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What kinds of things are there to do on Roatán?
How can I help the Local Schools or Children's Home in Roatan?
Where can I find information about Dockside Dive Center's: gear, rental and instruction?
What's CoCo View Resort's dive orientation?
What happens if you've lost your diver certification card?
Where in Roatan can I go horseback riding?
How and/or where would I go to do a canopy tour?
Where can I learn about Whale Sharks?
Are there places to golf in Belize and Honduras?
Where on Roatan can I rent a sail boat?
What type of gear should I use when fishing while on vacation?
When is fishing season in Roatan?
What activities does Barefoot Caye Resort offer?
Are there any spa's on Roatan?
Where can I get up close and personal with dolphins in Roatan?
North shore vs. South shore diving in Roatan, is there a difference?
I have passport questions, please help!
Can I send postcards while on vacation?
Is CoCo View wheelchair accessible?
Can I take my pet to Honduras?
Can I take tools to Honduras?
What type of medical facilities are located in Utila?
Should I worry about getting Malaria?
Can I use my cell phone while visiting a foriegn country?
What do I need to get married in Honduras?
What is the weather like in Honduras?
When Is the rainy season in Roatan?
How are employment opprotunities in Roatan?
What if I'm looking for a place to retire?
What items am I not allowed to pack in my suitcase?
What are the rules and regulations for checked bags?
How many carry-on's am I allowed to take?


 


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Q - What kinds of things are there to do on Roatán?
A - Download our Roatán A to Z Activities "Click Here" PDF
A - Download CoCo View Activities "Click Here" PDF

 


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Q - How can I help the Local Schools or Children's Home in Roatan?
A - Click Here for more information

 


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Q - Where can I find information about Dockside Dive Center's: gear, rental and instruction?
A - Most gear questions can be answered by visiting us online at http://www.docksidedivecenter.com.

 


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Q - What happens if you've lost your diver certification card?
A - No problem, any PADI certified diver can be looked up online. Also, a log book and/or diploma are proof of certification.

 

 

 


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Q - Where in Roatan can I go horseback riding?
A - Keifitos is the most publicly used stable, though there is another in West End that can be booked locally. The number for Kefeitos is 445-1427. Anthony's Key has their own stable for guest use but it may not offer horseback riding to the public.

 


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Q - How and/or where would I go to do a canopy tour?
A - If you are traveling with a cruise line the ship most certainly is going to offer the canopy tour, and you can bet that there will be a line of folks from the boat regardless of how you book it. There are two locations in West Bay, cost is about $35 for all day. If doing it on your own, grab a cab and tell them to take you there. Occaisionally they close, probably go out to lunch and stuff like that.

 


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Q - Where can I learn about Whale Sharks?
A - Utila, Honduras Bay islands
The Whale Shark and Oceanic Research Center is offering a number of educational programs and certifications to the public. Specialties include Whale Shark Awareness, Research, Videography, Big Blue Diving, Photography, and marine Ecology and Cartography. For details: http://www.wsorc.com/

 


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Q - Are there places to golf in Belize and Honduras?
A - Caye Chapel on Ambergris Caye in Belize has a par 72 championship course. http://www.ambergriscaye.com/pages/town/golf.html

Honduras has an 18 hole course in La Ceiba, not world class, but folkswho have played there enjoy the course. There was a small 9 hole course in Lancetilla near the botanical gardens the last time I visited. Just recently a new course was built in Roatan http://www.pristinebayresort.com/

 

 


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Q -Where on Roatan can I rent a sail boat?
A - Here is the address to a site that can help you: http://www.roatancharter.com/Sailing-Roatan.php

 


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Q - What type of gear should I use when fishing while on vacation?
A - Recommended Tackle for various varieties of Flats fish.

BONEFISH:
Rod: 7wt to 9wt
Reel: Saltwater reel holding at least 150yards of 20lb. backing
Fly line: WF floating
Leader: 9-14 ft depending upon the fishing situation
Tippet: 2X-0X (some people prefer the new flourocarbon tippets)
Flies: #10 to #6

Patterns:
Mathews-Pops Bonefish Bitters (various styles and colors)
Gotcha, Horror, Baited Breath
Crazy Charlies - white, pink, brown, (unweighted for outer flats)
Various small crab patterns, several other shrimp patterns.

PERMIT:
Rod: 9wt or 10wt
Reel: Saltwater reel holding a minimum of 200 yds of 20lb backing.
Fly line: WF floating (some anglers prefer a slow sinking such as a slime line)
Leader: 9 - 12feet
Tippet: 1X - 0X
Flies: #4 to 1/0

Patterns:
Del Brown's Permit Fly
Anderson's McCrab, various other crab patterns.

