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Lark Ismail

Lancaster (California), California

Safety in Honduras

I was wondering if anyone had any comments on the seriousness of the safety warnings about Honduras. The murder rates are extremely high and some headlines call it the most dangerous place in the world. My friend is there now and he loves it. He hasn't been very long though and I'm supposed to meet him there next month. We will be renting a room for 2-3 months in a house about 6 miles from Trujillo. I'll be coming from Costa Rica so we'll have to take a bus (a private one) from San Jose Costa Rica, through Nicaragua to Trujillo in Honduras. I'm used to reading safety warnings about basically every country but these ones stood out to me as more serious since the crimes seem to be significantly more violent in Honduras. Is it blown out of proportion in the media? Would you recommend going as long as we're sensible about not being out at night or drawing attention to ourselves too much? 

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  • Matthew Broderick

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    Honduras is a very safe place as long as you stick to some very simple rules. Don't go out at night, don't do drugs, don't start fights ect. Its very simple stuff.

    Most violence reported in the media is between gangs and tourists are very rarely targeted.

    Just use common sense and you will have a great time.


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  • Byron Job

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    Been travelling to Honduras the last 5 years and has been never bad it is a nice country with lots of things to see and do, there are a high number of murder but is among the gang members just practice common sense and will be fine.

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    I can't comment on Trujillo, but the safety concerns about Honduras are a bit overblown for the typical tourist as long as you exercise a little caution.

    In the cities you need to be careful where you go, especially after dark, you need to arrange as much of you travel as possible to occur during the day. Don't follow some guy into a dark alley to buy drugs etc.

    I stayed on Utila for 4 months, and spent almost 6 months in total in Honduras from November 2012 until March 2013. On Utila, and in other more touristy places I was never too worried. It was only when I needed to stay for a week in San Pedro Sula because of a mistakenly bought illegal visa extension, and a few years before that when in Tegucigalpa that I saw areas that I would be worried about.

    That being said, there are occasional muggings of tourists even in popular spots, most of these are attributed to the drug trade, though not all.

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    I haven't been to Trujillo , however, the Caribbean coast of Honduras is generally much safer than other parts of the country.

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