Honduras is a nation of Central America, located between Guatemala and Nicaragua. The country's coast faces north on the Gulf of Honduras, the westernmost embayment of the Caribbean Sea. In the south of Honduras there is also a short coast on the Gulf of Fonseca, an arm of the Pacific Ocean. All the known lighthouses, however, are on the Caribbean coast.
Puerto Cortés, in the northwest, is the largest port of Honduras. Aids to navigation in the country are maintained by the Empresa Nacional Portuaria (ENP), the national ports company.
The Spanish word for a lighthouse is faro. In Spanish-speaking America, this word is used generally for all navigational lights, large and small, although smaller lights are also called balizas (beacons).
Note: The lighthouses of two remote Caribbean islands, Serranilla and Bajo Nuevo, are listed on the San Andres and Providencia page. Honduras gave up its claim to these islands in a 1986 agreement in return for Colombia's recognition of Honduran claims to certain islands closer to the mainland. (Serranilla and Bajo Nuevo have been claimed by various other countries including Jamaica, Nicaragua, and the U.S.)
ARLHS numbers are from the ARLHS World List of Lights. Admiralty numbers are from volume J of the Admiralty List of Lights & Fog Signals for Caribbean lights and from volume G for Pacific lights. Light List numbers are from NGA Publication 110 for Caribbean lights and from Publication 111 for Pacific lights.
Faro de Punta Oeste, Isla de Roatán, Honduras, January 2008
Flickr Creative Commons photo by Paul Nicholson (no longer online)
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Adjoining pages: East: San Andres and Providencia | South: Nicaragua | West: Guatemala
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Posted May 19, 2004. Checked and revised Augsut 18, 2012. Lighthouses: 13. Site copyright 2012 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.