Sunday, May 31, 2009
At approximately 2:24 AM (central time) on May 28, a strong earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale occurred approximately 40 miles northeast of Roatan. The main event lasted for about 30 seconds, followed by multiple aftershocks lasting five to ten seconds each. Fortunately, considering the strength of the quake and its relative proximity to the island we have virtually no damage of any significance to report. I personally lost most of my collection of wine and martini glasses, but that's really no big deal. We have heard no reports of significant damage and/or injuries elsewhere on the island. Overall, I can report that -- besides the understandable alarm it caused -- the island got a free pass on this one.
My former wine and martini glasses. :(
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Approximately three quarters of the Big Beach is part of the Paya Resort property. This 'textile' beach is often visited by local Roatanians on weekends. They bring their families for picnics and swimming. See the resort map.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
This is one of the new wireless routers we've installed in the bungalows area to allow wireless Internet access in the rooms. As long as the island's Internet system is "up" you should get excellent broadband wireless access to the Net in your room. Should the island system go "down," the wifi in the restaurant and main deck is a backup connection (it connects to our satellite Internet modem which is usually up 24/7). Internet access at Paya is free of charge. Yay!
This morning we upgraded the lounge chairs on Lil Bay Beach with swanky new cushions! We outsourced the manufacturing of these cushions to a local "micro-business" ran by an African-Honduran lady. It is our policy to spread the tourist dollars into the immediate local community when possible so that more people can perceive the benefits of tourism (and -- hopefully -- as a result, understand the need to participate in preserving our reefs).