Road to Roatan

Trip Start Apr 19, 2014
Trip End May 19, 2014

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Flag of Honduras  , Bay Islands,
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

It was a relatively early morning this morning as we packed our stuff and checked out of the hotel in Copan. I was planning on showering this morning but only a small drizzle of cold water came out so it was a quick one. We had breakfast preordered since nothing was open that early and our local guide Daniel met us at the bus stop with our food. Gina and I both had pupusas with fresh lemonade. We took the public bus for this leg of the journey so we had to jostle with the locals for seats. Luckily the bus wasn't full so we all had seats. The bus wasn't to bad, no different than riding the older buses to work at home. I tried to get some more sleep and was successful up until we started stoping at regular intervals to let some locals on who were trying to sell snacks such as fresh fruit, kasava chips and water. If you pretended to sleep the didn't bother you other than bumping into you as they went up and down the aisle. The first bus ride took about three hours and took us to San Pedro Sur, the city with a murder rate of 2/1000 people which is the highest in the world. Sure enough as the bus pulled into the station there were armed guards everywhere and one of the busses next to us was cordoned off with police tape. Apparently someone died in that bus but we didn't find out how. We didn't have long in San Pedro Sur as we had to catch our connection to Ceiba. The bus to Ceiba was packed but luckily we again were able to get seats. There were people standing in the aisle for most of the trip and it got really hot every time we stopped as the only air flow was from the open windows. The drive through the countryside was nice passing numerous coconut plantations. We made one rest stop on the way to Ceiba at a truck-stop which was our only chance to buy food. The cinnamon buns looked really good so we each had a bun and a slice of pizza for lunch. It wasn't pretty but it filled a hole for the remainder of the bus ride. At the terminal in Ceiba we transferred into taxis which took us to the ferry terminal. There wasn't much to do while waiting for the ferry. We arrived two hours before departure so we bought ourselves a beverage while we waited.

The ferry ride over to Roatan was very nice and the water wasn't as rough as anticipated so seasickness wasn't an issue. We sat at the back of the boat and enjoyed the sunset over the water. The ride took about 1.5 hours and we arrived at dusk just as the last bit of daylight was disappearing so we did not get a chance to see the island much. The drive to our hotel was about 40 minutes from the ferry terminal with a stop at a grocery store on the way to replenish our supplies. We have a fridge in our room so we bought breakfast food for the morning. Once checked in to the hotel I went for a quick swim in the in the ocean at the beach across the street with a few others in our group. Gina took advantage of the hot water in our room to have a shower. We then headed out up the road for supper at a local Mexican place. I had steak tacos while Gina had fish tacos and both were pretty good. I also tried lionfish, a pest on the reef and the only fish you can legally kill as they are an introduced species with no enemies. It tasted like regular fish. After supper we stopped in at one of the bars on the side of the island for a drink. It was pretty chill and we headed back to the hotel afterwards. On the way back we saw many crabs running through the ditches.

We have no formal activities planned for the day tomorrow so we are thinking of heading over to West Bay which is the commercial centre on the island and has the nicest beach. We are going to snorkel then maybe rent bikes or scooters and explore the island. Tomorrow night we are going to a local family's for a true island supper.
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