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  1. Will
    June 14, 2017

    Hey Talon,

    I have a friend in Utila and she wants me to come visit. I’d love to visit, however I have an impaired immune system. All in all I’m very healthy (knock on wood), but if I get a fever of 101 degrees F then my protocol is to go to the nearest Emergency Room and get treated to ensure it’s nothing serious.

    With this in mind, do you have any idea on what my “exit strategy” would be if I got a fever and needed to go to the ER immediately? I’m assuming I’d need to fly to San Pedro Sula but not sure how that would work if I get a fever at say the middle of the night? I’m hitting you with a “worst case scenario” so no worries if you dont have an answer.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      June 15, 2017

      They have medical facilities on the island that can get your care started, and if a trip to the mainland is needed, there are boats and private planes they can mobilize to get you there.

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  2. Javier Calvo
    December 26, 2016

    I’m 23yo and My fiancé and I are making plans to leave Florida and move to one of the Bay Island. From my research, Utila is probably the best choice, I was previously entertaining the idea of Roatan, but read up on some of their crime, and I left that idea behind. My question to you would be, What is a ballpark figure of the monthly/annual cost of living on Utila? And if I’m remotely running a US based company while living on the island, what obstacles will I run into in terms of money coming from the US?
    I loved the article by the way. Very informative.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 26, 2016

      We haven’t been there in 5 years, but it was easy to find a place to rent from between $300-500/month for a decent place. Electricity is expensive. We didn’t use A/C so our bill was lower. I would plan on at least $150/month for that, MUCH more if you have A/C. We spent less than $100/week on groceries for the 2 of us. Most places include WiFi, but we paid $15/month extra to have faster internet (and I’m pretty sure it didn’t really cost that much). We had our laundry done by a service and that was probably around $3-5 each time. You can walk everywhere, but if you do decide to take a tuk-tuk taxi it’s about $2 to get from one end of the island to the other. I think I paid $10/month for cell phone with a data package, but I can’t swear to that.

      I didn’t have any problems with getting money on the island. There are 2 ATMs, and my banks are both US based. I know expats who use the local banks and have 1 account in dollars and another in lempiras. I never saw a need to open a local account, though.

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      • Javier Calvo
        December 27, 2016

        Heck I’m paying $1550 a month in rent here in florida! Thank you for the info brother, very helpful. I’ve been checking out your site, and it’s such a great thing you guys are experiencing, inspiring! Expect my comments and questions here and there.

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      • Talon Windwalker
        December 27, 2016

        Yeah, your money will go a lot further in Honduras than Florida. 😉

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  3. Jsac
    November 30, 2016

    I’m retired and am seriously thinking about moving to an Island. Utila was brought to my attention by a friend of mine. One question that I haven’t found an answer to is this: what is the mail situation on Utila? Does mail get delivered as in the states? By mail carriers or picked up at the local Post Office? Is mail service reliable, safe, daily? Does it exist?

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 2, 2016

      Mail is picked up at the post office. There is no delivery. For the most part mail is reliable, but like everywhere in Central America it has its moments. It’s also hard to get FedEx deliveries to the island. Often you have to pick it up in La Ceiba or pay a special courier.

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  4. Elizabeth Johnson
    June 13, 2016

    Hey Talon!! Thanks for the amazing info! Very helpful. You mentioned a good bit about medical situations. Does that mean you don’t have to have health insurance there?

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    • Talon Windwalker
      June 15, 2016

      I wouldn’t say you don’t HAVE to have it, but getting medical care on the island is extremely inexpensive. If you’re diving, the dive centers include coverage for the decompression chamber if it’s needed, so you’re covered for that.

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  5. Ray
    March 7, 2016

    Hey Talon,

    How’s everything man, hope you and Tiger are doing alright. It has been awhile since i saw your guys, are you still in MX? I just got back from Utila last month;) I know, I know the Island is addictive;)
    Hey Leslie, Yes, Mango In is up for sale as a few other opportunities. Like you I’m looking for opportunities on the Island, if you don’t mind share you contact, perhaps we could skype sometime and brainstorm ideas.
    Let me know,

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    • Talon Windwalker
      March 9, 2016

      Glad you made another trip there! We miss Utila from time to time.

