Flying into San Pedro Sula with students, one who Honduran, picked up at the airport there by family, driving to a small rural village. Going with students who've visited 3-4 times in the past year with no trouble, but I'm completely new to Central American travel.
Honduras has a fierce reputation when it comes to crime. The usual petty crime is rife (pick pocketing, bag snatching, crime of opportunity) so be really, really careful with your valuables. The crime has gone unchecked for many years, and unfortunately the criminals have become increasingly desperate and violent. Car-jacking, express kidnap, and armed robbery of tourists is common.
The road between San Pedro Sula and Siguatepeque is notorious for frequent car- jacking. Keep the doors locked and the windows up.
San Pedro Sula is, sadly, also notorious for armed gangs holding up tourist buses, and rental cars on the roads leading from the airport. It's suspected the gangs work from information obtained by cohorts at the airport, so don't discuss your travel plans publicly.
Some might say I'm being overly dramatic - and you yourself say there are students who've been there 3 or 4 times in the past year with no trouble. But Honduras is the kind of place where you need to be on top of your game. Most of the people who get robbed are fresh off the plane and unprepared. So be prepared: leave the flashy jewellery at home, ask your Honduran friend how you ought to dress to blend in. His (her) family will know the areas to avoid, the roads to sty off and the signs that there's danger present.... talk to them, get 'local knowledge' as fast as you can.
I don't know if there are "bad neighbourhoods" in Fayetteville (every town has them, right?), you know how you have to act and behave if you go there.... use the same principles.
Honduras is one of the most beautiful places on earth, take some precautions and you'll be able to enjoy it to the fullest.
(I have some safety articles on Honduras which are ready for publishing on WorldNomads.... I'll get it done ASAP and let you know when they're ready to view.)
Phil over 9 years ago
My advice is stay away from area thats looks shanty town and always avoid wearing jewelery and carrying large sum of cash. If you go out at night stay in malls or boulevard morazan in tegucigalpa. Roatan is the safest island and you can move around as you like. Enjoy your trip about 9 years ago
Unfortunately theres a lot of crime in Honduras. But most crime and killings are really towards the people in the drug trade and stuff so dont worry. Just dont go out at night and dont put on jewlery. To tell you the truth people in Honduras dress just the same as Americans. They wear Hollister, Abercrombie and all that suff. Honduras is amazing and it would be an amazing experience for you. almost 9 years agoAnswered by Andres via WorldNomads.com
Guatemala is worse statistically than Honduras, and I've had no problems traveling in either country. I've taken a rental car right out of San Pedro Sula Airport and have not seen this supposed gang activity. Don't be put off by news stories that effect less than 1% of the tourist traveling there. almost 9 years ago