There is no doubt that the Cangrejal River Valley is a favorite among locals. It is also the most popular spot in La Ceiba for tourists! However few know that there are several Cangrejal River restaurants that you can visit there. Your best options are within the hotels that operate in the area. There are two restaurants that are open daily and others that open only during the weekends. The first two are a favorite with locals that have discovered them and can get crowded, especially on weekends during the hot days of summer. Because of that, I recommend that you arrive early, as this will ensure faster service. Following is our list of recommended Cangrejal River Restaurants
La Jungla Restaurant at Omega Tours Lodge
La Jungla is at the Omega Tours Lodge. This is the only restaurant that is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner in the area. It is also the only Cangrejal River restaurant to have been awarded the Atlantida Calidad Turistica badge, which is indicative of the efforts and professionalism always present here. The restaurant offers different settings, including outdoor seating which is very pleasant in the evening. During the day, they have plenty of space under a thatched roof to accommodate you in the shade. They also have a small pool which has running water from the local creek. Their menu is very creative, and they offer delicious dishes at reasonable prices. Since the owners are German, there are several German specialties in the menu, but also offer typical Honduran dishes. They have a complete international bar. English, German and Spanish are spoken on premises.
Rio Vista Restaurant at Villas Pico Bonito
If you are looking for a restaurant with a spectacular view and inviting infinity pool, look no more! Rio Vista is the most popular of the Cangrejal River Restaurants when it comes to local families in La Ceiba. It is especially popular with English speaking families in the area. Food is outstanding, but service can slow down when full. To avoid this, simply arrive early and place your order ahead of the crowds! There is an entrance fee to the Villas Pico Bonito premises, however you can apply it to your consumption. It is a policy to keep the freeloaders just looking to make use of the pool away. Of course, no food or beverage from outside are allowed. The thatched roof setting next to the pool is truly spectacular and well done. It is spacious and has a well-stocked bar with friendly service.
The menu is varied, and prices are moderate to high, but then again, so is the quality of the food served here. They are open daily from 10 am till 6 pm, which makes it mostly a place to visit for lunch. If you are feeling a bit artistic, you can ask to get their Karaoke going. Personally, I assure you are better off without people like me trying to sing. I simply cannot carry a tune!
Hotel Rio Rafting Restaurant
Located at the Hotel Rio Rafting and open always on weekends, but available for groups during the week. This restaurant has a spectacular terrace that overlooks El Bejuco Waterfall in Pico Bonito National Park. It is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the view after a hike on the Hotel Rio Rafting Trail in Nombre de Dios National Park. The restaurant usually has a tasty soup as a special plate on weekends. Prices are reasonable and they have a well-stocked bar. They are building a pool which will be open shortly.
There are other hotels in the Cangrejal River Valley. Most of them do not have restaurants that are open to the public. Such is the case at La Villa de Soledad Bed and Breakfast, that only offers meals to their guests. I hope that this information about the Cangrejal River restaurants motivates you to come and discover the most popular of many crystal-clear rivers in La Ceiba. Best of all, you will be able to have a delightful gastronomical experience while doing so!