Tela, Honduras.

by Ben Anson June. 17, 2017 1460 views
The Tela Railroad Company's old Headquarters. Engaged in the growing and transportation of Honduran Fruits, this North American business greatly changed the landscape of the Honduras North Coast (Caribbean sector).

The Tela Railroad Company's old Headquarters. Engaged in the growing and transportation of Honduran Fruits, this North American business greatly changed the landscape of the Honduras North Coast (Caribbean sector).

By far my favourite place in the mesmerising Central American republic of Honduras, this Caribbean delight boasts not only an intriguing local culture yet an abundance of breathtaking natural beauty.

A view of Tela's streets and slightly further on - its beaches. Taken from a high rooftop, this relatively flat city boasts few tall buildings in keeping with its traditional image. This is a city whose people take much pride.

A view of Tela's streets and slightly further on - its beaches. Taken from a high rooftop, this relatively flat city boasts few tall buildings in keeping with its traditional image. This is a city whose people take much pride.

A view of the Tela shoreline taken from 'El Muelle' or 'The Pier'. Classically Caribbean, white-sanded beaches, more Palm trees than you could shake a stick at and clear blue skies/waters.

A view of the Tela shoreline taken from 'El Muelle' or 'The Pier'. Classically Caribbean, white-sanded beaches, more Palm trees than you could shake a stick at and clear blue skies/waters.

Located within a bay (La Bahía de Tela) in the Atlantída Department of Honduras, Tela sits close to both the larger city of La Ceiba and the Bay Islands. Patrolled by European Buccaneers (particularly the British) during the 16/17th centuries, many a famous name has set foot here, the infamous Welsh Privateer Sir Henry Morgan being one such character.

Rumoured to hold man-eating Crocodiles and at times Bullsharks, this river runs from the sea towards the surrounding mountains. Tour guides such as myself enter the city through this stretch below the bridge. As the sun goes down, the monsters below come out to play,

Rumoured to hold man-eating Crocodiles and at times Bullsharks, this river runs from the sea towards the surrounding mountains. Tour guides such as myself enter the city through this stretch below the bridge. As the sun goes down, the monsters below come out to play,

Buses and coach services transport Hondurans from all over the country at weekends and holiday periods - notably during La Semana Santa (Easter). Teleños consider themselves more 'hip' or in Spanish 'fresa' than their Honduran neighbours. This is 'actitud Caribe' or 'Caribbean attitude'.

Buses and coach services transport Hondurans from all over the country at weekends and holiday periods - notably during La Semana Santa (Easter). Teleños consider themselves more 'hip' or in Spanish 'fresa' than their Honduran neighbours. This is 'actitud Caribe' or 'Caribbean attitude'.

The boats or 'las lanchas' rested amongst the Palms. Captured from above the bridge.

The boats or 'las lanchas' rested amongst the Palms. Captured from above the bridge.

Palm trees characterise the strip of carefully attended public beaches.

Palm trees characterise the strip of carefully attended public beaches.

The centre of Tela is whereupon one encounters a large Dome construction which rests in the middle of a public seating area - called 'El Parque'. The Park boasts some carefully arranged flora, an attractive array of trees and flowers surrounding the Dome.

The Dome. El Parque during daytime.

The Dome. El Parque during daytime.

Tela, a city which hustles and bustles by day to then party by night, is a safe haven free from gang violence which has ruined the reputation of Honduras. Having said that though, I've lived here almost two years and have not seen even a cat fight. This is a beautiful and safe nation. Tela serves as a striking example.

The steps which lead to Tela's Police Station. There are uglier Law Enforcement buildings I think it's fair to say.

The steps which lead to Tela's Police Station. There are uglier Law Enforcement buildings I think it's fair to say.

Tela as the sun goes down...

Tela as the sun goes down...

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