It's not easy partying all the time; sometimes you need a break. I had this realization about two months ago and decided it was time for a getaway. In the past few years I've decided to explore some big cities in the US. Among a few others, I've visited Las Vegas, Hollywood, Denver, Boulder, Miami and Chicago. It's been awhile since I vacationed outside of the country and I wanted to do something a little different, off the beaten path, and a little adventurous. In early May, I went on vacation to a remote island off the coast of Honduras named Utila. The island is located approximately 18 miles (29 km) from the Honduras mainland port of La Ceiba. Utila is just 11 km long and 4 km at its widest point. There's no real road system in Utila and only a handful of cars exist on the island. Most people get around by boat, bike, scooter, or ATV. Utila is best known for its pirate folklore, recreational diving, and whale shark sightings.
Getting to the island was a mini adventure all in itself. After flying into the San Pedro Sula airport in Honduras, we took a 15 seat puddle jumper that landed in a field somewhere on the island of Utila.
In the background, you'll notice the tail of another airplane. The airplane was being rummaged for parts. We asked the locals why they were pillaging the air craft and they told us that the plane hit a cow last year. Nobody was hurt.
After landing, you hop in the back of a pickup truck and are driven to a dock where you take a boat to the resort. We stayed at a nice dive resort called the Utopia Dive Village.
This part of the island is beautiful. The water is crystal clear and there are an abundance of reefs available as close as 100 feet off shore. The water right off of beach is full of rocks and coral, so walking is a bit of a challenge. The resort set up a little walk way that leads scuba divers and snorkelers out to the deeper parts of the reef.
Check out some of the images I snapped underwater:
A short boat ride from the resort will take you to Water Cay, a small, uninhabited island paradise with piercingly blue water, white sandy beaches, and great reefs for snorkeling or diving. This was one of my favorite parts of the trip. The island is beautiful. We parked a few lawn chairs in crystal clear water up to our chest and relaxed for awhile. The water was calm and inviting. After relaxing, we did some snorkeling and ended the day with a fish taco BBQ. I miss this island dearly.
Deep sea fishing is another popular thing to do in Utila. We trekked out at 6am one morning with one of the local fisherman and managed to catch two barracudas, a rock fish, and some type of poisonous fish that our captain advised us not to eat. I don't remember the name of the fish. We had a huge tuna on our line, but right when we were about to reel him into the boat, he somehow escaped. That was a bummer.
I kept hearing tales about an American who has a house on the island that's fully surrounded by grass he'd imported from the US. I decided to hike a couple of miles to seek it out. Here are some pictures I snapped a long the way:
After a long hike, I finally found the house. Not only did the man have grass, he also has one of the only pools on the whole island. He was outside skimming his pool and I had a brief chat with him. He told me he prefers to have grass around his pool, so he imported the same type of sod that they use on golf courses in Saint Augustine, Florida. In the below photo, he's in the back left using his leaf blower. There were very few leaves to blow.
Usually after a seven day vacation I'm more than ready to get home, but when the 7th day came and went, I wasn't ready to leave. I really love this island and hope to get back there one day. Utila is largely untouched by tourists and that's not a bad thing. The environment is peaceful, beautiful and inviting.
And now, I think I need a Pina Colada.
About the Author: Larry is a friend of House Party. Larry currently resides in the East Bay region of California. He enjoys all things wine related, and spends a lot of his free time in Napa and Sonoma learning about wine. Larry is also a Mixed Martial Arts enthusiast. He enjoys practicing, watching, analyzing and commentating on all things MMA. Larry also enjoys cooking, fine dining, entertaining and hanging out with Maximus, his Jack Russell Terrier.