Blogs from Roatán, Bay Islands, Honduras, Central America Caribbean - page 14


Ok, so i'll try to keep this short because i have 13 minutes before this little internet boutique closes.. and i'll try to start up where i left off.. Sunday morning i woke up at Tegucigalpa, took a cab to the central bus station, and bought a ticket to La Ceiba, the port city, from which boats can be taken to the islands, and departed at 10 am. The ride was 8.5 hours.. (for real..), i mean including stops, and about 45 minutes of being stationary on the road (still not sure what that was about), but yeah... I passed the time by listening to 25 chapters of Dan Brown's the lost symbol, and watching the first third of "Be Cool" with jon travolta.. finally I got to La Ceiba with exhausted electronics at 6:30 and ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Bay Islands » Roatán December 23rd 2009

Travelblog...risen from the dead! Even though it's Christmas (and not Easter), it's never too early for a good resurrection. I hope that this entry finds all of you very well wherever you may be. I know that all of you have been waiting with baited breath for another travelblog update. Some of you have even called me and asked, "Hey, I am busy raising twins and a toddler, but in my one single free-minute of each day I check your blog hoping to see some sign of life. What gives!?" For those of you who do that (which there are none, let's be honest --- the stat-tracker on this thing says so), I thank you. For those of you who don't check this Web site reguarly, I applaude you. You have a life. So, consider this ... read more
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West End Beach

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Bay Islands » Roatán December 2nd 2009

The last few weeks have been rather eventful since my last entry. I learnt to love Roatan. The latin american experience I was looking for (whatever that is anyway) I discovered would never be found. The history and culture of the island are more routed in Garifuna traditions than Latin American ones. In fact the locals I met and spoke with did not see themselves as Hondurans at all. The Garifunas are descendents of African slaves that were left on the islands in the 1600s. The people of Roatan were warm and friendly. I was constantly invited to have dinner at people's houses. The local food on the island is great. Lots of fresh and perfectlly spiced seafood, ,fried plantain, rice, beans and the best coconut cake I have ever tasted. Their hospitality was greatly appreciated ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Bay Islands » Roatán November 1st 2009

My journey so far has been fairly uneventful. The flight to Houston, was long, dull and cold- I do not like ac. The air hostesses reminded me of Stepford wives, mechanical in their actions, their painted faces in a permanent grin/grimace. My body and mind were confused by the 10.5 hours of sunshine during the flight- would it ever get dark again? I braced myself for the interrogation I was led to believe I would experience at American customs. I was instead greeted by a friendly and welcoming customs officer. Probably something to do with my gender, colour of skin and glasses. In fact everyone I came across at Houston airport and my hotel were friendly and helpful. A welcomed contrast to miserable Londoners (that includes me!). My room was a sight for weary eyes- a ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Bay Islands » Roatán September 3rd 2009

Angelika and I returned to Roatan Is. Jan 5-13 of 2008. We had visited on our cruise in Sept. '07 and dived there. We found the place so lovely and the diving so great that we decided to return. We got a good deal on a week's stay at Fantasy Island Beach Resort (yeah, I know, corny name. They didn't have a midget in a white suit...) Anyway, Roatan is one of the Bay Islands that belong to Honduras. Originally they were explored by the Spanish in the 15th century and claimed by the British in the 17th century. Roatan was occasionally a port for pirates during the heyday of the real pirates of the Caribbean. Nowadays it's a pleasantly third world place that is just on the cusp of being discovered. The island is about ... read more

After all that work to get out of the country in a big hurry because of the possibility of violence or being stuck in Honduras, nothing much happened during the time that I would have been there. The rest of my tour went back to the mainland, went to Copan, crossed the border into Guatemala without a problem and finished the tour. Ah, timing is everything. Still glad that I left when I did.... read more

I recently vacationed with my family on Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras. One of the activities that we were most excited about was fishing for tuna. We've fished in Mexico, Costa Rica, Hawaii, and Alaska, always having an excellent experience even when the fish weren't biting. Not the case with this trip. The first mate spent the bulk of his time on his cell phone conducting personal business instead of taking care of his duties on the boat. Even when he was not on his phone, he didn't have a clue about which tackle to rig and how to rig it. Consequently, we spent a lot of time waiting for the Captain to do the first mate's job for him. When we did get a good sized fish on the line, a poorly manufactured leader failed, allowing ... read more

Current troubles and Central American passions during coups being well known for exploding, my tour group decided to skip going to Copan and get the heck out of Honduras. We were on Utila enjoying some diving and relaxing after sneaking out of the capital, Tegucigalpa, only about an hour before the roads were blockaded. Our tour leader thought he could get us back onto the mainland and to San Pedro Sula and out via a flight to Guatemala City. As the previous night he had stated going to the mainland was NOT a good idea, Corinne and I (a tour member from Switzerland) decided to head for Roatan and fly directly to the good ole U.S. of A. She managed to snag the very last ticket on the Thursday flight. that's what I get for being ... read more

Roatan is probably the most beautiful place I’ve been, it’s everything you’d expect a typical Caribbean island to be. A glorious last stop on my round the world trip (if you don’t count a Miami that is). I’m not much of a beachy holiday kinda girl but I can tell you that Roatan could easily change my mind. I was staying in West Bay, reportedly the most beautiful beach on the island and maybe the best in Honduras. And it certainly looked like it to me. A wide sweeping beach, powder soft white sand and almost always pretty quiet, shady palm trees, warm crystal clear turquoise waters, blue skies, 30°+ heat, a vibrant coral reef just meters from the shoreline (at the end of the beach) alive with tropical fish and a few quiet restaurants and ... read more
West Bay
West Bay
West Bay

Day 795 (03.06.09) to Day 799 (07.06.09) From a choice of two Caribbean islands, which should we go for? It doesn't sound like it should be a difficult decision really does it? And yet it's one we pondered over for some time before finally making a decision an hour or so before we caught the ferry. We had heard that some cheap diving could be had in the Bay Islands of Honduras, and before we made our way back to England and it's murkier, colder waters that we were sure not to want to dive into we wanted to squeeze in one last diving excursion. We could choose from Utila or Roatan but had met no-one who had been to both to help us with our decision. On the one hand we had Utila with supposedly ... read more
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