Sunday, January 26, 2014

Another Banner Year!

Once, again, G&G's Clearwater Paradise has been honored with a Travelers' Choice TripAdvisor award!  We are honored to be named in the top 10 best hotels for romance in Honduras.  We are on the way to our best year yet with the new dip pool and deck and Clearwater Divers' new 43' Portofino Wellcraft boat for diving/snorkeling, fishing, and island tours.


Thanks so much to all our loyal guests that wrote reviews for us and recommended us for this recognition, and thanks to our wonderful staff for all your hard work!  

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Well, CPR is closing out 2013 with a BANG!  Please check out our new addition at the following link.   Our dive operation is now the proud owner of what will be a fabulous dive boat.  It is in Florida waiting to be driven to Guanaja in the next week or two.  George will replace the far back seat with new tank racks and outfit the large platform with tank racks.  She's going to be a comfortable, fun boat to dive from and take to those special dive excursions.  We have completed all eight of our rooms, the swimming pool is in with a new pool deck and deck outside the first floor rooms, and, the dive shop is on its way to being completed.  What a year!  We are looking forward to a wonderful, busy 2014!  

We hope each and every one of you has a joyous holiday season and a healthy, happy, prosperous 2014!  Cheers!  G&G


We will be posting photos of the new rooms, and pool/deck soon!  Stay tuned!  

Sunday, May 12, 2013

The Latest and Greatest on CPR!

Well, it has been a busy year, so far!  We just came off the longest run we've had in our 3 1/2 years of operation.  We were busy from mid-February through yesterday.  We had some fabulous guests, who experienced our trademark "Good Food, Good Beds, and Good Diving."  

  

We had some new furniture made for the rooms.  The folks at Muebles Ali in La Ceiba make wicker and wood furniture to your specifications.



    


We had our game room furniture made by them and have added these rockers and coffee table and this love seat and coffee table to two of our double rooms. 






   




We also had Muebles Ali build the queen futons and high-backed wicker rockers we put in the sitting rooms of our 2 one-bedroom suites. 









The biggest surprise for us this year, so far, has been the receipt of a Trip Advisor award.  We were alerted that one of our fabulous guests had entered a review for us on Trip Advisor.  When we opened the link, there was the Traveler's Choice Award notification!  We had been chosen as one of the top 25 bargain hotels in the entire Caribbean for 2013!!  What a wonderful honor!  
Our wonderful staff:  (l-R) Sharon, Iris, Carlos, (George & Ginger), Vivi, Wuiti
(We want to thank Rick for loaning us Jonathan (back right) when we needed extra help)

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This award certainly would not be possible without our hardworking staff and the great reviews we received from our loyal guests.  Big thanks to each and every one of you!

Some of our guests also had milestones while visiting us.  Congratulations to Paul and Lois on celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary while here.  And, we had our first marriage proposal!  Woohoo!  Ryan proposed to Jenn on one of their last dives of their vacation with us.  We were thrilled to assist Ryan with setting it all up and hope they have many long, happy years together spending many more fabulous vacations at CPR.  

We are now diligently working on completing the 4 first floor double rooms and getting the swimming pool in before August.  We have a large group in for Carnival, which is the end of July and beginning of August, and are working to make sure everything is in place for their arrival.  

Keep in touch with us and continue following our progress as we work toward the completion of and continued improvement of CPR!  We have the support of a great staff and our growing base of wonderful guests, many of which we feel have become friends.  Your encouragement keeps us going.  Thanks!  

Friday, September 21, 2012

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day!

Cheers to all the Dad's out there!  George's daughter, Haley, has made his day very special by coming down to spend 2 weeks with him.  She's his first family member to visit, and he's planning to make sure she has a fun, relaxing vacation with tons of pristine diving. 


Welcome, Haley, and Happy Father's Day, George!

Friday, May 11, 2012

The Kayaks are Here!

We had some returning guests that wanted to fly fish, so we took the opportunity to order the kayaks we had been wanting.  It was a better deal to register as a dealer, so . . .

