So we got to Copan, Honduras on the best day of the year (my birthday of course). To be honest if i was doing this trip myself i probably would have given Copan a miss. This is only because the town is very small with not a lot to do except go and visit either Copan Mayan ruins or some hot spings. I had a bit of a chest infection fom the last ones because of all the sulphur steam fro the water and after Tikal ruins, I didnt really feel the need to spend my day in the boiling heat seeing some more. Not so culturable but i just could not really have been bothered!
Our tour guide Martin was sound and had organised a big group meal for my bday in a local resteraunt Colonial British (not exactly local food but im getting quite sick of the rice and refriend beans and plantain combo). We arrived to find the place covered in balloons and ######### at the table. Not bad ey! we stuffed ourselves with our main meals and then they brought out a huge strawberry and cream cake. I was fit to burst! Afterwards we had drinks on the roof terrace as the nightlife isnt great in Copan.
After a lot of wandering about with nothing really to see we left Copan to make our way to the island of Roatan.
To get from the mainland to the island we had to take a large boat. The weather was fine but a bit windy so the boat wasnt exactly the smoothist of sailings. I was grand but people were throwing up in bags right left and centre, and mean as it sounds it was quite funny. Then in the toliets at the next bus terminal there was a huge queue so some mingin amerian decided she couldn´t hold it ´because of her diabetes´and pissed in the bin. classy.
We took a taxi for about twenty minutes to our hotel which was at the bottom of the road on West Bay Beach. The rooms were grand but we were all knackered so after a decent dinner in a local chicken rotisserie resteraunt and a single beer in a bar with live music, we chilled for the night to be ready for a full beach day the next day!
The beach is so nice perfect white sand and clear water. We decided to walk along the beachfont to gt to the good part of the beahc. The island is quite long so it took about 40 minutes and even though it was 10am it was boiling so we immediately jumped in the water once we got to the right destination at the far end of the beach. We decide to share the rental of a paddle bpoard for the whole day whih was a good idea because it kept everyone interested and passed the time! this was my first time paddle boarding and it was really good! although there is coral at this beach so if you drift too far u can hit it, which isnt good for the coral or you as you can injure yourself.
After a long day at the beach and everyone was sufficiently tanned/burnt we made our way back to the hotel to get ready for ´Ladies night´at the island bars. The perk of ladies night was that it was free vodka drinks allll night! we went to two main bars and everyone was pretty wrote off and doing the standard attempts at salsa with the locals. It was a good night!
the next day we all had full intentions of being productive but after a looonng lie in and a couple of hours at the beach we were happy to have a quiet night in the get ready for travelling the next day.
Roatan is a lovely island although very americanised to the point where most prices are shown in dollars instead of local currency. The age of most travellers was about 50 and upwards, plenty of older yanks smoking their beloved cigars! The roads in the futher ends of the islands are hard sand but as the island has a decent population there are many roads, and one along the beahc front which is a bit annoying as at night time there are cards driving while people are walking! The beaches were lovely and as it was our last beach destination before the end of the tour, everyone made sure to enjoy it! And spending hardly any money because of the free drinks was great!