The smallest of the three main Bay Islands, UTILA is also the cheapest and one of the best places in the world to learn to dive (and even if you don’t want to don tanks, the superb waters around the island offer great swimming and snorkelling possibilities), factors which combine to make it one of Central America’s best destinations for budget travellers.

The island’s principal main road, a twenty-minute walk end to end, runs along the seafront from The Point in the east to Sandy Bay in the west. Utila Town (also known as East Harbour) is the island’s only settlement and home to the majority of its two-thousand-strong population.

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