Port Royal and French Harbor
04 March 2009 | Roatan, Honduras
To wait out the low that was expected to pass over Roatan we headed to Port Royal and more specifically Mango Creek where there is good Northern protection. Mango Creek was the area we entered at night when we first arrived in Honduras and we were sure to enter during daylight this time. We spent 3 nights there, experiencing some good gusts Sunday night and early Monday morning. Mango Creek is an eco/fly fishing resort that is only accessible by boat, is not tied into any electrical or water systems from the city of Roatan and runs everything off solar, rain collection, batteries and a generator. They also have a few mooring balls for cruising boats in front of their property. With about 10 boats also seeking shelter at Mango Creek it turned out to be a fun place to hold up. It was Kent's birthday so we splurged on a big dinner at the resort, which happens to have fantastic food. Most of the other cruisers on the boats also came in for dinner so it was a very nice evening.
After 3 days at Mango Creek both of us were ready to go somewhere new so we headed to French Harbor. French Harbor is well protected behind a large reef and many cruising boats congregate there. Within an hour of arriving we had met 2 separate boats who had people aboard that lived in Oregon City, OR- which is where Kent grew up. It certainly can be a small world!
Thanks to a jog I took around French Harbor I can now add Honduras to my list of 'Countries where I have been bitten by a dog' (Ecuador being the first). It was not until 2 barking dogs came at me with full blown charging speed did I realize that the public footpath I was on had changed to a private footpath. The dogs certainly did their job and protected their property as there was no way I going to take another step toward them, certainly not with the aggressiveness they were showing towards me. As I started to cautiously retreat one of them lunged at my left calf. At least he was nice and bit me in the same place as the Ecuador dog and so 2 scars will hopefully look like just one.
Next we are off to the mainland of Honduras.
Picture above is from the restaurant/bar of one of the dive resorts in French Harbor.