TARPON:
Rod: 11wt or 12wt
Reel: Saltwater reel holding a minimum of 200 yds of 30lb backing
Fly Line: Slow sink (slime line) or medium sink tip
Leader: 4 - 6ft butt section, 16lb - 20lb class tippet, 60 - 100lb shock tippet.
Flies: 3/0 to 4/0

Patterns:
Apte style tarpon flies in various color combinations. Dark colors tend to be better in the early morning and brighter colors work best when the sun is bright.
Deceiver patterns - various colors
Abel anchovies

For spinning gear, I would fish much the same as you would in the Florida Keys. I've caught permit on feather jigs, and minnow lures usually bouncing slowly off the bottom. Most of the locals use cut bait or shrimp for snapper, grouper, yellowtail etc. Barracuda can be an exciting catch and like jacks, will hit just about anything. Bring a spoon, 3/0 or 4/0 hooks will handle most of the fish you run into. I like 12 or 15 pound line and use a mono leader that is heavier. Bring a small variety of top and bottom lures. You should have some sight fishing in the shallows out front of the beach houses and around the key in morning and evening, and can take a kayak to fish the reefs or the mangroves behind the resort. That drop off in front of the resort is cruising territory for a lot of pelagics and I know of several locals that caught blue marlin on handlines. That's not likely, but on a calm day in a kayak you can be taken for quite a ride by a big jack crevalle or even a tuna. Good Luck.


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Q - When is fishing season in Roatan?
A - Good fishing in Roatan starts around September and goes thru march or april depends on duration of winter. We have a year round Wahoo and Tuna fishery, billfish are here year round but the big ones come fall through winter, also Dorado are bigger now. As always there is never a guarantee of catching fish thats why its called fishing and not Catching.

 


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Q - What activities does Barefoot Caye Resort offer?
A - For a complete list of Barefoot Caye Resort activities visit http://www.roatancharter.com/bulletins/A-Z%20activities.pdf

 

 

 


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Q - Are there any spa's on Roatan?
A - Yes, La Pina offers massages, a variety of body treatments, facials, pedicures, manicures, hair cuts, hair color, waxing, steams the gym is state of the art. La Pina is clean and has a soothing ambiance. Go in and check it out! http://www.lapinaspa.com/

 


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Q - Where can I get up close and personal with dolphins in Roatan?
A - Anthony's Key Resort is well known for its dolphin shows and encounters. They are available for guests and to the public. Visit their website at http://www.anthonyskey.com/.

 


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Q - North shore vs. South shore diving in Roatan, is there a difference?
A - Doc Radawski, Roatan resident and diver since 1970 gives a chalk talk on the reef structure and differences between north and south shore scuba diving on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-ZjNzKaoA4

 


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Q - I have passport questions, please help!
A - We have answers! This website should answer all your passport inquiries: http://www.travel.state.gov/passport/

 

 

 


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Q - Can I send postcards while on vacation?
A - Yes, however they will take a little longer to reach back home.

 


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Q - Is CoCo View wheelchair accessible?
A - Yes, CoCo View Resort has four land based rooms that could accommodate chairs.

 


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Q - Can I take my pet to Honduras?
A - Taca Airlines:
1. Only service pets allowed in the cabin of aircraft.
2. $100.00USD charge per flight, each way for checked pets in baggage compartment.
3. Pet must be contained in a cage.
4. Current health certificate from vet.

Sol Airlines:
1. Only one pet allowed in cabin, must make advance reservations.
2. $75.00USD charge per flight, each way.
3. Current health certificate from vet.
4. Permission from Honduras Consulate, phone number is 305-269-9399.
5. Maximum weight for pet in cabin is 11lbs.

 


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Q - Can I take tools to Honduras?
A - I would not expect a problem as long as you stay under the weight limit. If the tools are new or appear to be something you are going to leave in Honduras, they may hit you for some tax. I have carried engine part, tools, spools of cable (which I paid duty on) and loads of computer pars with out a problem. But every so often you may have to explain yourself and what the stuff is for.

 

 

 


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Q - What type of medical facilities are located in Utila?
A - Utila has two medical clinics and a hyperbaric chamber. Between the three of them things such as day to day general practice, x-ray, casting of limbs, sutures, DCS, and other non life threatening medical conditions are taken care of. In an emergency or life threatening situation the clinic can
provide advanced life support and stabilize patients that need transportation to the hospital.

The nearest hospital is located about 22 miles away (from Utila Lodge) , it has 100+ beds. Transportation by boat takes about 3 hours, if a charter flight is available about one hour or less. The nearest level 1 trauma center is about 175 miles away and takes about 5 hours to get there.