George researched kayak companies, and registered with Cobra.  We now have 3 Fish n' Dive and 3 Play Cobra kayaks.  They arrived just in time for our guests to enjoy them.
 We picked them up from the freight boat on the Cay, and Witi and Seger unpacked them on the beach.  It was a fun job for them, and they looked forward to giving them a try.
We ordered the comfy high backed seats that have packs and drink holders.  The Fish n' Dive kayaks have large bait buckets and places for rods, and can carry up to 3 scuba tanks.
 Our 3 guests were anxious to take the kayaks on their maiden voyage.  We got them all set up, put together a light lunch for them, because they wanted to be out all day, and . . .

 sent them on their way.  They enjoyed a week of fishing and bird watching, exploring the coastal flats, the bird sanctuary and the north shore of Guanaja.

Once the fisherman were on their way, it was time to get the Play kayaks unpacked and geared up.
 The guys couldn't wait to get them in the water.
One of our diving guests even decided to try his hand at kayaking.  Did I hear that you fell out of the kayak, Lance?  :)
Witi and Seger actually "worked" 2 hours extra that day to make sure the kayaks were working properly.  It's a tough job, but someone has to do it.

The last day of fishing, we put the kayaks on the Ms. G and headed out to Northeast Bight at the east end of the island.  The kayaks have proven themselves to be very stable and steady in the water.

George and the boys dropped the kayaks off  the Ms. G, the guys jumped into them and took off, spending their last day drifting the north shore of the island, eating a "boat" lunch of pasta salad, homemade bread, and homemade gingersnaps, and arriving back "home" at dusk, just in time for a last gourmet dinner before heading back to the States the next morning.

So, if you are a diver that likes to do a little fishing, a fisherman, or a birdwatcher, come on down.  We can structure a package to fit your preferences which will include enjoying our kayaks  for some independent fishing, birdwatching, or diving and can even include dropping you off and picking you up at various locations, so you can enjoy the entire island during your stay.  Of course, this will also include one of our guys as a guide.

And, of course, if you want something a little more structured, we can set you up with guided flats boat fishing, deep sea fishing, or birdwatching tours both by boat or on foot at an additional cost. 

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Monday, April 16, 2012

April Birthday Celebrations

Thanks for the fabulous cake, Joan! Too bad the nice breeze blew all but one of the candles out for the birthday gang!


Happy Birthday, Shawn, George, Geri, and Dave! "And many mooooorrrre. . ."
We had a perfect day to have a get together with many of our great friends on Guanaja to help celebrate the April Birthdays of David, George, Shawn and Geri. Lots of great food, good music, good conversation and laughs!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Our Week "Off"

So, our week without guests since mid-January brought us our first cruisers to our bight (thank you Kathy and Fred), new kittens, new furniture for the game room, and dive master certification for our Witi. Congratulations, Witi!
Kathy and Fred Barbour sailed into our bight on the beautiful Makai cat and brought 3 cruisers with them. Wonderful to see the boats on this side of the island!
Picasa had her kittens. Two of them are black and white, and 2 are grey and white.
They are only 3 days old here, so we don't know what color eyes we have, yet. They seem healthy. Doing what babies do: eating and sleeping. Picasa is a good mama!
We worked with Muebles Ali in La Ceiba, came up with a design, found the colors and the fabric we wanted, and placed our order.
The furniture took less than a month to make and have delivered to Guanaja.
We're very happy with it and think it's perfect for our game room!
George spent the year training Witi in diving. He received his open water, advanced open water, search and rescue, medic first aid and dive master certifications. Our new dive master, Witi. He's very good and a sweetheart to boot, with a new wife and baby boy. Congratulations, Witi!
And now, we are back to guests with a scuba club of 8, thank you Rick and Julie, followed by a group of 4 (a dive master trained by George in Austin and his group), and others that will keep us busy through April. Life is good!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Our Newest Family Member

Meet the latest addition to our island family. This is Picasa (named for her little black goatee), who was a ferel cat that showed up at our back door a few weeks ago. She has gone from running scared to spending her nights sleeping on the chair cushions in the restaurant. She's still a little skittish about being petted, but is coming around nicely. She's a typical little sweet tuxedo kitty.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Goodbye to a good 2011 and Happy New Year to a better 2012!

