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Honduras

Background

Honduras

Once part of Spain's vast empire in the New World, Honduras became an independent nation in 1821. After two and a half decades of mostly military rule, a freely elected civilian government came to power in 1982. During the 1980s, Honduras proved a haven for anti-Sandinista contras fighting the Marxist Nicaraguan Government and an ally to Salvadoran Government forces fighting leftist guerrillas. The country was devastated by Hurricane Mitch in 1998, which killed about 5,600 people and caused approximately $2 billion in damage. Since then, the economy has slowly rebounded.

About

Honduras is the second biggest country in Central America. It has colonial villages (Gracias, Comayagua), ancient Mayan ruins (Copan), natural parks (Moskitia), and a Pacific and Caribbean coastline and the Bay Islands, with great beaches and coral reefs where snorkeling and diving are exceptional by any standard. The country is neighbored by Guatemala to the northwest, El Salvador to the south and Nicaragua to the southeast.

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HondurasClarion Suites Mediterraneo 

4 Avenida 6 Calle - Barrio Guami
San Pedro Sula CT1100
Honduras

Price (US$): $99 - $139 / night

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Location. Clarion Suites Mediterraneo is located in central San Pedro Sula, close to Museum of Anthropology and History, Parque Central, and Central Park. Nearby points of interest also include San Pedro Sula Cathedral and San Pedro Cathedral. Hotel Features. Clarion Suites Mediterraneo features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool and a fitness facility. This 3.5 star property has a business center. Guest parking is… more »

HondurasClarion Hotel San Pedro Sula 

2 Calle 17 Y 18 Avenue
San Pedro Sula 21411
Honduras

Price (US$): $125 - $126 / night

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Location. Clarion Hotel San Pedro Sula is located in central San Pedro Sula, close to Museum of Nature, Parque Central, and Central Park. Nearby points of interest also include Multiplaza Mall and San Pedro Sula Cathedral. Hotel Features. Clarion Hotel San Pedro Sula features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include a sauna and a fitness facility. This 3.5 star property has a business center and offers secretarial services… more »

HondurasPark Place Hotel 

Parque Central
Siguatepeque 50467
Honduras

Price (US$): $58 - $102 / night

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Location. Park Place Hotel is located in the midtown area of Siguatepeque. Hotel Features. Park Place Hotel features a coffee shop/café. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a fitness facility. This 3.5 star property offers secretarial services and business services. This Siguatepeque property has event space consisting of banquet facilities, conference/meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Wedding services and concierge services are available. Additional property amenities include a… more »

HondurasParrot Tree Beach Resort 

First Bight
Roatan
Honduras

Price (US$): $199 - $224 / night

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Location. Parrot Tree Beach Resort is located on the beach in Roatan, close to Parrot Tree Beach and Fantasy Island Beach. Another point of interest is Marbella Beach. Resort Features. Parrot Tree Beach Resort features a coffee shop/café, a poolside bar, and a swim up bar. Room service is available during limited hours. The resort serves a complimentary cooked to order breakfast. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a children's pool, and a spa tub. Spa amenities include… more »

HondurasTegucigalpa Marriott Hotel 

Juan Pablo Segundo
Tegucigalpa FM1100
Honduras

Price (US$): $169 - $213 / night

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Location. Tegucigalpa Marriott Hotel is a business friendly Tegucigalpa hotel in the business district and close to Peace Monument, Tiburcio Carias Andino Stadium, and National Congress of Honduras. Additional points of interest include Metropolitan Cathedral of Tegucigalpa and Parque Central. Hotel Features. Dining options at Tegucigalpa Marriott Hotel include a restaurant and a coffee shop/café. A swim up bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day.… more »

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Honduras

Full name
Republic of Honduras
Capital
Tegucigalpa
Location

Central America, bordering the Caribbean Sea, between Guatemala and Nicaragua and bordering the Gulf of Fonseca (North Pacific Ocean), between El Salvador and Nicaragua

Geographic coordinates

15 00 N, 86 30 W

Area comparative

slightly larger than Tennessee

Border countries

Guatemala 256 km, El Salvador 342 km, Nicaragua 922 km

Coastline

820 km

Climate

subtropical in lowlands, temperate in mountains

Terrain

mostly mountains in interior, narrow coastal plains

Lowest point

Caribbean Sea 0 m

Highest point

Cerro Las Minas 2,870 m

Natural resources

timber, gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc, iron ore, antimony, coal, fish, hydropower

Population

7,989,415

Ethnic groups

mestizo (mixed Amerindian and European) 90%, Amerindian 7%, black 2%, white 1%

Religions

Roman Catholic 97%, Protestant 3%

Languages

Spanish (official), Amerindian dialects

Government type

democratic constitutional republic

Independence

15 September 1821 (from Spain)

National holiday

Independence Day, 15 September (1821)

Chief of state

President Porfirio LOBO Sosa (since 27 January 2010); Vice President Maria Antonieta Guillen de BOGRAN (since 27 January 2010); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government

Head of government

President Porfirio LOBO Sosa (since 27 January 2010); Vice President Maria Antonieta Guillen de BOGRAN (since 27 January 2010)

Internet country code

.hn

Internet users

731,700 (2009)

Airports

104 (2010)

Ports and terminals

La Ceiba, Puerto Cortes, San Lorenzo, Tela

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