Roatán is a hidden gem, located off the coast of Honduras. What many people don’t know, however, is that while Roatán may be small, it is home to the second world’s largest coral reef. Roatán is the scuba divers and snorkelers paradise. The water is warm, crystal clear, and is home to a stunning coral reef and exotic marine life. First time scuba divers can see giant squid, eels, an octopus, sea turtles and many other beautiful and colorful fish.
Activities overview: scuba diving, snorkeling, sun-bathing, hitch-hiking, parasailing, dolphin swimming, flyboarding, paddle boarding
Currency: US dollar and Honduran Lempira
Modes of Transport: taxi, walking, hitch-hiking, car-rental, water taxi
Favorite Things to do:
Anthony’s Key Resort– $$ Located in Sandy Bay, If you want to have the best experience you have ever had swimming with dolphins, go to Anthony’s Key Resort and take pictures with and snorkel with the dolpins. The dolphins are well-taken care of, and ethically treated.
Scuba Dive and Snorkel- $-$$ Let’s face it, even if you had no previous desire to go scuba diving before you came to Roatán, it’s just what you do, and what people who come from all over the world to do, here. Whether it is a new life’s calling, or a one time, I promise, you will not regret trying scuba diving in one of the best places in the world to do it. Ocean Connections is a great dive shop, that I would highly recommend, especially for beginners. Ocean Connections is located in West End. You can also rent snorkel gear here, also.
West End- West end is the diver’s end of the Island, as well, as where all the expats and tourists go. Despite the touristy feel, West End is where it’s at most of the time. If you are into going out at night, all along West End is where all the dance parties are at.
West Bay- While West Bay is a bit touristy, it is so for a good reason. It is arguably the most beautiful beach on the island. The water is crystal clear, the sand looks bleached it is so white (however, it is really all natural), and you can do activities such
Paya Bay- is located on the north end of the island. It is far less touristy, the beaches are more rugged, and if it is your style, no clothes are required! You’ll have to take a taxi, rent a car, or hitch-hike in order to get there.
Earth Mama’s Cafe– $-$$ Awake your inner-hippie spirit and come get a delicious meal, and perhaps, the yummiest smoothies you have ever tasted. Located in West End, a great hang out, with free wi-fi. After your meal, you can find your inner zen and do some Who could resist?
Sundowner’s Beach Bar– $-$$ is located in Half Moon Bay, at the end of West End. If you are in the mood for a cool hangout to grab a couple of drinks or a hamburger that is
Baleadas– $ Baleadas can be found all over the island, however the best Baleadas I have found, surprisingly, have been at gas stations, all over the island, or from a lady who sets up a booth, at night, in West End. You know if you found her if she puts a delicious salsa on top. For those of you who are wondering, what the heck is a baleada?! A baleada is a very popular Honduran food that is a thick, wheat flour tortilla, that is folded in half and filled with red-refried beans and Honduran cheese. Baleadas are also great for budget-travelers, as they are less than a dollar!
Herby’s Supermarket– $ If you see a Herby’s, go on in, and stock up on Honduran groceries or simply cool off in a clean and air-conditioned place. Do not feel weirded out if they tell you to give them any large bags, they take them, give you a number, and you get them back after your supermarket visit.
Monkey La La- $ What is a Monkey La La, you ask? A monkey La La is an island favorite. It is an alcoholic drink, that doesn’t taste like alcohol at all. Rather, it is tastes like a giant chocolate, banana smoothie.
- It is perfectly normal, and relatively normal, to stick up your thumb and hitch-hike the island of Roatán. You tell the driver where you are heading, they will tell you where
Words don’t do it justice, and pictures would do you better? Click HERE to see some pictures that I took in Roátan!
**Note about all my “guides”: They are no where inclusive of everything possible to do in a certain city or country. They are simply places and things that I thought were really awesome, and things that I have personally tried or done. I do not put any information about things I have not done or tried myself. If there is different information in between guides, it is because I had a unique experience in each place. Please use my guides only as a reference, and then discover your OWN path and Helpless Wanderlust.