Tela ’s main attractions are in the beautiful natural areas and villages nearby. That said, visitors can spend a day keeping themselves entertained around town.
The main town beach in front of the discos and restaurants does not lend itself to peaceful sunbathing—it’s not particularly clean, and leaving your possessions while taking a dip is an invitation to theft. A better spot is the beach in front of Villas Telamar  (in New Tela, west of the river and the municipal dock), which is clean, constantly patrolled by the resort’s guards, and open to anyone who springs for a drink or meal at the restaurant.
East and west of town, isolated beaches are lovely but should not be visited without asking one of the tourist police to come with you or going in a large group.