Honduras 2000 Budget

    Expenses listed below in the table are for two people, except where noted. Details of expense categories are noted below the table.
Airfare: Used Frequent Flyer Miles; paid tax only $28.00 (14.00 ea.)
R/T Airfare San Pedro Sula to Roatan $256.00 (128.00 ea.)
Anthony's Key Resort Dive Package (5 nights A/C Key Bungalow, 
3 Dives/Day, 3 meals/Day)
$1400.00 (700.00 ea.)
Car Rental (3 days, 4 wheel drive, inc. insurance) plus gas $266.13
Airport taxes (for two) local and international $55.33
Souvenirs $108.00
Sightseeing $115.60
Supplemental Health and Trip Cancellation Insurance $196.00
Miscellaneous (Internet fees, newspaper, cigar, $15.06
Food and Drink  $113.91
Dive Gear Rentals and Advanced Buoyancy Class $330.00
Tips at AKR (housekeeping, dive boat captain, dive master)+ Casa de Cafe housekeeping $75.00
Dolphin Snorkel, AKR $130
Casa de Cafe (3 nights + tax) inc. breakfast $132
TOTAL $3205.03 
($1602.51 ea.)

R/T LAX-Honduras was purchased using American Airline frequent Flyer miles (35,000 each ticket), so we only paid tax. We booked seats on TACA and our flight there was actually on LACSA.

R/T San Pedro Sula to Roatan- We booked this through Roatan Charter as part of our AKR booking. The cost was probably higher than if we had purchased them once we arrived in Honduras, but then we would not have been guaranteed as seat during the busiest time of the year (Christmas).

Anthony's Key Resort Dive Package- Would have been higher had we not been in "low season". We had a air conditioned room which was worth the extra $$. It really helped keep the mosquitos out and when storming, the rain out. Our room was on the Key (small island) and over the water, which was quite nice. The package included 3 Dives/Day which, if canceled due to poor weather conditioned, was not refunded (Nor was my not diving for most of the time there). The package also included unlimited shore diving, use of kayaks, and free horseback riding and 3 meals a day.

Car Rental- It was nice to have the 4 wheel drive but not totally necessary. The road from San Pedro Sula to Copan was paved the entire way. However, we noted that almost every vehicle we saw was a pick up truck of some sort. There were very few "passenger" cars and if we'd had one we would have probably stood out even more.

Airport Tax- Current departure tax is US $25 per person. There are also taxes to pay when leaving Roatan.

Souvenirs- This included some items we bought to give as Christmas Gifts (Clay vases, cigars, and textiles), Coffee, a wooden pear, and an eight inch stone carved stele.

Sightseeing- This included admission to the ruins in Copan, Los Sapos, and Las Sepulturas, and guide fees.

Supplemental Health and Trip Cancellation Insurance- We purchased this because we had pre-paid the entire portion of the AKR package and it was non-refundable if we had to cancel last minute. Also, we didn't think our health insurance would have been much use to us in Honduras or if we had an accident while diving.

Food and Drink includes food purchased mostly in Copan, some snacks while on Roatan, and food while waiting in various airports.

Dive Gear Rentals and Advanced Buoyancy Class- The class cost almost $100 after tax was added, but it was worth it. I also get credit toward an advanced certification if I should ever want one. We had 4 days of rentals of BCDs, regulators and wet suits. I returned my equipment a day early and when I mentioned that I didn't dive for one of the days, they did not charge me for that day's rental.

Tips at AKR (housekeeping, dive boat captain, dive master)- It may seem like we spent a lot in tips, but this is money that goes directly to the people who work the hardest and need it the most.

OTHER EXPENSES-  Keep in mind that there is anywhere from 12% to 16% tacked onto almost everything tourist related; hotels, dining, dive gear rental, etc.


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