Top things to do

Top Choice International in West End

Roatán Oasis

A total revolution in the limited food scene of Roatán, the gorgeous Oasis is all about seasonal and locally sourced produce, and may be one of the few places in Honduras where you can find oysters. Come in good tim…
Top Choice Aquarium in Utila

Whale Shark & Oceanic Research Center

This excellent place dedicated to whale shark research has numerous displays about the sharks' biology. The real reason to visit, however, is to join one of the regular snorkeling trips (L1000, 7:30am to noon) and t…
Cafe in Utila

Rio Coco Cafe

This is the best place for good coffee in Utila, with a range of Honduran roasts that can be produced hot or iced. Housed in a cute blue-and-white timber house on the seafront, Rio Coco offers good breakfasts and si…
Gardens in Sandy Bay

Carambola Botanical Gardens

These wonderful botanical gardens have well-maintained trails through 40 acres of protected forest, extending up a hillside known as Carambola Mountain. It’s about 1km to the summit, where you can see all the way to…
Wildlife Reserve in Utila

Iguana Research & Breeding Station

Up the hill from the town center, this great place studies and protects the highly endangered Utila iguana (Ctenosaura bakeri), which is known locally as 'the swamper.' Visitors get to see plenty of these fascinatin…
Honduran in West End

Creole’s Rotisserie Chicken

A low-key island institution, Creole's offers excellent island-style roast chicken (a quarter-chicken is L70), plus shrimp and fish mains. Choose from eight different fixins (side dishes) – including coconut rice, c…
Bar in Utila

Skid Row

Everything a hard-drinking bar should be, with a leaky tin roof, concrete floor, pool table, dart board, an excess of wizened characters and a long-suffering bartender. All visitors are cordially invited to take up …
Honduran in West End

Rudy’s

Right on the beach, Rudy's is popular for its breakfasts, with lots of fruit, granola and pancake options on the menu. Also on the menu is the local cure-all fruit noni, said to heal anything from arthritis to high …
Pizza in Utila

Mango Café

Owned by Andrea, an Italian who's lived in Utila since the 1990s, this place specializes in authentic thin-crust pizza from a purpose-built brick oven. The menu runs from egg sandwiches and burritos to seared tuna, …
Wildlife Reserve in French Harbour

Arch’s Iguana Farm

The impressive Arch’s Iguana Farm in French Cay is just outside of town. Less a farm than the house of a serious iguana lover, it has iguanas pretty much everywhere you look – on the driveway, in the trees, under bu…