Have breakfast at Thompson’s Bakery (Cola de Mico Road; 504-2425 3144) where johnnycake sandwiches with ham, egg, and cheese ($2) are the most popular item. Afterward, walk to Red Ridge Stables (504-2390-4812) for a two-hour horseback tour ($35) of Utila’s inland jungles and Pumpkin Hill, the highest point on the island. For lunch, catch the cool harbor breeze at El Picante (next to the municipal dock; 504-2424-3244), where salty margaritas ($4) are served next to heaping plates of quesadillas ($8) and enchiladas ($8). Afterward, walk to the outskirts of East Harbour to stop by the Iguana Research and Breeding Station ($2), where you can see the endangered spiny-tailed iguana and other native wildlife. Next, settle into a lounger on Bando Beach ($2 admission), the nicest beach on the island. At sunset head over to Tranquila’s (west of the pier; no phone), an overwater bar where boats drop off divers for bottles of Port Royal, a Honduran pilsner. Grab a bite to eat at Evelyn’s BBQ (two doors down from Munchies on Main St.; no phone), where you can sit on their porch, listen to reggae tunes, and eat jerk chicken ($10) cooked on a streetside charcoal grill. Afterward, make your way inland to the Bar in the Bush (Cola de Mico Rd.; no phone) (no cover), the island’s jungle-surrounded late-night spot where dive instructors, hotel owners, crusty old sailors, and tourists let loose to reggae and classic rock, often until the sun comes up.
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