Looking for the Friendliest City in Central America?

Central Americans are friendly folks. As a general rule, you will feel welcome in the five countries that consider themselves as Central America. I am refering to Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Having visited them all! I believe that the friendliest country in Central America is Honduras. Hondurans will take their shirt off for you. They will go out of their way to please you, and they will never deny you a big smile!

La Ceiba is the Friendliest City in Honduras

Having settled this, I must now express my feelings for the friendliest of the friendly in Honduras. There is one city in particular that has a well deserved reputation as friendly and hospitable city. Of course, I am referring to “Honduras’ bride”, La Ceiba. This Caribbean city is a true melting pot. You will find African Hondurans as well as Miskito and Pech Native Americans. US citizens  coexist with the Bay Islanders, that are of British descent.  Together, they  make the friendliest city in Central America.

The truth is that La Ceiba offers the best of two worlds. It is friendly coastal city in Central America. It is also a Caribbean City that loves to dance to the beat of drums.  Hondurans have an old saying. Tegucigalpa thinks, San Pedro Sula works, La Ceiba enjoys the party! This refers to the fact that Tegucigalpa is the capital, where national policy is conceived. San Pedro Sula is the financial and commercial center of Honduras. La Ceiba is the friendly city that welcomes all to the party! Of course, there is a lot more to La Ceiba that a festive atmosphere.

Carnival Time in La Ceiba

La Ceiba Carnival
Carnival floats participating in the parade

Many visitors plan a year ahead to make sure they get a good hotel room along the Avenida San Isidro to enjoy the famous La Ceiba Carnival. This is without doubt the biggest party in Honduras! It takes place on the third Saturday in May, or the Saturday after the day of San Isidro, the patron saint of La Ceiba. The party includes a variety of different events throughout the city. The big party is on Saturday. The day begins with a float parade.


The largest companies in Honduras compete to make the most attractive float. Beautiful Honduran women dance to different songs. Garifuna men and women dance to the beat of drums. As the sun sets, different bands set up shop and prepare for a nightlong event. International artists perform to the thrill of both locals and visitors. The party goes on all night long, and many Hondurans visit La Ceiba just for the party!

So Much to do in La Ceiba!

Central America's Caribbean Secret
View of Chachahuate Key, with the community in the background

But besides the festive mood and outstanding night life, La Ceiba has much to offer. 4 National Parks surround the city. From the exotic estuaries at Cuero y Salado, to the tropical rain forests of Pico Bonito, there is adventure waiting for you.  Would you like a taste of pristine Caribbean reefs? Then visit the Cayos Cochinos Marine Reserve! You will not find a more idyllic Caribbean setting elsewhere in Central America. Visit the Garifuna Village of Chachahuate, and interact with the Garifuna people. You will find that they are friendly and hospitable.


If you are looking for some adrenaline pumping adventure, visit the Cangrejal River Valley. There you will be able to do some white water rafting, canyoneering down the face of waterfall of zip line through the forest canopy. Not only is it the friendliest city in Honduras, La Ceiba is also the adventure and nature hot spot in Honduras!