I have already posted the GRANDPAcking Costs for Utila. These demonstrate that GRANDPAckers cannot afford to LIVE on Utila Island using our standard approach.
In this post, I explain how…
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Read about GRANDPAcking Costs if you don’t know how to interpret my figures.
WHAT IT SHOULD COST 2 GRANDPAckers:
Cost Of Existence (COE):
- You will need a couple of days to find your long term accommodation
- For your short term accommodation, search online well in advance and keep looking regularly until you find something ‘acceptable’ to you for up to US$26 / night
- This may or may not be to GRANDPAcking Standard… but it is only for 2 nights, so don’t worry too much about it… it should be perfectly adequate for that price
- Margarita’s (opposite the Texas Mule) is a good cheap option if you just want to ‘walk-in off the street’
- Once in Utila, look at Where To Stay and see what you can find
- Getting your accommodation at a good price is ‘key’, so take your time and get it right
- Make sure that it comes with free cooking facilities / a kitchenette as this is also ‘key’ to keeping your meal costs under control
- Take ‘cash in hand’ when you are ready to do the ‘final deal’ on the one that you have chosen
- Discounts on the asking prices are hard to get, so keep your search limited to places listed for no more than US$500 / month
- You should be able to get somewhere good for US$400 – US$450 / month
Fees & Visa:
Food & Beverages:
- The Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner budget is enough for you to eat in street stalls and ‘local shacks’ if that is what you prefer
- Alternatively, you can use the same funds to buy your own groceries and eat Breakfast and Dinner back in your kitchenette; The Dinner budget assumes that you will eat out in cheap restaurants
- Either way, your daily fruit and fruit drinks will need to be purchased as groceries – the cost on the street is too expensive
- The owners of your accommodation should be able to arrange for you to get 5 Gallon containers of drinking water which only cost HNL35
Cost Of LIVING:
With that money you can LIVE ‘frugally’:
- Happy Hour beers can be had for HNL30
- A cheap bottle of wine from a Minimart will cost HNL160 – HN200
- Upgrade your Dinner from HNL150 each to HNL250 each to get something nicer
- Spend a day down at Bando Beach for HNL40 each entry fee
For those of you that love beach holidays, look seriously at Utila but heed this post on how to do Utila on a budget.
There are things to do in Utila but they, mainly, revolve around beach life… relaxing, swimming, reading books, sipping beers …
More energetic GRANDPAckers may get bored with it quickly… but, there’s no harm in coming for 1 month to see how you get on.
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