The city began building his current wealth in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century, with the arrival of the banana transnationals. With them came successive waves of Americans, Lebanese, Syrians (mostly traveling with Turkish passport), English, German and Italian. For the first decades of the twentieth century, the city grew at breakneck pace with new factories and railroad support. The work was hard, the unbearable heat and malaria a constant companion. In return, the city received products and cultural influences from North American and European markets, so the money was always present. With the exception of malaria, the rest has not changed.
Being located in the Sula Valley, one of the most fertile valleys of the country, agriculture and livestock have been spearheads of its economic strength. Another advantage it enjoys is the fact of being only 55 km from Puerto Cortes, the main seaport in Honduras and Central America. This has been vital in the development of the maquila industry, the second most important in generating income category Honduras. Based on their wealth, San Pedro Sula is nicknamed “The Industrial Capital” of the country. The city has restaurants and hotels good quality created to cater to a huge population of men and business women who constantly visit.Another major advantage is its proximity to the main tourist destinations in the west and the Atlantic coast of the country. Thanks to its modern airport and excellent roads, the city has become the main point of arrival of international travelers arriving in Honduras in search of diving and snorkeling in the Bay Islands (Roatan, Utila and Guanaja), forests humid tropical Tela, La Ceiba and La Mosquitia or the Copan ruins.