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So in the morning we were off on the boat from Punta Gorda to Puerto Barrios, then on a minibus to the Honduran Border, then on the slow chicken bus to Omoa and Puerto Cortez. That chicken bus goes off the main road onto dirt roads through dusty little villages a few times. If anyone knows how to avoid these long, slow detours (without hiring a car or taxi) I would be happy to know how!

Finally after the minibus from Puerto Cortez to San Pedro Sula, then the bus to La Ceiba, we were glad to be off the road! We were glad it was possible to get to La Ceiba in one day from Punta Gorda, as there really wasn't anywhere along the way we wanted to stay for the night. Last year we stopped in Omoa, but were not impressed with the town at all. The open-air restuarants have so many flies, and our rustic-but somehow expensive motel room was covered in biting little bugs after dark.

We're actually not all that picky about hotels, but we've had trouble finding a favorite in La Ceiba. For instance, our room at the Italia had a toilet that wouldn't flush, and was noisy at night. We've stayed at the Hotel La Quinta and La Aurora, but they're more money than we like to pay ($50 double) At the Hotel Iberia, we were awakened by the phone at 4 am. It was the front desk, saying there was a woman there, "Melissa' who insisted she had the right room number, and on someone coming down. As neither my husband nor I would own up to hiring a prostitute, neither of us were willling to go down. So much for the Iberia. At the moment, our favorite is the Catracho. The double rooms are less than $20, and is very close to our two favorite eateries, Laura's Bakery and The Expatriate. Also, the plumbing works pretty well, and they have tv's.  If you want to stay there though, don't let them put you in a room close to the lobby - it's very noisy.  Actually, the hallways are pretty noisy everywhere, as all the windows face the hallways. Earplugs recommended!
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