Composed of three main islands Roatán, Utila and Guanaja, the Bay Islands are a perfect getaway for both tourists and locals. Roatán is the largest island and has the most beautiful beaches, while Utila is a backpacker’s paradise and the most affordable island of all three. Guanaja is perfect for diving. All of these islands offer much more than just snorkeling and diving, so let’s take a look at some of the most popular activities in the Bay Islands.
Little French Key
Located just off the south shore, Little French Key is a private island resort that offers a number of activities for its guests. It is definitely one of the best island attractions and includes activities like horseback swimming, massages, and playing with animals from the Animal Rescue Center. There are a few white sand beaches where visitors can chill in the sun and several bars and restaurants if you want to grab a snack or a drink. Some of the restaurants are located on the water and there are also two jump platforms at this amazing resort.
West Bay Beach
Located in the western part of Roatán, West Bay Beach is famous for its clear waters, white sand beaches, and water activities that include parasailing and scuba diving. Visitors who wish to go to West Bay Beach from West End Village will be happy to know that there is water taxi that transfers passengers for less than $3. The main resort area at West Bay Beach can get a bit crowded when cruise ships enter the ports in Roatan, but if you are looking for some peace and quiet you can always go to either end of the beach. In the evenings, West Bay Beach offers amazing sunsets and has several restaurants that serve local specialties and International dishes. There are also a number of bars where you can sit down and order cocktails or some other refreshing drinks.
Daniel Johnson’s Monkey and Sloth Hang Out
A small animal park sanctuary in French Cay, Daniel Johnson’s Monkey and Sloth Hang Out is a must-see place for everyone who loves and wants to interact with animals like sloths, parrots, monkeys, and macaws. Some of the other animals at the sanctuary include a raccoon from South America and the Roatán Island rabbit known as the Agouti. Besides checking out the animals, you can also rest in lounge chairs and enjoy spectacular views of the Caribbean.
Maya Key is a lovely pristine island that includes 2 beautiful beaches, lush garden paths, animal rescue center, and a large swimming pool. It is a perfect place for families with children that also features a restaurant and bar. Visitors can purchase crafted souvenirs at the island’s gift shop or check out the Ethnic Honduran Art Exhibit Center to learn a thing or two about the history of Roatán.
Gumbalimba Park is a perfect place to spend a couple of house while visiting Roatán. It features attractions such as a small cave with historical displays, nature trail filled with rare tropical flowers and plants, monkeys and birds, a hanging rope bridge and a canopy zip-line tour. If you are in town with kids, this is definitely the right place to go.