[private]There is definitely no shortage of activities on the Rock this summer. Take your pick and party on. Cinderella is swinging!
The Barefoot Band from Grand Cayman and a few other bands, with Andy Martin, Bobby Rieman and Tunu, played June 15-16 at Neptune’s in Coral Beach Village, which is a huge new land development with a badly needed marina. Neptune’s, a bar-restaurant, opened in March and is a new hotspot on the island to get a nice meal or a drink in between dives or get away from town. Many dive boats stop by on their way home or do a second dive off Little Bight.
More than 350 people attended the concert, which consisted mostly of calypso and country tunes, very popular among the locals. The Barefoot Man and his band kept the crews moving. There was a nice mix of older and younger islanders, as well as expats.
The weather god didn’t quite play with the program – it was mostly overcast. But the odd drizzle didn’t dampen the party spirits, and thanks to the great effort of the Coral Beach Village staff, the sand flies and mosquitoes that used to be murderous, especially in this kind of weather, were next to non-existent.
Even without sun, the party was a great success. The police seemed rather happy. There were no incidents of the negative kind. The shuttle boat from the Utila Lodge and private vessels made sure everybody – sober or not so sober – made it safely back to Utila Town.
There are more attractions at Neptune’s to look forward to in the future. Coral Beach Village has it all. I was impressed.
At press time, Utila was preparing to hold its second annual Dive Festival June 22-28. A wide selection of activities was planned, both in and out of the water, to entertain and thrill visitors. Utila, an international dive Mecca and the safest place in Honduras, now sports 15 dive operations, catering to anyone from open water to tech diving. Those who love diving enough can go on to become divemasters or even instructors. We have a number of course directors who can help you to get there, and locals get special deals.
The dive festival was to begin with an opening ceremony on Bando Beach, with live music. Different dive shops had different activities planned to be spread throughout the week, including deep-diving experience, drift diving, night dives, search, reef naturalist and fish identification. The closing ceremony was set to take place on Bando Beach the evening of June 28.
Utila will also hold a Fish Rodeo July 4-6, followed by the annual Utila Carnival July 16-21 and the SunJam music festival, Utila’s world famous all-night beach party, on Water Cay August 3.[/private]