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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

 

 

 


The Lodge at Pico Bonito, Honduras

The Lodge at Pico Bonito is a luxury eco-resort just outside of La Ceiba, Honduras.  It is located at the foot of Pico Bonito, the highest point in Honduras, and it is surrounded by nature preserves.  On site they also have a butterfly facility and serpentarium.

This is one of the most beautiful places on earth.  Definitely a great place to spend one night, or many more.  It is a little pricey, but luxury and eco-friendly don’t come cheap.  The unique setting and features make it well worth spending on, even if it is just for one night.  You can also visit and use their trails for a fee, or eat at the restaurant.  The grounds are stunning, and set right into the gorgeous Pico Bonito National Park.

Actually, after reviewing the website, I have to revise my statement about it being expensive, because I see that they have economy rooms for students and researchers for $60.  Their bigger packages are also pretty economical, because they include food (in the beautiful restaurant) and transfers and activities.  I could easily spend six or eight days just at the Lodge, and visiting their surrounding trails, or their learning environments.  Or the pool, or a good book in the shade of a tropical forest.

www.picobonito.com

www.picobonito.com

 

Family vacation at the Lodge at Pico Bonito

Family vacation at the Lodge at Pico Bonito