My initial plan was to avoid San Pedro Sula like the plague. The last 2 years it had been officially recognized with the most dangerous city on the planet, with homicide rates through the roof. I had been meeting a lot of people in Honduras though, and everyone had been telling me that it’s not as bad as people make out, that all the crime in gang-on-gang, and outside the city proper. I’m a trusting guy, so I thought I’d give it a shot.
With 16 murders for every 1000 people I didn’t want to go to local though, so I wanted to stay in a nice hotel, in the safest area, one where I could chill out and watch movies in the evenings. I found a great place called Hotel Las Cascadas only 3km from the bus station I’d be both arriving and leaving from. Perfect – it was a $2 cab ride from the station.
I wasn’t too sure what to expect, what does $60 or so get you in this town? I pulled up to a multicoloured hotel with huge glass windows, it looked pretty swanky actually so I was impressed initially, that’s for sure.
I checked in – receptionist was really friendly, and spoke great English. She told me the wifi was super fast, there were English movies on the flatscreen and the internet worked in the room. Music to my ears.
I headed up to the fifth floor and whacked my key in the door – the room was big, the bed was huge and it was really clean. Turns out $60 gets you a lot in San Pedro Sula, this was great value (and I felt very safe!).
The shower was massive and powerful, I loved that and the bed had an actualy duvet – not just a sheet, something I haven’t been coming across much in Honduras. This was perfection – I definitely made the right choice.
I spent the day exploring downtown, walking around Parque Central, checking out a few churches and eating snacks on the street. Evening was coming though and people were starting to shout “Hey gringo” all too often, so I figured I had had my experience of the world’s most dangerous city and I headed back to my little paradise in Hotel Las Cascadas.
There is a multi-plex movie theatre just a 7 min walk from the hotel too, which means you can enjoy some movies in English to get a taste of home too. This was a great pitstop in my Honduras adventure. Highly recommended, and now I can say I stayed in the most dangerous place in the world, and lived to tell the tale!
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