The main tourist attraction is the restoration at Copán, the second-largest city of the ancient Mayan Empire. There are also beaches on the northern coast and good fishing in Trujillo Bay and Lake Yojoa. A valid passport is needed for entry into Honduras. Visitors also need visas, except for nationals of the US, Canada, Western Europe, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.
Honduran governments have attempted to attract foreign visitors. In 2000, there were an estimated 470,727 tourist arrivals, up from the previous year by 27%. Tourism receipts reached about $262 million and there were 13,943 hotel rooms and 22,309 bed-places.
In 2002, the US government estimated the cost of staying in Tegucigalpa at $183 per day. Daily costs in San Pedro Sula are estimated at $163.