Dona and I left Omoa fairly early, as we had no idea how long it would take us to get to La Ceiba. The first bus took us to Puerto Cortes, and from there we took a bus to San Pedro Sula, where we changed again and for the long ride to La Ceiba.
La Ceiba was nothing to write home about. We stayed in the San Carlos hotel, one of the less pleasant places I've stayed. The sheets were stolen or handed down from the Hotel Iberia down the street, as they were labelled as such. At least the fan worked, more or less. We had dinner at the "Snake Bar" on the beach next to a fancy hotel / convention center. The food was pretty mediocre, and there were few customers. But there weren't a whole lot of options.
We spent as little time as possible at the hotel, and went down to the beach.
| La Ceiba and
| Our San Carlos
| Horse Riders
at La Ceiba Beach
La Ceiba is in an impressive setting. Pico Bonito and the surrounding mountains rise sharply immediately south of town.
| La Ceiba and Pico Bonito
We wandered up and down the beach and watched a great sunset. Unfortunately, Dona has the "bug attractant" gene or whatever it is, as she was almost eaten alive by sand flies or something; similar to what happened to Trudy when she was down in Belize.
||La Ceiba Sunset|
|La Ceiba Sunset|
We got out of town as soon as possible the next morning. We couldn't wait to get to Pico Bonito, in the impressive mountains behind town. Included in the price of the lodge where we were staying was free transportation, but they only picked up at the airport. After all, real paying customers at these fancy places always fly in. When we called and asked about pickup in town, it was clear they didn't have a clue. I don't think they even knew where the bus stations or any hotels in town were. So we spent about fifty cents and caught a bus out to the airport, and the lodge van picked us up there.