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Living in Honduras

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 10, 2022

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Honduras: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know about living in Honduras?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Honduras, they said:

"Research & Location. Everyone is different so it depends on their interests. I would do as much research as possible using the internet to understand the various areas of the island and what each have to offer. Many real estate websites are good sources for information on the island and neighborhoods. I wanted to be close to the beach and parking is difficult so I wanted to be within walking distance. I do own a Jeep but use it only once a week to go into town to the largest supermarket. I would suggest maybe a short-term rental (one month) before making a more permanent living location. Plus you will need an attorney for residency application and just other needs / questions from an objective person with your best interests in mind," mentioned another expat in Roatan.

"This is a city in a third world country, don't consider moving here until you can accept the many differences in lifestyle from a developed country like the US. Many of the everyday services that you have don't exist here. The pace is much slower, service in many businesses is poor or non-existent and you will only increase your own blood pressure trying to demand better service. Utilities that you expect to receive are sometimes non-existent or of poor quality, so make sure if you rent or buy that these are already in place, promises to install them in most cases will only lead to your frustration. You can live very well here on much less than you can imagine, and this is an ideal location for retirees on limited budgets and its relatively easy to obtain a resident Visa. Explore the area and have or learn basic conversational Spanish before making a final decision to live here," commented one expat who made the move to La Ceiba.

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How do I meet people in Honduras?

When we asked people living in Honduras about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:

"I live in an apartment within 1K from West End and enjoy Sun Yoga which is offered everyday at 9am at Sundowners Restaurant ($10). It is a 90 minute workout offered 7 days a week with a different instructor each day. In addition I attend a gym nearby and have a personal trainer who helps augment my Yoga workouts with weights. I enjoy just lounging on West End beach and rent a chair by a local vendor for $2 / day. I have a Spanish teacher who comes to my home once a week. You do not need to speak Spanish to get along on Roatan because most locals are bi-lingual. But I like learning Spanish as a way to keep me mentally active. There is a large number of Americans & Canadians living here. The local brewery has Sunday Funday local craft fair the last Sunday of each month. There is also a corn-hole group that meet at various bars each Saturday but you can find more information at Tita's bar in West End. There are many charities available looking for volunteers. I've attended charity events such as PIER (Partners in Education Roatan). I suggest anyone join Facebook group 'Ask Anything - Roatan'," added another expat in Roatan.

"Expats bar and reataurant, downtown La Ceiba, or, Caribbean Land Realty talk to Carlos Munoz, ,or Fanny Garcia, ., or in the US Dan Christensen @ 801-599-4322, or Wayne Whetman @ 801-580-1155," remarked another expat who made the move to La Ceiba.

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What is life like in Honduras?

When we asked people living in Honduras what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:

"Since Roatan is a tourist location most priorities resolve around water sports such as SCUBA, free-diving, snorkeling, fishing, jet-skiing, etc. West End area caters to tourists with many restaurants/bars where you can meet people. At night many restaurants offer karaoke or trivia. It is very easy to meet people and the community is small so you will quickly learn the ex-pats from tourists," remarked another expat who made the move to Roatan.

"La Ceiba is probably best known as the party and vacation town for mainland Honduras and also has many festivals and events that attract party goers from all over the Caribbean. Additionally it is the largest city on the mainland coast and is the gateway to many of the attractions that Honduras has to offer for both tourists and new residents alike, and is the only mainland city with daily ferry service to the Bay Islands and regional shopping for this region of the country," explained one expat living in La Ceiba, Honduras.

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Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Honduras accepting of differences?

"The area is very diversified. You will meet locals, mainlanders who moved for employment who aren't always bi-lingual like islanders, Americans, Canadians, and Australians. But you will also find Central & South Americans. Overall everyone is very pleasant to each other. As an American I was worried about being accepted but that hasn't been the case. Most locals rely on tourists financially so they are eager to please and assist. But you do need to treat everyone with respect. There is poverty due to COVID and the stop of cruise ship visits. I don't mind giving a child a dollar or helping someone who is trying to sell a hand-made item. I don't always give money every time asked and the local vendors get to know the full-timers versus visitors. Vendors recognize you are not interested in buying tourist items so they just move on," remarked another expat who made the move to Roatan.

"Culturally diversified and the general attitude is "live and let live" Mixed races co-exist here with very little racial tension," explained one expat living in La Ceiba, Honduras.

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Is the cost of living in Honduras high?

We asked people about the cost of living in Honduras, they wrote:

"Rent for one bedroom apartment starts at $150 per month. Fresh vegetables and fruit grown locally are a fraction of North American prices. Imported goods are still costly, with "real" peanut butter being nearly $20 a jar. Make your own with local peanuts for $3. Healthcare visit to a GP is only $6 at the public center - that includes basic medications. Private medical available at higher cost, still highly affordable. ," added one expat living in Utila, Bay Islands .

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What type of recreational facilities are in Honduras?

When we asked people living in Honduras about recreational activities, they mentioned:

"Scuba diving, tech diving, free diving, fishing, boating, SUP, kiteboarding, hiking, biking. All outdoor activities. There is one gym with small boxing club," added one expat living in Utila, Bay Islands .

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Are there good restaurants in Honduras?

"From taco stands, to casual fine dining. You can slum it with a $0.50 baleada, or go for brunch with mimosa for $20+ Nightlife - many bars on docks, One indoor nightclub. Beach bars. Open as late as 4am," remarked another expat in Utila, Bay Islands .

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What are the visa & residency requirements in Honduras?

"Retirement visa, work permits, there's many ways to get residency or visa - it just costs money, and you'll need a lawyer," mentioned another expat living in Utila, Bay Islands .

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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