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Cultural Activities in the Bay Islands

Historic Attractions and Timeless Adventures

Walk in the footsteps of the ancients as you explore thousand-year-old stone temples and climb tall pyramids for sweeping views of a fertile rainforest valley. The highlands of western Honduras are home to one of the most significant archaeological sites in North America, but that's not all. This is also Central America's cowboy country, where visitors can stay at rustic fincas and ride across rolling hills. Shade-grown coffee thrives on nearby mountain slopes, monkeys and macaws chatter in jungle reserves, and hikers can take a break in hot springs where therapeutic mineral waters bubble from the ground to provide soothing relaxation.

Highlights

  • Best for: Everyone, from relaxing and beach travelers, to soft and rugged adventurers
  • Best season to visit: Year round
  • Weather: Tropical climate with drier winters, passing summer showers and more frequent rains from October through December. Temperatures range from the 70s to summertime highs near 90

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Honduras Information

Cultural Activities in Honduras Overview

Honduras' premier archeological sites are found in the western part of the country, close to the Guatemalan border. The area can be reached by scheduled motor coach service from the towns of La Ceiba and San Pedro Sula, or by air charter. There are a number of modern hotels near the Copan ruins that serve as starting points for tours of the archaeological sites as well as other area attractions.

Cultural Activities in Honduras Tips

While exploring temples and archeological sites, be sure to take an occasional glance into the forest. Copan sits in a lush wooded valley that is home to monkeys, guacamayas parrots, macaws, sloths, and peccaries. Access to the ancient site of Sepulturas is included in admission to Copan, but few visitors make the side trip. If the half-mile walk seems too far, you can hire a shuttle.

Best Places for Cultural Activities in Hondurasras

At Temple 26, a stairway of carved hieroglyphs tells the history of the royal house of Copan. Secret tunnels run under the Acropolis at the Grand Plaza. On plantations high in the mountains, shade-grown coffee is harvested and processed the traditional way. The Maya Museum holds a full-size replica of the Rosalila Temple. Hot springs and cool streams are used in traditional healing rituals at Luna Jaguar Spa. Macaw Mountain Bird Park is home to more than 100 species of resident and migratory birds.

What to Pack for Cultural Activities in Honduras

At an elevation of 2,000 feet, Copan can be a bit cooler than coastal areas of Honduras, but you still might want shorts and lighter clothing for summer, when temperatures peak in the lower 80s. Plan for 70s on winter days, and nighttime temperatures that can drop into the lower 60s.

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Anthonys Key Resort

ROATAN - 2024 HONDURAS SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL DIVE PACKAGE includes 7-night Hill Superior Room accommodations, 20 boat dives (6 days of 3-tank boat dives, 2 1-tank night boat dives), buoyancy control workshop, all meals, welcome island cocktail & orientation, day excursion to Maya Key, Island Fiesta Night on the key, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, taxes, and service charges. Saturday arrivals preferred/possibly required during peak season. Upgraded room categories available in the shopping cart!

$1,959 per person double diver valid 8/17/24-12/20/24.

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Anthonys Key Resort

ROATAN - 2024 SNORKEL HONDURAS PROMOTIONAL PACKAGE includes 7-night Hill Superior Room accommodations, 2 guided boat snorkels per day (6 days), 1 guided night boat snorkel per week, 1 dolphin encounter, underwater fish id card, reef ecology lecture & fish id slide show, breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily (dinner on arrival/breakfast on departure day), airport transfers, free WiFi, welcome island cocktail & orientation, beach day excursion to Maya Key, Island Fiesta Night on the key, kayaks, stand up paddle boards, freshwater pool, taxes, and service charges. Saturday arrivals preferred/possibly required during peak season.

$1,874 per person double valid for travel 8/17/24-12/20/24. Book by 7/31/24.

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Mayan Princess Beach & Dive Resort

ROATAN HONDURAS DIVE PACKAGE 7 night's 1-Bedroom Tropical Garden/Pool View Villa accommodations, 16 boat dives including 1 complimentary night dive with Mayan Divers, breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, beverages including unlimited premium alcohol, including 2 specialty restaurants, scheduled night-time entertainment and activities, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Upgrade options to 1 Bedroom Beach Villa in the shopping cart!

