Last Updated on January 8, 2023 by Left Lane
There’s nothing quite like the excitement of pre-trip jitters as you dive into the unknown. Immersing yourself into another culture, while visiting a foreign country during a vacation to Honduras.
After scouring multiple Travel Booking sites for hours each day, over the course of two weeks… To see a few of the travel booking sites I used during my trip planning. Just CLICK HERE.
I searched many destinations from all around the globe. Plotting on where I could get the most time for the amount of days my partner had off.
Which by the way, was pretty much none existent. As she took a new job recently, and currently has no accumulated time off. Adding an extra level of difficulty to my trip planning skills. How to plan a vacation, for someone with no vacation days 🤔?
Facing the challenge head on, I started searching every airlines flight itinerary. Searching various destinations from around the globe. Trying to utilize their time zone differences to gain time, as I’ve done in the past.
Where Will We Be?
I searched destinations far, and wide. From Barbados, to Jordan, and Israel. Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Cyprus, and Crete. Scotland, Ireland, Iceland, to the Canary Islands, and Bermuda. Checking the Maldives, India, and UAE.
With no success on flights aligning with my partners itinerary. Mainly because they either left before she got off work, or returned after she was supposed to be back to work.
I reigned my search in slightly closer to home, checking Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, French Guiana and Peru. After hitting the Caribbean nations, the schedule for the flight was getting closer to working with her schedule.
Checking Antigua and Barbuda, Guadeloupe, Saint Lucia, the Virgin Islands (British & American). Aruba, Jamaica, the Bahamas, and the Cayman Islands.
We came very close to ending up in the Bahamas, or Saint Kitts and Nevis. Especially after scoring a sweet deal to Saint Kitts. The next up on the list was Peru, and Belize. I even checked everything that moved by Sea.
Narrowing Down The Search
After searching all these different places places. Including a long list of repeat international travel spots, and domestic locations like Hawaii, and the Outter Banks.
The winner was Honduras 🇭🇳. Staying on the Island of Roatán, 40 miles off the coast of the Mainland. This beautiful tropical island is only 5 miles wide at it’s widest point, and 48 miles long.
This island is known for some of the best scuba diving, and snorkeling in the Caribbean. Having the 2nd longest coral reef system in the world, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef.
Which stretches over 650 miles, reaching down from the coast of Mexico, running alongside Roatán in Honduras. Being second in size only to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
After settling on the location, I had to settle on a Resort. As the Island of Roatán is filled with a variety of Resorts to choose from.
We settled on the Blue Bahia Resort located in Sandy Bay. I can truly tell you that we made a good call on the resort, per the time of this article being written we were still at the resort.
The route we took to get there. Would take us from Birmingham AL, to Dallas TX. Where we would be laid over just long enough to make a dash through the airport. Catch the SkyLink Airport Train to our terminal.
Just in enough time to snag a good deal on some overpriced Airport food. During our extremely short wait to board.
With the staff of American Airlines letting us know in advance that we were boarding a packed flight. It seems everyone in Texas wanted to spend Memorial Day weekend in Honduras.
Choosing to nap most of the flight to the beautiful island of Roatán. The 3 hour flight from Texas flew by (No Pun intended).
After landing in Roatán, Honduras at RTB Juan Manuel Gálvez Airport. We made a landing right beside the water. With the runway being on the islands edge.
After landing at the Roatán Airport. A small airport by comparison, we de-boarded the plane using mobile stairs, right onto the tarmac.
Once we entered the Airport to go through Honduran Customs. We saw that the line was extremely long, snaking back and forth across the airport around 14 times.
After slowly making our way across the airport, we spent the next 2 hours standing in line. Once we finally cleared customs, we collected our luggage. Then headed off for the rental car counter.
Using Sixt Rent A Car we decided to rent a pickup truck this time, instead of a car. As we had heard the roads could be rather rough on Roatán Island.
At last we were on the road in Honduras! Want to see what adventures we get ourselves into on the island during our stay? Be sure to check back later to see more of our Adventure.
The Roving Gypsy
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