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 Honduras - General Info

Time Zone

UTC -6

Yachting Essentials

Voltage: 110 V

Frequency: 60 Hz

Money

Lempira of 100 centavos.

US$ must be declared on arrival.

Cash machines are available throughout the country.

Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted, but expect a significant surcharge.

Communications

International dialing code for Honduras +504.

Cellphone GSM Frequencies: 850/1900 (This means you will need a GSM cellphone that will work on 850MHz or 1900Mhz to use it in Honduras.)

Northwest Caribbean Net, 1400 UTC 6209 USB, alternates 6212 and 6516, 7 days/wk. Generally covers Providencia north to Mexico on the Carib side, including Providencia, San Andreas, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, Cuba, Jamaica and the Caymans. They often follow boats all the way home to Key West through Galveston on the US coast, and sometimes boats heading south will continue to check in down to Panama, but not often.

Diplomatic Missions

Emergencies

Emergency numbers

Police - Dial 199
Fire Service - Dial 198
Medical Emergency Services - Dial 195 / 37 8654

Publications

IMRAY AND ADLARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club

The Pacific Crossing Guide
By Michael Pocock, Revised by Ros Hogbin
Publisher: Adlard Coles; 2nd edition (August 2011)
ISBN-13: 978-0713661828
See the detailed review

Explore Central America - Part 1
Published January 2007 (13th ed. Aug. 2011, continually updated)
This is an e-book available from www.sailsarana.com/guide
The most comprehensive guides ever written about cruising the Pacific coast of Central America from Mexico to the Panama Canal. In a two part set, these books provide over 325 GPS waypoints, over 112 charts and city maps, detailed weather descriptions, forecasting information and surfing locations. These books highlight dozens of anchorages not in other books and tons of local information that sailors care about. Also included are detailed procedures for clearing into and out of the Central American countries as well as Ecuador, the Galapagos and Mexico.

Honduras and Bay Islands - A Mariners Guide
By Rick Rhodes
Publisher: Heron Island Media; December 1999
ISBN-13: 978-0966586619
The geography, natural resources, demographics and economy of Honduras and Its Bay Islands are addressed in this book. This cruising guide contains 55 GPS waypoints for harbor entries, and five city maps.

Cruising Ports:The Central American Route
By Pat Rains
Published by Point Loma Publishing ( March 2011)
ISBN-13: 978-0963847027
See www.MexicoBoating.com for further details.
This book covers Pacific Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Pacific Panama) plus Mexico’s Gulf Coast to Veracruz, then NW Yucatan, NW Cuba, Yucatan Channel, Belize, Rio Dulce, Honduras and the Bay Islands, the Western Caribbean islands & banks, Panama’s Caribbean cruising grounds. This book culminates in Panama Canal Transit.

Colombia to Rio Dulce Cruising Guide
Authors: Amaia Agirre & Frank Virgintino (May 2016)
Available free at http://freecruisingguides.com/colombia-rio-dulce
Covers the coast of Colombia, The San Blas Islands, the off lying islands of
Colombia (San Andres and Providencia), the Moskito coast, the Cape at Gracias a Dios and the Hobbies, the islands of Honduras and finally the Rio Dulce River (Guatemala).

http://www.honduras.travel/
Honduras Official Travel Website

Roatan Net
Visitors Guide to Roatan & the Bay Islands

Roatan Online

Update History

February 2016: Formalities and Health updated.
June 2015: Publications checked
February 2014: Formalities checked/updated. Note added about Duty-Free zone on Rotan.
May 2013: Update on inconsistency of fees charged from SV Tribe.
December 2012: Restrictions updated following poaching by cruisers December 2012.
September 2012: All links checked.
September 2012: Fees updated with La Ceiba port fees and Clearance with recommendations for clearance ports from Karl Fix.
March 2012: Security advice updated with information from Marie Dufour of MY Domino.
March 2012: Facts updated re. anchoring ban in Roatan.

Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

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SYL
SYL says:
Nov 21, 2016 10:35 PM

November 21st: We want to report a dinghy theft 2 weeks ago - ours was stolen during the night in the anchorage of West End Roatan. Gone! Lock your dinghy.

tinsoldier50
tinsoldier50 says:
Jan 30, 2016 10:58 PM

On a much lighter note than the previous comment, I would like to commend Aussie Pete, the dockmaster at Fantasy Island, Roatan, Honduras, for the great job he is doing in providing a fun venue for cruisers in French Harbour. He has a number of weekly activities offered (produce truck, bus trip to the supermarket, BBQ night, Pizza Night, etc) and has created a friendly, welcoming atmosphere at the palapa bar. It's a great place for cruisers to hang out and visit. Thanks Pete!

dougpad
dougpad says:
Jan 27, 2016 07:27 PM

Extortion from immigration officer Coxen Hole. We arrived from Rio Dulce and attempted to clear in at Coxen Hole. The immigration officer would only give us 12 days unless we paid a $200 bribe. We arrived in Guatemala on November 20 and had never extended immigration there. According to Raul the agent in Livingston, we should have not had any issues here in Roatan. I recommend using an agent or a contact like Pete, the dockmaster at Fantasy Island. Based on our experience, I would not go it alone. Regretfully, we paid. The first bribe in any of 27 countries we've cleared into in 4 years. According to local cruisers, this extortion is common but not exercised by all immigration officials. We complained to the Port Captain but he said that he could/would not do anything about this.

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