Roatan Journals

Relaxing on Roatan

A February 2006 trip to Roatan by SaraP

Quote: The Bay Islands, a semi-circle running from Belize to Honduras, cover the second-biggest coral reef in the world. A 20-minute flight, or 1.5 hour boat ride from the Honduran mainland, Roatan is the biggest of the islands. Caribbean in flavor, warm and welcoming, and all are well worth a visit.

Relaxing on Roatan

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Overview

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Roatan is the biggest of the three main islands (the others being smaller Utila and tiny Guanaja) and is the most developed of the three, both in terms of tourist facilities and general infrastructure. The islands' economy is apparently based mostly on fishing, but tourism—mainly in the form of its terrific snorkeling and diving—must be coming up fast. It’s not particularly cheap and you can expect to pay twice or three times the costs you’ll find on the mainland (even in touristy areas such as Copan). The one thing that is a bargain though is SCUBA–much cheaper than neighbouring Belize–about per one-tank dive, or even less for a block-booking of 10, or about for a PADI open-water course. ...Read More

Posada Arco Iris

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Hotel

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This was a great place, run by a friendly Honduran couple. The place is on the main drag along the beach–our room was approximately a 15-second dash to the sea, and we could watch the sun going down into the Caribbean from the hammock slung across our veranda. Bliss. It’s about as far along West End and Half Moon Bay (so-called for a good, beautiful reason) as you can get, right next to Woody’s supermarket (handy for picnic lunches on the beach if you’re not too hungry). Attached to it and apparently run by the same couple is the "Argentinian Grill," a pretty good but relatively (i.e. by comparison to what you’d pay on the mainland for the same fare) pricey place at $20 a head for dinner–more if ...Read More

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Posada Arco Iris
Half Moon Bay, West End.
Roatan, Honduras
+(504) 445-4264

Carambola Botanical Gardens & Trails

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Attraction | "Carambola Botantical Gardens"

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The botanical gardens are situated about a 10-minute moped ride outside West End on the right-hand side along the route towards Sandy Bay. They're well-known on the island for their lush jungle and wide-range of flowers and trees, and the rather elusive crested lizards. The highlight is the 30-minute climb—along well-laid tracks at the bottom but with increasingly steep slopes where you are aided by ropes along the way, which are particularly helpful when it's wet and slippery underfoot—up Monte Carambola for the top-point of the island and the marvellous view across the forest greenery, and down to the coast from which you can see how very clear the Caribbean truly is. There's a little shaded ca...Read More

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Carambola Botanical Gardens & Trails
Across from Anthony's Key Resort
Roatan, Honduras

Your Alternatives to Roatan

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Your alternatives to Roatan are Utila (c29 km) or Guanaja (c70 km) from the Honduras mainland port of La Ceiba. Both are of course also surrounded by vast coral reefs with prolific undersea life and diving/snorkeling is their mainstay for visitors. Utila is known the smallest of the major islands in the group and claims to the least expensive. They were "discovered" by Columbus in the early 1500s and later settled by Cayman Islanders (which is partly why both Spanish and English are spoken there). Guanaja has no roads and locals travel by boat, including a channel which islanders call, "the cut", allowing access from the south side to the north without having to go all the way around. Ut...Read More