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Re: Private Island Paradise: Something Fishy's Anniversary Adventure
Are you picking her up on the 11th anniversary?   ;)


July 04, 2017, 10:28:54 PM
Re: The New DDMS! Ya know, I hate any and all change, so I was never a big fan of the new site. But i just noticed that you still use "linky" and haven't switched to "link", so I'm pacified.
July 06, 2017, 03:55:30 PM
Re: Private Island Paradise: Something Fishy's Anniversary Adventure We were up at 3:30 in the morning to head to EWR, and my bother in law was crazy enough to give us a lift, thankfully. Our premier upgrades to IAH didn't clear, but at least we got the exit row for free, so legroom was wonderful. Flight was completely uneventful, and we landed in Houston to a light drizzle.

The UA lounge in IAH was decent, and we spent an hour or so relaxing. The lounge is on the third floor, so we had a great view of the apron, which was completely dominated by UA (excuse the cellphone picture...):

We got upgraded to J for the second leg, but this being a United 737, legroom was absolutely horrible. Leave it to United to have a business product that's less comfortable than coach... In any case, the seats were wide, the flight was short, and we survived .

Approaching Roatan we flew over the incredible reef and the West End area, where our hotel was located. If you squint you could just make it out, past the half-moon bay on the top:

RTB is a tiny airport right on the beach. I found it interesting that the control tower is located way off the airport grounds, on top of a nearby hill:

The airport itself is pretty much a mess. Customs, immigration, and baggage claim all happens inside a single room with no A/C. There are a number of Americans hanging around trying to direct and move groups of people (apparently it's a thing here for retired American expats to volunteer at the airport when American planes land), but it wasn't working very well. A nice American lady directed my wife and I to the immigration "group line". I was processed first, but then my wife was left standing by herself for fifteen minutes (after which the agent was proud to tell her how much she "respects the Amish culture" ). And of course, the baggage handlers also made sure that all priority-tagged luggage came out dead last.

The good part about waiting for my bags was that it gave me an opportunity to observe the customs queue. As expected, all bags were put through an x-ray, but thankfully the operator was busy looking everywhere but. When we finally went through, he didn't even glance at his monitor once and lo and behold, we were in Honduras with all our kosher food intact.

We got picked up by the hotel van, which was driven by an incredibly entertaining local. He had his son next to him and they did this whole back-and-forth spiel all about the island and its history. "How many groups of people are there on Roatan?" "Five!" "And what are their names?" "Garifuna, Caracoles..." It was quite cute and enjoyable, and surprisingly informative.

Our room turned out to be in the main building and was quite adequate. Clean, good air conditioning, a fridge, and so on. Other than needing to kill a large troop of fire ants at one points we had no complaints.

We didn't have anything planned with what was left for the day, so we just took it easy, resting and exploring the resort grounds.

Late afternoon and sunset along the resort's oceanfront:

This little guy held on even as waves constantly crashed over him:

After an early night, it was another early morning for us. We wanted to head into town for some souvenirs and fresh fish, find some groceries, and then head to the airport to meet our chartered plane and fly to the next island, Utila.

The lady at the front desk suggested that we walk to town instead of taking a car, and that she'll meet us there with our bags to take us to the airport. Considering that we were running a bit late and town was just a quick stroll down the road, we took her advice.

Walking into town:

Seems legit :

A lovely crescent beach, with waters so clear that we were able to see fish swimming all the way from the road:

Looks like we've found our souvenir shop:

Who apparently have a couple of yeshivisha guys for sale:

Duly memento-ed, we needed to find some fish. We knew that fishermen often sell their catch on the side of the road, and indeed it wasn't long before we found one. $20 got us three yellowtail and a big red snapper, which he then cleaned in the ocean for us:

Cleaning the fish took longer than we expected, so we were technically running late for the airport. We still needed to get some grocery staples, so we stopped at a larger grocery near the airport. There was a ton of kosher food, surprisingly - it seemed that half the items for sale were regular American brands with an OU. We bought some fruits and veggies, snacks, oil, and things like that.

Our flight was scheduled for 10:00 am, but we got to the airport at 10:05. The beauty of chartering your own plane ...

