Top things to do

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…
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…
International in Utila


Situated in a landmark Utilan building dating from 1864, this restaurant's front porch offers the best perch in town for people-watching. It offers friendly service, good vegetarian options, big breakfasts, chicken …
Supermarket in Utila

Bush’s Supermarket

Opens early so you can get your day’s supplies before you hop on a dive boat. There's relatively little available here, but by local standards the selection is enormous. The attached cafeteria run by Carmela is famo…
Bar in Utila

Tranquila Bar

Jutting out over the bay, this rather uninspiring bar is nevertheless a key evening hangout and one of the main social hubs for backpackers on the island – more for its prime location and late opening hours than for…
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, …
Bar in Utila


Owned by Neil, an eccentric American artist, this psychedelic mango-treetop bar is somewhere you just have to see while visiting Utila. It always draws a cast of local characters and is definitely one of the more fu…
Bar in Utila

La Cueva

A dive bar that packs in a curious mix of local characters, hard drinkers and members of the international wandering class. Try the banana-infused rum.
Arts Center in Utila

Utila Art Space

Locals call this amazing Gaudiesque building (designed by the owner of the Treetanic bar) 'the museum', but it's actually a cultural center providing activities for islanders, particularly children. Visitors and vol…
Cafe in Utila

Che Pancho

This small cafe has a garden location and serves up an excellent selection of salads, hot dogs, schnitzel, sandwiches and even a tuna fillet. Add to that a good range of pancakes, smoothies and juices – as well as a…