When Honduras was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1502, the main population was made up of ethnic groups of mixed Mayan decent. The Honduran people are an ethnic mix of native indian, Spanish, and other nationalities. There is a large black english speaking population along the Caribbean coast. The Bay Islands official language is english.
Hondurans are a peaceful, conservative, family oriented people. The strongest bonds revolve around the female. The majority are Catholic, and religion is a major force in their society, but does not effect their business relations.
In the larger cities, men and women are usually considered equal. Both pursue college education's, careers, and participate in politics. Both are taken serious in business negotiations and in managerial positions. A higher education is respected and pursued in all circles.
In Honduras it is more important to complete transactions than to worry about a time schedule. Committing to a time frame is considered more a goal to achieve. They tend to try to build long solid relationships and establish close links with their clients.
The cost of living is between 1/3 and 1/2 lower than their Central American neighbors and is considered to be one of the most reasonable in the world.
A three bedroom home with a pool, tennis court, maids quarters, and plenty of land in what is considered to be the more exclusive areas would sell for around $80,000.
Additional expenses for a live in house keeper, telephone, electricity, and air conditioning would add another $150.00 to your monthly budget.
Resident expatriates calculate a couple can live comfortably on $700.00 per month, if they own their home.
Many of the supermarkets carry imported items and brand name products such as Campbell's and Kellogg's, however, because of the import taxes and transportation cost, these products are much higher than locally produced products. Usually 2-3 times higher priced.
A couple consuming only locally grown fresh products can easily stock their shelves for under $150.00 per month.
Considerable savings can be had shopping in the open air markets and avoiding the large supermarkets. A couple can easily buy everything they need in one of these markets for a week for around $6.00 - $10.00.
Although men and women are considered equal in the urban areas, men are usually very possessive of women. Being overly friendly, staring at, or greeting a woman with a kiss are generally considered social taboos. Embracing is not taken well by male or female.
The mother is considered as the family leader and is usually the principal money earner. It is a grave offense to insult someone's mother. Grandparents and elders are also highly respected.
Professionals should always be addressed by their title. University graduates are known as "Licenciados".
Honduras has a tropical climate that varies allot from one part to the other, depending upon the region. Tegucigalpa, the Capital city ranges between 59 degrees and 85 degrees. Rain falls throughout the year on the north coast, while the rest of the country has it's heaviest rain fall between May and November. Lake Yojoa receives the most rain fall throughout the year, averaging 225 inches.
Between May and November rainy season the climate is temperate. In March and April the warm days usually will have cool nights and December through February it is typical to have cool, dry days and chilly nights.