Hola from Honduras!! Hard to believe we have been away a week already. We've had a fantastic time so far - near perfect weather and climate and very friendly people.
Our flight into San Pedro Sula on the mainland went smooth. We flew from Fort Lauderdle on Spririt Airlines which flies around the southern States, Central America and the Caribbean. Luckily our overnight hotel provided a shuttle from the airport as it is probably not the safest city to be wandering around in!! Villa Neuira was a former army barricks, heavily walled and guarded and turned into apartments with two gigantic pools whichwe lounged at the next morning. That afternoon we took a 16 passenger shuttle plane over to the island of Roatan.
Lisa and Suart who manage our condo met us at the airport and took us for groceries at the main town of Coxen Hole on the way to our condo. The couple orginally frm B.C. are great people offering us island tips, rides and takingus with them on some of their outings and social events. They live in the condo above us. The grouinds are beautiful and tropical manicured by the local gardener. We are situated
on private beach with a dock running out into Mangrove Bight (like a little bay). The reef is very close and makes for good snorkelling all along the west side of the island. There are pelicans that sit on the end of the dock and you can see needle fish and others in the water. It is so peaceful, especially in the morning as we sip our Honduran coffee on the patio and watch butterflies and hummingbirds. There are a couple of parrots that chatter every morning as well. Our two bedrioom condo is equipped with everything we need and very comfortable with a spacious living room, kitchen and patio with a gas barbecue. The best part is our monthly rate which works out to $26 per night!!
We are a 25 minute walk into West End where the restaurants, beach bars, dive shops and other stores are located. We really enjoy the walk back and forth everyday through the tropical rain forest path and then the main road into town. We take a cab after dark. West End is very laid back with a sand road and many quaint little restaurants and shops. One of our favourite lunches
is the local "baleadas" (like a crepe filled with chicken, re-fried beans and avocado -delicious!!)
Most of the local people on the island use English as their first language whereas on the mainland itis Spanish. The islanders are so friendly and polite. Some are Spanish looking and others are black natives. The kids are so cute!! Fishing, tourism and diving are the main industies. Cruise ships stop at West Bay (the next harbour over). On those days West End is busy with tourists from the ships. We've been snorkelling right offthe shore with lots of stunning coral and fish.
There are a lot of Canadians that live here full time. One of our favourite beach bars is called "Sun Downers" which is the local Canadian hang out. They call it the Canadian Embassy!! A very fun place and has the best cheeseburgers around. Lots of interesting people - locals and tourists. One night Lisa and Stuart took us to a cocktail party at a beautiful hotel built out of mahogany on the beach. What a view!! Local Canadians and Americans come here every Friday for Happy Hour. Most of them own luxury homes here on the island.
Well that's it for week one!! Hope all is well with everyone back home.
Mallory and Warren
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