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I took that image 11 years ago from a top of an hill on the northern coast of Roatan, the main island of the Islas de La Bahia in the Caribbean Honduras.
This is Diamond Beach.
completely empty of people in August, the top touristic month!
Roatan in the 1995 was not famous as today and was completely unknow in Europe (today in Italy is one of the top destination thanks to some Italian villages all inclusive).
For many years it was a backpackers destination and a stop-over on the cocaine traffic from Colombia to Florida.
In the 1995 there were not more than 20 small (and sometimes poor and very dirty) guesthouses, and only 1 hotel, some cafθ and restaurants. all located at West End Cap. The Garifuna villages are completely not visited from torusits, too dangerous for someone and whitout anithing to see or do...for all!
so, the 99% of the few travellers are located on West End Beach, a long wonderful white beach with fantastic waters...but...with too many Sand-Flies.
it was impossibile to rest on the beach also for few seconds!
there were long wood piers where all the people rests all the day!
the beach was too dangerous and painfull!

we rented a Jeep and we did the entire tour of the island, on terrifiant streets.
we arrived at Diamond Beach thanks to a hitcher!
that wonderful beach was completely empty and unknown to the tourists on the other side of the island.
and more, that beach didn't have Sand-Flies!

"no tourists, no food, no Sand-Flies".
explane us the hitcher, a local Garifuna guy!

*Scanne image*

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Sandfly is the common name of a flying, biting, blood-sucking insect found in many countries. Some socalled insects are a type of Midge.

The sandfly is the primary vector of leishmaniasis and sandfly fever. In the new world, leishmaniasis is spread by sandflies of the genus Lutzomyia. In the old world, the disease is spread by sandflies of the genus Phlebotomus.

Female sandflies suck blood from many warm-blooded animals because the blood helps to create eggs. One species attacks penguins as well. Only female sandflies bite. Female sandflies use their mouthparts to create a pool of blood, which is then sucked up. They inject histamine to prevent blood clotting, similar to the feeding habits of a female mosquito.

Sandflies are small (about the size of the tip of a ballpoint pen), making them hard to detect. Their bite is generally not felt and leaves a small round, reddish bump that starts itching hours or days later. Use of insect repellent is recommended in areas where sandflies are present

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