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You have chosen a destination which offers a friendly welcome, Mayan ruins, beautiful beaches and spectacular coral reefs. To help you in planning for your trip, we offer the following information.

Climate And Seasons
The climate is warm year round with highs averaging from 86 in April to 77 in December and January and lows averaging from 65 in June to 57 in January and February. Rainfall can be extreme at times with May, June, September and October being the rainiest months. The driest season is November thru March.

Casual clothes - slacks, jeans, shorts, bathing suits, etc. - are appropriate for almost all daytime and evenings activities.

Useful items to include in packing list:
Lightweight plastic raincoat / umbrella
Small flashlight
Mosquito repellent (Don't leave home without it!)
Snorkeling equipment (Also available for rent)
Beach Towel
Sneakers or hiking boots
Extra pair of sneakers (These may get wet)
Suntan lotion, sunscreen, wide brimmed hat and sunglasses
Binoculars, camera and plenty of film

It is handy to take a small bag for overnight excursions to the beach or to the country. We suggest a fold-up expandable type that can be carried in your large suitcase. A backpack is a necessity for those who plan to do a lot of bird watching or hiking through the jungles.

United States citizens need only a valid passport for travel to Honduras and Canadian citizens need a visa as well as a passport. Others should contact the Honduras Tourist Board for entry requirements.

The official language is Spanish. English is spoken is most major hotels and on the Bay Islands.

Currency And Exchange Rate
The currency of Honduras is the Lempira, but U.S. dollars, traveler's checks and major credit cards are accepted as payment in many hotels, restaurants and shops. The exchange rate varies, so shop around once in Honduras for the best exchange for your dollar.

Taxes And Tips
As in most countries, taxes are unavoidable and tips are given on the basis of the quality of service rendered. The amounts suggested for tips in this section are a guideline for appropriate tips for average to good service. Note: It is helpful to carry a small quantity of US $1 bills for tips and easy change.
Hotels: Bellboys and maids are generally tipped for their services on the average of $.50 per bag and $.50 to $1.00 per room per night of accommodation respectively.
Restaurants: Gratuities are sometimes added to totals. Otherwise, a 15% tip is customary.
Taxis: Taxis are not metered, so agree on a price for your particular destination. "Yellow cabs" which are most often hotel based charge roughly double the average rate, but fares are generally inexpensive regardless. It is common practice in some cities to pick up other passengers in route to your destination, so try not to be dismayed if this occurs.
Tour guides and drivers: On group tours, the average tip for a tour guide is $3.00 to $4.00 per person for full day tours and $2.00 per person for half day tours or 10% of tour cost. The drivers tip is usually half of what is given to the guide. For private car tours, guides generally receive at least $10.00 per full day tour and $5.00 per half day.
Airports: On international departures there is an exit tax of about $20

We suggest that while touring or shopping you leave your passport and the bulk of your money in the hotel safe; only take with you the money you intend to spend or exchange at that particular time. It is also helpful to take a copy of the picture page of your passport to carry in your wallet because it is sometimes needed to exchange traveler's checks. This copy can also be useful in the event your passport is lost or stolen.

No inoculations are required for travel to Honduras, but anti-malaria tablets are recommended for extended stays in the jungle. Officially, the U.S. embassy says the water is not safe to drink from the tap and bottled beverages and soda water are advised. We have not experienced any problems from using tap water for personal hygiene such as brushing the teeth, but suggest following the embassy guidelines in most cases.

Electric Current
The electric current is the same as in the United Sates, 110 volts AC.

Time Differences
The hour in Honduras is the same as Central Standard Time in the United States. Daylight savings time is not observed.

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