I left Miami early afternoon. The AA flight was overbooked and they asked for 8 volunteers to show up and take the next flight in late afternoon against a $300 voucher. I was thinking about it for a second but I did not feel like having my bags showing up alone in San Pedro Sula, especially considering I have to leave them open because of security screening in US airports and that one of them contains all my dive gear.
I expected a bit of a hassle at the San Pedro Sula airport due to what I have been reading but nothing of that sort, a guy asked me if I wanted to change some money (which I did for only $20 to get some lempiras in the pocket) and another one asked me if I wanted a taxi. Nothing much. When I asked him how much it was, I was told $12, which is somewhat a fair price from what I know. $10 would certainly have been more appropriate but did not feel like bargaining.
I had a great welcome by Angela and Juan Carlos, the local couple who are managing the Tamarindo Hostel. So nice people ! (By the way, hope Juan Carlos won´t mind but Angela is simply stunning !). The place is brand new as it was open only a year ago. It is in no guide yet (a Lonely planet person is scheduled to visit the place next week). It was recommended to me by Ecomarine, a dive center in Utila. And I highly recommend it as well, it would be a shame to not support such nice people. The hostel is conveniently located in the center of the city, you´ll find plenty of restaurants around, moreover, the Hedman Alas bus station is a couple of blocks away.
As it is, I took my bus ticket ($14/256HNL) to La Ceiba for tomorrow morning.
PS: What´s going on here ? I had a restaurant waitress and a TSA agent calling me ´sweetie´ and a AA hostess winking at me when I told her goodbye.