We stayed at the house of Scott for the first two weeks of April 2011. I had fallen in love with the home from the pictures and it never disappointed. I had neveer been to Central America and wasn't sure what to expect when we got there. When everyone you talk to asks if you felt safe down there (when you get home) you have to believe htat there must be something to it.
Well, I'm home, and I'm safe, and I never felt threatened, and I'm pretty sure nobody I was with felt any of that stuff either.
Steed (yes, that's his first name) had arranged for a friend of his, John, to meet us at the airport in La Cieba. For $100 John made the three hour trip from Trujillo, picked us up, talked our ears off, and provided details about the city and the country, that you couldn't have gotten anywhere else.
Advise: learn Spanish. Nobody speaks English except ex-pats and most of them never come into the city. If you don't speak the language, make sure you have a dictionario. The people are wonderful and will help you with the lanquage as much as they can.
Make sure you have a flashlight. Electricity is a priviledge not a right. Power outages are very common, at least 10 in 14 nights. Steed has a generator but its very romantic just having candles so we only used it one night when we needed it for cooking (get a gas stove!) If you are renting a car, and you're going to need to, rent a 4x4 and see if they have a rental office in Trujillo. If there are none, make sure they have a way of servicing the vehicle when, not if, it breaks down. The roads are horrible. Lots of 'batches' (potholes) that like to eat small rental cars!
You must go to the market and buy fresh produce, but more important, you need to learn how to make a fruit drink called tamarindo. Google the medicinal value of the drink. I am living proof of its power to lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
Currency in Honduras is the lempiras. They don't really take anything else but there is am ATM downtown if you run out of money. Don't assume you can use USD. Our friends tried that and found out the hard way that they deal almost exclusively in their own currency. Steed, your house, your friends, and your employees are all beautiful. I would recomment this property for rental any day.
Special thanks to John and Allan for sharing their world with us.