Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Guanaja - an Update ...

Guanaja is a Bay Island paradise, but beware of the sand traps that may await you!

Our friends Brewski Bob and Aunt Patti were disappointed when the Castaways Resort went belly up. Even though they had a contract in effect on their dream cottage on the Caribbean, it was written in the US ... the developers were Americans, after all .... and not worth the paper it was written on! Thank goodness the developers were not holding any escrow money. So much for honesty.

Last week another unusual happening ... the Castaways burned down ... Oh My! Wonder if they had insurance ... smirk ....

Guanaja is a beautiful island paradise and most of the people we met were wonderful. BigAl and I had our hopes up on a lovely piece of property ... even had all the money in escrow down in Honduras ... unfortunately we could not get a clear title ... YIKES! We had a great attorney named Felix Reyes, he was honest and treated us fairly.

We had a totally different experience with another attorney named Melanie Wetzel ( American ) in La Cieba. She took $2,000 from us and never delivered the corporation she promised us ..... lol .... referred by an American attorney we thought we did our due diligence.

Will we return to Guanaja ... maybe ... perhaps ... for a vacation! I don't know right now, there seems no pressing need to go back. I am a positive person by nature and I guess I expect the same from others, but by no means do I wear rose colored glasses. We own property in the Bahamas, Austria as well as the US. I was quite aware that third world countries have different "rules" of the road so to speak .. it seemed though, that most of our issues came from the non-Honduran's taking advantage of situations.

I will keep this site updated as the need arises and hope that everyone finds their paradise. Maybe it will be Guanaja, after all!

1 comment:

Guanaja Sharon said...

Hi! I've been trying to reach you for so long but have had no luck. Sent e-mails and comments to your Blogs, but no response.
We wondered what you were up to and if you were coming back! We are so sorry you had such a bad experience - seems like the island likes to do that to people. They just can't see the big picture! Sorry about Brewskie Bob - did you see my blog about Castaways burning down? We didn't know they went belly-up - everyone thought the guy was coming back but after the place burned we all wondered if it was done for insurance money!
Life goes on here on the island and you and Al would have made a positive addition to this place, but that's water under the bridge.
Hope you write me an e-mail some day. I know you've been in Austria and was wondering if you did e-mail there!
Hi to Houdini!
Sharon and Mike de Guanaja