Cayos Cochinos are spectacularly beautiful, and Cayo Largo Arriba -- Daryl's island Airbnb -- is a perfect place to get away from it all and relax in a tropical paradise. The accommodations are basic, but the island setting and surrounding islands are truly amazing. There is world-class snorkeling around the entire island and around the neighboring island as well, all of which is accessible from the dock. You can also arrange snorkeling at Turtle Bay on the big island which is a two minute boat ride away. The scuba diving is also fantastic. The wall dives off Pelican Point on the big island were unforgettable. Your host can arrange to have the dive boat pick you up at the island. The fishing is great as well. We went fishing for wahoo with Captain Dennis from Roaton -- also arranged through our host -- and had a great, successful trip, landing two large wahoo along with several small tuna, barracuda and red snapper. Finally, the highest praise goes to the island's caretakers, Jose and Franci (and their daughter Julia). Franci cooked three great meals every day (including wahoo steaks on two nights) and Jose made sure that we had everything we wanted.
Getting to and from the island is a bit of a chore, but if it were easy, it wouldn't be as special. We flew into San Pedro Sula (the airport is far away from the city, in the middle of a farm) because it was much cheaper than flying into Roaton. From San Pedro Sula Airport to Sambo Creek is about 3 hours. Our host arranged for a driver to meet us at the airport, and although I have driven in Belize, Panama and Colombia, I was happy to have someone local drive us. At Sambo Creek, we stayed at Villa Helens, which looked like one of the nicer places in the area. In the morning, the crew from Honduras TouristOptions picked us up on the beach and took us to the island.
This was our first Airbnb vacation and our first trip to Honduras. I travelled with my wife and two daughters (ages 16 and 18). If your idea of paradise is a secluded tropical island, almost completely removed from civilization (ok, you can get a 3g cell signal form the end of the dock in the early morning and late afternoon), with very friendly hosts and lots of activities, Cayos Cochinos is the perfect place at the right price.