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21st February, 2017

Trujillo, Honduras

The anchorage was a mile from the landing, any closer in and I would have had to put the undercarriage down, but the water was almost flat calm. There was a gentle a breeze, just enough to take the smoke lazily climbing above the small town of Trujillo (soft ‘j’). That really should have been a clue, as the smoke was coming from fires lit to cook the breakfasts, so no electricity in many of the homes, this was a poor place.

An entrepreneurial Canadian chap who has been a resident for many years had opened Campo del Mar, a 22 acre nature park about five miles down the road next to the beach. Presumably with a view of encouraging the large cruise liners, he has since opened a small port to take their tenders. Unfortunately only a few ships have come so far. It may be because the other facilities in the town are, to say the least, somewhat rural, including the un-metalled roads. There are signs, however, that work is being done to improve the situation.

Our charming young guide who spoke superb English, albeit with a definite American slant, walked us round ‘downtown’, which in fact was up, and very close to the old Spanish fort of Santa Barbara. Various civil buildings including the local police station, the ‘Jefatura Municipal’and the Cathedral of St John the Baptist surrounded the main square. The local bank was to another side and I counted at least five security guards outside casually holding a variety of fire power. Overlooking the wide bay was a small statue of Christopher Columbus looking slightly the worse for wear, his arm outstretched, pointing towards Saga Sapphire as it happened.

There followed a ride to Campo del Mar where we mounted a large open golf buggy like vehicle and were given a guided tour, of the garden before heading off towards the beach for some food and a small local libation. Time in the shade, a swim for some, was welcome interlude before finally returning to the tender jetty. We had been received with a very warm welcome by the tourist folk who, no doubt, were keen for us to spread the word. Their season was almost over with just one ship left to make a call before the rainy season came and the town would return back to its sleepy tourist free day to day existence.

Captain Philip Rentell

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