We stayed at lost paradise Inn for 14 days. Couple around the 30's
Restaurants in west end:
-Rudy's : excellent fresh fruit smoothies. Opened only in the morning. Closed on Sunday
-Entre Pisco y Nazca : 15$ all you can eat all included Peruvian cuisine Sunday brunch. Great! It’s on a second floor, go all the way to the deck, the view is awesome.
-Cannibal Café : Great Mexican food.
-Lighthouse restaurant: Unbelievable sunset views for dinner. Hard to find because you need to look for a trail from the road to the beach and then follow the beach to it. Excellent guacamole. Oh! and they re-use the umbrellas of the fancy drinks...
-Monkey Island: Bar and restaurant: The owner is very conscientious and holds a very clean establishment compare to the other bars. He even closes down to have a "Staff cleaning party" almost every week. I'm convince this place meets North American standards.
-Land's end: it's a resort at the very end of the road. Best breakfast (we found). The owner also rents two Jeep per day at a very reasonable price.
-Lily pond : We went there for St-Valentine. Very Romantic. The music is very relaxing. The British owners are very friendly. It's well hidden, like a gem.
-Creole's Rotisserie Chicken: Always full! Always good! Always great price!
-El Boske : This place is like a mini-mall of restaurants. Sushi, Grill, Buffet, Pizza, etc.. It’s very commercial. They are apparently building a discothèque atop of the cliff of their land. It's a young party place with a huge Cadillac limousine displayed at the entrance.
-Mori Sushi (Inside El Boske) is a Phenomenal Sushi place! The Sushi were excellent and better than the ones we are used to back home.
-Por que No: Held by Germans, small intimate restaurant. Good food. The only place you can get a Kwathwurst sausage.
-The Tiki Cup : They have a cappuccino/espresso machine, probably the best coffee in west end.
-Slash Inn Pizzeria: Pizzas are great!
-Thong's Thai restaurant: Real Thai, real spicy if you want. Super nice owner.
-Sunset grill, on Saturday's they have an all you can eat lobster special. Very nice establishment.
-Vintage Pearl: A real culinary experience. It’s like a 5 star restaurant back home. You can even take your shoes off when going in. They have the best wine selection.
-West End Divers Restaurant (2nd floor): Great Singapore noodles!
Things we did:
Carambola Garden: a very nice park where you can walk along the trails and even go up the mountain to the belvedere looking down to dolphin show at Antony's Key Resort.
The Dolphin Dive at Antony's Key resort is a must for Open Water divers. Really cool! This resort has the best equipment, the most boats and the largest seaside establishment.
On Sunday Nights, Banarama at West Bay holds a Crab race. It's very funny and entertaining. There was a fire show performance right after.
Wish we would of done:
-Stanley's Submarine: If we had more budget, we would of tried this! Going underwater at 2500 feet! Must be awesome!
-Live Show at tranquilseas on Tuesday nights.
Water taxis are convenient but remember that they don't always drop you off on a pier. Depending on where you go, you may be dropped off right on the beach. Your shoes may get a little wet...60 lempiras from west end to west bay (3$ each and each way)
Groceries in Coxen hole:
Plaza Mar is more local and less expensive than Eldon's which offers a bigger selection. Both next to each other (100 feet apart). 25 Lempiras per person in a collectivos.
If you plan on paying with a credit card, bring an id card with a picture. Else you will be refused.
There is an ATM machine at the Buena Vida restaurant which turns into a bar a night. It's not comforting to use these ATM's as they are often broken, buttons missing etc... I tried it and it work on the third attempt as the display is in Spanish. There is a bank next to Woody's gas station. Protected by armed guards. Atm’s are often depleted.
Smaller denominations is best. Local shop don't always have change for 20$ us dollar bills.
Where there's sand there's sand flees. We used Watkins 29% deed and still got bitten. There is a local product called "Cactus Juice" which the locals apparently use. Next time we will try it.
On the west end road there is local cell phone shop if you really need to have and use a cell phone.
Too many taxis honking at you all the time to get your attention. Kind of annoying especially when you havent taken your first morning coffee yet.