A Short History of Our Clearwater Paradise Resort
Our Dream Come True
We had a dream many years ago that grew into a vision that we have been fortunate enough to make grow into one of the most guest-oriented, comfortable boutique scuba/snorkeling/fishing resorts in the Caribbean.
When and How It All Started
We broke ground on February 14, 2008, and began our journey. Like many people, we had a dream of moving to the Caribbean and opening our own resort hotel in paradise. However, unlike most folks that just dream the dream, we envisioned it, worked toward it, and managed to do it!
We designed and built our 3 story, 9,000 square foot, concrete building by hand from the ground up with a lot of help from a great crew from Guanaja and a lot of sweat, patience, and perserverance. There were no backhoes, no tractors, and no cement trucks – only men with wheel barrows, shovels, picks, and strong backs. All materials were shipped in to Guanaja by freight boat once a week from mainland Honduras.
Over 45,000 bags of sand and gravel were hand dug from local rivers, delivered by boat to our docks, and hand carried up the hill to be mixed with thousands of bags of cement which had also been hand carried up the hill. The concrete was used to pour our three slabs and stick and then fill concrete blocks that had also been hand carried up the hill. And that is how Clearwater Paradise was built, folks! One bag, one block, one trowel of concrete at a time.
The Custom Work
Most of our furnishings have been hand planed and built on property out of Honduran pine. Even the curtains on the windows were made on site. The furniture not made on site was made in La Ceiba, Honduras. All the tile and mosaic detailing were hand-laid – one piece at a time.
And the Rooms
With an eye toward comfort, we designed extra large, walk-in showers and literally hand-picked the river rocks that were used to create the shower floors. All of the bedding for our queen and twin pillow top mattresses has been hand selected and shipped to our island paradise. And, of course, a must in our design of the building was that all eight rooms have a full view of the sparkling blue Caribbean.
We welcomed our first guests a year and a half after we broke ground, and have been hosting guests to our slice of paradise ever since.
Improvements and Additions
As the years pass, we continue to improve the property and level of service for our guests. We have added three Cobra Fish N’ Dive kayaks and three Cobra Play kayaks for our guests’ use. We have also completed the addition of our dip pool set in a beautiful wood deck, complete with two umbrella tables and chairs and sunning lounges.
The kayaks provide opportunity for divers/snorkelers to further explore the beautiful dive sites such as Black Rock Canyons, a short distance in front of the resort, for fly fishermen to fish the abundant flats around Guanaja, seeking the hard-fighting bone fish and permit, and for “birders” to explore the wetland wildlife sanctuary just in front of our property. The pool provides a refreshing dip after an hour+ dive and is a lovely way to stargaze after a fulfilling dinner.