Banks & Currency Exchange -- Banco Atlántida (tel. 504/2558-1580), on Parque Central, exchanges traveler's checks, gives cash advances on credit cards, and has an ATM. There are also ATMs in every mall, most of the large hotels, and some gas stations, and scattered about downtown in 24-hour booths. There's a black-market currency exchange at Parque Central, but rates are no different from the moneychangers in storefronts and at the airport.

Hospitals -- You can contact your embassy for a list of doctors in San Pedro or try Centro Médico Betesda (Av. 11a NO and Calle 11a NO; tel. 504/2516-0900), which is open daily 24 hours for emergencies and has consultations from 9 to 11am and from 3 to 6pm.

Internet and Call Centers -- Within a few blocks of Parque Central are literally a dozen small Internet cafes charging less than L20 per hour. These same cafes also have net phones for international calls and software for downloading digital photos. Alternatively, try the local telephone company Hondutel, at Av. 4a SO and 4a Calle SO, where you can make long-distance calls for a few lempiras a minute. There's also a cybercafe at the airport, but prices are four times as expensive.

Laundry & Dry Cleaning -- There are dozens of small lavanderias that will wash, dry, and fold your clothes in a day for less than L60 per kilo. For fast service, head to Astroclean (Av. 14a SO and Circunvalación), just across from the City Mall.

Newspapers -- The gift shop at Gran Hotel Sula, in Parque Central, stocks day-old (sometimes older) copies of North American newspapers.

Police -- The Tourist Police (Av. 12a NO and Calle 1a O; tel. 504/2550-3472) take calls daily, 24 hours.

Post Office -- The post office is at Av. 3a SO and Calle 9a SO Correos, and is open Monday to Friday 7:30am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to noon. You can send packages from here, but a safer and more efficient way is through DHL (Circunvalación at Brigada No. 105; tel. 504/2550-1000) or FedEx (Calle 17 and Av. 10 SO No. 56).

Visitor Information -- There is a small tourist information center in the tourist police booth beside the Museo Naturaleza.

Water -- While San Pedro Sula may seem like an American suburb at times, you should still stick to bottled water.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.