Island sightseeing and beach

Trip Start Mar 17, 2013
Trip End Mar 24, 2013

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Flag of Honduras  , Bay Islands,
Tuesday, March 19, 2013

While we were eating breakfast, the ship arrived in Roatan. 

Sharla was our guide, and Roman was the driver.  We are on an air conditioned bus.  We saw stunning views of the picturesque city port and town center of Coxen Hole.  The sky is blue with a few puffy white clouds.  The mountains are covered with green trees and foliage.  Homes are large with metal bars on the windows to shacks on dirt roads.  The sea is a beautiful and clear green water.  A famous barrier reef surrounds the island.  Roatan means "beautiful women."  There are about 75,000 residents, and it is 36 miles from the mainland of Honduras.  Honduras has about 8 million people and consists of 8 islands.  The main source of income is from tourism, then fishing, and farming bananas.  Noni is grown year round.  I do not like noni juice despite health benefits that are claimed.  There is a 51% unemployment rate.  The currency is libre, and 20 libre equals $1 in US currency.  There is one fire station on the entire island.  There are no street names or house numbers.  Homes are located by the sector, first and last name of the occupant, and the color of the house.  English is the mandated first language; Spanish is also spoken.  Gas is $6/gallon.  There are no stop signs nor speed limits.  There are speed bumps in front of each of the 35 schools on the island.  There are private schools, and the students wear blue uniforms.  In the public schools, the students wear other colored uniforms.

At midmorning the temperature is in the 80's.

Our first stop is Plaza Mar where purchases can be made.

We then went to Sherman's Iguana Refuge and Fish Nursery, located in the sector of French Cay.  We were handed leaves to feed the iguanas which would come up to us and eat the leaves, sometimes as many as six iguanas at a time.  Iguanas live to be 35 years old, 5 to 6 feet long.  If they have been in the sun, their color is more orange than the normal brown.  On the pier, we saw barricuda and tarpon swimming in the clear water.

Our next stop was to Cindy's Paradise Place, a home owned by Joe and Cindy.  They are former residents of the US.  The view from their home of the sea, the reef, flowers, coconut trees, and hummingbirds is breathtaking.  They sell trinkets and drinks to the tourists.

Last stop was Las Palmas Beach Resort in Dixon's Cove.  We walked to the beach, waded in the water, and sat under a bamboo canopy to admire the view.

We ate lunch at the Garden Cafe buffet.  Peggy and I laid out in the sun.

Dinner was at the Venetian Main Dining Room.  We attended the show in the Stardust Theater with Jocka and Maria.  Jocka and Maria presented a cirque-styled aerial/acrobatic show.
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