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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Swim With Whale Sharks in Utila


5. Oddball Day

The Iguana Research and Breeding Station is home to the native endangered species and other wildlife.  

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.

Published on Mar 24, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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