San Pedro Sula
San Pedro Sula: Overview
Considered one of the fastest growing industrial
cities in Central America, San Pedro Sula is modern and proud.
Its urban landscape is an impressive blend of colonial and contemporary,
combined with overwhelmingly friendly people the city is both
charming and sophisticated. Set in the Sula Valley surrounded
by banana plantations and the lush Merendon Mountain range, San
Pedro Sula plays host to both trourist and business travelers
alike offering a wide range of activities, sites, excellent hotels
and restaurants, and some great shopping.
Located in the northern part of Honduras, the city was founded
in 1536 by Don Pedro de Alvarado as Villa de San Pedro de Puerto
Caballos . Within a few years the name was shortened, the
Sula added from the local Usula dialect meaning Valley
of the Birds.
Close to the Caribbean coast, Guatemala, and Belize,
the city serves as a major transportation hub for the rest of
the country, while economically maintaining its base in light
industry and the commercial production of coffee, bananas, beef,
sugar cane, tobacco, and forestry.
Divided into four quadrants with avenues leading north to south,
and streets leading east to west, San Pedro Sula is easy to
Downtown starts at First Street, but the commercial area revolves
around Third (tercera) Avenue. The Zona Viva district hosts
most of the restaurants, bars, and night clubs, while the Mercado
Guamilito offers visitors and locals alike a wealth
of goods ranging from local handcrafts, such as baskets, hats,
leather items, and jewelry made by local artisans to vegetables
Bartering is the norm at the Mercado Guamilito, where prices
are never fixed. Commercial buildings and the Catholic
surround the Parque Central.
Other popular sites in San Pedro
Sula include the Museum of Anthropology and History , the
Centro Cultural Sampedrano , where the public library
is located, and the Monumento a La Madre (Monument
to Motherhood statue).
A perfect base for touring Honduras, San Pedro Sula
is close to a number of fascinating sites. Among these attractions
is the San
Fernando de Omoa Fortress built by the Spanish to protect
against the pirates of the Caribbean, El Cusuco National Cloud
, and the Copan Ruins from the Maya civilization.
For an excellent selection of day and multi-day Honduras tours,
visit our tour listings.
Delightful San Pedro Sula Hotel
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San Pedro Sula Restaurants
Note: Use country code  when
dialing from outside Honduras.
Pat's Steak House
Avenida Circunvalacion, 5 Calle
17 Avenida No. 22, Rio Piedra
Meals are $10 to $12
between 5-6 Calles, SO, No. 128
Chef Mariano $$$
Variety of excellent Honduran and Garifuna dishes. Zona Viva.
Don Udo's $$$
European cuisine, reservations recommended
Off Avenida Circunvalacion, three blocks from the fountain Bella
Vista, Boulevard Los Proceres
Fredīs Kitchen $$
American Style Cafe
1 and 1/2 blocks from Circunvalacion, on Barrio Rio de Piedras
Granada Restaurant $$$
Lunch and dinner buffet, a la carte menu also available.
Gran Hotel Sula, across the street from Central Park
Hasta La Pasta $$
Italian cuisine, homemade pasta and antipastos
22 Avenue, 2 Street N.W. Colonia Moderna.
Avenida Circunvalacion, 17 Avenida between 2 and 3 Calles
Barrio Las Andes
Larson's Restaurant (Next door
to the Microtel Inn)
Delicious, local 'diner type' restaurant, serving breakfast,
lunch and dinner seven days a week. Popular with locals.
Restaurante La Cascada
International menu, meat and seafood specialties
Avenida Circunvalacion, 1 y 2 Calle N.O.
Restaurante Las Tejas
On Avenida Circunvalacion, 9 Calle, between 16 and 17 Avenidas
Restaurante Rio de Plata
Uruguayan style beef
On 17 Avenida 10 and 12 Calles, S.O., near the
Pandaria Los Andes
Restaurante Estancia Parrillada
Uruguayan meat restaurant
Avenida Circunvalacion near Los Angeles Hotel
Restaurante Cafe Casino
International cuisine and vegetarian specialties
Between 4 y 5 Calle on 10 Avenida NO, Barrio Guamilito
Restaurante Vicente $$
7a Avenida, between 1a-2a Calles
American style coffee shop
Three blocks from the Hotel Gran Sula, 1 Calle, and 7 Avenida
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