About This Listing
Affordable, safe, well-decorated, expat-owned apt. Owner is in Portland, Oregon, so the entire apartment is available with a 2-week minimum stay. Since I am not in Honduras, advance notice of 5-7 days would ensure an easy, move-in and clean apt.
Tropical paradise in a protected marine park is 45 min. away by boat La Ceiba. Pristine coral to explore at affordable prices.
I moved into my apartment 4 years ago, and have been slowly putting my personal stamp on it. As a woman who has been most of her life teaching in international schools, there are many momentos of other continents and places of importance in my life. I am enamored with the bright colors of Morocco (where I lived 6 years) and the warm Caribbean hues. I've turned a carport into a welcoming tropical patio with rattan chairs and a hammock. In spite of Honduras's awful reputation, I live in a middle class neighborhood where I'm accepted as a member of the community. Nothing agressive or dangerous has ever happened to me in Honduras.
I have a cable TV with the major American stations, as well as Spanish ones, which guests are welcome to watch. I also have wifi for your usage. The kitchen is available for doing your own cooking or storing food, as long as everyone does their own dishes. I provide a breakfast for guests, but charge an extra $5 if there are two guests. The guests have one shared bathroom with a hot water shower.
It is a real neighborhood, not a tourist spot. This is where people relate, talk, and get on with living their lives. People are kind, friendly, and generous. It does help to speak some Spanish here. It is a 4 block walk to the Caribbean and a beachside bar/restaurant called Parthenon Beach Hotel. The Kibok Cafe, a small friendly restaurant with great coffees, desserts, and a free book exchange is right across the street from the stadium.
Taxis are readily available for $1 (25 lempiras) per person. I usually walk to town and take a taxi back. I do not use the public buses, but I do use Hedmann Alas for long distance drives like to Tegus, San Pedro Sula, and Copan. The Hedman bus station is only about 7 min. away from my place by taxi. You can even go on to Antigua, Guatemala on this bus which is a lovely experience.
Other Things to Note
Having a bit of Spanish here is very useful, but not necessary.
I expect guests to be respectful and kind. If you have any questions or requests, I would like you to ask me, so I can help make your stay comfortable. I will give you a set of keys so you can go off to explore on your own. The rules are: 1) Take off your street shoes when you come into the house and leave them on the patio. Walk barefoot or slipper foot in the house. 2) Put a coaster under a drink or water bottle to protect the wood. 3) Close the windows and doors in your room, before you turn on the AC in your bedroom, if you use it. 4) Feel free to use the kitchen for cooking and the fridge. But clean up after yourself, please. 5) Make yourself at home in the kitchen, with the TV, outside on the patio, and helping yourself to ice tea or coffee. If you want to buy other foods or drinks, feel free to put them in the fridge and to do your own cooking. Be careful to close the fridge and the freezer carefully, so the doors stick well. 6) Smoke whatever you want, but out on the patio!
Cheryl was very communicative and responded quickly to email. My boyfriend and I arrived into La Ceiba so late via bus because of a bad traffic jam that I could not get a hold of Cheryl (due to lack of internet on my part) and we ended up staying at a hotel. Cheryl was very friendly, polite, and even issued us a refund for our inconvenience. Though we didn't get a chance to actually stay with her, she seems like she would've been the nicest host!
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Truly enjoyed my stay with Cheryl and her lovely apartment. She has decorated it beautifully. Very comfortable bed and wonderful AC! This is the place to stay in La Ceiba!
Staying with Cheryl was a very enjoyable experience, and I considered it unfortunate I only had one night in Ceiba! Her worldly, independent spirit made for great conversations; her home was clean, in a pleasant neighborhood and ultra comfortable - I especially enjoyed her penchant for warm, subtle lighting and her voluminous tea collection! I would most certainly recommend staying here to others, and will probably go out of my way to spend more time in Ceiba if I have a haven such as this to rest in!
In short: you want to know this woman.
Cheryl is warm, welcoming, helpful and knowledgeable about La Ceiba and the surrounding areas. She is well-connected, and will be able to help you track down whatever you may want or need. As an added bonus, Cheryl spent her career traveling the world and has a collection of stories and learned lessons from her time abroad. She's all you could want in a hostess, and it was a pleasure staying with her.
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About the Host, Cheryl
I'm from Portland, Oregon, but have been teaching abroad at international schools for the past 25 years. Now I am semi-retired, and living half the year in La Ceiba. I'm in the process of buying land on Cayos Cochinos, an amazing coral reef paradise - where I can go snorkeling off my front porch 3 or 4 times a day. Life is good......