Friday, July 29, 2011


Lodge at Pico Bonito – Aldea El Pino Km 175; 011-540-440-0388 or 312-345-3288;; 22 plantation-style cottages at Colorado and Corinto River junctions.

Hacienda San Lucas – 011-504-651-4495;; 2-hour drive from Tegucigalpa; owner can coordinate driver service to ruins.

Basecamp – inside Café ViaVia, 1 ½ blocks from Parque Central; 011-504-651-4182;; tour organizers.
Copan Connections – Barrio Centro (at Twisted Tanya’s); 011-504-651-4182;; tour organizers.

La Casa de Todo – Avenida Los Sesemiles; 011-504-651-4689;; gift shop.

Sights & Sites
Finca El Cisne – 24 kms north of Copan Ruinas; 011-504-651-4695;; Carlos Castejon takes visitors riding across family’s cattle farm and coffee estate.
Macaw Mountain Bird Park & Nature Preserve – Copan Ruinas; 011-504-651-4245;; tropical bird haven.

ROATAN (includes French Key)
West Bay Beach.

Bars & Nightclubs
Frangipani – Sandy Bay (at Anthony’s Key Resort); 800-227-3483;; wooden cottages on stilts over azure sea.
Sundowner’s Beach Bar – Half Moon Bay; 011-504-2445-4158;; try signature “Monkey La La.”

Cara a Cara – among Caribbean’s best shark dives; conducted on small sand spit.
Calvin’s Crack – wall dive.
Coco’s Seamount.
M/V El Aguila – upright wreck with some easy swim-throughs.
Half Moon Bay Wall.
Herbie’s Fantasy – sand chute maze.
John’s Spot.
Overheat – for crabs & lobsters.
Mary’s Place – Roatan’s most famous site and “1 for bucket list”; volcanic crevasse cut into reef, blooming gorgonians and sponges.
Prince Albert.
Spooky Channel – cuts into seafloor with entrance through grotto around 60' mark and exit deeper down; seahorses.
Verde Grande – caverns and reef cuts.
West End Wall.

Anthony’s Key Resort – Sandy Bay; 800-227-3483;; wooden cottages on stilts over azure sea.
Barefoot Cay – Barefoot Cay Road; 011-504-2455-6235;; highly regarded, boutique dive resort/hotel.
Mayan Princess – Carretera Pavimentada Principal; 011-504-9486-0381 or 786-299-5929;
Palmetto Bay Plantation – Carretera Ms Vecinal (Palmetto Bay, Crawfish Rock); 011-504-9991-0811;; place to stay on Roatan.

Turquoise Bay Dive – Carretera Pavimentada Principal (French Harbor); 504-413-2229;

Sights & Sites
Gumbalimba Zip-Line – Gumbalimba Park; 011-504-914-9196;
Roatan Butterfly Gardens – West End Village; 011-504-445-4481;
Roatan Iguana Farm – French Key; 011-504-445-7743.
West End Village – western island; hippie-ish community on beach.

Bars & Nightclubs
Jade Seahorse Treetanic Bar – Monkey Tail Road; 011-504-425-3270;; far-out, mosaic, local institution.

Bandu – semi-private stretch accessible for small fee.

Black Coral Wall.
Black Hills Seamount.
Don Quickset.
Duppy Watersduppy is local idiom for “ghost”; name refers to eerie way light hits reef.
Great Wall.
Halliburton – container ship, with bicycle strapped on top, sunk at about 100'; now home to green morays, angelfish, and grouper.
Pinnacle Peak – features swim-through chimney.
Pumpkin Hill Bank – favorite with dive-masters and more experienced divers; seamount with top at 110'; pristine corals and plant life, clouded by schools of horse-eye jacks and triggerfish.
Raggedy Cay – along wall, to north, moray eels.
Whale Shark Encounters.

Mango Cafe – Rocky Hill Road; 011-504-2425-3305;; wood-fired pizza.

Dive Utila – behind Utila Fire Station (across from Samantha’s 7-11); 011-504-2425-3291;; whale shark dive expeditions.
Utila Lodge Diving – Utila; 011-504-425-3143 or 800-282-8932;

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