Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Guanaja, Bay Islands, Honduras
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Re: Cruise to Honduras and LT Stay
We have a house in Guanaja Hond. ( next isalnd over) And I sail there often. We owned a bar in Isla Mujeres for a spell ( until Wilma took it) For residancy you need a lawyer from la Ceiba and some money. I ran my bar in mexico with a local partner so the money I took in was under the table. I left every month any way so my 90 day visa would be renewd. you'll have to register your boat in Honduras to charter it, very expensive. I do it some times under the table in Central America,. trick is not to walk up and down the beach with flyers and do sun set sails right in front of every body, but get people out and off the grid for a day or to, running people over to Guanaja would be perfect for this. Adventure tourists, back packers or sell the trips to people in the states who come down specifcaly to "Visit" you and the locals will be none the wiser. when I've stayed down there for years at a time, once evey couple of months I would take a bus trip to Guatemala and have lunch, come back in and renew the visa. Your boat you'll have to sail to the Rio Dulce and back to renew it's clearence, but you can ask for extensions. As for the trip down. You want to head for the west end of Cuba not Cancun, Form Cancun
( actually Isla Mujeres is where you would Clear in to Mexico) south along the coast you are bucking a 3 knot current and it takes day's to get to Belize where you'll have to clear in and then sail south in side the reef to stay out of the current and from southern Belize motor sail up wind 120 or so miles to Roatan. It's best to hit the west end of Cuba from New Orleans and sail due south from there to Roatan on nice beam reach in one 3 day shot, out of the current on the east side of the Yucatan Channel in the trades.
" Some are boat wise and some are other wise"
Last edited by Capt.aaron; 09-28-2012 at 10:45 AM.