Blogs from Roatán, Bay Islands, Honduras, Central America Caribbean


Once upon a time, my dad went to college at UC Santa Barbara. In a lonely little chemistry class, he met a woman named Jen. They became very good friends; and if you have been reading this blog for a while you would know that my dad, Jen and I have travelled together. Well, this summer we are going to Roatan, Honduras, where Jen lives. Luckily, Roatan is only 2 hours away from Miami. When we got to Roatan, we me Jen, and her husband, Steve, at the airport. We drove to their house and after we settled in we went to an area called West End, which consists of restaurants, shops, and diving centers. We went to a restaurant by the water, which was quite clear in Roatan, called Sundowners. I got 2 bracelets from ... read more
West End
Drawing portraits at Sol
Buying Bracelets at Sundowners West End

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Bay Islands » Roatán November 29th 2018

Tues 27-Thur 29 November - Day 32 to 34 - Roatán Island Today we headed to the idyllic Roatán Island. This is the largest of the beautiful sun-soaked Caribbean Bay Islands. Development on the island means there was plenty to do, but it was also easy to find a deserted beach lapped by warm Caribbean waters. Here we found palm-fringed lagoons, turquoise water, friendly locals, lively nightlife and stunning underwater scenery, with some of the cheapest diving and snorkelling in the world! We caught the Galaxy Wave ferry across to the island. This took around 1.5 hours. With a swell (which is normal) many people were sick. Tom was OK as he had taken a sea-sick tablet and slept most of the way!! A minibus picked us up as Alfredo had organised it beforehand. Gosh, he ... read more
Roatan Island Honduras (1)
Roatan Island Honduras day on the motorbike - zipline & nature park (24)
Roatan Island Honduras motorbike hire for 1 day (2)

You cannot claim you have dived the world, if you have not dived the places that everybody has heard about. So here I am, diving four days in Roatan. Bear in mind, it is also my first visit to Honduras. Honduras has today the reputation of being one of the most dangerous place in the world when it comes to the crime rate. I have no intention to be the target of any gang or any kind of express kidnapping, so don't ask me to stop on the continent. Roatan is actually a very different place. This place is more Caribbean than Central America, and yes it is safe! I took my night plane on Avianca from Lima to San Salvador. There is a short connection before getting on the ATR72 daily flight to Roatan. On ... read more
Spider crab in a sponge...
These guys are pretty solid!
Sting ray...

29.5. Die Fahrt nach Antigua bringt uns wiederum 1000 Höhenmeter runter, es wird angenehm warm (bisher brauchte man jeweils abends ein Jäggli, hier ist das nicht mehr nötig). Wir kaufen ein PicNic im Supermarkt und essen Zmittag im Zentralpark, einmal mehr umgeben von schönen Kolonialbauten mit Laubenbogen und bunten Fassaden. Auch die Häuser in den Strassen sind bunt gestrichen, nicht höher als zwei Stockwerke, mit schönen Erkern und kunstvollen Vergitterungen und ergeben so ein gemütliches Ambiente. Wir spazieren den ganzen Nachmittag herum, bestaunen die vielen Kirchen-Ruinen, die alle gesichert und abgesperrt wurden, aber offenbar nicht dem Abriss geweiht sind, und die multikulturellen Läden, Boutiquen und Restaurants. Wir können der Versuchung nicht widerstehen und essen Znacht "chez Christophe", einem Lausanner, der seit 20 Jahren hier lebt und auf seiner Karte u.a. auch Racl... read more
malerisches Antigua
Heilige mit Kollegin
schöne Lauben

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Bay Islands » Roatán February 2nd 2017

I had a relatively quiet day on the ship today. I ordered a breakfast burrito for breakfast by the pool and then headed off the boat to the shopping area that was close by. I walked around the area and surprisingly did not purchase anything. I got back on the boat and since it was so quiet I went out by the pool and read most of the day away. It was really nice to finally relax and enjoy some quiet time. I wound up meeting a small group for drinks spontaneously at the casino bar and then a group of us went to the Pasta Restaurant for dinner. It was really good as we had shared portions of calamari, meatballs, and salad for the first courses. Then for the entrée I ordered the Chicken Parmesan ... read more
Shopping Center
Private Beach Area
Best Chicken Parmesan

