Atlántida Department

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Atlántida Department
Departamento de Atlántida
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Atlantida in Honduras.svg
Coordinates: 15°38′36″N 87°07′54″W / 15.64333°N 87.13167°W / 15.64333; -87.13167Coordinates: 15°38′36″N 87°07′54″W / 15.64333°N 87.13167°W / 15.64333; -87.13167
Country Honduras
Founded24 February 1902
Capital cityLa Ceiba
 • TypeDepartmental
 • GobernadorNoelmy Balbina Arzú Cacho (2018-2022)[1] (PNH)
 • Total4,227 km2 (1,632 sq mi)
 • Total449,822
 • Density110/km2 (280/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CDT)
Postal code
ISO 3166 codeHN-AT
HDI (2017)0.644[3]
medium · 3rd
Statistics derived from Consult INE online database: Population and Housing Census 2013[4]

Atlántida (Spanish pronunciation: [aˈtlantiða]) is a department located on the north Caribbean shore of Honduras, Central America. The capital is the port city of La Ceiba.

In the past few decades, tourism has become the most important legitimate economic source for the coastal area. In 2005 it had an estimated population of about 372,532 people. The department covers a total surface area of 4,251 km².


Land Registry Office for the Atlántida department in La Ceiba

The department was formed in 1902 from territory previously parts of the departments of Colón, Cortés, and Yoro. In 1910 it had a population of about 11,370 people. La Ceiba is known as the night life city in the Atlántida department. With tourist coming from all over the world to enjoy a nice Caribbean weather and beach resorts, La Ceiba is the preferred destination. Another important city in the area is Tela. Similar to La Ceiba, Tela has incredible resorts and is known for the beach parties that make this city an attractive destination. San Juan Pueblo, a small town midway of La Ceiba and Tela is showing prosperity and quickly growing into one of the most industrialized towns.


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  1. Arizona
  2. El Porvenir
  3. Esparta
  4. Jutiapa
  5. La Ceiba
  6. La Masica
  7. San Francisco
  8. Tela

Medical care[edit]

Medical care is available at the Jungle Hospital,[5] which is located in the village of Rio Viejo, 20.1 road kilometers south of La Ceiba in the valley of the Rio Cangrejal. From La Ceiba, one should take the Carretera a La Cuenca (V200) to Rio Viejo.

Once a year in July, a team from the Southside Church of Christ in Rogers, Arkansas come to Atlántida bringing prescription medication that is not normally available in the area or is very expensive locally. This mission effort is very supported by the locals, with thousands visiting the clinics set up.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Juramentan a gobernadores y comisionados presidenciales de Atlántida, La Paz, Santa Bárbara y Comayagua" [Swearing in of governors and presidential commissioners of Atlántida, La Paz, Santa Bárbara and Comayagua]. Presidencia Honduras (in Spanish). Tegucigalpa. 27 February 2018. Archived from the original on 13 September 2018. Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  2. ^ "GeoHive - Honduras extended". Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  4. ^ "Consulta Base de datos INE en línea: Censo de Población y Vivienda 2013" [Consult INE online database: Population and Housing Census 2013]. Instituto Nacional de Estadística (INE) (in Spanish). El Instituto Nacional de Estadística (INE). 1 August 2018. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  5. ^ "Jungle Hospital". Jungle Hospital. Retrieved 31 August 2017.