tigra National Park is the perfect place to rest and enjoy a delicious plate of tamales and fried plantain.

One of Honduras’ greatest claims to fame are the impressive Mayan ruins of Copán that date back over a thousand years. Surrounding the ruins is the town of the same name. Copán Ruinas offers tidy hotels and a host of outdoor activities such as: horseback riding, a bird sanctuary, a butterfly house and one of the world’s longest zip lines.

Escape the jungle and you will want to head straight for the golden coasts that line Honduras’ Caribbean border. For the very best of Honduran beaches, you will want to head straight to the island of Roatán or the Bay Islands, by ferry or air via Juan Manuel Gálvez International Airport. Roatán is renown for its stunning beaches, outdoor recreation and relaxed vibe. It’s here where you can spend the day zip-lining, horseback riding and scuba diving and cap it all off with a fruity cocktail at one of the fun beach bars.  Two of the most inviting beaches are, West Bay Beach and Tabyana Beach. Water sport lovers will enjoy the wide variety of activities available such as, swimming, snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, and jet skiing. A definite highlight of any holiday in Roatán is taking a day trip out to Little French Key. The private island resort has tons to do and enjoy. Unwind at a swim-up bar, indulge in a massage, visit the private zoo, or snorkel above the colourful reefs. You will wish there were more hours in the day to enjoy all the fun in the sun that Little French Key provides.

Just a quick flight from Roatán and you reach the earthly paradise of the Bay Islands.

The Bay Islands provide an underwater playground for scuba divers who flock to Utila, one of the few places in the Americas where you can swim with whale sharks.