21 Days in Central America
Whether you’re Indiana Jones or Jacques Cousteau, the happy isthmus has it all. Peter Hutchison is your guide
Sunday, November 2, 2003
Complete your adventure with a few days on the beautiful Bay Islands, sipping milk from ice-cold coconuts as the Caribbean laps around your feet. Choose between Roatan, the more upmarket island, with better beaches, and Utila, perfect for budget travellers, and with the cheapest diving in the world. You will pay as little as £78 for a Padi course, with accommodation often included (try Cross Creek; 425 3134, www.ccreek.com).
The emphasis is on relaxation. In Roatan’s West End, Rudy provides memorable pancake breakfasts, while for supper you should try the Salt and Pepper. In Utila, the Jade Seahorse and the lofty Treetanic Bar are the picks, while at the chilled Coco Loco, you can watch the sun set on your trip. A local flight back to San Pedro Sula connects you to your international flight home.
No expense spared: Island Pearl (West Bay, Roatan, 00 504-978 6955, www.roatanpearl.com) is a secluded spot, perfect for beach relaxation; doubles from £72.
Moderate: Luna Beach (445 0009, www.lunabeachresort.com), on popular West Bay Beach, has big rooms and balconies to keep the breeze moving through; doubles from £42.
On the cheap: on Utila, Cross Creek (425 3134, www.ccreek.com) has doubles for just £5. It’s free if you’re diving.