Our third stop for this trip was to the tiny island of Roatan just off the Honduras coast. We visited here twice before and loved it.
We rose early to eat breakfast at the buffet and get ready to head for the dock. We went up to the pool deck to get to the buffet and were amused as we looked at the lounge chairs around the pool. On every chair and some tables there was a different towel animal. As we ate our breakfast I enjoyed watching others coming to breakfast and see their faces break into wide smiles and grab their cameras to take pictures. What a great way to start the day!
Our first visit was the year we took a cruise with our children and grandchildren. We hired a tour guide who took us on a ride through the countryside and brought to a wonderful beach called Bananarama Beach. What a great place. We swam and snorkeled in the beautiful turquoise waters and then lounged on the beach for a few hours before returning to the ship.
Our second trip took us to Tabyana Beach with our friends from the north and enjoyed wonderful day of swimming, snorkeling and enjoying a beyond delicious barbeque lunch.
This visit we decided to try yet another beach. We were up early in the morning to catch the boat that would take us to Maya Key Private Island Retreat. We had a little time before our tour would be heading to the dock so walked around the port of Mahogany Bay to look through some of the shops and stopped by a small kiosk that contained several pictorial displays that described the early settlers of the island called the Garinagu people, their lifestyle and customs. The information was very interesting.
After a short wait at the port we boarded the boat that would take us to the beach. The boat ride was interesting to say the least and once we arrived I had the feeling that I should kneel down and kiss the ground.
The beach was wonderful. The water was calm, crystal clear, warm and the most beautiful color of turquoise. We were the only ship in port that day so the beach was not crowded. Finding a chair was a breeze. At about 11:30am we decided to try the catered lunch. The lunch was great. There was a great fresh salad, barbeque chicken, fried sea bass, and coconut rice, banana chips and, of course, bottles of cold Berena beer. My favorite was the coconut rice filled with red beans. I went back for seconds and I don’t usually do that.
Back to the beach for a while and then we decided to go to the fresh water pool that was located just off the food patio. I loved the pool. If you stood and looked down into the water there was this wonderful playful fish painted on the bottom. Try as I might I could not get a picture of the whole fish.
A little before we left we meandered over to the animal rescue and rehabilitation center and enjoyed watching the spider monkeys swinging through the trees. We also stopped by to watch three beautiful, friendly and very large sea lions; Willie, Tin and Cayon as they swam around their enclosure.
The boat ride back to the port was a little less eventful and we made it back to the ship just in time to shower and head to the dining room for dinner. Dinner was very good this evening. I chose the chilled peach cream soup, Caesar salad, grilled flat iron steak and a wonderfully decadent chocolate melting cake with vanilla ice cream. Randy enjoyed the chilled peach cream soup, Caeser salad, grilled, marinated pork steak and coconut cake for dessert. All the selections were yummy.
It had been a busy day so we headed back to our cabin and a relaxing evening looking at the stars from our balcony.
Tomorrow we have to be off the ship by 7:00am to catch a bus to visit ruins on Costa Maya.