Located on the Caribbean coast, La Ceiba is the third largest city in Honduras with a population of 80,000. The capital of the region of Atlantida, one of the 18 regions of Honduras, it is easy to get around on foot. A relatively young city with an international atmosphere, La Ceiba got its name from a huge Ceiba tree that was next to the beach and provided shade to the workers at the dock and locals during the afternoon.
La Ceiba is a lot more than a port city with hospitality and charm. It has the potential to develop into the Ecotourism Capital of Central America. The Pico Bonito National Park, Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge, Cayos Cochinos Marine Reserve are but a few of the many nature attractions available at just a short distance from the city. May through June are great times to catch several town fairs and celebrations, including a week long carnival held in La Ceiba during the third week of May.