Isla Roatan
Bay Islands Honduras

Isla Roatan is the largest of three islands off the coast of Honduras in Central America. They are called the Bay islands of Honduras, being the other two Utila and Guanaja. The big island is the most populated and busy of the three, with its capital at Coxen Hole.

The Three Bay Islands off the coast of Honduras

The Three Bay Islands off the coast of Honduras

The Bay Islands of Honduras

The Bay Islands have their own identity within the nation of Honduras. The islands were occupied mostly by the British and its Afro Antillean population speaks English fluently and some don’t even speak Spanish, the official language of Honduras.

They are called by many travel magazines as the Caribbean “Best Kept Secret”, because mass tourism has not yet discovered them. But on our last visit a year and a half ago to Roatan we noticed that they are slowly but surely growing in that direction.

In Roatan you will find some of the most pristine and best beaches in the Caribbean, with white soft sands and crystal clear waters.

Because of its many coral reefs, Roatan is heaven for scuba divers and snorkelers. The waters are so clean and calm that makes the visibility one of the best in the area.

Many cruises of the top cruise lines stop in Roatan as part of their Western Caribbean Islands itineraries. The cruisers enjoy a day of many shore excursions and beaches.

Roatan Beaches are typical Caribbean and Exotic

Roatan Beaches are typically Caribbean and Exotic

Things to do in Roatan Island

  • Tropical Butterfly Park or Iguana Farm are verdant jungle like sites to enjoy ecotourism at its best.
  • French Harbour is the busy port and shipping center of the island. This is where most of the International Banks branches are located. The ferry to the island arrives at midway between Coxen Hole and French Harbour.
  • Sante' Wellness Center Day Spa Is one of Roatan’s attractions; a boutique spa situated in a tropical setting in a private cay with awe inspiring Caribbean views while you are treated to the most exquisite spa treatments. They offer Jacuzzi and Yoga classes.
  • Clip N Zip Canopy Tours is the newest and safest of Roatan zip lines let you explore and enjoy the jungle from new heights. View the lush vegetation and the unique tropical life.

Isla Roatan

One of the Beaches of West End in Isla Roatan

One of the Beaches of West End in Isla Roatan

  • Windsurfing School and Paddle Tennis

They specialize in windsurfing beginners.

  • Enomis Divers

In the West End is a full PADI certified scuba diving center. Their classes as kept small for personalized service.

  • Spa Baan Suerte, Sandy Bay

Tucked into one of Roatan's most beautiful gardens, Spa Baan Suerte is a peaceful sanctuary, truly a tropical paradise. Replenish your soul in this tranquil Caribbean setting where the naturally restorative power of the islands allows you to bring your life into balance.

  • West Bay Beach

As mentioned Roatan beaches are unique. This one is also a diving paradise. There are many restaurants in the area.


Expect this beauty on the Underwater Museum Roatan

Expect this beauty on the Underwater Museum Roatan

  • Bay Islands Underwater Museum will take you on a guided snorkel tour of one of the most beautiful reefs in the Caribbean and so much more! Discover Mayan artifacts, a Spanish Galleon ship wreck and the Treasure Chest.
  • Fins 'n Flippers - Don’t miss this private island with a nice beach, great snorkeling and spa services.
  • The Black Pearl Golf Course - The centerpiece of the resort is The Black Pearl, Roatan’s first and only golf course. This 18-hole, par-72, 7200 yard championship golf course was created by world famous golf course architect Pete Dye.
  • The course starts at the ocean’s doorstep, rises into the island’s rolling foothills, and then takes golfers on a wild ride back to the seaside clubhouse. It features one of Dye’s signature island greens, and 14 holes offer stunning vistas of the ocean and the Meso-American Barrier Reef.

For more information visit Roatan Tourism Website

A Typical Sunset on the Island of Roatan Honduras

A Typical Sunset on Isla Roatan Honduras

  • El Rancho Barrio Dorcas - Horseback riding tours
  • Tabyana Beach, West Bay is one of the best beaches in Roatan
  • El Aquila Wreck Dive, Sandy Bay is the best wreck dive in Roatan

A visit to Bay islands Honduras is quite an experience. These three little sisters are different from each other and a visit wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the smallest ones of Utila, the smallest and closest to the mainland and Guanaja the highest and wildest of the three.

Rotan is an undiscovered jewel waiting for you in the Western Caribbean. Think of it for your Caribbean Honeymoon. It is an ideal Romantic Caribbean Vacation.

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