Other than the visit to the Sea Shepherd Brigitte Bardot, Utila has not been particularly successful at arresting the downward slide of our Honduras experience. This is probably at least partly due to the weather. In a bay that is best suited to provide protection from the prevailing eastern trade winds of the Carribbean, we have had a couple of days of west winds, which allow big waves to build across the bay, and make for an uncomfortable anchorage. This is compounded by dive boats roaring in and out of the bay at full tilt, creating a lot of wake and generally rocking our boat. I know they have to make a living, and our comfort is probably not high on their priority list, but it certainly doesn’t make it a place that cruisers will want to hang out.
|I think you could call this "damning with faint praise". Or at least "vague praise".|
|Utila street scene.|
We went over and explored the west side, but it was really rocky, and we couldn’t find a place to drop our anchor. So we came back and anchored a bit to the north of our original position. The wind was pretty strong when we anchored, so we let out tons of chain (140 feet in about 12 feet of water), and I set the anchor harder than I normally do. I revved the engines in reverse up to 2000, when I usually just pull at 1500 rpms. The anchor held well with the pull of the engines and the wind, so we figured we were good for the night.
|There is a rumor that Utila is where Robinson Crusoe was stranded. I'm not sure how true that is, but it probably brings in some tourists.|
|Waterfront hotel, Utila.|
|Bar choices in Utila.|
|Downtown Utila. Not a lot of room for pedestrians, but the motorbikes and golf carts just seemed to swerve around us.|
|Utila waterfront. More of the Honduran penchant for stilt buildings.|