If you want to go to a beautiful exotic location and experience a wonderful cultural exchange, I would encourage you to consider going to Paradise Found out on Sambo Creek in La Ceiba Honduras. There you will find one of the funkiest little spots out on the beach to chillax and hang out with some of the nicest people you will ever meet. The food is fabulous, the scenery is fantastic, but the hosts and the people surrounding them are what really makes this place special. Dante, Kristin and Mike provide a great atmosphere and they are dedicated to helping you relax and enjoy the rich culture that IS Honduras. Some things to remember about this place:
- Honduras is a developing country, so you will not be stepping in to the Ritz Carlton. Paradise Found is a simply stated place with clean rooms, hot showers and AC that worked well. We did have some difficulty with electricity and WiFi, but the drinks stayed cold and we really didn't come down for an internet connection - the best stuff to do is outside anyway. People here are not as fortunate as the rest of the world with financial resources, but I am convinced they are happier than most of the people in the (over) developed world. You read about crime in Honduras, and yes, you will see armed police at the airport and on the road. However I never once felt threatened, and our hosts made sure we had rides to and from anywhere we wanted to go. We even spent a morning walking through the barrio down on Sambo Creek talking with locals and they were friendly and very giving of what they had - amazingly friendly.
-Hand-crafted experience. Dante Kristin, Mike and the rest of their local staff are dedicated to providing you with an amazing time - all you have to do is ask. What do you want for dinner? When do you want to eat? Need a drink? Just say the word - heck, they may even let you join them in the market and pick out your fish if you're up for the ride! Cocount encrusted hogfish with Dante's own tartar sauce was the [--]... Dante knows everyone around and can get you hooked up with snorkeling, rafting, hot springs, fishing - just ask and tell him when you want to go. Kristin is the chief attitude adjuster - hand her your money and she will make it work for all your food and drink stuff. Follow her lead and she will show you how to chill Honduran style. Mike is the utility player that makes it all go smoothly - the quiet one, he is never imposing but he is always there when you need something. I think he has mental telepathy, but in a very good way.
The community: Together, these people have the whole community of Sambo Creek supporting them. They are good patrons of the local people and they have worked hard to understand how to co-exist well in this community. They provide employment, food and shelter and other opportunities that other less-thoughtful people would certainly neglect - and it's all just another day in Sambo Creek for the folks at Paradise Found.
All things said - this was one of the best getaways I have had in a long long time. I will be back to Paradise Found as soon as I can break away from the hustle and bustle for sure!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beachfront B&B with a Bar & Grill. Queen size, pillow top mattress. Private bathroom w/ hot water, air conditioning & ceiling fan. Romantic get away with plenty of thing to do such as kayaking, bicycle rentals and guided hiking adventures. There are other nearby activities that can be easily arranged such as rafting, canopy zip-line with natural hot springs, fishing, and trips to Cayos Cochinos, Roatan and Utila. PF is 15 minutes east from downtown La Ceiba on a clean beach. Come enjoy Paradise with us. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Paradise Found Honduras/La Ceiba