Why go to Banana Coast (Trujillo)?
This is a great spot for cruisers wanting a Caribbean-before-tourists-arrive type of vibe
There's no dock, so passengers must tender ashore
Although Banana Coast is purpose-built, it's got more culture than most privately owned ports
Banana Coast (Trujillo) Cruise Port Facilities?
Banana Coast is a privately-owned cruise port, similar to many others in the region. There are several bars and cafes, including the popular Bahia Bar, right by the tender stop. The port itself has numerous craft stalls, a liquor and duty-free shop and a small Mayan museum; it also has free Wi-Fi. It's located directly on the beach so you could just hang around here if you wanted to, but you'd miss the very pretty town of Trujillo.
Good to Know?
At this stage, Trujillo is so new to tourism that you won't find the hassle you get at many established Caribbean cruise destinations. It's so small that you'd be hard pressed to get lost, and the vibe here is genuinely friendly and welcoming.
But as you would in any unfamiliar place, keep all unnecessary valuables onboard in your cabin's safe. You'll also notice a lot of heavily armed guards, especially at banks, the port and at gas stations.
On Foot: A road runs from the port entrance along the beachfront to the town center; it's about a five-minute hike from where you're docked.
Renting a Car: There are no rental car offices in Trujillo.
By Taxi: If you choose to take a cab, there is a lineup just outside the entrance to the port. Make sure you agree the fare beforehand; it should be no more than $1 (approximately 20 Lempiras) into town.
Currency & Best Way to Get Money?
The official currency is the Lempira, named for a martyr who fought the Spanish. U.S. dollars are widely accepted, however, as are credit cards and traveler's checks. In the main square Plaza de España, Banco Atlantida (open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon) provides cash advances on credit cards and has two 24-hour ATMs. For the most up-to-date conversion rates, check out www.xe.com.
Spanish is the official language of Honduras. In this sleepy town, not many people speak more than very basic English.