Honduras: Roatán's deep bays offer substantial protection from north winds. "Every year, a handful of boats spend hurricane season cruising the south coast," said Carl Heckrotte, who explored Roatán on two cruises. "You watch the weather." French Harbor Yacht Club and Brick Bay offer decent hurricane holes; cruisers weathered Hurricane Mitch there. A second recommended option is La Ceiba (on the mainland), a great choice if you're leaving a boat for an extended period or doing boat work. We kept Ithaka at Lagoon Marina for 10 days in January (it's protected a mile upriver) while exploring Honduras. Lagoon is new and professional, with first-class showers, docks, and a beautiful pool. Near Lagoon is La Ceiba Shipyard, an excellent facility for boat work and where we hauled Ithaka. It has a 100-ton Travelift, a skilled workforce, boat storage on the hard, American management, and reasonable prices.