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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.


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Driver’s LIcense

An update regarding our renewal of our drivers’ licenses this year
1. We paid our license fee at Banco Atlantida in Trujillo (much easier than doing so in Tocoa), and got an appointment date & time (9 a.m.) for the next day
2. Got there in time to have medical review done. Since this was a renewal, no need to take written & road tests. We paid lps. 700 each, but later learned if we negotiated, we could get for around lps. 350 each.
3. The new young man & woman in the traffic office were very pleasant. Everything was proceeding fine until the man asked to see our residency cards, which expire the following month. He said we needed to our renew residency first and come in with the new card (the temp. paper wouldn’t do). But our driver’s license expired today, and in the past it was never a problem to get the renewal when our residency expired within the month. Anyway, he said it wouldn’t be a problem, just show the expired license & all the renewal papers at the road block if we’re stopped. Of course we were – twice – on the way back to Trujillo. 2nd time we weren’t sure it was actually OK that license was expiring, but after they pondered it for a while, they finally let us go. Incidentally, everyone at the roadblocks was exceedingly pleasant & polite.
So we’ll be heading back in a month to renew our license, after we receive the new cards. At least we won’t have to stand in line and get a number. We met someone we knew from Trujillo who was getting his 1st license. They require a written & road test now (only a simple written exam when we first got our license) and of course the demand is high, so he went there at 3:30 a.m. to be in plenty of time, only to see a long line around the building. He just managed to sneak in with the last number given out for the day – number 30!