For information on planning a trip to Honduras, contact Honduras Tourism (800-410-9608; letsgohonduras.com).
WHERE TO EAT
Beachfront, west of Quinta Real, Zona Viva (504/443-4595; ecohonduras.net). Inexpensive. Sit on the upstairs deck, and enjoy Garifuna foods like tapou (fish, green banana and root vegetable stew).
Barrio Belize, Corozal (504/ 9985-4008). Inexpensive. A living primer on Garifuna culture, this canopied restaurant includes a museum. The seafood soup is delicious.
WHAT TO DO
(504/9995-8509; firstname.lastname@example.org). Lina Martinez offers excellent tours to Garifuna communities, including visits with women’s cooperatives in Iriona.
(504/2440-0265; hondurastouristoptions.com). Boat trips to the Garifuna island of Cayos Cochinos include lunch cooked by the community’s women.
WHERE TO STAY
Quinta Real Hotel
Barrio La Isla, between Avenue 15 de Septiembre and Avenue Victor Hugo, Zona Viva, La Ceiba; (504/2440-3311; quintarealhotel.com). Rates: $135-$220 double. Many rooms overlook the pool, seaside patio, and bar at this relaxing hotel. Breakfast is included.