San Pedro Sula Journals

Hecho en Honduras

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A May 2007 trip to San Pedro Sula by Jose Kevo

Parque Central Photo, San Pedro Sula, Honduras More Photos
Quote: If label says 'Made in Honduras', chances are it's from this industrialized city. Surprisingly, I found more than just factories, filth and forewarnings of danger.

Hecho en Honduras

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Overview

Pepsi Truck Photo, San Pedro Sula, Honduras
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There was no more putting off the inevitable return for spending the night in San Pedro Sula; a city which captures international Spanish headlines for all the wrong reasons! Crime, gangs, drugs, Hiv/AIDS are reportedly among the worst in Central America. I was still repulsing from the misguided culture shock-orientation upon arrival in Honduras.Most won't have any choice but to succumb with flight availabilities. Information consistantly admonishes the bad, but expecting the absolute worst turned out to be distortion. While there's no shortage to the reprehensible composite, discriminate visitors will best hold up within the downtown area.Oddly enough, there was safety in ...Read More

Hotel San Jose

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Hotel

Hotel San Jose Photo, San Pedro Sula, Honduras
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Spending at least one night in San Pedro is almost unavoidable with flight schedules. Hence, traveler's need prepare for the good, the bad, and the really scuzzy! The city's accommodations are geared either towards business travelers with hefty expense accounts, or low-end local establishments. I must have looked through at least 8 options before settling into Hotel San José.All things considered, it turned out to be quite the asylum; literally! The sterile halls looked like something out of an institution. Everything in rooms has Hotel San José written all over them -- I...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 20, 2007

Hotel San Jose
6a Ave. SO between 5a & 6a Calles
San Pedro Sula, Honduras
+504 557 1208

Pamplona Cafeteria y Restaurante

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Restaurant

Pamplona Restaurante Photo, San Pedro Sula, Honduras
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Harrowing transportation experiences dictated many of my Honduran dining experiences, and arriving famished in San Pedro Sula was no different. Scouting around for a hotel revealed a deluge of eating establishments; the clown, the colonel, the king, the little red-headed girl, and comrades -- Americans that I avoid like the plague when at home. And there, like a beacon of impulse in the downtown area, was Cafetería Pamplona.The menu board posted out front was rather confounding with numerous listings tightly scribbled en español. No deciphering was needed for the pair of platos del día, daily specials that lured me in.Confusion stemmed from when the mesera...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 20, 2007

La Catedral

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Attraction

La Catedral Photo, San Pedro Sula, Honduras
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It was just there; this humongous structure of a church holding its own in the downtown area. What it lacked in height, compared to the neighboring skyline, it more than made up for in presence. There was nothing ornamental, decorative or even imaginative about the facade facing Parque Central, but it was compelling just the same. I couldn't seem to escape its aspect, nor tear my eyes away.I'd yet to find a Cathedral open for browsing in Honduras; everything locked-up tight until mass. When bells started ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 20, 2007

Mercado de Artensanias Guamilito

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Attraction

Mercado de Artensanias Guamilito Photo, San Pedro Sula, Honduras
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There's nothing like a good tourist trap, disguised as a crafts market, to make one resent yourself but there's something about these places that always reel me in - hook, line and sinker! San Pedro Sula's Mercado de Artesanias Guamilito proved to be another one of those stereotypical lessons I just can't seem to learn. Bargain busters and travel shopaholics likely recognize the antipathy.This enclosed market area is huge, hot, and hellatious for starters. There's no way a person could possibly look at everything, and that's part of the madness! After the third or fourth vendor, you've seen 90% of the mass-quantity items for sale everywhere. It's that other 10% that's causes th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 20, 2007

Parque Central

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Attraction

Parque Central Photo, San Pedro Sula, Honduras
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The downtown area is centered around Parque Central, and while that's no surprise for a Latin American city, your one-stop everything has never been so assaulting and enticing at the same time. San Pedro Sula's population isn't even close to one-million inhabitants, but you'd swear that many or more were swarming through the area at any given time!The country's industrial blemish of a city is not attractive or inviting. Headlines and travelers' advisories only add to apprehensions. Unless planning to stay barricaded in stuffy rooms, you've got to get out and downtown is the place to be. For all that's probably unforgivable, Parque Central is like ...Read More

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The Airport -- Getting to/from Honduras

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SAP Photo, San Pedro Sula, Honduras
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Getting in/out of Honduras has never been easier thanks to Aeropuerto Internacional Ramón Villeda Morales; the newly renovated facility 15km outside San Pedro Sula. Considering location, this is the best option for making connections to the country's most popular sites, including the Copán Archeological Ruins and the Bay Islands. Industrial nature of this region keeps the airport busy with frequent global business travelers unlike in Tegucigalpa; the Capital's less-frequented airport.TACA and Copa have daily flights, connecting through other Centra...Read More