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

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

Discount included and averaged between two people. Additional room categories are available. Resort Prefers Saturday Arrivals especially during “high/peak travel season”. Ask about our Whale Shark Seasons and Discover Scuba Diving Courses!

Valid through 12/1/20.
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Mayan Princess Beach & Dive Resort

ROATÁN - FALL RECOVERY SPECIAL - $300 SAVINGS includes7 night Deluxe Room accommodations, 5 days of 3-tank boat dives plus 1 night boat dive, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, beverages including unlimited premium alcohol, scheduled night-time entertainment and activities, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.

Travel 8/1/20-12/19/20.
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Turquoise Bay Dive & Beach Resort

ROATÁN - 2020 ROATÁN UNDERWATER PHOTO FEST includes 7 night’s accommodations, 17 boat dives including one Shark Feeding Dive and a 1-tank night boat dive, breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack and dinner daily including local alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, free WiFi, complimentary use of kayaks and paddleboards, roundtrip airport transfer, hotel tax and service charges.

Underwater photography presentations with photo pros Andrew Raak, Robert Herb, Mickey Charteris and Patrick Lengacher.

Valid 11/14/20-11/21/20.
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Villa on Dunbar Rock

GUANAJA - REOPENING SPECIAL for 2020 & 2021 TRAVEL includes 7 nights Ocean Front Room accommodations, 5 days of 3-tank diving, 1 day of 2-tank dives, 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, tours conducted by Dunbar Rock staff to Bonacca Town, mainland Guanaja and other cays.

Air Travel scheduled on day other than Saturday, will likely require an overnight in Roatan.

Valid through 7/30/21. Book by 10/16/20.
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Cabanas on Clarks Cay

GUANAJA - REOPENING SPECIAL for 2020 & 2021 TRAVEL includes 7 nights Standard Cabana accommodations, 5 days of 3-tank diving, 1 day of 2-tank dives, 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, tours conducted by Dunbar Rock staff to Bonacca Town, mainland Guanaja and other cays, hotel taxes and service charges.
Air Travel scheduled on day other than Saturday will likely require an overnight in Roatan.

Valid through 7/30/21. Book by 10/16/20.
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Turquoise Bay Dive & Beach Resort

ROATÁN - EXCLUSIVE SUMMER-FALL DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 night accommodations in a choice of Garden View or Ocean View, 3-tank daily boat dives including 1 night boat dive, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily including unlimited alcoholic and non- alcoholic beverages (excluding premium brands), use of kayaks/paddleboards, horseback riding, free WiFi access, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.

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Anthonys Key Resort

ROATÁN - 2 FOR 1 - TEC WEEK DIVE PACKAGE includes 7-night Key Superior accommodations, up to 20 TEC scheduled boat dives, TEC boat dives, TEC, CCR and Sidemount equipment test dives, TEC instruction, TEC peak performance seminar, Chamber tour, Safety Seminar, Sidemount seminar plus happy hours, farewell cocktail party, all meals, welcome island cocktail & orientation, entrance to Roatan Museum, day excursion to Maya Key, Island Fiesta Night on the key and kayaking.

Discount included and averaged between two divers. Additional room categories are available. Saturday arrivals required during peak season.

Valid for Travel 8/29/20-9/5/20.
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Anthonys Key Resort

ROATÁN - 2 FOR 1 DIVE PACKAGE includes 7-night Hill Standard 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, entrance to Roatan Museum, day excursion to Maya Key, Island Fiesta Night on the key, kayaking. *Discount included and averaged between two divers. Additional room categories are available. Saturday arrivals required during peak season.

Valid for Travel 1/4/20-1/2/21
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Animal Interactions
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Honduras

Anthonys Key Resort

ROATÁN - 2020 SNORKEL PACKAGE includes 7-night Run of House 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, hotel tax and service charges.

Saturday arrivals preferred and possibly required during peak travel.
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Turquoise Bay Dive & Beach Resort

ROATÁN - DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 night gardenview accommodations, 3-tank daily boat dives including 1 night boat dive, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily including unlimited alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages (excl premium brands), use of kayaks/paddleboards, horseback riding, free WiFi access, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.
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Anthonys Key Resort

ROATÁN - 2020 DIVE PACKAGE includes 7-night Run of House 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. Saturday arrivals preferred/possibly required during peak season.

