|Besides the usual "don’t walk alone on the beach at 3 in the morning" kind of thing…… what other things to watch out for?Thanks[glow=red,2,300]56 days left!!![/glow]|
|wossa Guest||Besides the usual "don’t walk alone on the beach at 3 in the morning" kind of thing…… what other things to watch out for?Thanks
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Hi Freedom Ryder and I are booking a diving trip this weekend to Roatan, and I was checking a few bits out earlier this week…..Here is some security info from the British Embassy website regarding what to be careful of…..it’s a long statement, but worth a quick scan, it has some useful informationHope this helps.Wossa……… ;DSAFETY AND SECURITYTerrorismThere is a low threat from terrorism. But you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks which could be in public areas, including those frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers. Please read Security and General Tips and Risk of Terrorism when Travelling Overseas pages of the FCO website for further information and advice.CrimeThere are high levels of crime in Honduras. The majority of serious crime involves Honduran citizens and does not affect tourists. However, there have been attacks on tourists in recent years, including armed robbery, car/busjackings and sexual offences including rape. In October 2007, two incidents of busjackings have occurred involving British and German tour bus groups in Santa Rita, on the road between San Pedro Sula and Copan. For more general information please see: Assault, Sexual Assault and Rape Overseas The main type of incident for which British nationals require consular assistance in Honduras is for pickpocketing and loss of passports. Petty theft is a problem in cities and tourist areas, including the Bay Islands. You should be particularly careful of your belongings at bus stations, airports, tourist places and on public transport. You should keep your valuables locked away in a safe or keep them on your person when travelling. Despite the high levels of crime most visits to Honduras are trouble-free. However, the risk of becoming a victim exists and you should take steps to mitigate the risk. You should take your personal security seriously and be aware of your surroundings at all times. The following advice may help: Particular attention should be taken if travelling between towns and cities at night. We advise against walking around Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula and other main towns and cities on mainland Honduras after dark. The Bay Islands are generally safer than mainland Honduras. However there have been several attacks on visitors at the Bay Islands including on the ferries to/from mainland Honduras. You should remain aware of your surroundings and take sensible precautions when travelling on the Bay Islands. You should avoid walking in quiet areas after dark, in particular on beaches in Tela and the north coast towns. There have been several attacks on foreigners on beaches in recent years after dark, including on the Bay Islands. You should not resist when being robbed. Victims have been killed and injured resisting attack. It is useful to carry a few Lempiras to hand out in the event of a robbery. You should avoid displaying items of value such as cameras, MP3 players and mobile phones. This is particularly important when arriving at the airport. There have been instances of foreigners being targeted when leaving the vicinity of the airports in San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa. You are advised not to wear expensive jewellery and only carry minimal amounts of cash when travelling in Honduras. You should take care travelling alone in Honduras. When travelling to remote areas it may be safer to travel with others or take part in a tour with a reputable company. The same applies to walking on trails and at historical places, as there have been reports of attacks on tourists walking alone. You should never accept lifts from strangers or attempt to hitchhike anywhere in Honduras. You should take care travelling in Honduras as there have been reports of violent attacks on cars and buses in recent years. We advise against travelling on microbuses (colectivos) in large cities such as Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula for security reasons. You should exercise caution when driving in Honduras on certain routes as car jackings have occurred. Please see the Local Travel section of this travel advice for more details. It is safer to withdraw money from ATMs in shopping centres or change money in hotels or banks. It is wise not to withdraw too much money at one time. There have been attacks on foreigners after they have withdrawn money from ATMs. You should avoid withdrawing money at night. Petty crime is widespread in urban areas, and at tourist sites. You should be particularly careful of your belongings at bus stations, airports, crowded tourist places and on buses. Theft is common on Roatan and the Bay Islands. You should keep your valuables locked away in a safe or keep them on your person when travelling. Travel with several sources of funds: cash, travellersâ€™ cheques (in US dollars), credit cards, etc, but keep them safe and in separate places. Carry a photocopy