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Bay Islands and beaches: Fact file


When to go

The coastal lowlands have a hot tropical climate all year round with temperatures peaking over 30oC. On the islands, Oct - Feb is the season when rainfall may be heavy and hurricanes are possible. The best time to visit the islands is Mar - Sep when the water is clear and untroubled and there is plenty of sunshine during the day.

Language

Spanish, English, smatterings of French and Garifuna. Many people on the islands speak a version of Caribbean creole.

Getting local currency

Lempira. You can change US dollar cash or travellers cheques locally in banks and may be able to obtain cash advances at one or other of the banks on Roatán. You are, however, advised to acquire lempiras before heading to the islands, though US dollars cash are accepted in some places.

Time difference

GMT -6 hours.

Getting there

There are domestic flights (less than 25mins) to all the islands from La Ceiba and daily flights from the capital Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula to Roatán. Tela is accessible by road (93 km) from San Pedro Sula (1 hour 20mins).

Combines with

A few days at the eco-lodge in Pico Bonito National Park; further diving experiences across the border in neighbouring Belize.

Key events

Semana Santa, Easter. Celebrated from Thursday through to Easter Sunday.

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