People who visit the number of friendly bars, restaurants, and local stores meet visitors from all over the world. Given its proximity to the reef, it is not surprising that dive enthusiasts come from all over the world to the over 17 dive shops and resorts on Utila. Visitors also enjoy sandy beaches that host a variety of water sports activities such as sailing, kayaking, kite boarding, and snorkeling. For others, climbing Pumpkin Hill, exploring the freshwater caves, visiting the Iguana Station or taking a guided natural history hike makes for a great adventure. A day trip to the Cays with a picture-postcard island beach along with a stop at a local fishing village is a must for all visitors as well as a Whale Shark spotting trip. The breathless sunsets at one of the many dockside bars, followed by local dining at one of the unique restaurants. Music-filled open-air venues offer dance nights where the islanders gather to celebrate life. Lobster, fish and conch are truly the “catch of the day”. Diners can enjoy local specialties like “bando”, a delicious coconut fish soup. While local chefs work their magic with the bounty that the sea provides, there are also a number of international chefs now living and working on Utila. They too have found and now create something special. It is not surprising that visitors return to this island paradise again and again!