15 miles northwest of Tela, breathe the Caribbean biodiversity of the Jeanette Kawas National Park in its different ecosystems: coastal lagoons, mangrove forests and swamps, coral reefs and beaches of white sand or rocky shores. You tour it by boat, with the help of guides and it is divided into 2 areas: the Los Micos Lagoon and the Punta Sal Peninsula.
On the way to the park you pass some Garifuna settlements, like the village of Miami, until you arrive at the pier at the Los Micos Lagoon, the 2nd largest of Honduras, home to hundreds of howler monkeys and a "hot spot" for bird-watching, especially from October to January.
Punta Sal, in the heart of the park, offers two faces: one with sun and the exotic Caribbean, with 6 white sandy beaches and clear waters, coral reefs, and areas for diving and fishing; while another offers the nature and adventure of a jungle with jaguars, howler monkeys and boas.
You reach the Jeannette Kawas National Park after a trip of 15 - 25 minutes from Tela.
Going from one village to another, gradually the brick and cement is left behind, until you find yourself increasingly among branches and brush on both sides of the road.
If you look carefully and are lucky, you may see one of the howler monkeys 'flying' through the branches, or bump into one who walks along an 'aerial walkway', until the landscape opens up again, giving way to the adobe walls and the manaca thatch roofs of the Garifuna homes strewn along the beaches, until you get to the pier.
The park is traveled by boat, whether you go for a wildlife adventure, to watch birds and animals in the mangroves of the Los Micos Lagoon, or just for beach fun, like getting some sun and going for a swim, diving in the coral reefs, or fishing while enjoying the pristine white beaches.
The park is 15 km (9 mi) northwest of Tela. You can get there in a car capable of driving the distance on beach sand until you get to the pier where it all begins.
The Jeanette Kawas National Park is crossed by boat with the help of tour guides. It is managed by the PROLANSATE NGO and it is best to take a trip there with local tour operators or hotels that offer the service.