of your passport for identification purposes. Although it is illegal to be without some form of identification in Honduras, a photocopy is acceptable.LOCAL TRAVELYou should take care travelling in Honduras as there have been reports of violent attacks on cars and buses in recent years. Particular care should be taken if travelling on microbuses (colectivos) in large cities such as Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula for security reasons. Travelling on major roads between large towns/cities is safer than travelling on more remote routes. When travelling by car, it is safer to travel on main roads between major cities and destinations. You are at greater risk of attack in remote areas with fewer police patrols. Take simple precautions such as locking doors and keeping windows closed whilst travelling. Do not travel between towns/cities after dark as you greatly increase the risk of attack. Roads that have seen attacks in recent years include routes from Limones to La Union and also from Olancho via Salama to Saba. You should exercise particular caution on the roads from Gualaco to San Estaban and La Esparanza to Gracias. The isolated roads of the Department of Santa Barbara have also seen criminal activity, and hijackings of vehicles have occurred on roads in/around Tela, La Ceiba, Trujillo and El Progreso. In October 2007, two incidents of busjackings have occurred involving British and German tour bus groups in Santa Rita, on the road between San Pedro Sula and Copan. You should pay attention to your security at the border areas with Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua. In particular, travellers have been targeted by armed robbers after crossing the Honduran border into El Salvador. You should avoid openly changing large amounts of money and make sure valuables are kept out of sight. It is often better to cross borders in the morning as borders sometimes close in the early evening or remain unmanned at nights. It also allows time for you to reach your destination before dark. There are unmarked minefields in/around the border with Nicaragua. You should exercise caution and avoid walking on unmarked paths or off main roads in these areas. Flights in and out of Tegucigalpa can be affected by poor visibility caused by low cloud cover and smog, especially around April/May.Road TravelDriving standards in Honduras are generally poor and you should drive with caution. Road travel at night is inadvisable, not only for security reasons, but also because many vehicles travel without lights and animals often wander across the roads causing accidents. You should be aware that minor roads in the countryside are still being repaired after the damage caused by Hurricane Mitch in 1998.Public buses in Honduras are often poorly maintained and recklessly driven. Accidents are common and occasionally fatal. Luxury-type buses, normally operated by private companies, are usually better maintained. For more general information see: Driving AbroadLOCAL LAWS AND CUSTOMSFollowing any traffic accident you should normally wait for the police to arrive. If you become involved in a road accident where another person is badly injured, you may be held in custody for a period regardless of culpability. You should seek legal assistance immediately and inform the Embassy in Guatemala. Ensure that you take full details of the other driver (who may not be insured), and do not only rely on the vehicleâ€™s number plate.
|wossa Guest||Damm!!! Now Wossa, try and convince me I did the right thing in booking!!!!
What’s life without some excitement …hehehe……..
You will have an absolute blast…….we can’t wait for March!!
Have fun…..and be careful out there…
|Hola theponderThe biggest problem we had once we arrived in Roatan Honduras was that the Customs officials wanted bribes. They can be a real pain in the rear.I believe this year the whole Island will become duty free so there will be less opportunity for the Customs Officials to expect bribes from Tourists.The resort I stayed at, we had to take a water taxi to the other part of the Island in order to get into the West End or Coxen Hole.The water taxis stop running at dark so we had to be back by dark unless we wanted to swim back to the resort.Once on the other side of the water, we took a legal taxi into Coxen Hole to shop and paid the driver to hang around for 4 hours then drive us back to the water taxi. The only problem we found was people asking for things or money and beware of anyone getting too close to you or bumping into you as it may be a pick pocketer.I was often alone while shopping in Coxen Hole and I did not run into any problems at all. I did however keep looking over my shoulders making sure I was not being followed etc….If you explore the island then do it on the days the Cruise Ships stop there. There are more stores open as well as Duty Free shops, more people are on the streets and there are more Police around.
Enjoy your vacation, I had a blast in Honduras last year and i am looking forward to this years Dive vacation as well.
Freedom Ryder 8-)…………………
|Thanks Freedom R.
Guess I’ll make sure to go around and visit with organised excursion groups from the resort and hang around a few new friends, as to watch my back while I watch their’s…