From its early days La Ceiba has charmed its visitors with its
natural enchantments, its name is due to a giant ceiba tree that
grew stunningly at the shores of the Caribbean Sea, where today
the principal avenue and the first street converge. It was so
big that the first settlers who were the Garifunas (immigrant
slaves from the Island of Saint Vincent) said that it was "The
Ladder God used when he came down from Heaven to visit Earth".
The port city of La Ceiba started to develop in 1872, when Mr.
Manuel Hernandez built a hut under the enormous tree and then
around it other neighbors started to settle, seduced by the boom
of the the banana plantations. The commerce of this fruit was
so prosperous that it brought the attention of big international
companies that started to establish in La Ceiba. The city started
to grow with national migrants and foreigners. With the years
the infrastructure has been enhanced, always keeping our own frame
of the Caribbean architecture with its large streets.
La Ceiba was declared a town August 23, 1877, being the center
of the banana emporium and main point of the regional economy.
After this, the biggest industrial and financial companies of
Honduras emerged in La Ceiba.
it is the third most important city and the second most important
port of the country. It exceeds the 200,000-population in more
than 170 suburbs and settlements over a surface of approximately
6,000 hectares. La Ceiba has the highest literacy rate in Honduras
and a big part of its population is bilingual.
to its natural beauties La Ceiba has been declared by the Honduran
Goverment "The Capital of Ecotourism". Among its natural
attractives the imposing Pico Bonito (2,435 meters high) stands
out which also is a national park. In this tropical rain forest
there are beautiful waterfalls and spectacular landscapes. We
also find the Cangrejal River, one of the few rivers in Central
America preferred by people who enjoy extreme sports like white
water rafting and canoeing.
y Salado" Wild Life Refuge, a national park with dry and
rainy canals is where you can appreciate wild animals and exotic
birds, confused in the vegetation. If you're lucky you'll see
beautiful manatees, endangered species found here a safe place
Ceiba´s beaches are another point of interest in the city,
they border all the north part of it. A few minutes off city
limits you'll find Peru and El Porvenir which are wonderful
beaches, also you´ll find Corozal and Sambo Creek that
are Garifuna villages that conserve their language and Afro
Ceiba is known in all Central America for its Feria Isidra,
that takes place during the last days of May and ends with a
big carnival called "Gran Carnaval de la Amistad"
where the first avenue turns into a huge dance floor with local
musical bands and colorful floats. Not only for this date the
party environment takes over the city, the happy spirit of the
people prevails all year long in the first street or "Zona
Viva" with all its clubs and bars which offers a specialty
for everyone. That's why for many reasons you should visit this
tropical paradise where the adventure, fun and natural environment
will make you have a wonderful time.