As return visitors to Roatan my partner and I had heard stories of some of the other Bay Islands and were happily surprised when we found Daryl's Airbnb listing. Unsure of what to expect we booked 4 days on Roatan and 3 days in Cayos Cochinos. Next time we will book 4 days in Roatan and at least a week at Daryl's - or maybe a month! This review is tricky for me because if bestow all the accolades that this place deserves then I fear it will become too busy and impossible to book!
Daryl was very very helpful throughout the planning stages and during the trip. We arranged to have him supply groceries from the mainland and have them there for our arrival. With our lack of knowledge as far as what was available in Honduras Daryl made suggestions and substitutions that worked perfectly. He arranged a boat to take us to and from Roatan and was in constant contact with the ships captain and the island caretaker (Lola) to make sure we were being taken care of. I can really not say enough about Daryl's commitment to make our stay a pleasure.
The island itself is a gem. My partner and I (and the other couple we travelled with) are snorkeler and so an island surrounded by a pristine reef is just what we were looking for. Being out in the middle of ocean means that there was always a wind which was great for taking an edge off the heat, a pleasure for sleeping but maybe left the water a little cloudy sometimes. That being said it was normally easy to find calm water on one side of the island or other.
The caretaker, Lola, stayed discreetly on the sidelines but was always available if we had a question or concern.
This is not the kind of place to come for nightlife or pre-packaged entertainment. You make your own fun. Matching the pace of your surroundings means slowing down not speeding up.
Would we recommend this vacation to our friends? Some of them. Will we go back? Absolutely and not soon enough.
This place is a dream! We were lucky enough to have the whole place to ourselves, so it was even better. The bedroom was very comfortable and the cook very nice. We hung out by the pier the entire time, the views from there are amazing. Really nice snorkeling too. It is a really quiet and romantic place. We will never forget it because it was the perfect place to get engaged! The host was also great, helped with transfers and recommendations in the area. We had an amazing time and wished it could have been longer.
We asked the local fishermen to get something for us and bought it from them so we had fresh seafood for every meal including lobster!
This would also be a perfect vacation to go with a group of friends or with family. Just bring your snorkel mask, some board games and tons of sunblock..... There is not much to do more than relax and enjoy nature. We will be back for sure!
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