The U.S. State Department reissued their Honduras Travel Warning just before Christmas and we reported this to you in early January (link below). Subsequent to that article, we have learned that a family of 5, husband, wife and 3 daughters, rented a car on their own and ventured off to find a beach which is less frequented by tourists. What they found instead was trouble, as they became the victims of an armed robbery.
News of this robbery surfaced on the web as the husband shared his story on the Facebook page "Missing America's Project".
According to reports, the family was vacationing on the Carnival Conquest and were not on a ship-sponsored excursion. Fortunately, they were not injured but the car was wrecked, as they tried to flea the robbers. The loan masked robber made off with the family's valuables including cash, iPhone and camera. Carnival Cruise Line provided assistance to the victims once they were back on board.
Many crimes that involve cruise passengers are crimes of opportunity. If you read the State Department warning, they indicate that there are significant number of people that travel to Honduras without incident. Of course for this family, that is of little comfort. The warning suggests that you stick to well-traveled (guarded) destinations. That of course is no guarantee of your safety, but statistically it increases your odds.
We live in a society where crime is everywhere. Often we hear about some crime incident where the news media mentions their surprise about where the crime occurred. It can happen anywhere - so the only defense is to take all the precautions you can and be aware of your surroundings. Traveling in groups is another safe practice that is also not a guarantee.
Do take time to read warnings and other information prior to your trip. We've shared some specific links for Honduras below. Please consult our International Travel tab above for more links.
U.S. Embassy Tegucigalpa
Avenida La Paz