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Roatan, Honduras

Roatán, Honduras

Roatán Island is the largest and most developed of the three Bay Islands of Honduras and lies not far off the northern coast. The majority of the population of Roatán originated from the Cayman Islands. The growth of tourism and travel awards has put Honduras squarely on the map. Today, the beautiful Caribbean island is a mecca for divers and snorkelers. Commercial fishing is one of the main economic drivers in Roatán and is home to one of the largest fishing fleets in the Western Caribbean.

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Roatán, Honduras

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The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

Visit the Caribbean’s largest barrier reef, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. Lying just offshore, it's a favorite spot for divers and snorkelers to see colorful corals and an amazing array of marine life.

Other Fun Things to Do

  • Wander through Carambola Botanical Gardens in Sandy Bay and take in the sights and scents surrounding you. Or visit Gumbalimba Preservation Park, where you may see parrots, iguana and monkeys that live in the wild
  • Snorkel the crystal clear waters to experience stunning coral reefs in beautiful bays
  • Dive to discover Roatán’s shipwrecks and aquatic life such as sea turtles, dolphins and whales
  • Enjoy a great catch: Fish for marlin, barricuda, tuna, wahoo and mahi-mahi off the reef
  • Jump on the Extreme Caribe Zip Line Tour to experience one of the most breathtaking adventures on the island
  • Enjoy the beauty and serenity of powder-white sand beaches and crystal-turquoise water

Shopping for Bargains

French Harbour and West Bay offer Central American arts and crafts, brightly-painted pottery, wood carvings (notably wooden instruments), costume jewelry, tee-shirts, cigars and clothing. Basketry, embroidery, textile arts and leathercrafts are also great shopping items in Roatán.

Indulge in complementary rum and rum cake treats at the Roatán Rum Company while overlooking the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean.

Get a Taste of Local Flavor

With the highest concentration of restaurants located in West End and West Bay, you will find traditional island food as well as delicious "North American" offerings and plentiful seafood.

Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, friendly local service and Caribbean charm of restaurants in Roatán. With the highest concentration of restaurants located in West End and West Bay, you can enjoy an ocean view at sunset as you drink a salva vida (a local beer meaning "life saver"), or a local cocktail such as the monkey lala. After the sun sets, dine on fresh local seafood or gourmet international cuisine as you enjoy the sights and sounds of the Caribbean sea.

Local Currency

The US dollar (US$) is generally accepted all over the island; however, your change is mostly given in Honduran lempiras.

Additional Perks

  • Frommer’s recently highlighted Roatán in their Undiscovered Caribbean Islands: Insiders’ Guide
  • The HGTV show House Hunters International has now featured Roatán in a handful of episodes over the past three years
  • Islands Magazine listed Roatán as one of the Best Islands to Retire On
  • TripAdvisor named Roatán one of the Top 5 Beach Destinations in Central America

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