Well, 2011 was a pretty good year for G&G. We almost doubled the number of guests over 2010 and managed to save enough money to make some of the "funner" improvements/finishes to the property like getting the game room finished, we hope, this January and ordering fun lounge furniture for the decks and comfy seating for the "movie area" of the game room. We are so thankful for all our wonderful guests we had this year and are excited about all the reservations we already have for 2012. We hope everyone has a safe, fun-filled New Year's Eve and a healthy, prosperous 2012 filled with love and happiness!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!


Well, we tried to download our Christmas card, but unable to. So, here's to a very Merry Christmas to all our friends. We hope you all are having a fulfilling holiday with loved ones, and please know that everyone who is dealing with loss and health issues are in our hearts and prayers. Love and peace to you all - G&G

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

If you're thinking of getting your scuba certification in Paradise . . .

Here's a tip:
If you are thinking of coming to Paradise to get your scuba certification, please get the instructor's certification number and check with their scuba association to make sure they are, and have been, current on their dues and certifications. Believe it or not, there may be a few folks that tell you they can certify you, and actually know what they are doing, but don't actually have the credentials to do it. By the time you are back home and never receive your certification card, it will be too late to recoup your funds, and you will have to begin again on your certification class. If the instructor is current with his association, he should have no problem giving you the necessary information for you to check on his credentials.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Wow! Has it been a year!?!

Wow! We can't believe it's been another year already! We have been very busy with wonderful guests and many exciting projects. It seems there's never a dull moment in Paradise! 



We've spent a lot of time on additional landscaping and essentials such as rain gutters, additional water storage, etc. over the last year. Now, we hope to get back to the "fun" projects like completing the game room and starting work on the swimming pool! 


So, check out what our fabulous guests have to say about us on Trip Advisor, and stay tuned to the newest additions. 

Also, a big THANK YOU to all our guests this year. We really enjoyed meeting and getting to know each and every one of you!


Saturday, October 23, 2010

Payment Method

Great News!!!

We are now able to accept payment by credit card through PayPal. Just click on the new PayPal page button to the right.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Bring your Group to Paradise




If you have a special interest group and are interested in visiting Paradise, G&G's Clearwater Paradise is happy to accommodate you!
Doug Connor, one of the owners of Half Moon Bay Kayak Co., usually brings a few groups down each year for the wonderful kayaking in our area. So, come on down and indulge your favorite past time. And, if you are in the San Francisco Bay area, drop in to Half Moon Bay Kayak Co. and tell Doug that George and Ginger said "Hi!"
http://hmbkayak.com/

Come Dive in Our Aquarium

Come dive in the pristine waters of the Caribbean Ocean! G&G's Clearwater Paradise is located on the north side of Guanaja, which is one of the three bay islands of Honduras.
The more remote north shore offers diving solitude unheard of in the more highly populated and visited bay islands of Roatan and Utila. As a result, you may do a beautiful wall dive and, instead of hanging in the water and watching your computer for a safety stop, you can follow the beautiful reef as it becomes shallower and shallower right up to the surface. Chances are you will be on the only dive boat in the visible area.
Because so much of the reef is in shallow water, the north side of Guanaja also provides some of the most beautiful snorkeling in the world. The fish haven't learned to be scared of divers, yet, so bring your camera for the many photo ops!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Our Front Yard, Spring 2010

Our trees and flowers out-did themselves this year. All the plants were just small cuttings 1 year ago. You can almost watch as things grow during the rainy season in the tropics!

The double and single hibiscus, bougainvilla, desert rose and other flowering shrubs and trees are magnificent,and the orchid has put up its shoots, preparing to bloom in March.

Saint Frances watches over the iquanas, wish willies, monkey lala's, and other lizards, along with the bats and hummingbirds.

