Travel to Guanaja
How To Get Here
So, how does one get to our little island Paradise? The best, easiest route is to fly into Roatan via Houston. The airline used by most is United. You will arrive at Roatan around 1:15 p.m. with plenty of time to make your hopper flight connection to Guanaja, arriving about 4:30 p.m. Your departing hopper flight leaves Guanaja about 10:30 a.m., getting you to Roatan around noon to make your international flight home. The cost for the short flight is approximately $200 per person round trip.
Because the local airlines are small, and it can be difficult to reserve and pay for tickets remotely by credit card, we can add that amount to your invoice and purchase those tickets for you. All you need to check in are your passport and your ticket numbers, which we will email to you.
Or you can fly into San Pedro Sula and connect with a flight that takes you through La Ceiba and on to Guanaja that afternoon. The small airline does not dovetail their connections from Guanaja/La Ceiba/San Pedro Sula, so you typically must stay a night either in La Ceiba or San Pedro Sula to make your international flight home. But depending on the time of year, that international ticket cost can be up to half the price of flying into Roatan, so if you have the time, it can be well worth it.
Traveling in Honduras and Guanaja
Traveling in Honduras is no different from traveling anywhere. You should travel smart. By that, we mean travel during the day. Don’t flash your cash around. Don’t dress in fancy designer clothes or wear expensive jewelry. Stay out of the known bad areas. Stay out of secluded areas that are not well-populated. Travel in pairs or groups. Don’t take the local chicken buses. Keep in mind that, if you fly into Roatan, you don’t even go to the mainland, or if you do, you are in the airport in La Ceiba, and you don’t get out in the city.
Clearwater Paradise is located on the north side of the island, which is remote, and we are across the bight from the local village, Mangrove Bight, so unless someone wants to slosh through the swamp, the only way to get to CPR is by boat. The only traffic is the other local owners and their workers.
The majority of the crime in Honduras is drug or gang related. If you are not involved in illegal activities, and you don’t look like you should own a bank, you are not likely to be approached. When coming to Guanaja you are traveling to an island in the Caribbean, not to Honduras.
While You Are Here
Once on Guanaja, you will operate on a cash only basis. The currency used on Guanaja is the Honduran Lempira, named after the Indian chief, Lempira. The exchange rate is about L20 to $1. Most businesses on island accept cash only. There is only one bank and one ATM. One or two stores are able to accept credit cards, if the system is up and running, which can be a big “if.”
When we invoice our guests we offer to add a credit toward an estimated out of pocket amount you think you might need, so the amount of cash you must travel with is reduced. Also, it is not necessary to exchange US dollars for Lempira prior to your travel. All businesses accept US dollars, and we are willing to exchange anything within reason and give the exchange rate.
What to Pack
Bring the standard gear for Paradise: Shorts, flip flops or sandals, lots of sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, and, of course, swimsuits. You will also need bug spray (we recommend Deep Woods Off), and lightweight long pants and long sleeved shirts and hiking shoes if you decide to take any of the hiking excursions available.
We provide beach towels for the boat and pool. However, we do not provide fancy stuff like hair dryers or television. We have cell phones available for your use to check in with family, and we have Wi-Fi available in our game room area. You are here to be on vacation. You are here to disconnect!
The only sounds you will hear are the beating of hummingbird wings, the chirping of birds, and the hum of a passing skiff’s motor. We’ll even take down the wind chimes, if you prefer.
As many of our guests have said: Guanaja is for travelers, not vacationers. If you want nightly entertainment, zipline tours, buffets, and lots going on, Guanaja is not for you. If you want seclusion, quiet, a relaxing, but friendly atmosphere, with hammock time, fabulous, pristine diving and snorkeling, and fabulous food, come to Clearwater Paradise on Guanaja.