Travel to Roatan or Utila - young guy solo?
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Nov 12, 2012 3:36 AM Last Post By: hopefulist
Sep 27, 2012 11:28 AM
I'm wondering about the crowd and nightlife on the islands? I'm in my late 20's and probably going solo mostly for the relaxation and water but like making friends on solo trips so want to make sure there will be people to hang out with at night around? The impression I'm getting is that Roatan is more resorts while Utila is a younger (and cheaper) crowd with more nightlife -- how does that assessment sound to people who have been around there?
Thanks forum people!
Sep 28, 2012 3:28 PM
1I prefer Utila, and think it would be better for you. Roatan is to Abomigrease caye as Utila is to Caulker. You can try them both, and sail betwee on a catamaran . I started in Roatan, stayed 2 nights (only because the catamaran wasnt running on the second day) before 5 nights at Alton's on Utila.
ALTON'S is the most hep place to stay on Utila. Tell em Eddy sent you.
Sep 30, 2012 2:32 PM
Oct 6, 2012 5:28 AM
3something from my travel advice file:
I stayed at Alton's last January (2011), and was well pleased - especially for the social aspect. I cruised around the harbour a lot, by land and sea, and checked out a lot of other places. Nothing came close. I really liked hanging at the pier at sundown, drinking beer and listening to musicians. There's a conch corral, too: a captive breeding facility within the compound. Rob, the boss, met me at the pier and set me up for the night after a wretched catamaran crossing from Roatan. Even fetched me a pitcher of water.
... it was after dark as we approached Utila. Vern went around and called the places where people were headed for. I hadnt any set plans. Only place I could think of was Alton's, which I remembered from Hopeforlust's recommendation.
I was the only one. Vern said, "that's a party place, you know".
I acknowledged with a curt nod and smile for a long, unblinking moment.
Oct 6, 2012 5:34 AM
4There are hostel rooms, with bunkbeds (4 beds per room) and bath down the row. Free with diving. they also offer discounts on places they have deals with, down the road. I stayed in a ramshackle house, 2 doors up the road. charged me 10 per night, i did 3 dives in 5 days.
if its already been mentioned, it bears repeating: Roatan is a cruise ship place.
Nov 11, 2012 9:01 PM
5The fact is both islands are very different
Roatan is more developed, more resorts, cruises, etc. It´s a bit more expensive, recommend staying at West Bay and travel to West End by water taxi for the night life
Utila is much more a backpackers paradise, more relax and chilled.
It all depends which crowd of people you prefer to hang out
Nov 12, 2012 3:36 AM
6If diving and hanging out with a younger crowd, especially as a solo traveler, are your priorities, then I'd recommend Utila, too. Do know, though, that there's a bigger variety of things to do and places to see on Roatán and there are some wonderful away places there if you'd like to be more off the beaten track on a future trip. In general we've found it to be a bit more expensive but there are great budget and mid range options. Have a great trip, whatever you decide!
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