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Q - Should I worry about getting Malaria?
A - Check with your doctor. Malaria does occur throughout Central America including the Honduras Bay Islands. Although it is rare in tourist arreas, it is a possibility. The CDC may have recent listing regarding areas where you plan to travel.

 


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Q - Can I use my cell phone while visiting a foriegn country?
A - This is probably one of the most frequently asked questions, and sadly the answer is no. The only way to use a cell phone in Honduras is if you purchase one down there and buy minutes.

 


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Q - What do I need to get married in Honduras?
A - It is extremely difficult and time consuming to get married in Honduras.

The most current documents required are: (subject to change).

• Copies of birth certificates of contracting parties, including parents’ names
• Copies of current passports
• Statement of marital status, signed by a notary
• Copy of court settlement, if divorced
• Authorization of parents, if under 21 years of age
• Copy of HIV test, completed within (6) months prior to marriage date
• Names of (2) witnesses, foreign or Honduran
• If foreign, copy of passports and profession of each witness
• If Honduran, copy of ID card and profession of each witness
• Professions of the contracting parties
• If divorced, a letter from your City of Birth confirming that you have not been remarried since the date on you divorce decree.

Documents may be emailed directly to the government official at Mdoramelia@yahoo.com.
A flat $200 fee (subject to change) is charged for the following: (Services must be performed by a City Official)

• Marriage License Fee
• Matrimonial Edict Fee
• Mayor’s Fee

This process takes time so it is recommended that you start working on this AT LEAST three months in advance and all fees must be pre-paid.

 

 


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Q - What is the weather like in Honduras?
A - To few updated weather information visit http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/78720.html

 


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Q - When Is the rainy season in Roatan?
A - The Honduras Bay Islands gets about 70% of their annual rainfall between October and January. There are several weather patterns that bring rain during that period. The wettest weather comes from northers, which generally start in Canada or the arctic and descend downward through the US and continue across the Gulf of Mexico picking up moisture. When it hits the islands, things can get torrential for a couple of days. Northers are unpridictable, can come one at a time, can be dry (great underwater visibility when this happens) or can come in groups. Expect more of them toward the middle of the rainy season; November and December.

Other than that, I would not count on a suntan this time of year, but bring plenty of sunscreen just in case. It's liekly to be bright and sunny much of the time. I've also seen a lot of days that start off clear and seem to cloud up and begin to rain toward evening.

 


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Q - How are employment opprotunities in Roatan?
A - There are employment opportunities in Roatan, but you have to keep in mind that it is still a developing country which means you will not be making nearly as much as you would in a developed country.

 


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Q - What if I'm looking for a place to retire?
A - Then look no further! Here is a link that should help http://finance.yahoo.com/news/pf_article_113064.html

 

 

 


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Q - What items am I not allowed to pack in my suitcase?
A - Not all of the airlines have the same list of prohibited items, here are the links to the airlines booked most.

Delta: http://www.delta.com/content/www/en_US/traveling-with-us/baggage/before-your-trip/restricted-items.html

American Airlines: http://www.aa.com/i18n/travelInformation/baggage/restrictedArticles.jsp

Taca Airlines: http://www.taca.com/eng/syi/bag/bageqnoperm.asp?id=14

United Airlines: http://www.united.com/CMS/en-US/travel/Pages/BaggageCarry-On.aspx

CM Airlines: http://www.cmairlines.com/plan-book/baggage

If you're still unsure what you can and can't bring visit the Transportation Security Administrations website: http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/prohibited-items. If you still have questions contact your travel agent.

 


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Q - What are the rules and regulations for checked bags?
A - Delta: http://www.delta.com/content/www/en_US/traveling-with-us/baggage/before-your-trip/checked.html

American Airlines: http://www.aa.com/i18n/travelInformation/baggage/baggageAllowance.jsp

United Airlines: http://www.united.com/CMS/en-US/travel/Pages/BaggageChecked.aspx

Taca Airlines: http://www.taca.com/eng/syi/bag/bagfrebag.asp?id=14

CM Airlines: http://www.cmairlines.com/plan-book/fees-and-surcharges

If you did not find your answer here give your travel agent a call and she will be more than happy to assist you.

 


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Q - How many carry-on's am I allowed to take?
A - Delta: http://www.delta.com/content/www/en_US/traveling-with-us/baggage/during-your-trip/carry-on.html

American Airlines: http://www.aa.com/i18n/travelInformation/baggage/baggageAllowance.jsp

United Airlines: http://www.united.com/CMS/en-US/travel/Pages/BaggageCarry-On.aspx

Taca Airlines: http://www.taca.com/eng/syi/bag/bagbagpol.asp?id=14

CM Airlines: http://www.cmairlines.com/plan-book/baggage

 

 


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