Caribbean Life HGTV Utila Honduras

Diving / Living in Utila, Honduras

Wanting to retire to a lower stress life? Check out this HGTV special on real estate in Utila, Honduras.

Caribbean Life-Season 4, Episode 14
Lawyer Trades City Life for Relaxing Beaches in Utila’

Best realtor:
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Dolphins between Utila Isles Honduras and Roatan

We had the privilege of riding with Captain Vern between Utila and Roatan a couple of years ago. We didn’t get to see the dolphins on our trip but appreciate the video.

Utila Honduras Dolphins


We will miss Capt. Vern…

Relaxing on the Beach – Coral Village Beach

How do you spell: R E L A X?

I love to sit on the beach and just listen to the waves roll in,,, hear the occasional bird utila-honduras-vacations-coral-beach (1)chirping over the sound of the wind

I t always takes me a few days to get used to the heat.  (Especially coming from 30 degrees and snow to 80 degree weather.)  But nothing like feeling the ocean breeze playing havoc on your hair!  :o)

From the moment we land until we return to the states, my hair is frizz city!  But that’s okay. I love that this island is so laid back and shorts and T-shirt and frizz are quite acceptable.

Next is island time… It moves at about the 10th of the pace that we are used to. I sometimes feel like I move in slow motion and after about a week am right in step with the pace.

Looking forward to slow motion for another week!

The Lord has blessed us richly in 2012 and we look forward to seeing His plans unfold for 2013.



Utila Honduras Caribbean Vacation Biking

Mountain biking in Utila Honduras! (One of the Bay Islands off the coast of Honduras.)

What is a Palapa?

According to Wikipedia,

A ”’palapa”’ (a Spanish word of Malayan origin, meaning “pulpous leaf”) is an open-sided dwelling with a [[thatch]]ed roof made of dried [[Arecaceae|palm]] leaves. It is very useful in hot weather and, therefore, very common in Mexican beaches, such as in [[Acapulco]]. It is perhaps one of the most important architectural contributions of Philippine culture to Mexican West cultures.

It is also common to see in one of the Bay Islands,Utila Honduras.

Here is the outside of the palapa:

Palapa at Paradise Cove Utila Bay Islands Honduras

These pictures show the construction of the palapa:

Palapa Construction Paradise cove Bay Islands Utila Honduras

Apex of palapa Paradise cove Utila Bay Islands Honduras

If you look closely you can see how this palapa was constructed. They start with a wooden frame of four poles that meet at the apex. Wooden cross-poles (parallel to the ground) are placed at intervals between the apex poles.

Palm leaves (dried) palm are layered over the frame.

Pretty cool!

Utila Honduras Breakfast

Utila Honduras Breakfast Under the Palapa

We have breakfast every morning under the palapa watching the waves come in and the sun rise.Utila Honduras Eating Breakfast Under Palapa

Typical breakfast is scrambled eggs, zucchini and coffee. This morning we had left over rolls from the local bakery.

Here is the view from the palapa! View of Paradise Cove from Palapa in Utila Honduras

What a beautiful place!  We are having so much fun here.The weather is hot but it is July!




Pumpkin Hill Beach, From Top of Pumpkin Hill, Utila Honduras

Top of Pumpkin Hill

Pumpkin Hill Beach from the top of Pumpkin Hill  Utila Honduras

Pumpkin Hill Beach Utila Honduras

Pumpkin Hill is the highest point on Utila, Honduras. The other Bay Islands, Roatan and Guanaja, rise right up. Utila is relatively flat and has Stewart Hill and Pumkin Hill.

It isn’t very hard to walk to the top of Pumpkin Hill.  The challenge is knowing where the trail is!

Here we are at the top – with my best friend and husband of 27 years!

Top of Pumpkin Hill Doug and Linda

From top of Pumpkin Hill

I used the Flip Camera to show you the entire island

Going down the hill, we came across these horses.   (I only took the pic for my niece who is an expert with horses.)

Horse on Pumpkin Hill Utila Honduras

Horses on Pumpkin Hill

This was a fun day!  We rode mountain bikes through mud puddles to the base of Pumpkin Hill.  Then we walked the rest of the way up to the top of the hill.