While back in British Columbia the last few days we stumbled upon Michelle’s friends, Larry and Linda Forseth, who recently bought a resort on the north shore beach of Honduras. After talking to them, and seeing their web site www.tranquilitybayhonduras.com and doing some initial online investigation, we’re convinced Honduras might work for us.
What struck us about the Ecuador coastline is the 6 months of the year that are mostly cloud covered, yet very dry where the foliage predominantly turns brown. Because of this dryness, the flora and fauna are strikingly limited on the coast. We are sun worshipers and creature lovers. If you look at Google Earth and click on pictures folks have placed there, many of them show cloud cover on the Ecuador coastline.
Contrast this with Honduras’ northern shoreline where you’ll see nothing but blue sky pictures and blue water. The beaches are stunningly beautiful with what looks like fine white sand. The cost of living and property is lower than Costa Rica, but a bit higher than Ecuador. The northern coast is not on the Pacific, but on the Caribbean. But because it runs almost due east and west I not only get a great sunset over the water, but sunrise as well. Flora and fauna are vibrant and green mountains with waterfalls are very close at hand.
International Living (IL) has some info on Honduras but has yet to feature it or do detailed comparisons as far as I can tell. That puts it off of everyone’s radar screen which is something else I like. IL says medical is good in the few larger cities with most doctors having been trained in the U.S. and latest medical equipment. There are similar residency requirements like Ecuador’s ($50K property, pension), but there’s also a very big tourism incentive. Looks like it’s relatively inexpensive to rent a car. One downside is hurricanes a few of which have passed through but only very infrequently. Most hurricanes travel north to the Yucatan and beyond.
So we’re going to make a trip very soon to Honduras to visit the Forseth’s and Honduras’ north shore to check it out first hand. We’ll keep you posted.
Jay & Michelle