Had a bad experience in Utila. It was an especially bad experience because I went with such high expectations.

Utila is one of the Bay Islands. It’s in the Caribbean Sea off the coast of La Cieba, a lively city on the north coast of Honduras. It’s known as a good island for diving and partying.

We weren’t interested in either of those activities, but we wanted to visit an island and soak up a few days of Caribbean sunshine, breeze, and culture. The Bay Islands of Honduras were ideal. It was a toss-up between Utila and Roatan. We picked Utila solely on the basis of price.

Come to find out, the Caribbean sunshine, breeze, and culture we’d come in search of were not to be found. Rather, we were more or less confined to our hotel room for much our visit. It rained all the time — day and night, every day, all the time.

To make matters worse, we were stranded on the island until the end of the rain. For a few days straight, the sea was too rough for the ferry. The only other way off the island is by airplane, which is expensive.

First chance we had, we got on a ferry and left the rain-drenched island. Indeed, the sea was rough. I got seasick. It was a fitting end to an all-around bad experience in Utila.

Beach in Utila on a Rainy Day

View the Utila gallery.


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