A dirty Caribbean Beach Town

Trip Start Aug 26, 2005
Trip End May 26, 2008

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Thursday, May 3, 2007

Tela is an up and coming beach town on the Caribbean coast of Honduras and has a lot of work to do if it's to become 'Colombias next hot tourist destination’ as they say it is.

The place is a complete dump. Rubbish lines every street, where stray dogs covered in mange roam in packs. The locals are far from welcoming and sit in piles of their own filth on the gutter, muttering drunken words under their breath as you pass. It’s stinking hot and the beach is so polluted you can’t swim. The water glows a toxic green colour and the sand can barely be seen from the garbage lining the shores, making it a death wish to swim. Trevor already had a serious ear infection from swimming in a pool in the middle of the jungle. Everything is polluted out here.

It’s not what you would expect from a Caribbean beach town at all. The local people call themselves Garifunas, and are descendants from African slaves. They have a number of traditional communities scattered along the north coast of Honduras. But basically, they are all scumbags. It doesn’t sound nice, but I simply tell it how it is. Trevor and most other travelers hold the same opinion of the town as me.

On arrival we were dumped at the bus station and walked a few hundred meters to a hotel recommended by the Lonely Planet. It was a dump. We were barely in the front door before we said to each other, let’s get outta here. Option two was a few blocks away. We walked past packs of stray dogs and found what would be our home for the next two nights. Slightly better than the last place, it was still disgusting, but the door had a lock and the beds still had a few springs left so we paid our 30 pesos and checked in.
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muzz_travelling on

Re: thanks alot
Hiya, just curious on what happened to your travel plans? Did you make it to Tela?

Rick on

Just returned from 3 weeks in Honduras. in regards to the last comment how
Tela was dump, I'd have to disagree. We stayed 3 nights at the Maya Vista
Hotel. It was great. Excellent food prepared by a chef from Montreal. Very
friendly, excellent views overlooking the ocean. we seen the beauty in the
culture everywhere we went. Yes, things may look a little run down but there
is poverty everywhere. With all the poverty ironically, not once did we see
anyone begging for money. i can't say enough good things about the people
we met. Can' wait to go back.

Catracho on

What a dickwad! Pesos? Are you sure you went to Tela, Honduras? Pesos? Last time I heard in Honduras you pay with Lempiras or dollars, not pesos. Seems to me someone was expecting Gulf Shores or Miami Beach. Next time go there instead and get a look at the same old shit you do every vacation you take, maybe take a stroll along the ruins of the hotels from all the hurricanes that have passed thru there...

Rey on

Im wondering where all these people come from! did they even do there research first before travelling to a Third world country?? of course you expect to see poverty and some other things you are not use to,but in general Tela is a peaceful town,with great people,good Hotels (if you can afford them) Like Hotel Villa TelaMar,the food is also great,i dont know what hotels you went but it looks like you got all of your info on the wrong places!

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