on Utila, it's hard to find accommodation if you are not linked to a dive school and then it really depends on your budget. I'd go check out Utila Watersports (Turn right off the ferry and then the office is about 400m up the road on your left). They are top folks and not too pushy, they also have awesome accommodation.
There is also a block of apartments called Freddies. They are cool if there is a few of you as you can cook and share a bathroom between just a few of you in a little two bedroom apartment. You've got to get in touch with Rob who lives a few doors before Alton's Dive shop (past Utlia Watersports and past Utila Dive Centre). He's a top bloke and can help you out.
It's worth calling and emailing before hand if you are going near peak times (summer, semana santa (easter), sunjam). Just reply to this thread if you want some more details and I can post some email and phone contact details. about 8 years ago
The Lighthouse is hands down the best place to stay on Utila... Thelma runs the best inn imaginable... You'll love it!
If you can get a bungalow at "Lost Paradise" at West End on Roatan, you probably don't need to go to Utila (unless you think you can get lucky and spot a whale shark). Carlos will help make your stay amazing... Again, enjoy!!! almost 6 years ago
We stayed up in the top of Birds of Paradise - it is a beautiful bright and airy room with windows on all sides. They have a kitchen too downstairs.
They don't have a website or any web presence, but they are probably the closest hostel to the dock, just walk up - and the street is almost directly in front of the dock behind the Captain Morgan dive centre. We did a walk around and looked at most of the accommodation on the island. There are some quite cheap apartments - if you walk right after hopping of the dock. but they were all full when we got there.
There are also some lovely rooms near the beach if you walk all the way left off the docks, past everything until about 20 metres before the beach.
I don't agree with the first poster that it is hard to find accommodation without a dive school - there are lots of hostels and small apartments.
In peak season it may pay to book ahead - but we were there for 3 weeks at the end of August and beginning of September and we had plenty of options. Perhaps it was a quiet year last year - it is possible.
It is worth shopping around for dive schools once you get there. All the schools have a different vibe, some are real party places like UDC and some are more relaxed and would suit older people. We chose Parrots, although we would also have gone with Captain Morgans and Deep Blue Divers.
If you are looking for an isolated island experience Captain Morgans also has another hostel on a quay which we were really keen to do, except they don't have internet (we work online). about 4 years ago