Valid travel through 12/20/24. Book by 6/15/24.
Black Out Dates: 6/15-6/22/24 | 8/3-8/17/24.

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Turquoise Bay Dive & Beach Resort

ROATAN HONDURAS DIVE PACKAGE 7 night’s Garden View accommodations, 17 boat dives including 1 complimentary night dive with Turquoise Divers, breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily including unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (excl premium brands), use of kayaks/paddleboards, free WiFi access, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Upgrade options to Ocean View in the shopping cart!

Valid travel through 12/20/24. Book by 6/15/24.
Black Out Dates: 6/15-6/22/24 | 8/3-8/17/24.

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Anthonys Key Resort

ROATAN 2025 SALE! includes 7-night accommodations, 20 boat dives (6 days of 3-tank boat dives, 2 1-tank night boat dives), buoyancy control workshop, all meals, welcome island cocktail & orientation, day excursion to Maya Key, Island Fiesta Night on the key, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and hotel taxes.
Saturday arrivals preferred/possibly required during peak season.

Valid for travel 1/4/25-1/3/26. Book by 12/20/24.

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Paradise Beach Hotels and Resorts

ROATAN HONDURAS PARADISE DIVE PACKAGE 7 night’s accommodations, 5 days 3 tank boat dives, unlimited, unguided beach dives, 1 night dive with Paradise Beach Divers. Buffet breakfast daily, free WiFi, airport/ferry transfers, and taxes.

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Mayan Princess Beach & Dive Resort

ROATAN - ALL-INCLUSIVE 16 TANK PREMIUM DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 nights 1-Bedroom Tropical Garden Pool View Villa accommodations, 5 days of 3-tank boat dives, plus 1 night dive with Mayan Divers, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, snacks and premium alcoholic beverages, fully equipped kitchen, free WiFi, day and night scheduled activities, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel taxes and service charges.
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Turquoise Bay Dive & Beach Resort

ROATAN DIVE PACKAGE - 7 nights in choice of garden or ocean view accommodations, 17 boat dives including 1 night dive with Turquoise Divers, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily including unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (excl premium brands), use of kayaks/paddleboards, free WiFi access, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.

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Anthonys Key Resort

ROATAN - SNORKEL PACKAGE includes 7-night room accommodations, 2 snorkels daily by boat with guide, 1 night boat snorkel, 1-dolphin beach encounter, underwater fish ID card, reef ecology lecture & fish ID slide show, welcome drink, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, entrance to Roatan Museum, 1-day excursion to Maya Key, Island Fiesta Night on the key, kayaking and stand-up paddle boards, roundtrip airport transfers and hotel tax.

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Anthonys Key Resort

ROATAN - DIVE PACKAGE includes 7-night Standard Room accommodations, 20 boat dives (6 days of 3-tank boat dives, 2 1-tank night boat dives), buoyancy control workshop, all meals, welcome island cocktail & orientation, admission to Roatan Museum, day excursion to Maya Key, Island Fiesta Night on the key, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and hotel taxes. Saturday arrivals preferred/possibly required during peak season.

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Villa on Dunbar Rock

GUANAJA - DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 nights Ocean Front Room accommodations, 5 days of 3-tank boat diving, 1 day of 2-tank boat diving, unlimited tanks for on property shore diving, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, round trip inter-Island flight transfers/boat transfers from Roatan to Guanaja, standard bar package (local beer, house wine, well liquor of vodka, rum, tequila, whiskey, happy hour drink of the day), free WiFi, use of sea kayaks,, hotel taxes and service charges.

Air Travel scheduled on day other than Saturday, will likely require an overnight in Roatan.
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The Resort at Marble Hill

ROATAN - DIVE PACKAGE includes 7-night Sea View Room accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank boat, daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, welcome cocktail or freshly brewed beer. Free WiFi, farm to table garden tour, exotic plant tour, brewery & distillery tour, use of kayaks, paddle boards, access to Latin Dance Class and after party at no charge.