Saturday arrivals preferred and possibly required during peak travel.
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Infinity Bay Spa and Beach Resort

ROATÁN - 7-NIGHT DIVE PACKAGE includes 1-Bdrm Deluxe Garden View accommodations, 5 days of 3-tank boat dives w/unlimited shore dives, 1 night dive, free Nitrox, valet service for dives, free WiFi access, hotel tax and service charge.
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Board Sports
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All Adventures

Honduras

Anthonys Key Resort

ROATÁN - RESORT PACKAGE includes 7 night hill standard accommodations, welcome drink, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, entrance to Roatan Museum, day excursion to Maya Key, Island Fiesta Night on the key, kayaking and stand-up paddle boards, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. *Discount included and averaged between two people. Snorkel package and dive package options also available. Additional room categories are available. Saturday arrivals required during peak season.
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Animal Interactions
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Honduras

Anthonys Key Resort

ROATÁN - SNORKEL PACKAGE includes 7 night hill standard accommodations, 2 snorkels daily by boat with guide, 1 night boat snorkel underwater fish ID card, reef ecology lecture & fish ID slide show, 1 dolphin beach encounter, welcome drink, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, entrance to Roatan Museum, day excursion to Maya Key, Island Fiesta Night on the key, kayaking and stand-up paddle boards, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Additional room categories are available. Resort Prefers Saturday Arrivals especially during “high/peak travel season”.
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Anthonys Key Resort

ROATÁN - DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 night hill standard accommodations, 6 days of 3-tank boat dives, 2 one-tank night boat dives, shore diving during shop hours, buoyancy control workshop, welcome drink, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, entrance to Roatan Museum, day excursion to Maya Key, Island Fiesta Night on the key, kayaking and stand-up paddle boards, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Saturday arrivals required during peak season. Advertised price includes discount and averaged between passengers.
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Cabanas on Clarks Cay

GUANAJA - DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 nights choice of accommodations, 5 days of 3-tank boat dives plus one day of 2-tank boat dive, 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, complimentary use of sea kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and lazy river, roundtrip boat transfers to and from Guanaja airport, hotel tax and service charges.

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Mayan Princess Beach & Dive Resort

ROATÁN - ALL-INCLUSIVE DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 nights tropical 1-bedroom condo accommodations, 15 1-tank boat dives, 1 night dive, 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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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.

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Utila Lodge

UTILA - 7-NIGHT DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 night ocean view accommodations, 6 days of 3-tank boat dives including 2- night dives (excluding 1-aft dive on last day) welcome cocktail and bottle of wine, 3 full meals a day (dinner only night of arrival/breakfast only morning of departure), use of kayaks, roundtrip transfers to and from airport or ferry dock, hotel tax and service charges.
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CoCo View Resort

ROATAN - DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 nights oceanfront accommodations, 6 days of up to 4 boat dives daily, unlimited shore diving, 3 meals daily, complimentary use of ocean kayaks and non-motorized watersports, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax, and service charges.
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Resorts

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Turquoise Bay Dive & Beach Resort

ROATÁN - Turquoise Bay is one of the more exclusive resorts on the island, this is where you come to unwind and get away from it all. Boasting one of Roatan’s only completely private beaches; 500 feet of pristine white sand shores just for you.
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Infinity Bay Spa and Beach Resort

ROATÁN - Infinity Bay Spa & Beach Resort offers 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.
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Honduras

Mayan Princess Beach & Dive Resort

ROATÁN - This resort is a paradise for snorkelers and beach lovers, located on West Bay Beach, it offers a spectacular setting for your vacation getaway. 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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Anthonys Key Resort

ROATÁN - Anthony's Key Resort offers dive vacations on the world’s second largest barrier reef. Three meals a day, three daily dives, night dives, dolphin encounters, kayaking, new pool on the key, and much more! Resort Prefers Saturday Arrivals especially during “high/peak travel season”.
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Cabanas on Clarks Cay

GUANAJA - This all-inclusive Cabana's on Clarks Cay resides on 4-acre island oasis that offers incredible seascapes and something truly unique to the area: an infinity pool with a meandering lazy river, including a waterfall! The island accommodates of up to 20 guests in 7 Standard Cabañas, 1 One-Bedroom Cabaña, and 1 Two-Bedroom Cabaña Suite. All are air-conditioned with wrap around porches to enjoy the sea breeze. Divers will enjoy the splendor of 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.

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Utila Lodge

UTILA - Scuba divers from all over the world come to Utila for its world-class diving. Utila is located on one of the world's largest barrier reefs - second only to Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Utila offers endless opportunities for boat, wall and shore diving as its surrounded by clear warm waters, corals and abundant marine life.
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Villa on Dunbar Rock

GUANAJA - 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. The Villa occupies 15,000 ft2 rising from the white sand beach up four floors to levels with the guest rooms, lounging terraces, infinity pool and pool bar and Great Room. Each of the eleven rooms and suites includes a full bath with walk-in shower, two queen beds or one king bed, air conditioning, ceiling fans, and a private balcony. In the Great Room “Foodies” are served up three hearty meals a day with a cocktail hour snack tucked in-between. 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.
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CoCo View Resort

ROATAN - CoCo View Resort is a 26-room property and one of the top-rated dive resorts in the Caribbean. Custom dive boats take you to the best sites around Roatan. The incredible "Front Yard" shore diving is incomparable in variety and accessibility.
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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.