Is Honduras safe for solo female travelers?
In comparison to the rest of Central America, the number of travelers that ever make it to Honduras is pretty low. This is largely in part due to the country’s reputation for being dangerous; according to the United Nations, Honduras has the highest per capita murder rate in the world.
So does that mean all solo female travelers should avoid Honduras?
Honduras can still be a rewarding travel experience, provided that you keep the following tips in mind:
Stick to the ‘beaten’ path
While it’s great to get off the beaten path and explore where and how the locals live, a solo trip in Honduras is not the best time to do it. Instead, first visit these tourist destinations with a good safety reputation:
The Bay Islands
The Bay Islands are generally safe from robberies and thefts; the laid-back beaches and world-renowned scuba diving here also attract a steady stream of backpackers and divers. Roatan and Utila are the two most popular islands. To stay safe in these areas, avoid walking on the beach at night, and do not leave valuables unattended on the beach.
Copan is a Mayan archeological site said to offer some of the most elaborate high relief sculptures in the Mayan World. It’s convenient location near the Guatemalan border makes this a popular stop for travelers who would like to experience the ruins and see Honduras without venturing too far into the country. Copan and the surrounding area is considered to be very safe.
This port town on the northern coast of Honduras boasts lush jungles, breathtaking mountains, and great sandy beaches. Honduras’ third largest city, it’s also considered to be the hot party spot. Crime here against tourists is rare, but if you plan on joining in on the parties, practice a bit of extra precaution. Don’t drink too much, take a labeled taxi home, and avoid the beach at night. Basically, act the same as you would in any large city.
I haven’t visited Trujillo for myself, but I do know that the coastal city is a popular spot with expats and retirees, which is generally a good indication that the city is safe and welcoming to foreigners. In between the ample rainforest, beaches and expansive coral reefs, it’s no wonder why many people have chosen to plant their roots here.
I don’t tell people to avoid destinations often. But as a solo female traveler, you might consider avoiding the large cities of Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula—especially at night. Most locals will agree that these are the most dangerous parts of Honduras. Urban sprawl, pollution, crime, and an eye-opening number of armed police are what you’ll find should you venture here. With more beautiful and safer areas to explore, your time is better spent elsewhere.
If you do decide to visit Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, don’t travel around at night, and do some research. Elect to stay in a safe area, and connect with a local to help guide and advise you before your arrival.
Don’t travel at night
It is not safe to travel in Honduras at night. Plan your travels wisely and always inquire what time your buses are due to arrive. Be sure to read this comprehensive guide to traveling in Honduras.
Remember that safety is relative
Most of Honduras’ violence is not directed at tourists, but rather is gang and drug related violence targeted at locals. By taking appropriate precautions, such as remaining aware, traveling without valuables, and avoiding walking alone at night, you likely won’t have anything to worry about.
Have you traveled to Honduras? Did you feel safe?