It’s time to go back to Honduras! Begin by asking yourself why it is that you’ve waited so long? The green valleys and golden beaches are calling your name, even as you sleep. Everyday, boats and planes are taking brilliant vacationers to one of Central America’s best kept secrets. Shhh. Don’t tell. It’s still Honduras and it’s our little secret. Not even your mom. In this month’s episode of “You Wish This Was Your Life” we visit the island of Roatan, just off the Honduras east coast and end up spreading our joy at the West End.
Destination achieved via a Norwegian cruise ship. I know exactly what you’re going to say. Isn’t this the same Nail Travels that drops into countries and lurks by car or bus, incognito, burrowing into the very fabric of the environment? Usually that would be the case, but even the strongest souls occasionally get weary. Cruise ships are a source of strong medicine. Try it sometime. You know you deserve it.
Upon our arrival at the Coxen Hole dock, we were greeted by local entrepreneurs looking to assist us in any way possible. For a small tip, they can be helpful finding taxis but best practices usually involve moving quickly through them and getting what you need. Our cab driver, Mr. Fixit, not only took us to the west end but picked us up when it was time to head back to the ship. That can’t be beat.
West End Village is located at the western tip of Roatan. This place has gorgeous beaches, a lush, tropical environment, and fantastic coral reefs. It’s the most popular tourist destination on Roatan and while scuba diving, snorkeling and fishing are very popular, and you can also just lose track of time exploring the beach restaurants and shops.
As much fun as the West End was, Mr. Fixit showed up right on time to take us back to the Norwegian Star. I had to be forceably dragged from the restaurant by my sister by the colored hair wraps local artist had weaved into my hair as I napped on the beach. A restraint order is being processed at this time. One should consider all the possibilities when traveling with family. It’s not for everyone.
Getting To Roatan
- From The City: The cheapest ride is a public bus from San Pedro Sula and Teguciagalpa to Las Ceiba. These “chicken buses” make plenty of stops, but one can get a real sense of the people and the land as your driver takes suicide curves at fifty miles an hour. A van ride is available for several bucks more, and in the “most fancy” department, Hedman Atlas offers hassle-free, first class bus service. When considering renting a car, take a looksie at this article on driving in Honduras. It just might save your life.
- From the Mainland: Ferries leave out of La Ceiba daily. Safe Way Maritime provides ferry service between this port city and the island of Roatan. It carries both passengers and cargo, and is the easiest and most cost-effective means of transportation between Roatan and the mainland. Just sit back and enjoy the view. If you find your way by cruise ship,