Miami Beach (Honduras)

Posted: February 2, 2011 in Honduras

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I tried to go to Miami Beach, which is about 8-15km from Tecla. It’s supposed to be a nice calm town without much going on besides it’s beaches. On the way there, all you can see is small shacks made out of bamboo and anything else the locals could find. Kinda reminds me of the wolf and the 3 piggies and the house made out of straws. Every big rain or hurricane things go down.

At the same time, it’s a peninsula that has both sides of water at about the same level as the road. Actually, I think the ocean is a bit higher, but it has sand dunes protecting the road. Some big companies are trying to build resorts there, but the projects seem to be put to a stop or at least a slow down. Needless to say that with the rising waters and weather conditions, the peninsula wont be there for long.

On the way to Miami, I stopped by a small tienda (store) for directions and a pepsi. While talking to the owner who was full of horror stories and other local myths, I decided to set-up camp in front of his house.

My new buddy! The owner of the tienda.
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His Best friend whom I couldn’t understand almost at all.

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His wife

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One of the local guys caught this and was gonna sell it in Tecla for like 30$ at a restaurant.

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My campsite. After the first night, thunderstorms and bad rain came in. I had to stay for 3 more nights because the roads would get so muddy and nasty that I couldn’t make it out. It turns out that there is a small short-cut to a paved road that the resorts have set-up. Normally, that road is guarded and noone is allowed on there as the resorts are not built yet but only the road. Once we found out that the guards were not there, I packed my stuff and went.

And I forgot to mention that there was no electricity here or running water. People were living off of 1-5$ a day and poverty was really high. Therefore, if you go into this region, buy a machete. I bought a really cool one and mounted it on the bike, but can’t find a picture.

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So, if you’re in the region, go visit the Miami Beach region. Remember not to show that you have $, your camera, laptop or any valuables. I wouldn’t call it the safest region but while the peninsula is still standing, it’s worth seeing. You have a big lagoon on one side and a gorgeous ocean front on the other. If you’re not on a bike, you will need to catch one of the local pick up trucks that brings people in from Tecla. Travel at day and stay in at night. Go see Miami! 🙂

  1. katia says:

    So Iguana is like a delicacy there? Have you tried it? Does it taste like chicken? 😛

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