Road trips are the best, right? But they are even better when they include a giant pirate ship, iguanas, monkeys, sloths and a gorgeous sunset to finish the day. Here is our tale of our most recent road trip around Roatan!
We had everything we needed: friends, a plan and a map – but we were missing one important item: A car.
Lisa went to the front desk at the hotel and asked them where we could rent a car. Instead of directing Lisa to a rental company, the girl called up her friend and in Spanish asked him: “Are you using your car today? Do you want to rent it for $55.00?”
Thirty minutes later, Xavier showed up at our hotel with an “official” rental agreement (pretty sure he just printed it off at home) and his car.
We asked what type of insurance there was – just in case we were to get into an accident. His response? “No need for insurance. Everyone drives safe here. We do it all of the time. It will be ok. It’s ok, yes?”
Sure, why not.
As he handed us the keys he said that we needed to get gas, but assured us there was just enough for us to make it to the gas station. Perfect. We hopped into the car and drove to the gas station before picking up Heather and Kevin in West End. On our way to the gas station, we noticed that the registration had expired in 2016. Ooops.
Somehow we made a wrong turn on the way to the gas station…..
But no worries, we found it, filled up the car and picked up Heather and Kevin.
First stop? Daniel Johnson’s Monkey and Sloth Hangout in French Cay. We were all wanting to hug a sloth!
Hey, what’s that monkey doing to Ronnie’s belly?
We were lucky to visit on a day when there were no cruise ships in port, so we were the only ones there! The cost is $10.00 us per person to enter and includes your very own tour guide.
There was a lazy raccoon doing his best Dooley Bear impression –
Lots of monkeys that we got to feed and hold on to!
It was so fun, The monkeys were jumping around from person to person. They were having a great time too!
Interesting fact: The monkeys are let out of their cages for several hours a day, but return when the guys clap their hands. They know where their food and water is located!
They also had lots of cool birds –
Ronnie’s new hat!
Lisa’s bird had a hard time balancing on top of her tiny head –
We were having a great time with all of the other animals but we were ready for some sloth hugs!
They have some serious claws –
Dooley Bear would love to live here – I think he and the sloths would get along perfectly.
We seriously thought about trying to sell them Dooley Bear until we saw this sign:
Daniel Johnson’s Monkey and Sloth Hangout was incredible!
It was still early in the day so we decided to stop in at Arch’s Iguana Farm. We have lots of iguanas in Belize, but figured, why not check this place out?
The entrance fee was another $10.00 per person. When we walked in, there were iguanas everywhere!
You had to watch where you walked, otherwise you might step on somebody’s tail. The fun thing was that they gave you giant leaves so you could feed them.
Please Kevin, can I have some more?
All of this eating made us hungry too. Since it was a really hot day we figured the best place to eat lunch was at the Barefoot Cay Marina. We were able to cool off in their pool and eat a delicious lunch too!
All cooled off and full from lunch, we were ready for more exploring.
Since we had already completed our to-do list for the day we were in 100% wanderer mode.
While driving, Kevin spotted a sign for The Palapa Bar and Grill – what?!? Well, we had to stop there. Ronnie turned the car around and we followed the signs into a beautiful resort.
We sat down, ordered drinks and enjoyed the view. What a gorgeous place.
When our glasses were empty we hopped into the car and continued exploring.
We saw this sign and had to check out Punta Gorda, Roatan.
We were in search of another bar, but instead discovered a quaint and picturesque Garifuna Village on the water.
It was getting close to sunset and we really wanted to find a bar with a sunset view.
We continued driving on the paved road until it ended at a dirt and rocky road. We were not planning on taking our rental car off-road, but we couldn’t ignore this sign telling us that we needed to keep driving:
Crows Nest Bar – 2 miles
Plus, 2 of our 4 tires actually had treads on them – so we were good to go!
We made it!
Our efforts were greatly rewarded with 2 bottles of Black Guinness (they were leftover from their St. Patrick’s Day party) and this sunset:
(And they had nice, clean bathrooms too!)
On our way back to West End, we passed by the giant pirate ship for some fun photos –
Back in West End we were thirsty again (if you can believe that!) and hungry.
We stopped in at the Tortuga Beerhouse and enjoyed some of the best German beers we have ever had and french fries covered in cheese and pulled pork – deliciousness!!!!!!
Cheers to adventure and following the paths put before us.
Even if they are rocky!