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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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HondurasBlue Ocean Reef 

Six Huts, First Bight
French Harbour
Roatan
Honduras

Price (US$): $429 - $1332 / night

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Location. Blue Ocean Reef is located on the beach in Roatan, close to Parrot Tree Beach and Fantasy Island Beach. Another point of interest is Marbella Beach. Hotel Features. Blue Ocean Reef's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a fitness facility. Complimentary wireless and wired high speed Internet access is available in public areas. The property has a complimentary airport shuttle (available… more »

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 »

HondurasCrowne Plaza San Pedro Sula 

Blvd Morazan 11 Ave 1 Calle
San Pedro Sula 21411
Honduras

Price (US$): $128 - $169 / night

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Location. Crowne Plaza San Pedro Sula is a business friendly hotel located in central San Pedro Sula, close to Museum of Nature, Parque Central, and Central Park. Additional points of interest include San Pedro Sula Cathedral and San Pedro Cathedral. Hotel Features. Crowne Plaza San Pedro Sula features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a fitness facility. This 3.5 star property has a business center and… more »

HondurasCLARION SUITES ROATAN AT PINEAP 

MAIN ROAD
FRENCH HARBOUR
Honduras

Price (US$): $85 - $185 / night

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The Clarion Suites Roatan at Pineapple Villas is centrally located to enjoy the entire island. Spacious ocean view suites. On property/Herbys Sports Bar and Grill and the Pineapple Grill Steakhouse/amongst the finest restaurants in the country. Four lagoon style pools with cascading waterfalls. World class spa and health club/snorkeling/kayaks and water sports nearby. Guests get full access to the La Pina health club fitness center/including steam bath/sauna/hot tub and locker rooms. 24 hour… more »

HondurasInterContinental Real Tegucigalpa 

Avenida Roble
PO Box 2122
Tegucigalpa 11101
Honduras

Price (US$): $96 - $339 / night

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Location. Located in Tegucigalpa, InterContinental Real Tegucigalpa is near the airport and close to Peace Monument, National Congress of Honduras, and Autonomous University of Honduras. Additional points of interest include National Autonomous University of Honduras and Tiburcio Carias Andino Stadium. Hotel Features. Dining options at InterContinental Real Tegucigalpa include 2 restaurants. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The… 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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