If you don't come by a store that uses coin then you are only a 5 minute walk from Banco LaFise in West End.
I personally love it that we rarely use coins here. I'm from Canada and need to reinforce my pockets and wallet for visits home. $1, $2, .25, .10, .5... equals many pounds!
I was under the impression there wasn't a bank that close! Thank you for the help! I understand how you feel about the coins. Carrying paper is by far much easier!
In my limited experience coins are rarely used in daily commerce in Roatan, since the smallest denomination of paper money is the one lemp note, being worth about 5 cents US/Can. That note has old Lempira himself on it. I understand that the coins are fractions of a lemp, so not much use in commerce. But I've never actually seen one. Since you will probably never end up with one in your change, I guess you need to find a bank. It has to cost more to mint these coins than they are worth, so the govt might be discouraging their use.
Maybe the government should mint them and sell them as souveniers--either that or gather up the ones already minted and do the same! Ah well, it won't be the first time we had adventures looking for coins in a foreign country and I doubt this will be the last. dhauk, do you think they are more commonly used on the mainland? I can put on my snorkel gear and swim on over some afternoon...
The Bank is not actually in West End..it is just outside of West End part of the same building as the new petrol station. The sign is very visible. I didn't want ya wandering up and down the dirt road in West End looking for a bank sign.
tryp, you COULD swim over, but all those coins in your pocket would make it hard to swim back before happy hour.
But I don't see why they would use coins on the mainland any more than on Roatan.
So I did some research and found out that Banco LaFise is not in West End. Then again neither is Sundowners or Argentinian Grill! These are all in Half Moon Bay! And here I thought I was living in West End these last 2 years! The bank is still only a 4-5 minute walk from the dirt road that is the main drag of West End and they do have coin.
Sorry for giving the wrong info! Are you sure you're staying in West End????
Ach! Darn, I forgot about those coins weighing me down in the water on the trip back from the mainland. Not a good idea to delay happy hour, no matter how VALUABLE those coins are! Whew, that was close.
We're staying at the Seagrape, Bonnie. Hopefully that means I'll find the bank. Really, it all depends on when happy hour begins and how long it lasts...
Hey Tryp, you'll be our neighbour in Half Moon Bay ;) Stop by and I'll give you some coins...I don't even carry them around.
Thanks, Bonnie--I sent you a PM!