Paula and her family are tired of living up the in the U.S. are planning on moving to Utila. We have been chatting for quite awhile and after seeing the previous post with Chuck's Q&As, she suggested I post all her questions on a blogpost, so here we go:
Q1: How do we get there?
A: Getting to Honduras is easy. Getting to Utila requires a little extra effort. Consider it a test! Like 'how badly do you really want to visit Utila?" Haha. There are a few Travel Agencies that will be happy to help. Just contact any one of them, and they'd be happy to help.
Q2: I just came across some blogs and videos about Utila being a party island. Would you describe it as that?
Q4: What would you change, or something you don't like about the island?
A: The education system. I would love to have a very focused, child-oriented educational facility here. And secondly, I would limit or control the Tuk Tuks (the island version of taxis). There are way too many on the island, and some drivers are just plain idiots. Pardon my french. I am working on something in that regard right now.
Q5: On an island, it must be expensive to build. How much does it cost to build?
A: There are several quotes you may receive starting from about $65/sq. ft to $90/sq. foot. The $90 range will supply you the main appliances, and a key to walk in your door, ready to move in!
There are also a few lumber yards and hardware stores where you can get construction materials. The rates are quite reasonable. More specialized items will require a trip to La Ceiba.
Q6: How bad is the rainy season?
A: What rainy season? LOL. Our rainy season is not often rainy. And if it is, the downpours usually occur at night. In almost two decades of rainy seasons, I have only experienced one where it was icky for about a month. Unfortunately that was when my sister was visiting for that month! If the weather is overcast and rainy, it often doesn't last longer than a week.
However, when it rains, it pours. Some say that an hour of our downpours can significantly fill their water cisterns.
Q7: Will we have to pay cash or is there financing in Utila?
A: Utila is still a cash market. That's good for buyer's as it means prices are still low, because not many people have cash on hand for land purchases. However, some sellers are willing to finance. You just have to ask and offer, and see what the seller's response is.
Q8: We have a dog and a cat. Will they be okay there?
Q9: What are the cat people like?
A: Um... They're nice people?
Q9: LOL. Cracking up. That is so funny. That was a typo. What are the Cays and the Cay people like?
Q10: My 13 year-old asked if there are any english-speaking TV shows?
Yes there are several english speaking TV stations. We like Netflix at just $8/month. There are no irritating commercials, and the amount of shows are endless. The TV shows are about one season behind, but you'll probably fall behind on your shows when living in Utila!
Q11: Does the internet go out after a bad storm?
A: Often it can go out during a storm due to lightning striking the towers and ruining the equipment. This also happens with electrical equipment. UPSs and surge protectors are highly recommended for your electronics.
Q12: How are the medical services in Utila?
Anything more serious requires a trip to the mainland. However, medical services are so inexpensive when compared with the U.S. My husband had a slew of tests, two MRIs on each knee, orthoscopic surgery and spent a night in the hospital cared for by about 10 attendants and two doctors. That cost about $3500!
There are two clinics here on the island that, like the vet clinic, can take care of general practice issues.
And now the first U.S. medical facility which takes U.S. medical insurance has opened in Roatan.
Q14: Is it better to buy a golf cart or an ATV here or there?
We bought our Yamaha ATV in La Ceiba. We bought our golf cart used on the island. Many people bring in a brand new golf cart, but the customs fees are unknown and can be very hefty. It's not knowing how much it will cost to get the vehicle delivered to your door that makes people very wary of purchasing a new one for import.
I hope you find Paula's Q & A's useful. If there is anything else you'd like answering, feel free to comment below, or send me an email. Take care and happy Thursday!
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