|a beautiful beach atHONDURAS SHORE PLANTATION|
|streets of downtownTELA|
|cabbage coral in recently discoveredCAPIRO BANK|
|arriving at theJEANETTE KAWASnational park|
|the botanical garden ofLANCETILLA|
|a Tela sunset courtesy ofMAYA VISTA HOTEL|
- There are several nearby places to visit such as Triunfo de La Cruz and Tornabe. These are Garifuna settlements, a local ethnic group known for their cultural heritage, including a dance to mourn the dead, together with traditional garb and songs, as well as their time-honored recipes for conch soup and coconut bread which have been passed on from generation to generation.
- Personally I can recommend the Maya Vista Hotel and Restaurant, right in the middle of town. This is a great option when you want to stay away from the all-inclusive resorts and the large crowds. Located on a hilltop overlooking the bay, it comes with the most amazing view in all of Tela - ideal scenery to mix with their very good options of food and drink.
|a house for rent atHONDURAS SHORES PLANTATION|
|mangroves atCOLA DEL MICO LAGOON|
- Affordability is a key factor, specially when compared to Roatan.
- The Indura Beach and Golf Resort is a high end, beach retreat located in the Bay of Tela which is scheduled to open in early 2014. It offers an 18-hole Gary Player designed championship golf course, a world-class spa, and other luxurious amenities which will surely appraise the tourist potential of Tela in the near future.
To finish up this entry let me throw in a well known historic fact about Tela. Back in the late 1800s, the tropical fruit cultivated in this area used to be exploited by several American fruit companies which had their headquarters in Tela. These companies turned this fruit, in particular, the banana fruit, into their number one cash crop and a multimillion dollar business. They exercised strong influence not only on the economy, but also in politics as they favored actions which benefited their own interests and those of the ruling government, in detriment to the country and its people as a whole. This gave way to Honduras and other Central American countries which followed this same fate to be tagged with the derogatory term - Banana Republic.