Tuesday, May 16, 2017

may flowers

Spring has sprung at Paya! The flowering trees and shrubs, wild and otherwise, are covered in beautiful flowers right now.

Paya Bay Resort, Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Sunday, May 14, 2017


"I think in many ways our institutions are under assault both externally -- and that's the big news here is the Russian interference in our election system -- and I think as well our institutions are under assault internally," Clapper told anchor Jake Tapper on CNN's "State of the Union." Pressed if he meant US institutions were under assault internally from the President, Clapper responded, "Exactly." Clapper called on the other branches of the federal government to step up in their roles as a check on the executive. "The founding fathers, in their genius, created a system of three co-equal branches of government and a built-in system of checks and balances," Clapper said. "I feel as though that is under assault and is eroding."
-  Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, CNN

Thursday, May 11, 2017

breakfast with a view

Many of our guests choose to have their breakfast served on the resort's breezy main deck with its awesome views of the Caribbean Sea.

Paya Bay Resort, Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras.

Monday, May 1, 2017

air europa begins madrid - san pedro sula, honduras service

The Authorities of Aeropuertos de Honduras announced that as from [April, 2017] Hondurans will be able to travel to Europe having the possibility of doing it at low cost and directly from the Ramón Villeda Morales Airport from San Pedro Sula to Madrid in an airline that is characterized by having one of the most modern fleets on the European Continent. This new direct route offered by Air Europa is a historic event for the country as it will become the first direct air connection with Europe, which in turn means a bridge with some economic potencies of the world. But the importance of this flight goes much further; it is also the key in the promotion of European tourism to Honduras. The flight that will initially have a weekly regularity, arriving in San Pedro Sula every Thursday and leaving the same day, will have a duration of approximately eleven hours and with rates atarting at US $ 749, said the Manager of Aeropuertos de Honduras, Edgardo Maradiaga. Air Europa is the airline of Globalia, the largest Spanish tour group. A full member of the SkyTeam alliance, last year it transported more than 10 million passengers to a hundred destinations around the world. Its strategy is to be the airline of reference to connect Europe with Latin America through its hub, the airport Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas. 
- InterAirports

The flight from Madrid (MAD) arrives in San Pedro Sula (SAP) at 7AM. Roatan (RTB) is a short 20 minute flight from San Pedro Sula. Several local airlines cover the SAP-RTB route, including CM Airlines, which I recommend (their roundtrip fare SAP-RTB-SAP runs about US$200).

Friday, April 28, 2017

more bay islands history

Treaty Between Her Majesty And The Republic of Honduras Respecting The Bay Islands, The Mosquito Indians, And The Rights And Claims of British Subjects. This controversial* 1860 treaty ceded the Bay Islands to the recently independent (from Spain, 1821) Republic of Honduras. Queen Victoria was the British monarch at the time the agreement was negotiated and executed. Historians largely agree this surprisingly unconditional treaty resulted from formidable American pressure on Great Britain rooted in the United States' Monroe Doctrine and mainland Honduras' status -- at that time -- as a potential location for a trans-Central American isthmus railroad and/or shipping canal. The treaty is so shockingly unconditional that one wonders what quid pro quo arrangement the Americans made with the Brits for going through with it.

*Controversial because the British colonists of the Bay Islands were not consulted as to what arrangement they preferred. It is safe to assume -- had they been given voice in the matter -- English-speaking 19th Century Bay Islanders would have preferred to remain British subjects. To this day one can still find "older heads" of British ancestry who are still bitter about this unexpected turn of events that took place over 150 years ago. It is especially galling to some that the islands were turned over to the much disliked and distrusted "Spaniards" of mainland Honduras (recall that Spain had been Britain's archenemy on and off for centuries prior). Happily, younger generations of English-speaking Bay Islanders, for the most part, have had this historic bitterness diluted from their cultural DNA.