Roatan = Paradise
Trip Start Jul 07, 2009
29Trip End Oct 05, 2009
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So.... After four days in Utila, Honduras (which I renamed Sucktila and Mom renamed Usmella), we left for the greener pastures of Roatan. Utila is supposed to be a divers paradise with the cheapest diving in the world on the worlds 2nd largest barrier reef. What we found was a tiny island with one road, lots of skanky 20 year olds looking for dope, and some crappy, overbooked dive shops.
We found a nice little locally owned inn, Rubi's Inn, for $20 per night. It was clean, comfy, and right on the water with a dock of its own. Day two of our stay I jumped off the dock like a retard and either got the worst charlie horse in the history of mankind in my calf, or I pulled a muscle
As we couldn't stand to be in Usucka, I mean Utila any longer, we hired a captain of a catamaran to sail us away to Roatan. Best decision ever.
We were told Roatan is overrun with tourists, really expensive, etc. Maybe it is typically, however because of the political situation in Honduras, there are barely any tourists here. The bay islands are completely separated from mainland Honduras so other than a 12am curfew, we'd never know that the country is in the middle of a coups. And no, I don't think I know how to spell it right. We found a beautiful little place right ON the beach in the West End and have our own separate little bungalow and beach, complete with AC and WIFI (which doesn't work but who's complaining?). All for $50 per night. We're now the only guests at the resort. Today I finally had my first dive and I was the only diver accompanied by two dive masters. Absolutely amazing! Plus the dive prices are the same or slightly lower than Utila. I had use of brand new equipment, the dive sight was a 2 minute boatride away and it was by far the best dive ever
We've actually mulled over the idea of finding a little house to rent here for the next month.... Seriously, Roatan is da bomb. Only downside we've found is, since it's not too windy here, there are more mosquitos and no-see-ums than our other destinations. We usually leave the bungalow only after lubing up with baby oil, 200% deet lotion, and anti-itch cream. But seriously, it doesn't matter because this is paradise!
We're told the borders are closed because the Honduran Pres keeps trying to re-enter the country (which the majority of citizens we've talked to don't want) so if we ever get ready to leave Roatan, chances are we'll fly directly from here to wherever. Not quite ready to start planning our escape quite yet.
If we figure out the laptop connection issues I'll take time to upload photos but it may happen until our next stop. To answer a couple of questions, No I haven't mastered spanish (they mostly speak English on the islands), yes my stomach has normalized (thank god) and yes, it's mostly beaches, warm tranquil water, and you should be jealous
The locals are really hurting economically because the newscasts about Honduras are so inaccurate. If anyone is planning a trip here, please take it! So many people are struggling just to stay afloat because the island depends mostly on tourism. Although we're completely benefiting from an empty island, lower prices, etc, it's disturbing to hear from all the business owners how they aren't able to make a living.
Thanks, friends, for keeping in touch. I love to hear from you all. I'll keep updating when I can.