We didn't get a chance to
visit Utila. No site on Honduras would be complete without a discussion of
this fascinating island and its people. To that end, we are trying to
build out that section and here is our first offering. Let's start with a
'warm hello' from Utila's mayor, Alton Cooper.
“I would like to
welcome you to our beautiful island of Utila, nestling in the Caribbean Sea and
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 and surrounded
coral reefs with prolific undersea life.
The smallest of the major islands in The Bay Islands group, Utila is renowned as
being one of the least expensive and most beautiful places in the world for
scuba diving. From the Mayan
Indians, through the years spent as a British Colony, Utila provides a rich and
diverse cultural experience with it's population of 2,500 people you will find a
unique blend of British, American and Spanish heritages making Utila a Caribbean
Island which is still a largely undiscovered and unspoiled paradise.”
Alton Cooper, Mayor of Utila
Utila on the Web
Utila is a well-kept internet secret but webmaster
Mark Smith is about to remedy that. His
AboutUtila.com is a
wonderful collection of links that feature the best of Utila. One of my
favorite sections is the photo gallery, some of the
finest photos from Utila, Honduras. Make sure you take a look at the
aerial views of Utila as well as the gorgeous sunsets.
Utila offers a wonderful array of accommodations,
from budget back packers to the finer type hotels. The photos of the
Utila hotels, resorts, homes, and apartments in this section alone will make
me a Utila visitor the next time we visit.
As Mayor Cooper indicates, you are a mere 7-minute
flight from Ceiba. This
Honduras map will show you how close you are to the mainland. Here is
a link to other Utila maps that I have collected.
A Nickel's History
Those who have been online
for any period of time
know of the Roatan group on Yahoo. A frequent contributor there is retired
professor David Evans. Here, Evans discusses the
history of Utila, Roatan, and Guanaja, the wonderful Bay Islands of
Need More Info?
The folks on Utila would love to have you.
Journey over to the general
Utila travel section of AboutUtila.com and find the missing piece you need
to complete you Bay Island vacation.
Thanks for Mayor Cooper and Webmaster Mark Smith
for offering this piece on Utila, Honduras to Sidewalkmystic.com.
Utila sunset courtesy of Nojo, and underwater
scene, Adam Laverty
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