I had drooled over their ads in my travel magazines for years, and I was finally going to Anthony’s Key Resort (AKR). The pictures of the resort looked amazing and I was going to have the opportunity to interact with dolphins. I went on this trip with my sister and her husband and to make sure nothing went wrong with our flight connections, we flew into Miami the night before to avoid any issues. I couldn’t imagine running through Miami airport with a short connection on such an important trip. AKR has a scuba diving package and a snorkeling package, both include a dolphin show presentation. They have a honeymoon package for the newlyweds, which includes some extras. I love dolphins, so I was going with the snorkeling package so I could add on the dolphin extras and I wouldn’t feel like I was missing out on some great dives. For the students or children that also love dolphins, they have an RIMS Student Group (Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences) and Dolphin Camp for Kids.
Some people have sleepless nights before a trip, but I just turned into a complete spaz. I was running errands on my lunch break the day before I left, trying to squeeze too much in, and I got into a car accident. It wasn’t major, but it was completely my fault. I should have a stress-o-meter installed in my car before it will turn on. I didn’t have the nerve to tell my sister about it on our trip, but I ended up telling her later. Coward.
My sister and her husband had a miserable flight to Miami, with someone behind them vomiting from overindulgence. My flight was better than that, and so was the surrounding atmosphere; we just had some hydraulic fluid issues with our landing gear, so we were met on the runway by the emergency crews. We stayed in a hotel close to the airport and arrived plenty early the next day for our flight. Our flight from Miami to Roatan on Taca Airlines was fabulous and we had the best hot ham and cheese sandwich for lunch. Upon arriving in Roatan, a shuttle bus from AKR picked us up and took us to the resort for check in. My sister had a good idea to put clear plastic tape over our name tags from AKR, which worked out well because it was raining when we arrived and some of the name tags couldn’t be read, but ours were perfect.
Our group sat in the lobby filling out our forms and they told us to be discrete about our room numbers. The resort is all inclusive for the meals, but you can charge drinks to your room. My sister asked me if I had my room number and I said out loud in front of everyone “Yes, 55.” Oops. Well, since this trip, I have become a little more security savvy. Nowhere to go but up!
Now that you know my room number too, for future FYI, this was probably the best room on the resort. It’s located on the island Anthony’s Key so you take the water taxi to get there, but you never have to wait long. The room is over the water, and it’s facing the area where the dolphins are on Bailey’s Key, the other island owned by the resort. There are two rooms with one very large shared covered porch in between. They have hammocks and chairs so you can relax without getting sunburned, but gives you a perfect view of the sunset.
AKR offers many activities that you can add to your vacation. The dolphin extras are the beach encounter, snorkel and swim, dive, trainer for a day, specialty course and scuba camp. I did the first four during my trip, which will be in a separate post. Other extras are zip-lining with their canopy tour, white water rafting, golfing, horse back riding, shark diving, San Pedro Sula shopping and Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge. My sister and I went on the wildlife refuge tour which was amazing, post to come shortly. They have three overnight tours to choose from: Pico Bonito National Park, Copan Ruins and Lake Yojoa.
AKR includes three fabulous meals per day, plus they have a bar by the restaurant and by the pool located on Anthony’s Key. You can enjoy the beaches and lounge chairs on either of the islands and they have kayaks available to use on Anthony’s Key. My brother-in-law and I did this and the visibility was wonderful, we could see all the way to the bottom in the channel. In 2013 they are even adding spa services, which would be a nice way to unwind after a day of diving. The staff here is incredibly friendly and my vacation at AKR goes down as a trip of a lifetime.