One of the most frequently asked questions I have encountered in my year and a half stay in Honduras when I tell people back home where I work is, “Is it safe there?” This is inevitably followed by a rambling series of vague recollections of horror stories these people have read in the newspapers or online. I can honestly say, I do not know the statistics. But in my opinion – and I have done my fair share of traveling in South America and Europe – Honduras is like any other country in the world; there is crime in the big cities and you have to have your wits about you. You have to be aware of your surroundings.
Trujillo, however, has a population of just over 30,000 people, and it has a quaint, small town charm about it. Driving into town, I honk at strangers and they wave and smile back at me. Just the other day, I was driving my truck from Banana Beach into Trujillo through a neighborhood and a man parked at a Pulperia (like a corner store) flagged me down. It turns out, I had lost my brand new spare tire out of the back of the truck the day before and he had stopped to pick it up and was holding on to it to return to me. How awesome is he!
As a twenty-three year old blonde female, I drive myself to and from town solo both during the day and at night. I shop in the fresh vegetable market, enjoy a good book in Parque Central and layout on the beach here at Banana. I enjoy my time relaxing, carefree, just as I would back home (except I’ve got a pristine white sandy beach in my backyard here).
In fact, I enjoy working at Banana Beach and the lifestyle so much that my boyfriend and I are even going to be raising a baby here. I am pregnant and due this February. One of the first things out of my mother’s mouth after processing the news was, “Are there hospitals there? Are you going to have the baby there?” My mother goes to work where she saves lives on a daily basis and is a very intelligent woman. This just goes to show you how the unfamiliar is perceived… how people could mistakenly assume Trujillo is a crime hub overflowing with rapists, robbers, gunmen and the like living in tiny shacks and out for blood.
Banana Beach Resort is a family-run business – my paradise – and I will be bringing a third generation into the mix. In my mind, there is no better place to raise a baby than here at Banana. We’ve got security, swimming pools, a restaurant, friendly staff and a beautiful beach. If you come and stay for long enough or invest in a condo, Banana Beach will soon begin to feel like home.