Destination guide

Take a dive: Utila's unique underwater playground

Break out the sunscreen and snorkel, and get ready for Utila. A dime-sized Honduran island, Utila's known for its lively nightlife, striking wilderness, and sandy beaches along the Caribbean Sea. Dive aficionados flock to Utila for its renowned underwater landscapes and diverse marine life, and the island's 80-plus primo dive sites offer easy access to this unique ecosystem. With an Utila vacation rental, you'll never be more than a quick walk, ride, or drive from some of the most scenic vistas in the Caribbean—or anywhere else, for that matter.

Things to do

Small, but mighty: 17 square miles of fun in Utila

Weighing in at a whopping 17 square miles, Utila may be small, but you'll never find yourself at a loss for something new to check out. After your underwater adventure and a nice, long rest at the beach, head to the Iguana Research and Breeding Station. Here, you can get up close and personal with the endangered Utila Iguana, a rare species only found in the island's swampy mangrove forests. After that, you can stroll among the countless shops, restaurants, and bars along East Harbor's lively Main Street.

Activities

The soul of wet—waterfront activities in Utila

Though it has its share of rocky shoreline, Utila's blessed with a number of pristine beaches, and waterfront activities are a major pastime on the island. At the sandy Chepes Beach on the southeastern side of the island, you'll find plenty of space for swimming, sunbathing, boating, and fishing. Snorkelers and scuba divers are drawn to the island for its wide array of marine life, including fish, sea turtles, and even the occasional whale shark. Music lover? You'll be in good company—audiophiles flock to the island's annual Sunjam music festival, a summertime celebration of all things electronic and musical.

Weather

Get ready for a hot time in tropical Utila

Utila has a tropical rainforest climate, with high temperatures and plenty of rainfall all year round. No need for winter coats here—average daytime temperatures generally climb into the mid-80s, though occasional peaks into the 90s aren't unheard of. Nighttimes are cooler, with lows somewhere in the mid-70s. Hurricane season is a reality throughout much of the Caribbean, and tropical storms do occasionally make it to the island. But since the weather is generally sunny and warm throughout the year, you'll find that prices on Utila vacation rentals tend to stay about the same from one season to the next.

Natural features

Oh say, can you sea? Utila's Caribbean splendor

One of the Honduran Bay Islands, Utila is surrounded by the Caribbean Sea. You can find several sandy beaches and rugged, rocky shoreline, and your Utila vacation rental will never be far from the numerous inlets, coves, lagoons, and mangrove forests that ring the island's coast. The interior of the island is largely uninhabited and fairly low—the highest point is the 243-foot-high Pumpkin Hill. Despite its small size, Utila is home to a wide variety of wildlife species on both land and sea, including sea turtles, whale sharks, and the endangered Utila Iguana.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Isla de Utila

Fly into Utila (UII), the closest airport, located 4 mi (6.4 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into La Ceiba (LCE-Goloson Intl.), which is 24.8 mi (39.9 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Utila Island?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 41 vacation rentals near Utila Island. From 24 Houses to 7 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Utila Island for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Utila Island?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Utila Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Ruatan: 590 vacation rentals
  • North America: 601,383 vacation rentals
  • West Bay: 464 vacation rentals
  • West End: 476 vacation rentals
  • Infinity Bay: 21 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Utila Island! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Utila Island?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Utila Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Half Moon Bay Beach: 569 rentals
  • Tabyana Beach: 557 rentals
  • Bando Beach: 41 rentals
  • Chepes Beach: 41 rentals
  • Laguna Beach: 41 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Utila Island listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.