One hour north-west from San Pedro Sula, on the northern Caribbean coast we get to Tela, a small city that became an important port in the early 1900s as headquarters of the Tela Railroad Company, later the United Fruit Company whose Honduran headquarters was there until 1970. To the west of town lie many miles of commercial African palm plantations.

Tela is one of various towns on the Caribbean Coast of Central America with many Garifuna communities nearby. Heading east along the beach from Tela, one first comes to La Ensenada village, and then, beyond Punta del Triunfo de la Cruz, to the village of Triunfo de la Cruz; to the west along the beach, are San Juan, which bleeds into Tela’s western edge, then Tornabé, and 10 miles (16 km) or so beyond Tornabé, the tiny village of Miami.

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