This website was developed to share information about Honduras, and more particularly Trujillo and surrounding areas, where Charlene & Paul are making their home – well, part-time anyway. We want to dispel the fears that it is a dangerous and unsafe travel or living destination. If you’ve never visited Honduras, you’re missing out on a wonderful experience, where the people are friendly, the food & drink is good, the cost of living is low, and the water is great to swim in. If you simply follow common sense rules – stay away from ‘spotty’ areas at night, watch your back, never walk alone – you’ll be fine. We’ve felt more threatened in parts of the U.S., where we lived for many years, than we ever have in Honduras. And Trujillo is the unspoiled jewel: off the beaten path, with an improving infrastructure, located on the gorgeous Caribbean Sea. Who could ask for anything more? If you want a more ‘touristy’ location, Roatan is close by, and for divers & snorkelers you also have the other Bay Islands to explore (Guanaja, Utila), with regular ferry service from Trujillo to Guanaja and from La Ceiba to the others. Or take a plane to any of them! Then there’s beautiful Copan; the other towns along the North Coast like Tela & La Ceiba; Lago de Yojoa and area ; Santa Lucia ………… the list goes on & on.
We love historic Trujillo!
– the real life town of ‘Coralio’ located in the fictional ‘Republic of Anchuria’, as described in O. Henry’s delightful collection of short stories: “Of Cabbages & Kings”. After fleeing the U.S. in 1897 to avoid bank embezzlement charges, O. Henry holed up in a Trujillo hotel, and coined the term “banana republic” to describe an economy where there was favorable treatment of the fruit companies within Latin America. Read more here
– the final resting place of William Walker, an American filibuster who tried to conquer Central America but was shot by the Honduran government in 1860. You can visit his grave in the central Trujillo cemetery.
– where Dole Fruit (formerly Standard Fruit Company of La Ceiba, one of the 2 major players in the Honduran economy that prompted O Henry to call Honduras a Banana Republic), ships bananas out of nearby Puerta Castilla
– a favorite spot to plunder gold and silver for English, French & Dutch pirates and privateers, including “Pegleg”, “Blackbeard”, Francis Drake, Henry Morgan, Calico Jack Rackham, etc. in the 1600 & 1700’s. Visit the fort when you’re here and imagine looking out over the bay watching in trepidation as they arrive in their sailing ships.
In addition to information and useful tips about living in and moving to Honduras, we want to use this as a means of sharing with others our experiences & excellent adventures. We invite comments on the News and Comments page, as long as they follow generally accepted polite conversation – no ranting or vulgar language and please, no links to adult sites or content. And if you have a story and/or photos you’d like to share, we’d love to see them! Just send us a message on the Contact Us page and we’ll send you instructions on how to get them to us.
Our recent Posts & Stories
Here’s a shorter history of our favorite town – Trujillo!
Read about this invasive fish and the devastation it’s causing in the Caribbean in an article I wrote recently. It’s terrible! Do your part to help by eating them whenever/wherever you can. They’re delicious.
And if you want more information, check out these links:
Restaurants serving Lionfish: https://lionfish.co/eat-lionfish-here/
This is an excellent source of places where you can eat it, in the Caribbean Islands as well as the U.S.A. While in Trujillo, Mermaids at Campo del Mar (on road to Santa Fe) may have Lionfish on the menu. Phone 9849-0936 to find out
The Invasive Lionfish Web Portal: http://lionfish.gcfi.org/
Their home page has an excellent dynamic map (from USGS) displaying how they’ve spread throughout the Caribbean from 1985 to 2014
National Geographic: https://voices.nationalgeographic.org/2016/08/29/saving-the-reef-lionfish-in-florida/
Lionfish Hunting: https://lionfish.co/
How to Clean them – carefully!: http://www.dolphinencounters.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Lionfish-Prep-Cooking-Pamphlet.pdf
A nice short write-up on the capture, handling & cleaning of lion fish by the Dept. Of Marine Resources – Bahamas