Caradonna guests preferred pricing (paid on site) on beer, spirit, cheese and jam tastings, cocktail mating workshops, boat charter trips (snorkeling or fishing), yoga, pilates, personal trainers, and more!

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Paradise Beach Hotels and Resorts

ROATAN HONDURAS DIVE PACKAGE 7 night’s accommodations, 5 days 3 tank boat dives, unlimited, unguided beach dives, 1 night dive with Paradise Beach Divers. All meals including buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner daily, snacks, alcohol and non-alcohol drinks, free WiFi, airport/ferry transfers, and taxes.
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Mayan Princess Beach & Dive Resort

ROATAN - All-inclusive resort paradise for divers, snorkelers, and beach lovers, located on West Bay Beach offering a spectacular setting for your vacation getaway with four restaurants and top shelf liquor. Luxury one and two-bedroom villas with full kitchens plus deluxe hotel rooms, all with spacious interiors. PADI 5-Star dive center offering smaller boats with fruit boats onboard and personalized service. One of the last great Caribbean destinations, Roatan offers the ultimate access to the world's second largest barrier reef system.

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Turquoise Bay Dive & Beach Resort

ROATAN An all Inclusive, exclusive resort located on the Northeast shore of Roatan, private white sand beaches with world class snorkeling and scuba diving! Lush tropical garden, ocean view, and hillside room categories. Swimming pool/patio, various water sports, and on-site activities include kayak, stand up paddle board, pool table and board games. Concierge Services with well-trained knowledgeable planning staff.

Turquoise Bay Divers PADI 5-Star IDC Resort offers Valet Diving (daily gear care) and multiple dive services with fresh fruit onboard all dive trips.

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Anthonys Key Resort

ROATAN - Located on a private island just off the coast of Roatan offering dive vacations on the world’s second largest barrier reef. Three dives per day, two-night dives weekly plus shore diving. Bungalows with large shaded decks (some air-conditioned), swimming pool, adventure activities, kayaking, dolphin encounters, and much more. Resort Prefers Saturday Arrivals especially during “high/peak travel season”.

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Villa on Dunbar Rock

GUANAJA - All-Inclusive Villa perched on a cay with 360° views of Sandy Bay, Guanaja and surrounding cays, this unique all-inclusive resort blends beauty and serenity in a laid-back, inviting atmosphere. Comfortable dive boats depart for rarely visited sites at 8:30 am for morning 2-tank dives, returning for lunch with the afternoon or evening dive following. Prepare to be spoiled by the eager and earnest staff at Dunbar Rock. Amenities include an infinity pool, pool bar, pool table, cardio/massage room, kayaks and SUP’s and beach.

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Infinity Bay Spa and Beach Resort

ROATÁN - Beachfront Resort offering well-appointed accommodations and amenities on Roatán’s award-winning West Bay Beach, one of the top 10 beaches in the world. An upscale beach property featuring a 300-foot long infinity pool—the largest on the island—stretching down a white sand beach. Bordering the pool are swaying palms and 145 spacious Spanish style villas, balconies overlook the pool, exotic gardens and turquoise water. Underwater adventures abound with the world’s second largest barrier reef less than 50 feet from shore. When you’re in need of refreshment out of the water, the restaurant and beach bar combine first class service and taste for extraordinary dining experiences. All-inclusive and breakfast only options.

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Paradise Beach Hotels and Resorts

ROATAN Located in the Village of West Bay Beach, Roatan. Paradise, with crystal-clear waters and white sand, scuba diving, unforgettable sunsets, parties, and activities full of life and passion. Spacious, modern, and each room offers a terrace with spectacular views of the garden. Choice of restaurants with a mix of International and Caribbean cuisine. The perfect Caribbean experience for your next vacation! Perfect accommodations a cozy paradise. Customize your stay and discover all the activities while enjoying life in a tropical environment.
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The Resort at Marble Hill

