We checked into the NW Cruiser NET on the SSB at 8am so when we got to the entrance to the harbor at Utila, Czech N Mate called us and gave us some good advice on the navigation. Actually we could see the deep channel between the reefs quite clearly once there. We were anchored by 10:30 am. After checking in with Customs/Immigration and the Port Captain we spent most of the day just resting up.
|Munchie's Cafe is a favorite breakfast hang out on their|
breezy front porch.
|The enormous number of wires strung in a|
haphazard fashion force some strange
pruning on the trees.
|The local elementary school during a boisterous lunch session|
|The variety and well kept cottages and gardens are a delight|
for the eye
|This huge private motor yacht anchored in the harbor|
along with the cruisers. In the background is the
Honduran mountain range on the mainland over 40 miles
away (and the mountains are even further)
|Walking along the shore west we came to some lovely|
|Where the sunbather can have a long private stretch of beach|
|After a few hours of walking we needed some sustenance.|
Here, the nachos from El Picante.
|That's John the owner and now a friend.|
|Walking east from the town we enjoyed the charming|
private homes and small Inns
|Most have a Victorian cottage look about them|
|And most are quite small and have a front porch where we|
often saw the residents sitting and watching the foot traffic
|Most of the food was local but occasionally the chefs|
|Debby and Jerry from Czech N Mate, our cruising friends|
from Tortugal Marina and Oklahoma.
|And new friends Cindy and Scott on Amazing Grace. They|
headed up to Cuba from Utila while we and Czech N Mate
went on to Roatan.
On the next day we explored the town, walking up to the east. We became friends with Judy and Chris. She runs a lovely gift shop and he runs a cafe/theater. We had lunch with Czech N Mate and their friends Amazing Grace at the Bucchaneer and met the owners Melly and Patrick. Previews of that night's Academy Awards were on and I expressed regret that we couldn't see it because we were worried about leaving our boats for the evening (our guide book calls this harbor Burglery Bay). Patrick picked up the phone and called the Mayor and arranged for a patrol boat to keep an eye on the harbor! So we all came in for dinner and managed to stay awake till about 9:30 pm (Cruiser midnight). On Monday we took a long walk down to the end of road going west. A lagoon entrance there prevents going further by foot - most traffic on the island is by boat. There are few roads. For lunch we went to El Piquante and met owner John. We were the only ones there to start and he sat down with us. What an interesting life he has led, born in the Congo, immigrated with his parents to California and 8 years ago he married an Honduran and they moved here. That after noon we had some great snorkeling out on the main reef, right on the edge of the drop off. Our good friend Barbara who we stayed with in Florida in January arranged for us to contact her friends Maria and Roger who live down on the western end of the island. They picked us up on our boat and took us out to lunch on Tuesday. We really enjoyed their company and will spend more time with them on another visit. Due to weather constraints we decided to move on to French Harbor, Roatan the next day with Jerry and Debby. More to come...