What could be finer than venturing to the tropical Caribbean and staying in a Guanaja resort on the peaceful and beautiful island? If you want a sunny adventure with beautiful beaches, a trip to Guanaja--the Venice of Honduras--is just the ticket.
History of the Island
The island lies off the northern coast of the Honduras mainland.
It was discovered by Christopher Columbus during his fourth and last voyage to the Americas on July 30, 1502. Upon arriving there, he found crystal-clear water and large canoes, each holding up to twenty-five Paya Indians.
When you fly into Honduras, you will land at the Guanaja Airport (GJA). You will find that cheap international airfare is available as well as helpful tips on air travel. These articles can assist you in your travel plans to Guanaja.
The resort where you have booked your stay will most likely have staff come to greet you at the airport and transport you to your accommodations.
What to Pack
Bring cool and comfortable clothing for your stay at this sunny and warm island. In addition to your own personal toiletries and medications, you will also want to pack:
- Insect repellent containing DEET
- 1% hydrocortisone cream
- Sunscreen, SPF 15% or greater
- Throat lozenges
- Hat or cap
The Best Time to Go
The best time of the year to visit is in February and March. The climate is relatively dry but the vegetation is still green and lush. The rainy season has come and gone.
Towns on the Island
Most of Guanaja's 12,000 inhabitants reside in Bonacca, also know as Guanaja Town. Bonacca is a crowded town that sits on a small cay offshore. On the east coast is Savannah Bight, and Mangrove Bight lies on the north coast.
Deciding on the Guanaja Resort for You
The resorts around the island are small and are usually family run. Among the most popular, all with good food and service are:
- End of the World Resort
- West Peak Inn
- Island House
What to do at the Resort
The End of the World Resort, probably the most popular Guanaja resort, has a club house with an air-conditioned beach bar and a restaurant. This resort also offers boat tours around the island for its guests.West Peak Inn is part of a working farm and some of the produce cultivated there is served at the resort. A trail leading to the top of West Peak ends up with a wonderful view of Barbaretta and Roatan, as well as part of Guanaja. West Peak is a favorite for locals on Sundays when many arrive in their boats to enjoy the hog roast that is specially prepared for the Inn's guests.
Island House sits on the north side of the island and is close to Michael's Rock where you can walk to view waterfalls. The resort has a restaurant that reaches out to the water. Views from it are lovely and relaxing.
There are many outdoor activities awaiting you and the staff at your resort will be glad to assist with any questions you have. Decide what would be the most fun for you:
- Hiking to an viewing the waterfalls
- Swimming in the ocean or pools
- Viewing the coral reef
- Horseback riding
- Scuba diving
- Exploring the dense forest and watching lizards, birds, and other wildlife
Your Caribbean adventure awaits you. Time at a Guanaja resort will be sure to be a fascinating experience.