I am a teacher who loves travelling, scuba diving and spending time with my wife.
The location was amazing and the snorkeling in front of the house is some of the best I've had in the world. I planned on diving more but the snorkeling was so great there was no need. Just before you got to the house a breeze typically picked up, which was critical. The two days without a breeze we got eaten alive by sand flies, which is to be expected in the Caribbean, I guess. It was also very hot in the house those nights. We didn't use the air conditioning (probably should have) but moved the bed under the fan, which helped some. There had been big storms previous to our arrival so the beach was littered with garbage. Mike was quick to get a crew to clean it up though. We didn't use bikes and enjoyed the walk to town. It's about 15-20 minutes much of it along a pretty stretch of beach. Overall, it was a really great vacation.
This little oasis is perfect and exactly what we wanted. The snorkeling in front of the place is amazing. We saw an eagle ray, a squid, the morey eel that lives in the rocks under the dock next door, a spotted drum and lots of incredible coral and fish. A major plus that we could wake up and jump in the water to see such incredible marine life. We spent half our vacation diving, so this was a nice treat. James was awesome. He sent us a great guide book to ensure we had all the local tips of Utila. Mike met us at the airport and set us up with a cab that was awesome enough to stop to allow us to pick up groceries before we made our way to Blue Bayou. The place was cute and clean and had everything you really need. They don't supply any toiletries so make sure you bring you own, or pick them up from town. We loved absolutely everything about the place, except for one little thing which I'm not sure James could fix, sandflies. For some reason they are much worse here than they are by the dive shops in town. They prevented us from enjoying the porch and beach as much as we would have liked to, but everything else was awesome. Highly recommend getting the two organic repellents they sell in town or bringing baby oil and making sure you apply the first day.
I'm a bit torn about this place and here are my reasons:
- Mike is an awesome property manager. Knows everyone and everything about the island. And he even picks you up at the dock to bring you to the house!
- The house is perfectly placed on your own private beach with great snorkelling in less than 5mins! (you can even see a sting ray among other amazing fishes and coral reefs)
- It's on the main road so you can bike anywhere on the island
- the island is very budget friendly
-snorkel gear was free(as long as you fit the sizes)
- I don't know if cockroaches are everywhere in the island, but they were definitely in the house. Those didn't bother me much simply because I assumed they were everywhere(our beach neighbour had them too).
- We were eaten alive by either the ants or possible bed bugs. Our skin markings suggest bed bugs, so we nuked all our travelling clothes once we got home.
- There were so many ants on the bed on our third night that we decided it was "safer" to sleep outside. I slept on the swinging love seat and my boyfriend had to sleep on the hammock.
- Because it's on the main road, there were so many tuk tuks passing by that it sounded like thunder while we were trying to sleep - it's pretty difficult to sleep on the island.
Hosts are friendly and the house is perfectly located, and if bugs and having no sleep aren't a concern for you, this place is perfect. However, we like our sleep and a ant/bed bug free place.
Cute little house in a fantastic location!
James and Mike, the property manager, are incredibly accommodating and both helped a lot in managing my very spontaneous arrival to Utila.
We stayed at the Purple Jawfish Beach House in Utila and enjoyed every minute. If you want a private coral beach front all to yourselves ... we rented bicycles and rode the 5min into town whenever we wanted to ... enjoy the wind from the sea ...
James and Mike are awesome! James is super accommodating and Mike is very helpful while you're on the Island. Utila has been by far our favorite vacation spot. The house is in a great location and everyone on the Island is very welcoming.
Our stay was amazing! The house is perfect for a couple and comes w everything you need (blender,coffee pot, bikes!). We had the whole beach to ourselves everyday. The house also came w masks, snorkels and fins! The snorkeling right in front of the house is amazing! Mike was also a huge help everyday w everything we needed! Definitely recommend!
Kim and Eric
James is wonderful. Very understanding and his description is spot on of his lovely little place and the location!
Utila is incredible! Drink coffee and read on the porch while watching the sun come up over the water. Say hey to Mike (the property manager there is awesome. AWESOME. Ask him about fishing if that is something that interests you!) Head to the bakery for a delicious morning pastry or breakfast sandwich. Hop on an ATV and explore the back roads of the island! Go mini-golfing, check out the iguana station, head up to the top of Pumpkin Hill. Grab some grilled seafood for lunch, lay out in the sun, take a nap, go snorkeling! Head back to the house and cook up some dinner or check out any of the restaurants on the main strip. Throw back some drinks, meet some new people, and top off the night at Skid Row. Play some pool and ask about their Giffity challenge.
I stayed at Purple Jawfish for about a week with my partner, and it was just what we were looking for: private, right on the water, and on an island with plenty of adventure to be had if we were interested. Mike knows so much about the island and the people on it so if you have any questions, feel free to ask him.
Relax and enjoy!
Fantastic stay at Purple Jawfish! The house was a great home-base for our time on the island - it was absolutely amazing to have our own beach and our own "piece of the ocean" right out front. Privacy was great - it was surprisingly secluded - and we felt very safe the entire time. James and Mike were very flexible and responsive to all our questions/needs. Such a memorable vacation!