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San Pedro Sula

Travel Guide Central America Honduras San Pedro Sula

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Introduction

San Pedro Sula is the second biggest city in Honduras with around 1 million inhabitants. It is located in the northwest of the country and is a major gateway to the Caribbean islands and the Maya Ruins near Copan.

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Getting There

By Plane

Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport (SAP) is the busiest airport in Honduras, slightly busier even than Toncontín International Airport near the capital Tegucigalpa, with around 600,000 passengers a year. It offers a wide range of domestic and international connections, including to most countries in Central America and cities in the USA like New York City, Atlanta, Miami and Houston.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
CasaSula Bed & BreakfastColonia Jardines del Valle No. 189, 10a Calle Entre 3a y 4a Avenidasguesthouse-
Dos Molinos B&BBarrio Paz Barahona 13 calle 8 y 9 avenida 34GUESTHOUSE87
Hotel Casa Aroma CafeCol. Universidad 21 calle 12 Ave.HOTEL-
Hotel Plaza AlicanteBarrio Los Andes 2 calle 15 Ave Frente a CitibankHotel-
La Hamaca Hostel19 avenida, 12 calle Colonia TrejoHOSTEL-
La Posada B&BCol. Universidad 21cll A, 9 y 11 Ave. Casa # 172GUESTHOUSE91
Los LaurelesBarrio Los Andes, 5 Calle, 15 Avenida NoroesteGUESTHOUSE-
Los Molinos B&B14 Street 21 & 22 Avenue col. las Mesetas #45guesthouse-
Tamarindo HostelLos Andes, 10 y 11 ave. 9 Cll A, N.O. #1015HOSTEL86
The Guaras Hostal13 calle, 13 avenida Noreste,Residencial Andalucia San Pedro Sula CortesGUESTHOUSE-
Stanza Hotel BoutiqueSan Jose del Pedregal Calle 32, 15 y 16 AvenueHOTEL-

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Keep Connected

Internet

No matter where you are in Honduras, you should find Internet access, either in a cafe, mall, or cybercafe. Most hotels, even hostels, have their own Internet service, and more and more are beginning to have Wi-Fi service. Roughly 90% of these hotels offer Wi-Fi for free, yet some international chain hotels in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, as well as a few resorts on Roatán, charge a fee that ranges between US$6 and US$15 per day. If the hotel does not have Internet service, the hotel staff can usually point out where to find it. Expect to pay approximately 20 lempira per hour.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The emergency numbers are 199 (police), 195 (ambulance) and 198 (fire). The international area code in Honduras is 504. All local phone numbers are eight digits, including the area code. Numbers either start with a 2 (landline) or a 9 (cellular).

Kiosks and convenience stores throughout Honduras sell phone cards with individual instructions on long-distance dialing, and phone booths at telephone centers will provide instructions on dialing.

Honduras's largest phone companies, such as Telefonica, operate on a GSM 850 or 1900 MHZ frequency, which several large North American carriers also use, though these frequencies are rare in other parts of the world. Any dual or multiband GSM cellphone will work in Honduras, but you might pay expensive roaming rates; it's better to buy a local SIM card and install it in your own cell phone for cheaper rates.
You can also rent a phone at kiosks located on the arrival level at the San Pedro Sula or Tegucigalpa airport; they are open daily from 6:00am to 9:00pm. Depending on your service, you may be able to insert your own SIM card, though you'll likely still pay regular roaming rates. Some cellphone companies in Honduras will rent phones with prepaid calling cards.

Post

Honducor is the country's national postal service. Post offices are open from Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm (though generally with a long lunch break) and on Saturday from 8:00am to noon. Sendings standard letters or postcards internationally start at around US$1 and take 10-14 days at least. You can get stamps at a post office and at some gift shops in large hotels. The Honduran postal service is renowned for being considerably more reliable than in other Central American nations, though if you are sending anything of value, it is still recommended to use an international courier service like DHL, UPS, TNT or FedEx, which have offices in larger cities.

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