La Ceiba has been officially proclaimed the “Eco-Tourism Capital of Honduras” as well as the “Entertainment Capital of Honduras”, due to its proximity to the beach, active night life, and a variety of parks and recreational areas in and around the city. Another factor contributing to the city’s tourism is the city port which provides ferry services to the Bay Islands in the Caribbean. Ferries from this port offer daily service to the main islands of Utila and Roatan.
The area around La Ceiba has many parks and natural reserves. Its most recognized natural area is the Pico Bonito National Park. This park’s most recognized feature, Pico Bonito on the “Nombre de Dios” mountain range, is 2,435 meters high and provides a back drop for the city. The Cangrejal River, popular for its Class III-IV river rafting, borders the eastern edge of the city and the Cuero and Salado Wildlife Refuge with its wild manatees is located a few miles to the west of the city.
Semana Santa (Easter Week) is one of the cities busiest tourist seasons mainly for the locals. During this week tourists from all over the country flock to the city to enjoy its sun, beach, and very active night life during that week. The busiest tourist season by far is the week leading up to the internationally renowned “Gran Carnaval Internacional de La Ceiba” which is a city-wide celebration on the third Saturday of May.