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Bay Islands » Roatán November 24th 2016

Well, it's Thanksgiving and for the third year in a row I am spending it with family but out of the country. Michael and I have been invited to go to a resort tonight to endure a Thanksgiving buffett with probably mostly Americans, but I think we have picked out a small local place for a fish dinner! On Monday we wandered the West End including a very small chocolate 'factory' where they roast, blend, mix, and make the chocolate by hand, including even wrapping each individual bar. Talk about small scale entrepreneurs! We then headed out for a late lunch of ballenas (spelled multiple ways) which are flour tortillas, often made fresh when you order, smeared with refried beans and then they add any one of a number of things...eggs, pork, chicken, etc. Trust me, ... read more
Michael takes on Honduran Futbol
Punta Gorda

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Bay Islands » Roatán November 21st 2016

Shaun arranged for his friend, Maricuny (Cuny for short), to take us out fishing on his 40' charter boat for our first day on the island. Michael and I had a light breakfast (we have a kitchen in our rooms) and then Shaun joined us for the short hop to the marina. We were forewarned that the weather had been a bit dicey and there would be a significant chop....indeed. But the sky was clear and the fish, while not too cooperative, were there. We picked up several tuna and bonita, which we used for bait and managed to spend most of the day feeding barracuda. High light of the trip was the on board sushi bar. Cuny and Shaun would take the tuna and cut thin slices of it, add a little hot sauce (which ... read more
At sea sushi bar

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Bay Islands » Roatán November 20th 2016

Michael and I met up at the Miami airport and flew together to Roatan. Then the fun started. Our plane was delayed so we ended up being the third of three jets all slamming into Coxen Cove Airport within about an hour of each other. Opps. Here is a tip, if you fly in here make sure you use the toilet on the plane before landing and pack a snack for the immigration line! It took about two hours to get through the line. Michael's friends Maggie and Shaun, along with Darcy their four-year-old spark plug, me us at the airport, having waited, bless their hearts, for over three hours! Darcy somehow had managed to hold on through the whole ordeal and then, when we were at a place to grab something quick to eat, entertained ... read more
Fish, it's what's for dinner

6 au 10 octobre 2016, Ah, Roatan, depuis le temps que j'en rêvais... Après un petit 2 heures de vol, on parvient finalement sur cette île paradisiaque, située à quelques kilomètres des côtes du Honduras. Du haut des airs, on constate que la petite île n'est pas si petite que ça en réalité. On s'acquitte rapidement des formalités de douanes puis on saute dans un taxi qui nous emmène sur la superbe plage de West Bay, la plus populaire, mais aussi, la plus belle de l'île. Quelle plage en effet, plus belle que les îles vierges américaines et britanniques, qu'Antigua et même que la Thaïlande, et à peine moins «wow» que les Bahamas... mais au moins ici, l'eau est à la température parfaite, contrairement aux Bahamas en plein mois de janvier... Pas facile la vie hein! ... read more
Hello West Bay!!!
Journée de croisiéristes
Incroyable, mais vrai!

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Bay Islands » Roatán September 20th 2016

I had driven my car from Montreal, Canada (hometown) over 2700 kilometers to reach southern Florida where my folks own a condo. Bev and my dad joined me. Along the way we stopped to visit family in Savannah, Georgia for a night but otherwise the drive was uninterrupted. It’s always nice heading south, it just keeps getting warmer and warmer. Once in Florida, Bev and I found a last minute deal aboard the Norwegian Getaway that was just too good to pass up. And so, a week later, we found ourselves aboard one of the largest vessels in the world and heading towards Central America. Our first stop was in Roatan, Honduras. This is one of the Bay Islands and located about 65 kilometers north of mainland Honduras. The island sits on an exposed coral reef. ... read more
Coxen Hole
Cooling Off

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