Lake Yojoa, or Lago de Yojoa, is the largest freshwater lake in Honduras. Midway between San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa, it is easily accessible and the surrounding areas offer a variety of tourist accommodations and day trips. Getting there is fairly easy and a bit of an adventure. If taking Hedman Alas, get off in San Pedro Sula and get on a bus or rapidito (mini-bus) depending on where you plan to go.
If you would like to check out the eastern side of the lake, take the bus to La Guama. From there you can easily get to Honduyate which is on the main highway. Your driver can drop you right at the door. English Richard and his Honduran wife, Lillian, will set you up in one of many accommodations. From camping to luxury hotel they have something for every traveler. The premises are large and the marina houses sailboats to cabin cruisers to canoes. Most are privately owned, but some are for rent. Just ask if you wish to take a cruise on the lake. The onsite restaurant serves traditional Honduran food along with a variety of items including fish of course!
The northern side of Lake Yojoa can be accessed by switching at La Guama to a mini-bus to Pena Blanca. Along this road is the now defunct Agua Azul, El Cortijo de Yojoa, and Finca Las Glorias. El Cortijo del Lago is run by a John and Marta and their two sons. They are very welcoming and give excellent service. The place is small and rustic. Depending on the time of year you might be the only one there to enjoy the serenity. Good food and great views.
Finca Las Glorias is one of the older establishments on the Lake. A large marina, buffet style restaurant and family cabins give the feel of a retreat. Frequented by yachties and families from San Pedro and Tegus, the hotel is renders itself as a more upscale hotel, although some of the cabins could use a remodel. Great place to stay with multiple people or with a family. Onsite pool and direct access to the lake with boats for hire. Horses and a corral offer optional activites and a small playground are great for the kids.
If you travel onward through Pena Blanca and toward Los Naranjos you will arrive at D & D Brewery. You can also access this area using the El Mochito bus to and from San Pedro Sula. It takes a different route that does not pass by the other hotels. D & D is run by a young, welcoming American, Bobby. His staff is efficient and friendly. Accommodation range from dormitory to double cabins with whirlpool. A variety of travelers from backpackers to locals gather at the restaurant to eat blueberry pancakes and drink the famous beer brewed onsite. Try flavors such as Raspberry, Ales, Lagers, and Stouts. Although D & D is not on the waterfront, you can easily access the lake via small rowboats a 5 minute walk from the property.
Neighboring D & D is another small hotel, run by locals, which seems to catch overflow from D & D. Nice and clean. Good alternative if D & D is full or looking for quiet and nondescript.
Be sure to check out the fishing, bird watching, or sailing while on your visit. Nearby are the famous Pulhapanzak Falls. Ask your hotel which is the best way to get there. Enjoy Honduras’ largest lake!
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