San Lorenzo

Aunque no es cabecera departamental, el poblado-puerto de San Lorenzo es sin duda la urbe más prospera del sureño departamento de Valle.

A nivel de municipio, obtiene una buena parte de sus ingresos de la actividad portuaria, del cultivo de camarón blanco, productos agrícolas como melón y sandía, y también por otros rubros con la extracción de sal y la pesca artesanal.


A un poco más de cien kilómetros al sur de Tegucigalpa, la cabecera del municipio se ubica a lo largo de la San Lorenzo, Valle, Hondurascarretera Panamericana (CA 1).

San Lorenzo es una ciudad relativamente joven a pesar de que los españoles la fundaron en el primer cuarto del siglo XVI, no fue sino hasta la primera década de la centuria pasada cuando se crea el municipio.

Es más, la ciudad ha crecido tanto, un estimado de 30,000 habitantes para el 2009

según World Gazetteer, esta en proceso de reordenamiento urbano.

Mayoría de sus calles pavimentadas, y en menos de cinco años se edificó un moderno mercado municipal asombrosamente limpio, remodelación casi total de su hospital, pero lo más sorprendente es la cantidad de espacios públicos.

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San Lorenzo, Valle, Honduras

Although it is not the capital, San Lorenzo's populated port is the city that most thrives in the southern Department of Valle. At the level of municipality, San Lorenzo gets much of its revenues from the port activity, the cultivation of white shrimp, agricultural products such as melons and watermelons, and also other items such as the extraction of salt and fishing.

San Lorenzo is a relatively young city. While the Spanish founded it in the first quarter of the 16th century, it was not until the first decade of the last century when the municipality was created. The city had grown to an estimated 30,000 inhabitants in 2009 according to the World Gazetteer, and is in the process of urban reorganization.

In less than five years, it has paved the majority of its streets, built a new modern municipal market that is amazingly clean, almost totally re-modeled their hospital, and opened up a surprising amount of public spaces.

A little more San Lorenzo, Valle, Hondurasthan one hundred kilometers to the South of Tegucigalpa, the center of the municipality is located along the Pan-American Highway (known as CA 1), and is located in the department of Valle. It is located at approximately 13.42 North 87.45 West. The city was established by Spaniards as a village in 1522 but not granted city status until 1909(1912?). It has become one of the most developed cities in southern Honduras.

Its economy is based around the seafood industry (shrimp), tourism and agriculture (watermelon, melon and other fruits).


San Lorenzo is located 60 miles (2 hours) south from Tegucigalpa (the Honduran capital), 21 miles east of the border crossing to El Salvador at El Amatillo and 50 miles west from Nicaragua. San Lorenzo is also located about 8 miles south of Jicaro Galan, Valle (located at the crossroads of the Pan American Highway and the Southern Highway). The next closest sizeable cities are Nacaome, Valle to the north and Choluteca, Choluteca which is 19 miles to the East.

The patron saint celebration takes place in August. San Lorenzo's best secret is the "Sopa MaravSan Lorenzo, Valle, Hondurasilla," a strong, tasty seafood soup. Many tourists visit the area, including Europeans sailing in the Gulf of Fonseca.

According to the 2001 Honduran National Census, it is the 20th largest city with a population of 21,043. According to census, the population was divided between 19 colonias and barrios. It had a population of 15,294 in 1988 and 9,467 in 1974.

The city has 1 public market, 6 banks, one cooperative and many restaurants located in La Cabaña (the tourist area). The modern public market was built by the Spaniards five years ago. The largest hotels include El Gran Hotel Miramar, Hotel Club Morazán and Villas Concha Mar Condominiums.

Most streets are paved. An abandoned 4,400 airstrip with an elevation of 26 feet above sea level can be found northwest of the city center. However, the closest airport with scheduled flights is Toncontin (MGTG) in Tegucigalpa. Puerto de Henecan opened in 1979, which replaced the port at Amapala.

San Lorenzo, Valle, Honduras

A small city park has several concrete marine animals including a shrimp, shark, crab and a pelican for children to play on. A new park was built in late 2007. It is located near La Cabaña and the Miramar Hotel. It includes a monument dedicated to present and past mariners including those that once worked in pangones, transporting wood and other articles from Amapala.

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