●Lodge at Pico Bonito – Aldea El Pino Km 175; 011-540-440-0388 or 312-345-3288; picobonito.com; 22 plantation-style cottages at Colorado and Corinto River junctions.
●Hacienda San Lucas – 011-504-651-4495; haciendasanlucas.com; 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; basecamphonduras.com; tour organizers.
●Copan Connections – Barrio Centro (at Twisted Tanya’s); 011-504-651-4182; copanconnections.com; tour organizers.
●La Casa de Todo – Avenida Los Sesemiles; 011-504-651-4689; casadetodo.com; gift shop.
Sights & Sites
●Finca El Cisne – 24 kms north of Copan Ruinas; 011-504-651-4695; fincaelcisne.com; 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; macawmountain.com; tropical bird haven.
ROATAN (includes French Key)
●West Bay Beach.
Bars & Nightclubs
●Frangipani – Sandy Bay (at Anthony’s Key Resort); 800-227-3483; anthonyskey.com; wooden cottages on stilts over azure sea.
●Sundowner’s Beach Bar – Half Moon Bay; 011-504-2445-4158; roatanonline.com/sundowner; try signature “Monkey La La.”
●Cara a Cara – among Caribbean’s best shark dives; conducted on small sand spit.
●Calvin’s Crack – wall dive.
●M/V El Aguila – upright wreck with some easy swim-throughs.
●Half Moon Bay Wall.
●Herbie’s Fantasy – sand chute maze.
●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.
●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; anthonyskey.com; wooden cottages on stilts over azure sea.
●Barefoot Cay – Barefoot Cay Road; 011-504-2455-6235; barefootcay.com; highly regarded, boutique dive resort/hotel.
●Mayan Princess – Carretera Pavimentada Principal; 011-504-9486-0381 or 786-299-5929; mayanprincess.com.
●Palmetto Bay Plantation – Carretera Ms Vecinal (Palmetto Bay, Crawfish Rock); 011-504-9991-0811; palmettobayplantation.com; place to stay on Roatan.
●Turquoise Bay Dive – Carretera Pavimentada Principal (French Harbor); 504-413-2229; turquoisebayresort.com.
Sights & Sites
●Gumbalimba Zip-Line – Gumbalimba Park; 011-504-914-9196; gumbalimbapark.com.
●Roatan Butterfly Gardens – West End Village; 011-504-445-4481; roatanbutterfly.com.
●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; jadeseahorse.com; far-out, mosaic, local institution.
●Bandu – semi-private stretch accessible for small fee.
●Black Coral Wall.
●Black Hills Seamount.
●Duppy Waters – duppy is local idiom for “ghost”; name refers to eerie way light hits reef.
●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; mangocafeutila.com; wood-fired pizza.
●Dive Utila – behind Utila Fire Station (across from Samantha’s 7-11); 011-504-2425-3291; dive-utila.com; whale shark dive expeditions.
●Utila Lodge Diving – Utila; 011-504-425-3143 or 800-282-8932; utilalodge.com.