Take a break from looking at the ocean from your cruise ship and spend a day at one of the most beautiful beaches in Roatan, Tabyana Beach. This white-sand beach is rated one of the best in the Western Caribbean and boasts everything from coconut and almond trees to snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities.
The Most Beautiful Beach in Roatan
A visit to Tabyana Beach is one of the most popular shore excursions for cruise ship passengers. There is only 70 feet between the amazing reef and the beach where you can relax and enjoy spectacular views of the sea. Here, you can snorkel, swim, lie in the sun, rent kayaks / banana boats, and play volleyball. Some cruise ship tours include a barbecue lunch with complimentary ice tea and lemonade available during your visit. Vacationers will have access to private sun loungers, local gift shops, bars, restroom facilities, and fresh waters. You can enjoy the sounds of amazing Caribbean music and snorkel in the inviting turquoise waters. The ride from the cruise ship port to the beach lasts for 45 minutes by bus and snorkel gear is available for rent at an additional cost at the Tabyana Beach. In case you get tired of the beach, there are other cruise ship excursions available here in Roatan. Let’s take a look at some of the best places you can visit during your stay in Roatan.
West End Village
The West End is located about 20 minutes from the cruise pier and offers a number of restaurants, bars, artisan stores, and a number of water-based activities. It is also home to the popular Half Moon Bay beach where you can go scuba diving and snorkeling. Glass-bottom boat tours are available, as well as kayak excursions and fishing charters. Souvenirs can be purchased at the popular Rusty Fish and Waves of Art. Make sure to visit the amazing Roatan Chocolate Factory and get some cool sweet treats.
Located in West Bay, Gumbalimba Park is one of the most popular beach attractions for passengers on cruise ships. Tourists will have a chance to get up close and personal with amazing sea creatures. Head out to the Coxen’s Cave and check out numerous artifacts and exhibits, as well as a large 3D map of Roatan. There is an Insectarium where you can learn about dozens of species of bugs including some of the shiniest butterflies in the world and the strongest beetles.
While you are touring the grounds of the popular Gumbalimba Park, you will have a chance to cross the 238-foot-long bamboo suspension bridge. Expect to see a couple iguanas along the way and you can even pose with a macaw. One of the main attractions in the park is the amazing White Face Capuchin Monkey. These medium-sized monkeys easily adapt to places colonized by humans and are always more than happy to pose for pictures with tourists.
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