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  6. Leslie
    February 3, 2016

    Hello. Lovely to read about life on Utila. My curiosity was peaked when I saw an episode about moving to Utila. I would love to own a business and come from the hotel sector. Oh, and I am Canadian.

    I hear the Mango Bar and Grill is for sale. Is it off the beaten path or does it have a good flow of business?

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    • Talon Windwalker
      February 4, 2016

      It had a pretty decent flow of business when I was there, but that was about 4 years ago.

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      • Leslie
        February 5, 2016

        You have a very cool name! Where did you come from when you moved to Utila?

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      • Talon Windwalker
        February 5, 2016

        Guatemala

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  7. Ellen
    January 1, 2015

    How has/does crime in the area affected you?

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    • Talon Windwalker
      January 1, 2015

      We had no issues with crime when we were there. Right before we left they begin having some issues, but additional police and special military were sent to the island. My understanding is that the problem has been resolved.

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  8. Carrie
    March 25, 2014

    Hi you had some info about dentists above and mentioned one to avoid on Utila but no names of someone you would recommend except Dr. Florencia Portillo de Ponce in La Ceiba, My son is there right now taking a diving course and had pain in his mouth when he was going deeper. He thinks it’s a cavity. If there was someone on the island who was dependable he would probably prefer that to heading to the mainland and interrupting his training.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      March 25, 2014

      The other dentists in town seem to be better. Just avoid the one mentioned above and he should be fine. It also wouldn’t hurt for him to ask the dive center who they would recommend. They’ll help him avoid the bad one.

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  9. Chris
    February 17, 2014

    Hi Talon and Tigger,

    I have been reading thru all your blogs coming over from Traveled Earth. Thank you for sharing your adventures!

    I have one question…are you concerned about being attacked by a shark?

    Chris

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    • Talon Windwalker
      February 17, 2014

      Glad you’re enjoying your visits! We’re glad you come and read.

      No, neither one of us is concerned about sharks. Shark attacks are quite rare, and attacks on divers are even more exceedingly rare.

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  10. Jan Peace
    May 30, 2013

    Hi Talon & Tiger

    Thanks so much for this great info . My 20 year old daughter is heading to Utila for 3 months on her own to study Dive master and IDC and to do research for her Marine Biology degree so your experiences are really helpful. Hope your continuing to have a wonderful travel adventure.

    Best wishes

    Jan

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    • Talon Windwalker
      May 30, 2013

      Wonderful! Glad it was helpful. I hope she chose Coral View. They have a great program for marine biologists and students as well as being superb for divemaster training and IDC.

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  11. Organic Cocktail Recipes
    February 21, 2012

    Man, if only I had your blog before I went to Utila!!! 🙂 Keep on posting!

    -Jenny

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  12. Organic Cocktail Recipes
    February 21, 2012

    Man, if only I had your blog before I went to Utila!!! 🙂 Keep on posting!

    -Jenny

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    • Anonymous
      February 21, 2012

      I shall! J We miss you! Hope you’re having fun.

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  13. Chris Walker-Bush
    February 17, 2012

    I feel like this would be a ridiculously helpful guide if I had any idea where Utila was >_>

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    • Anonymous
      February 17, 2012

      In the previous posts it mentions Utila is in Honduras. J

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    • richard peace
      April 2, 2015

      great post and answerd lots..how bout the bank? visa or mastercard ? or both? leaving n a couple months..one way thanx peaceout

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      • Talon Windwalker
        April 6, 2015

        Few places on the island accept credit cards, and when they do there is an additional charge. However, there are 2 ATMs on the bank and you can use both Visa and Mastercard-associated cards (including debit) to withdraw money. If you need an amount greater than you can pull out via the ATM, the bank will do it for you like a cash advance.

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