Everyone loves a good beach weekend and I think after our first few weeks back from Christmas break most of us were in need of one. William, a friend of ours from the Foundation said he would drive us up to Trujillo for the weekend, so we ran the trip idea past Carlos, and he gave us the okay to use the van. We left on Friday afternoon after school and headed toward the Caribbean coast of Honduras. There were about 9 of us including William, a few Honduran teachers, and us volunteers.
The drive to Trujillo was mostly unpaved and a lot of it was through the mountains, so it wasn’t the most pleasant of car rides, but we arrived late Friday night in one piece. We decided to camp on the beach Friday night so we found a safe place that was lit near a restaurant and set up our tents. We ate dinner at the restaurant and then hung out on the beach a little bit. After exploring down the beach we found a bar with dancing and spent some time here before heading back to our tents and going to bed.
None of us slept great, but we were happy to wake up at such a beautiful beach with such a great view of the surrounding mountains. We decided that for the next night we wanted to stay in a hotel, so we packed up our tents and headed to a resort about 20 minutes outside of Trujillo called Banana Beach. The room we got was huge and had multiple bedrooms, bathrooms, and a kitchen. It slept all nine of us comfortably and even had a rooftop deck with hot tub. After dropping our stuff off at our room went back into Trujillo to check out the city and grab lunch. It is a charming little seaside town, although there is not much to see, the atmosphere is very laid back and pleasant.
The rest of the afternoon we spent on the beach back at the hotel. The water was perfect and I even explored down the beach and took a boat ride with a kid who was fishing in his wooden canoe. He had about 20 fish in the bottom of his canoe so I guess he had a pretty successful outing. We also hung out at the resort pool that had a water slide and diving well. We had a blast acting like little kids on the water slide and even played a few games of beach volleyball on their sand court.
That evening we made dinner in our kitchen and spent most of our time hanging out up on the balcony. We did play a bit of pool at the hotel bar and at one point we went down to the beach to watch the stars. There must have been hundreds of them and they were gorgeous. I think it is safe to say that all of us slept pretty soundly that night because we were so exhausted after camping the first night.
On Sunday we woke up and got breakfast from the restaurant at the hotel (it was complementary with our room). The food was great and so was the coffee. Before heading out we spent some more time at the pool and beach. The drive back to Juticalpa was pretty easy and not as bumpy as I remember. Trujillo was a great town that I would have loved to spend more time at. I am excited to get to know even more of Honduras and only hope that it will be half as fun and beautiful as Trujillo.