And as George returns from taking the workers home, Sadie, our cat, Coxman and Lucas, our dogs, and Scooter, our coatimundi are all there to greet him and extend an invitation to you to come see us!
(don't forget to click on the pics to enlarge)
Contact us at: clearwaterparadise@gmail.com

Sunday, January 17, 2010

What Folks are Saying About Us

Here is our latest review on Trip Advisor:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g292018-d1513781-r51588975-G_G_s_Clearwater_Paradise-Guanaja_Bay_Islands.html#CHECK_RATES_CONT

We always appreciate comments from our clients! Thank you!!!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Contact Us

So, this looks great! How do I contact George and Ginger for reservations!?!

You may call us at: 011-504-3-303-7444 (George) or 011-504-3-286-5656 (Ginger) and, of course you may always email us at: clearwaterparadise@gmail.com.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

What's in a Name ?. . . "Fall" - Fall!?!


The changes in the seasons are subtle but definitely here.
As we await the beginning of rainy season and the first "norther,"
we ended summer by having friends over to celebrate Ginger's birthday.
George pulled out the big wok and whipped up a wonderful stir fry on the dining deck,
which was shared by friends from the south side of the island.
They arrived at noon and left by 5:00 - no driving the boats after dark for most folks.

The local friends from Mangrove Bight came over and partied into the night.

It was a great day of celebration spent with great friends.


We had return guests to the nursery like our puffer fish, 2 star fish, high hat fish, and electric bulls eye ray.

We had a continuing array of very interesting moths and butterflies, and our kitchen geckos shed their skin and continued to catch dinner.

Our resident toad family continued to hang out for cheap entertainment - you know - catch the June bug, toss it in the toad's vicinity, and watch him snag it.

We also had a few visitors like the baby iguana we had for a few days before he became Houdini, slipped his harness, and took off, and the beautiful stallion that stayed for several weeks before his owner found him and returned him to the other side of island, and the frog on our glass sliding door that posed for "inside" and "outside" photos.



We unpacked the dart board to discover the backing holding the corks had pulled loose while in storage, so, Ginger removed all the corks and, along with George's help, re-glued every champagne, Patron tequila, and wine cork to the board.

We're sure all our friends who partied in the game room at the Shady Hollow house in Austin will appreciate the fact that the fabulous dart board is back up and running!



George visited Brian at End of the World resort, who was leaving for an extended stay in the States. Turns out Brian had a pisote, a/k/a coatimundi, a/k/a Brazilian anteater, a/k/a snookem bear, that he was leaving for his watchie to, hopefully, feed, soooo . . .

George called Ginger, told her to meet him at the dock to help carry up the 15 pounds of cat food Brian had given him along with some other things, and . . .

Surprise!!! We now are the proud owners of Scooter, who is very sweet, cuddly, and lovable when asleep! Otherwise, he is like 2-year-0ld triplets on a sugar high.

We are enjoying him. He is very social and never boring! And, yes, that is a pack of George's pipe tobacco from Pipe World, Scooter has decided should be his. He finally, very reluctantly, traded it for a banana.




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What's in a Name . . . "Fall" - Fall!?!


The Mangrove Bight Committee for Carnivale '10
asked us to assist with a Halloween fundraiser,
so we lent them all our decorations and some costumes for their
First Annual Mangrove Bight Haunted House and Halloween Celebration.
We also baked Halloween cookies for the bake sale.
George did a fine job selling them!



And, appropriately enough, our local bats discovered the hummingbird feeders.
We now have to bring in the feeders when we close up each night,
or the bats drain both 32 oz. feeders!



We also took some time to do what we came here for . . .
Prop up the feet, have a relaxing morning coffee, enjoy the animals,
try new recipes, like cheddar corn souffle,
and marvel at the scenery that never gets boring, like our rainbows.





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Monday, August 3, 2009

Summertime, and the livin' is easy!

From sunrise


to sunset



we enjoy every day we are here and feel so fortunate to have this opportunity to see our dream come alive! (Even if it is taking much longer than hoped.)
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