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TRAVEL & TOURISM HONDURAS ROATAN
Roatan is the largest and most developed island of the Bay Islands which is in itself, an archipelago made up of three larger islands and a few smaller islands or cays all located in the north coast of Honduras in the Caribbean Sea. It is Honduras' number one international tourism destination, most famous for its world class diving, crystal clear waters, white sand beaches, cruise ships, expats, and modern real estate developments. Don't forget plenty of sun year round, pretty much a vacationer's paradise.
Better known simply as The Islands by Hondurans, they are made up by the following islands:
- Cayos Cochinos
How to Get There:
- Direct flights from the United States:
- Atlanta, GA (ATL) to Roatan (RTB) on Delta Airlines.
- Houston, TX (IAH - Intercontinental) to Roatan (RTB) on United Airlines.
- Miami, FL (MIA) to Roatan (RTB) on American Airlines.
- Flights from mainland Honduras are available with:
- CM Airlines
- Taca Regional
- Aerolineas Sosa
- Easy Sky Airlines
- By Ferry from the city of La Ceiba:
- Take the Galaxy Wave Ferry from the Muelle de Cabotaje in La Ceiba. (For fares and schedules check out their website http://www.roatanferry.com/index.html)
- They could not have chosen a more appropriate name for this island with the letters T-A-N in the end! After all, you basically get loads of sun year round in this tropical paradise making it the perfect place to get that refreshed bronze skin color you've anxiously been waiting to have after a long working period.
- West Bay Beach is probably the most popular beach in ROA (more laid back term given to the island) where you can find several all inclusive hotels.
|best blues in the Caribbean atWEST BAY BEACH, Roatan|
- White sand with warm crystal clear water (sometimes at 27C/80F) create the best conditions for a full day at the beach.
- Diving is its main attraction and its magnificent coral reefs are just a spectacle for snorkelers and divers alike.
|diving theSOUTH SIDEof Roatan|
- Fact is, its coral reefs are part of the Meso-American Barrier Reef System (MBRS), the second largest reef formation in the world, next to the Great Barrier Reef of Australia, so diving is definitely world-class.
|the exuberant beauty of Roatan'sCORAL REEFS|
- Rays, moray eels, barracuda, squid, lobster, sea turtles and many other types of marine life are frequently seen close to shore as most dive sites are just a 10 minute boat ride away from most hotels.
- These creatures as well as many colorful soft and hard coral formations can also be seen even by snorkelers swimming close to the beach.
- In addition, you can also find other exciting activities such as sailing, kayaking, canopy tours, fishing charter tours, and even a submarine ride with The Roatan Institute of Deepsea Exploration.
- Places of interest includes groovy West End where you can find a bustling night life, with a nice selection of bars and restaurants to choose from for all tastes and budgets. Many dive shops can also be found in this area.
|main streetWEST END,newly paved|
- West End is in fact one of the trendiest places in all of Roatan where all the hipsters as well as diving instructors hang out and party the night away.
- Sundowner's is the place to start with some of the best sunsets on the island and then the party usually moves on to The Blue Marlin where live music spices up the atmosphere; bars in West End do not have a steady history of success and the same applies to restaurants. For some reason as soon as a new place opens another is forced to close down; nevertheless, the aforementioned bars are two of the most stable establishments which have been around for years now and look like they are in for the long haul.
- Some of the most recognized and better established restaurants in West End are The Argentinian Grill, Tong's Island Cuisine, and Ooloonthoo Indian Cuisine restaurants, where their specialties are premium grilled meats, Thai food and Indian food respectively. You should also consider visiting Pollo Caribeno for the inexpensive typical Honduran food known as Baleadas (freshly made flour tortillas with beans and other stuff). Check out the following link for my personal review of the Ooloonthoo Indian Cuisine restaurant. ttp://traveltourismhonduras.blogspot.com/2013/02/ooloonthoo-where-far-east-meets-west-end.html
- Coxen Hole is the capital of the island and financial district where you can find ATMs, banks, and plenty of small shops and/or if you like a little more upscale shopping there is always the Town Center at the Port of Roatan great for finding souvenirs aswell as other stuff (here you may find a nice selection of jewelry stores, duty free shops, beach clothing, and also a few restaurants).
- French Harbour is another area which has experienced recent growth with places such as a relatively new Mall, called Hiper Mega Mall (with a Wendys restaurant), as well as the convenience store, Sun's Grocery (also known as Eldons Supermarket, which by the way supplies many American items you cannot find on the mainland).
- Also in French Harbour you will find a massive new hotel and housing development which goes by the name of Pristine Bay also home to a world class golf course, The Black Pearl; (an 18 hole, par-72, 7200 yard championship golf course designed by world famous golf architect Pete Dye).
|the infinity pool atPRISTINE BAY RESORT|
|a tricky green at theBLACK PEARL GOLF COURSE|
- One door down from the Pristine Bay Resort you find the Clarion Suites Roatan at Pineapple Villas, a very modern hotel/condos with all kinds of amenities: they include several scenic pools, a spa and wellness center complete with everything you would expect at any exclusive international spa together with a fully furbished health club, the Pineapple Grill restaurant, and an impressive sports bar called Herby's Sports Bar deserving an entry of its own. Click on the following link for more:
|the main attraction atHERBY'S SPORTS BARis its stadium-like jumbotron|
- Go to Frenchy's 44 Restaurant (also at French Harbor) and take a ride to the picturesque Little French Key and basque in the sun all day long, on your choice of several seating options available for the patrons; grab a classic and tasty fishburger, and sip on some sweet pina coladas made available at the Gecko Grill located right there on the lil' island. Keep in mind that the place is surrounded by mangroves so skeeter repellent is a must.