Sambo Creek, Honduras

Restaurants in the Garifuna town of Sambo Creek

Restaurants in the Garifuna town of Sambo Creek

 

Sambo Creek is an amazing destination in Honduras.  It is just about 10 miles from La Ceiba, where there is an international airport, so it is relatively easy to get there.  You could stay in La Ceiba at any one of the fine hotels there, and visit Sambo Creek as a day trip from there.

The atmosphere in Sambo Creek is laid back and beachy.  The Garifuna people live here, along with other ethnic groups, and they have their own language and musical traditions.  The views are amazing, with the Pico Bonito National Park as the backdrop, and small boats zipping back and forth to sea to fish or to go to the Cayos Cachinos islands.

There are a few restaurants with traditional fare in town.  There are also some very nice amenities nearby, if you are looking for more luxury.

There are two hotels in Sambo Creek that are run by foreign ex-pats, Hotel Helen and Hotel Canadien.  Helen’s has a lovely pool and restaurant and it is great to visit for a meal or there are charming economy rooms ($45 most nights), all right on the beach.  The Hotel Canadien has even more rooms.

Villa Helen's website

Villa Helen’s website

Also just down the road from Sambo Creek is the mega-development, Palma Real, which in all sincerity deserves its own post.

Semana Santa is big for Sambo Creek, like most beach areas in Honduras.  There will likely not be any hotel rooms available during Semana Santa unless you plan ahead (nearby La Ceiba can fill up too).  But the beach is very big and open here, so even when the big crowds start partying, it feels like a long way from the mainstream locations.

Here is a little map to show how close several hotels are in Sambo Creek.  You could stay here for a long time, either at Helen’s or in La Ceiba, and learn to live with the Garifuna people, or visit the many amazing local nature preserves.

 

Places to eat and stay in Sambo Creek

Places to eat and stay in Sambo Creek

 

Places to eat and stay in Sambo Creek

Places to eat and stay in Sambo Creek