Located between the islands of Guanaja and Utila, Roatan is approximately 60 kilometers long and is home to some of the most important diving and cruising destinations in the Caribbean.
It is also situated close to the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, which is the second largest reef in the world and the largest reef in the Caribbean sea.Previously known as Ruatan, Roatan is the largest of all three Bay Islands and features stunning tropical jungle-covered hills, white-sand beaches, and turquoise deep blue waters. It’s truly no wonder why many people call Roatan “the Caribbean’s best-kept secret”.
Distances from Major Cities:
• One hour by air from San Pedro Sula – Honduras
• 10 minutes by air or 90 minutes by water from La Ceiba – Honduras
• 3 hours by air from Houston and Atlanta – USA
• 4 hours by air from Ottawa and Toronto – Canada
The Satellite Islands
Go to the easternmost part of the island to find a channel which passes through mangroves. The Satellite Islands are located at the eastern end of Roatan and include Pigeon Cay, Morat, and Barbareta. The good news is that the island has a well-paved main road which connects destinations like Mount Pleasure, Brick Bay, Coxen Hole, West End, Sandy Bay, Oakridge, and French Harbour. The official language in Honduras is Spanish, while residents of the Bay Islands speak English.
Activities in Roatan
Roatan features a tropical climate and is an ideal destination for a wide range of activities including zip-lining, sailing, fishing, swimming with dolphins, snorkeling, and diving. Travelers can take long walks through the lovely nature parks or try the authentic local food which is influenced by various cultures. This amazing tropical paradise is also well-known for its vibrant nightlife in West End with dozens of restaurants and bars that serve refreshing cocktails to choose from. Don’t forget to check out numerous live music performances on the island ranging from reggae and rock to classical music.
Tourism is an important source of income for Roatan and getting to the island is quite easy as it is served by the Manuel Gálvez Roatán International Airport. Visitors who prefer to travel by boat will be happy to hear that the Galaxy Wave Ferry comes to and back from the island twice a day. Besides tourism, fishing is also very important for the economic stability of the island.
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