There are a lot of reasons why Americans choose to move abroad, and among the most important are finding a nicer climate, discovering a different culture, and finding a place with breath-taking scenery everywhere you go. People moving or traveling to Honduras will find exactly every single one of those things, and a lot more, too. That’s because there is no scarcity of fun things to do in Honduras, nor of beautiful panoramas to take in. As with a lot of countries in the Central American and Caribbean area, a lot of retirees move to Honduras, as well as a lot of people looking for adventure, exotic foods and culture, and a good time all around.
Though Honduras has suffered with issues of poverty and infrastructure over the years, the country has witnessed a surge in tourism, investment, and GDP since the beginning of what today is known as the phenomenon of ecotourism. Listed as one of the planet’s ecological hotspots, Honduras offers up a vast array of spectacular natural attractions, from rain forests and cloud forests to pristine beaches with crystal clear water, and misty mountain peaks and valleys, too. The variety of species is particularly astonishing, and has attracted biologists and zoologists from every corner of the planet. Since cultural awareness of the value of these attributes has risen over the last two decades, especially in North America and Europe, it is common to see huge tourist crowds—and significant expat communities—from these places in Honduras.
Of course, as with almost all countries of Central America, Spanish is the native language, and getting some practice in will be a big help since the people that will speak English will be limited to the major urban centers, like the capital city, Tegucigalpa. Dido for the job opportunities, in general, which revolve around opportunities for teaching English, but include ecotourism investment and development possibilities in the more remote parts of the country (where the truly pristine ecosystems are).
Doing business in Honduras doesn’t need to be all that complicated, though of course it’s a lot easier if you’re doing business on your own account, and not looking for a local employer when moving. Check out BuyUSA.gov to get an idea of some of the ways to go about doing business in this great country, and go to EscapeArtist to see some real estate options (always do a lot of research before committing yourself to anything!). Also, be sure to read up on some of the US Consular service’s info on the country, to get a handle on some of the security and governmental aspects to keep in mind, such as getting a visa. For a review of the residency process, look to the U.S. Embassy.