On to Roatan
Trip Start Dec 13, 2006
37Trip End Jan 31, 2011
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Despite notifying the customs agent Raul ahead of time about our departure, we still had to wait over an hour in his stultifying hot office to obtain our clearance papers as the power was out in Livingston too. After getting the sacred Zarpe, we moved about 2 ½ hours further to Cabo Tres Puntas, the tip of a peninsula near the mouth of the Rio Dulce. We were the only boat amidst some local fisherman. It was good to get back into salt water. Early the next morning—7 a.m.--we set out for Roatan, Honduras. We motored as there was no wind arriving at 11 a.m. On Thursday, May 19th. We anchored in Coxen Hole, a small town on the south side. Although we tried to get information from the Port Captain before going into town, he did not return our call as he said. So we went in search of him, first having a great lunch of cheeseburger, fishburger and Honduran sausage at Nardo Bar and Grill where we were able to tie our dinghy.
After lunch, we found immigration and then the Port Captain who proceeded to chide us for our lack Spanish. Now Mike, in fact, does speak pretty good Spanish, but somehow this fellow had a lot of fun at our expense. Bottom line, we finally got checked in.
The next morning we proceeded to French Harbor, a beautiful spot, where several other cruisers anchored as well
We're especially glad we found out about the moorings. A boat nearby broke loose from its anchor today while its owners were elsewhere. Steve and Mike went to the rescue with some other neighbors. In the midst of trying to drag Gusto off the reef, her owners, a family of six, arrived. With everyone's help they were safely hooked up to a mooring.
And, we were thrilled when a local fisherman came to our boat with fresh lobster and red snapper to sell. We made a deal for 500 lempira (about $20) plus three gallons of gas and he filleted the fish and prepared the lobster for us. A yummy dinner awaits.