Things to Do in Roatan
Palm-fringed, white-sand beaches stretch for 40 miles (64 kilometers) along the coast of Roatan, the largest of the Bay Islands. Roatan is located 30 miles (48 kilometers) off the coast of Honduras and is surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. The island’s economy is based primarily on tourism and Roatan is dotted with small towns, resorts and gated communities. The Bay Islands are located along part of the world’s second-largest barrier reef system and Roatan is one of the top scuba diving destinations in the Caribbean.
Roatan’s cruise port is located on the south side of the island just outside Coxen Hole, the capital and largest city on the Bay Islands. You’ll find a variety of shopping and dining options within the cruise port complex, although there aren’t many attractions for visitors in Coxen Hole. Taxis and minibuses wait just outside the cruise port to shuttle visitors into town and around the island.
One of the cleanest and best-maintained beaches on the island of Roatan, Sandy Bay Beach is just another beautiful escape waiting for discovery. Less busy than West End but still boasting a nice sampling of restaurants and houses, this beach is perfect for an escape with easy access to the rest of the island. A long strip of coastline punctuated by storefronts, Sandy Bay Beach not only offers the usual sleepy beach feel with dips in the aquamarine ocean, but also holds some secret hideaways, local taco shacks, and even the odd massage parlor. Great snorkeling is found 200 yards offshore.
The wilds of Roatan are as diverse as they are romantic. From beautiful beach vistas to dense jungles teaming with macaws and monkeys, Roatan is indeed a special place. And while the time seems to just slip away on the white sand beaches, there’s little more intoxicating than seeing the natural jungles that make Roatan the beautiful nature preserve it is.
The Roatan Butterfly Garden is this serene escape. Full of wildlife, the Roatan Butterfly Garden is home to boa constrictors, parrots, lush tropical plants and, of course, the beautiful butterfly. Let the tame deer lick your hand, feed some toucans, and have your guide show you around the grounds as you’ll get an experience here like no other.
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