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We have never been to Trujillo - Banana Coast

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We have never done this stop before and am having some difficulty finding much about it. Can anyone share their experiences. We are there in mid-February on the Vision of the Seas. Thanks.

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Vision is one of our favorite vessels. We sail on her in March from Galveston. Anyway, someone asked about Trujillo in the Roatan forum. Here is my reply. I hope it helps.

 

I know you said you were looking for recent info but I thought I would pass along what our experience was in November of 2014. We were aboard NCL and it was, I think, their second cruise that stopped there. Trujillo was a very third-world town at that time and I’ll bet it hasn’t changed much. I had run across some information about Banana Beach Resort and it looked promising. The expat owner was from Dallas and his daughter had recently graduated fro UT and was marketing the resort. She is also a published author of, as I recall, children’s books. Anyway I contacted them via email and arranged to meet up with someone for a bus trip to the resort for the day. When we arrived we were tendered on the lifeboats, a first for us. There wasn’t much in the port area and they had just been hit with a tropical depression that dumped a bunch of rain so the place was a mud hole. We walked out the gate of the port area and found the little building with a big Banana Beach sign. Once everyone else got there (maybe 20 of us) we loaded into an old yellow school bus and drove a pretty good distance to the resort, maybe 30 minutes. At that time it was very isolated and likely still is. There was a small pool as well as a beach area. Service was awesome and the food was terrific, very authentic to the area. I remember there being a little bar out on the beach but we don’t drink alcohol so I can’t comment about the drinks. The owner was around the bar area but he was hammered. There was another guy there, a really nice German man that was running the show. We stayed for like 5 hours and I remember the bus driver being asleep under a tree when it was time to go back to Trujillo. Once we got all the drunk people back on the bus we headed back.

 

Trujillo was very primitive. Sheep and goats wandering around in the streets. We made 9, yes nine, water crossings in the bus on our way to and from the resort. At each one there were people washing their clothes and bathing. We were told that after days and days of downpours everyone was trying to catch up on laundry. It was truly an amazing day and we would do it again in a heartbeat. Just don’t expect Roatan. This is probably what Roatan used to be like.

 

Banana Beach Resort has lots of reviews out there for you to check out. In 2014 it was about all there was there. Good luck.

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I promise that after we return the second week of February I'll give you what we found.  We have only scheduled about an hour and a half historical walking tour.  I am confident we will find out more.

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