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    The sand fleas

    by retiredjack Updated Apr 27, 2004

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    You don't see them you don’t feel them but they are there the sand fleas. As a result of my baggage problem I did not use insect repellent. On the flight home I noticed little red spots all over my legs and the following week it itched like crazy. To prevent this be sure to use insect repellent with a concentration of at least 6.5% DEET every time you go out, after swimming and repeat at least every two hours.

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    Common Sense

    by UWCAVEMAN Updated Mar 25, 2004

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    When people ask me how I could buy a place in Central America and what about the crime I tell them to read their local paper. There is very little violent crime. Most are crimes of opportunity. Would you walk dark streets alone in most cities in the US? Then why expect to be able to do that anywhere.? Do not flash cash when in an area where unemployment often exceeds 50%. Ask prices if you are not sure. I keep most money in one pocket so when I need to pay I can take just a little out of the "pay pocket" again Common Sense!!

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    Security and safety

    by TinKan Written Feb 28, 2004

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    As with any place in the world there is always crime.
    Remember to lock you door at night and to secure your money and credit cards in a safe place.

    Never walk alone on unlit beaches.

    Do not flash cash.

    DO NOT leave things out in the open for the chance theif.

    Remember crime is everywhere and no place in the world can escape it.

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    Sucking Fish

    by TinKan Updated Feb 14, 2004

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    While swimming around the reef be warned that there is a fish that just loves to suck on your toes and fingers.

    We took a few people that had never swam in the ocean before and for some reason the fish just loved their toes... it was also funny to see a person jump clean out of the water and scream just because some little fish sucked their toe.

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    Mosquitoes

    by ChrisRJ Written May 22, 2008

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    Identities have been hidden, but this was not one of us. As you can see the damage that mosquitoes can do can be quite extensive. Therefore I recommend DEET repellant and if you're staying at Anthony's Key Resort I do suggest the air conditioned rooms out on the key. They keep you much more protected and to be honest I hardly ever had a single encounter with a mosquito. Others, obviously, were not so lucky.

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    Dollars and Lempiras

    by TinKan Updated Mar 13, 2003

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    Both dollars and lempiras are used anywhere--not so with credit cards or even travelers checks. Check with hosts as most of us will cash travelers checks--as will larger places. Best to shop small shops with cash and come with more cash than expected and less plastic. Exchange rate is 17 Lempiras for one dollar USA. DO NOT USE AUTO TELLER MACHINE IN COXEN HOLE! If you run short go to Credomatic in Coxen Hole--go inside--be prepared for a line. They will cash advance on credit cards with no fee on this end--but in Lempiras. Check your plastic before you come here to see what they charge on your end.

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    Independent excursions from Mahogany Bay

    by Dabs Updated Feb 1, 2012

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    Carnival doesn't make it easy for independent operators or taxis to get the cruise passengers at Mahogany Bay but it's not as bad as some make it sound. Be sure to print out the directions from your excursion or follow the line of people that are not looking for the cruise ship tour signs. You have to go up and down a hill, once you see the taxi lot, you will also see the independent tour operators holding signs with their names on it.

    On the return trip, they do allow the taxis and vans to go right up to the area just outside of duty free.

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    Remember, This is a Third World Country

    by IMthat1girl000 Updated Feb 27, 2007

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    Many people get to this destination by a cruiseline. They do not realize that the country knows when a ship is in town they are going to work on getting money. There will be people asking for money as soon as you get off the ship and fighting for your attention to get a taxi. Watch your purse or wallet. Theft is common anywhere in the world. Be smart.

    The people are all very friendly and helpful, it is just many travelers don't understand that tourism is their main source of income.

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    Do not bring a purse or jewelries when ziplining!

    by joiwatani Updated Oct 1, 2011

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    Bringing a purse or any kind of jewelry will just bring you trouble when you decide to go ziplining in Honduras. First of all, there is a safety issue. Second, you might end up losing your possessions while you are up ziplining. Thid, if you leave them at the registration booth of the ziplining company, you end up paying an extra $5.00 to be stored in a safe. That's an extra expense you will incur on top of paying the ziplining fee.

    It is better to bring a small belt bag. Have your passport, ID, money and credit cards safely kept on your belt bag and tuck them underneath your shirt.

    My daughter Rainier was very stubborn. She brought her purse with her no matter how much arguments I made with her. I was just thankful that her purse didn't cause her any problems in the end.

    My daughter Rainier ziplining The harness assistance I am so excited, Mom! So calm, no fear at all Happy girl!
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  • Sand flies

    by simbals Written Sep 6, 2006

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    Watch out for these - perhaps the only annoying thing about the island. Always wear insect repellant spray (as strong as possible) as these things are invisible but leave multiple bites all over if not protected. We got hit badly on our first day when walking on the beach and also taking a boat taxi.

    The sand flies can (obviously) be found on the beaches so, as said above, always wear repellant!

    Apart from that, enjoy an incredible place.

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    Taxi

    by siver Written Dec 17, 2008

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    be aware, the taxi drivers on the island quoted prices per person, even if you just wanted a taxi ride.
    And you should always negociate. After spent the day on the beach, we wanted to go back the port from West bay, the taxi driver asked for $24 since he was the only one avaiable then, and did not want to lower his price, we started walking, then there were few more taxi showed up, we were able to pay $10 back to the port from West bay.

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    Bring bug repellant

    by Dionosaur Written Oct 12, 2003

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    About the only bad thing about Roatan is the abundance of mosquitos and no-see-ums. So don't forget to bring bug repellant. Unfortunately, they love me, so I always seem to get more bites than everyone else.

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    Beggers and sellers....

    by LaraAnn1081 Written Feb 2, 2007

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    Before you go I think it is only fair to warn you about all the beggers you will encounter. Many of them are small children so it's hard to turn them down. They will also try to sell you things, like conch shells, for $20 or so. It gets a little rediculous.

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    Sand flies

    by Joan58 Written Apr 18, 2006

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    Here there are mosquitos, like in any other tropical place. No problem, just a mosquito repellent. The real troubles are the sand flies. They live into the sand on the beaches and wait...for the tourists... to bite them... they are so small you can't see them, but in short time you'll find many little red spots on your body...so you look like to be affected by measles!
    Their bites aren't dangerous, but you don't make a good impression! The only remedy is to smear oil all over your body. Try a baby oil, smear it abundantly and frequently, they are so small that can't reach your skin.

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    Be careful of the kids

    by HispanicYob Written May 25, 2006

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    Watch out for the kids that hang around the town near the cruise ship port. They usually hang out next to one of the shops coming in from the main gate in port.. They'll start approaching you, offering you to show you the town and stuff. Meanwhile, they just want to sell you weed or something else illegal. Obviously you just say no or ignore them and keep on going.

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