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Puerto Cortes

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Puerto Cortes is a city in Honduras, on the coast of the Caribbean Sea.


Puerto Cortes is the main port of Honduras; indeed the busiest port in Central America. The main part of town is on a peninsula between the Caribbean and a lagoon. A causeway crosses to the south to connect with the town of El Povinir.

The town was founded in the 16th century as "Puerto Caballos"; in the 19th century it was renamed after Spanish Conquistador and explorer Hernan Cortes who landed in the area in the 1520s.

It was a small town until it boomed with the coming of the railway to San Pedro Sula in the 19th century, and became a center of the export of bananas. It has continued to grow to today.

Get in[edit]

By ship or by road. There is no airport here. A good multi-lane highway connects Puerto Cortes to the city of San Pedro Sula and its international airport about 60km /1 hour to the south.

Get around[edit]


  • El Malecón, a concrete promenade along the bay front


The city celebrates its foundation during the month of August. This time is known as la Feria Agostina (August Fair). The city and sponsors organize events through the month.





Get out[edit]

  • Beaches to the west of town; Playa Coca Cola and La Cieneguita.
  • Omoa quaint beach front town with an historic colonial fortress
  • San Pedro Sula The second city of Honduras.
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