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What To Know About Roatán Island In Honduras
Roatán Island is the largest, most developed and most widely visited of the Bay Islands in Honduras. This island destination has an abundance of luscious vegetation and hills as well as pristine white sandy beaches. With it being a top diving location, drawing in visitors from around the world, the Bay Islands are gaining more popularity over the years.
In this Travel Noire guide, we’ll explore what to explore while traveling to Roatán island. If you’re planning a trip to Honduras or Central America, then Roatán is one island to keep in mind. Here’s what to expect:
Where is the island?
Roatán is a long and thin island off the coast of mainland Honduras. It is said to be 31 miles (50km) long, but only 1.2 miles (2km) to 2.5 miles (4km) wide. The small island is most popular for its diving opportunities as it has one of the most picturesque underwater sights in the region. In Central America, it is a snorkelling paradise because of its coral reef teeming with tropical marine life.
Best things to do?
Most find themselves enjoying the laidback, Caribbean vibes in West End (also West Bay) where you can find seafront restaurants and bars, and of course, some of the best beaches as per Caribbean standard. Because of the impressive coral reefs, snorkelling and diving is huge on the island. Many people travel to the island to get their certificates too.
There are also several cruise ships which pass through too.
How to get there?
Most people traveling to Roatán come via the mainland and catch a charter flight. Catching a flight from San Pedro Sula International Airport (SAP) is easy for domestic trips with CM Airlines or Sosa Airlines.
There are also flights from the U.S. (American Airlines, Delta and Continental) straight to the airport in Roatan island (RTB). Flying is by far the easiest way to arrive but many arrive via cruise ships (including Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and Carnival Cruise Line)
The currency in Roatán is the Honduran Lempira. The exchange rate constantly fluctuates but roughly, each 25 Limperas is 1 USD.
Roatán attracts mid-range and budget travelers, usually those backpacking through Central America.
There is certainly a growing resort vibe on the island and you can enjoy a luxury but very (very) laidback all-inclusive vacation. On average, an all inclusive beachfront resort will cost around $500 USD for two people.
How to get around in
The best way to get around in Roatán is by water taxi and by taxi. It is by far the most popular way to get around for around 3-5 USD.