Guanaja Honduras, A Bay Island Paradise!

Guanaja Honduras, a Bay Island Paradise!

Discover the small island of Guanaja located in the pristine waters of the Caribbean forty miles off the northern coast of Honduras. This Bay Island paradise is just two hours from many of the major southern airports in the US. Bordering Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador it is smack dab in the middle of Central America. Several of the major airlines service that area including TACA, American and Southwest Airlines.

Three main islands make up the Bay Island chain in Honduras. Roatan is a familiar stop with the cruise ships. The big tourist boats dock there several times a week. Utila, the smallest of the islands is very popular with divers and is well known for diving with the whale sharks. Guanaja is the tallest island and has hillsides covered in pines along with several fresh water streams and waterfalls. The fact that there are no roads on Guanaja may be one reason that it has remained undiscovered by the masses.

How the heck do you pronounce Guanaja, does it really matter? I began researching the possibilities of affordable retirement there about five years ago. Face it, the worst case scenario, is to not have enough money to live in the way you have become accustomed to, while working the old nine to five!

Adventure seekers, young for their age and possibly facing a retirement with less money than they had planned on, this describes the Baby Boom generation that is getting ready to retire now. Born after WWII and before Vietnam really got going, they are willing to consider going south of the border for affordable retirement.

What type of lifestyle do you want to lead in your retirement? Guanaja Honduras is surrounded by the worlds second largest barrier reef. This makes for some of the best diving and snorkeling. What about kayaking or white water rafting, sure, they have it! What if you just want to laze about on the beach and enjoy the warm tropical breezes and the pristine clear Caribbean waters, they have that too. Guanaja has something for everyone.

Guanaja still has a lot of land that is affordable. Unlike its sister island Roatan, Guanaja has not been discovered yet by the masses. This is great for the frugal retiree! Property taxes are ridiculously low, with a home priced at one hundred thousand dollars paying less than one hundred dollars a year. Nothing to complain about there!

An average pension of $1,000 to 1,500 a month can allow a retiree to live in comfort in Guanaja. How would you like a cook or someone to help with chores? You can hire this type of help for about $150 a month. Would that make your retired life easier?

Medical care is located in Savannah Bight located on the island or a clinic is a five minute boat ride to Bonacca Town. For Emergencies, you have a state of the art hospital in La Ceiba on the mainland, forty miles away; most of the doctors there have been trained in the United States or Cuba.

The Baby Boomers are educated enough to know that our fixed income in retirement might not allow us to live the way we have become accustomed to in the United States. Social Security, who knows! This Bay Island Paradise, named Guanaja might be an affordable solution to our problem.


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