ROATAN With its unmatched dive adventures, luxurious amenities, and impeccable service, The Resort at Marble Hill is the epitome of an unforgettable escape. Experience the essence of tropical luxury at The Resort at Marble Hill, located in breathtaking Roatan, Bay Islands. A premier destination for discerning travelers, our boutique adults-only Resort offers a true retreat for diving enthusiasts.
Created by an avid diver for divers, the Resort provides direct access to the Mesoamerican Reef, an extraordinary underwater paradise. Our 5-Star PADI dive shop is fully equipped with state-of-the-art gear, experienced instructors, and boats. More than 30 dive adventures are available, and the Resort offers a diverse range of dive packages to suit every diver's preference. From thrilling wall dives to hidden underwater caves, an abundance of new experiences awaits.
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Cabanas on Clarks Cay

GUANAJA - All-Inclusive private island getaway located in Guanaja on 4-acre island oasis that offers incredible seascapes, an infinity pool with a lazy river, including a waterfall! Twenty guests max in a combination of Standard, One-Bedroom and Two-Bedroom Cabaña’s. All Air conditioned with wrap around porches. PADI dive partner offering concierge dive services on 3 roomy dive boats. Divers will enjoy Guanaja’s coral reef system featuring dives on pinnacles, vertical walls, lava tunnels, and wrecks. Concierge dive services provided by Clark’s Cay and a low diver-to-dive master ratio, guarantee a relaxed experience on each of your three daily dives. Air Travel scheduled on day other than Saturday, will likely require an overnight in Roatan.

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Passport and/or Visa Requirements

A valid passport is required for entry that must be valid for the length of stay. No visa is required for stays less than 90 days. The passport must have at least one blank page for the Costa Rica entry stamp. There is a departure tax of approximately $29 U.S. which should be included in your international ticket. Check the entry/exit requirements here.

Immunizations

There are no immunizations required for entry into Costa Rica, although you should check with your doctor and with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for other recommendations.

Culture and Customs

Costa Rica is known as the safest and most prosperous country in Central America. It is home to a large community of North American ex-pats, but also retains its distinctly Latin culture, which includes a relaxed attitude to schedules that is known as “Tico time.” Laid back is not the same as uncaring, however, and Costa Ricans are known for taking pride in their appearances and their work. A well-developed road system connects major destinations, but much of the country's central highlands remain wild and protected within national parks. Within a day's drive of beach resorts at Guanacaste lie the slopes of Arenal Volcano, the Monteverde Cloud Forest and Palo Verde National Park. Costa Rica is the eco-adventure capital of the Caribbean. Surfers come from around the world to ride famous breaks from Witch's Rock to Pavones. Coastal lodges are filled with fishermen seeking light tackle challenges with roosterfish or tugs of war with a marlin. Forests draw birders, hikers and naturalists, and there are more than a dozen rivers offering whitewater rafting thrills. More relaxing experiences await at hot springs, where spa treatments and soaks in mineral-rich volcanic water provide a soothing end to an active day.

Electricity, Phone and Internet Access

The standard in Costa Rica is the same as in the United States: 110 volts AC (60 cycles). Some electric outlets only have 2 prong sockets, so an adapter may be needed for 3 prong plugs.

Costa Rica has an excellent phone system, and the country code for dialing is 506. Check with your cell phone provider for international data and voice plans and costs.

Many resorts and restaurants offer WiFi.

Water Quality

Although the water in Costa Rica is generally safe to drink, water quality varies in some cities. It would be best to use bottled water and avoid ice.

Language & Currency

Spanish is the official language of Costa Rica, but English is widely spoken. The Costa Rican currency is called the “colon”. Check the current exchange rate here. Many businesses will accept U.S. Dollars and major credit cards are widely accepted.

Time

Costa Rica is on Central Standard Time, 6 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-6 GMT). Costa Rica does not use daylight saving time, so the time difference is an additional hour April through October.

Location, Size and Population

Costa Rica is located in Central America, bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, between Nicaragua (to the north) and Panama (to the south). Costa Rica encompasses a total of 19,700 square miles (51,100 square kilometers).

The population of Costa Rica is 4.9 Million (2015) with approximately 350,000 living in the province of Guanacaste.

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