And now the adventure began in earnest.

July 06, 2017, 04:55:23 PM
Re: Something Fishy's Trip Reports Thread New Honduras segment posted.

July 06, 2017, 04:57:34 PM
Re: Private Island Paradise: Something Fishy's Anniversary Adventure
Noooo! How many parts do we need to wait for?

יום לשנה

July 06, 2017, 05:12:08 PM
Re: NYC Master Thread
Is there anyplace in the tri state area where I can rent private (tznius) beach access for the day.  ;D

Paging Chris Christie

July 06, 2017, 09:04:50 PM
Re: Panama Master Thread
I can't figure out how to post a hyperlink with a name. Can anyone point me to some directions? I can link to Denverite's TR then. Once I write mine, I'll add that too.

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July 06, 2017, 09:09:25 PM
Re: Private Island Paradise: Something Fishy's Anniversary Adventure
Awesome start! Did you have to take any vaccines and/or anti malaria tablets before you went?

We took Malarone for malaria. There had been a number of cases on Roatan in the last few months so it seemed prudent.

And like I said earlier, we took precautions against mosquitoes is general and B"H never not bitten.

July 07, 2017, 12:06:09 PM
Re: Private Island Paradise: Something Fishy's Anniversary Adventure
Wow so much to say here. below comments are not to disrespect you or your trip but my own feelings on recommending (or Warning) this trip to others.
also great photos so far I really liked the Semi Submerged one!

1. Roatan, wow. If not for the private island I would not see the draw. Snorkeling can be found in Belize or Cozumel that equals or bests Roatan.
Roatan is a Dirty 3rd world country but that goes hand in hand with spending less. Safety is a big concern in some parts.
2. Private Island, while I love the idea of privacy. I love the idea of having service when I'm on a trip.
My Idea of a Vacation is not having to deal with some things like cleaning the bathroom or making my bed. If your up for those things GO FOR IT!!!

This trip while insanely cool only few members can pull it off Married. If you do have the ability to pull this off
1. Be prepared to bring everything you might need from a tooth brush to pam for a pan or whatever you would need for your day to day activities.
2. If you want to do a private island but don't want to give up service you can charter a boat to drop you off and pick you up for the day at a Remote Island some can be had for Free.
we did a remote Island for the day then headed back. (Same story bring EVERYTHING you might need for the day.)

Either way Have Fun & Post a TR!

1. Roatan is split into two parts, the touristy part and the third-world country part. No reason for a tourist to venture into the other half of the island, and as such he will be as safe as in any other Caribbean destination. And you are wrong about the snorkeling, Roatan's waters are in infinitely better shape than Belize and Cozumel et al due to having a tiny fraction of the tourists. Roatan (and Utila) is also the best place in the world to swim with whale sharks in season; no where else are they as predictable and numerous.

Roatan is also the cheapest place int he world to get PADI certified; it could be done for around $400 including room and board. Beat that.

2. Service vs. privacy is a never-ending debate. I would stay in an airbnb over a fancy hotel any day of the week, so I clearly value privacy more. If you insist on room service, a private island shouldn't even be on your radar so that's a moot point.

1. Yes, you need to make a list of your needs and pack accordingly. Whoda thunk?

Regardless, anything we would've forgotten or wanted was a phone call away. The island's owners are at your beck and call and will deliver anything you need by boat within an hour or so.

2. Can't compare sitting on a quiet beach for a few hours to having your own island day after day after day. It's just two completely different things. Mind you you don't even need an island for what you did, we've had "private beaches" in Hawaii multiple times.

July 07, 2017, 01:04:56 PM
Re: Private Island Paradise: Something Fishy's Anniversary Adventure
You sound like such a NY'er :P

What if there aren't 12 kosher restaurants within 2 blocks?

Part of the whole romantic idea is it's just the 2 of you and if you forgot something it's just you two so who cares you make do. (Not to mention with SF's planning skills it's unlikely they forgot anything.)


And we didn't forget anything. But like I said, if you did, it can be brought over quickly.

July 07, 2017, 01:06:15 PM