Is Honduras a good travel location for backpackers? I want to know where I can find good backpacking hostels in Honduras. What are some common backpacking travel cities or towns? I am a solo male traveler and am looking to go to Honduras in November. I will be there for 2 weeks. My budget is around $1000 not counting the airfare. Preferably I would love to stay on an island or beach for a week and then go experience the culture.
Firstly I haven't been to Honduras for about five years and all this is off the top of my head:
Honduras is cheap, since you mention USD I assume you are American so there are probably fairly cheap flights.
Honduras is poor. They have beaches but they don't take great care of them, at least on the mainland. I spent Easter at Omoa and found it very dirty compared to Mexico's beaches.
The diving courses were well known to be amongst the cheapest in the world. Many backpackers went there to get PADI certification, or to progress to a higher level.
I never went to the Bay Islands but some reports were that they weren't so great if you weren't diving. Perhaps the beaches there were also not great but many people mentioned sandflies being a problem. The Bay Islands were originally British rather than Spanish so surprise surprise - they speak English there!
I liked Copán very much even after having been to many Aztec and Mayan sites before in Mexico and Guatemala. The ruins are pretty but the town nearby was absolutely my favourite place to just hang out in Honduras. It had hostels and a backpacker scene, it's an attractive colonial town, and they seemed to be spending the tourist money wisely making it nicer. Usually I don't like tourist trap towns but I loved this one.
Honduras has one of the nicest capital cities in Central America, Tegucigalpa. Perhaps not utterly safe but safer than the neighbouring countries' capitals plus it's built in a hilly area which makes it more scenic. And there are backpacker hostels.
But if you're looking for a cultural experience my absolute number one recommendation for Honduras is to visit the Garífuna villages. They are a black skinned people descended from West Africans and indigenous Caribs and Arawaks. They have a unique culture and speak their own language. Where else will you meet people that look African and speak a native American language? They also have their own yummy alcoholic drink called "guifiti". The villages welcome backpackers and the more difficult the village is the reach the more amazing your experience will be. All the villages are on the coast with amazingly beautiful beaches. From memory there is a string of them both to the east and west of Tela and I seem to recall there are some near another coastal city in the country.
But things change fast in the world so five years is a long time and I'm sure some important things have changed. Do some research, and have a great trip!