Roatan Honduras is a beautiful island in the Western Caribbean. It is a growing tourist destination and cruises to the Caribbean bring thousands of people to visit weekly. What makes Roatan such a great place to visit? Here are 7 amazing things to do in Roatan.
#1 Snorkel – Roatan sits on the second largest barrier reef in the world along the Mesoamerican Reef. Snorkeling is a must in Roatan! The whole island is surrounded by reef and from any beach in Roatan, you can swim from shore to snorkel and see fish, coral and an ocean teeming with marine life.
For those who are not the best of swimmers, fish are even in the shallow water! For instance, in popular tourist beaches like West Bay, fish swim close to shore and sometimes even nibble at your feet. A natural pedicure! Lol The best pedicure in the world!
# 2 Visit West End!
West End is a fun area in Roatan with a small town island feel. You can shop, go for drinks, cool off and go for a swim at Half Moon Bay Beach, or eat good food at the many restaurants. West End has plenty to do to have fun! I love it because it feels more down to earth and less touristy than West Bay’s resort town.
Buy fun souvenirs at Rusty’s or Waves of Art! Both support local artists and communities.
Also at West End is an amazing beach which leads to #3 ……
#3 Visit Half Moon Bay Beach at West End
Looking for somewhere quieter and more relaxed than some of the busy beaches at West Bay? Try Half Moon Bay at West End.
The snorkeling is amazing at West End’s Half Moon Bay Beach! You can swim or snorkel right off shore without needing a boat to take you to the reef.
- TIP: The best entrance to snorkel is behind Half Moon Bay Resort.
#4 West Bay Beach
West Bay Beach may be busy but it is full of life and one of the top rated beaches in the world! It is a great place to spend the day with all the activities available you can think of such as snorkeling, jet skiing or flying through the air on water jet packs.
The swimming and snorkeling from shore is also great at West Bay. If you are not comfortable snorkeling without a guide, there are many tour vendors who can take you snorkeling further out on the reef.
- TIP: Snorkel in front of the “Grand Roatan Resort” hotel at the very end of the beach for easy and shallow snorkeling. You can watch a video of snorkeling in West Bay here to get a glimpse of what you might see,
VIDEO: WHERE TO GET BEST SNORKELING IN WEST BAY BEACH
#5 Take A Boat Tour – A boat tour around the island in any direction will offer you another view of Roatan. See Roatan’s lush tropical forest cascading across rolling hills while you sail by.
Many boat tours will take you snorkeling in one of Roatan’s many off shore reefs such as the Blue Channel or Spooky Channel.
#6 Zip Line To The Beach! – Go ziplining at Monkey Trail Canopy at Gumbalimba Park and fly through the jungle on a zip line to the beach! With 2 ½ miles of 12 ziplines, including a zipline across a lagoon, it is a blast!
#7 Eat Baleadas – The most popular food in honduras and the cheapest eat you can find are Baleadas. Baleadas are a popular food in Honduras. Homemade flour tortillas filled with beans and cheese are just $1! Try them with avocado, eggs, chicken or meat.
At Calelulus in West End, you can get Baleadas with meat for just a few bucks more. You can’t beat that!
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