Located in the northern part of the country, San Pedro Sula is not far from the Caribbean coast. The city was founded in 1536, by Spanish conqueror Don Pedro de Alvarado, who named it “Villa de San Pedro de Puerto Caballos.” Within the next 5 years it was known as San Pedro Sula, with the name Sula deriving from the local dialect Usula, meaning “valley of birds.”
San Pedro Sula is one of the fastest growing cities and has undergone significant development. The city boasts modern and cultural conveniences, such as the new Francisco Saybe Theater, giving world class performances on a regular basis; the Centro Cultural Sampedrano, which hosts and organizes most of the city’s cultural events; the Guamilito Market, with good handicrafts, vegetables and flowers; the Museum of Anthropology and History; a large fashion mall; and sophisticated restaurants serving up sushi or Thai delicacies, among others.
Getting around in San Pedro Sula requires knowing that it is divided into four quadrants following the old Spanish system of building cities. All the streets are numbered, with avenues leading from north to south and streets east to west. Downtown is marked by the first street.
With San Pedro Sula International airport being the main airport serving the area, San Perdo Sula is a major destination for transportation connections. The airport is easily accessible through several North American gateways, such as Miami, Houston, New Orleans, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. The airport is regularly serviced by North American, Honduran and Central American airlines, as well as several executive nonstop bus services.