Tucked away in the Caribbean lies Roatan, the largest of the Bay Islands, and one of the world's best kept secrets. Privileged by its location along the Mesoamerican Reef, this 77km-long island is known for its beautiful white-sand beaches, turquoise waters, breathtaking sunsets, and to divers from all over the world who come to explore the treasures buried beneath the waves.
Brief History of Roatán
In general the Bay Islands refer to the archipelago comprised of the islands of Roatán, Útila, Guanaja, and numerous islets and cays, which were inhabited in principle by the Mayas, then by the payas, in the 16th century Spanish conquerors arrived who brought african slaves as part of the crew. Later in the seventeenth century the island was invaded by the English. On March 2, 1782, the Spaniards recovered Roatan and destroyed 500 houses; by 1788 many Englishmen abandoned Roatan; in 1796 they seized the islands again and between 1827 and 1834 English began to return to Roatan, which ruled until April 21, 1861, when the government of Honduras and the United Kingdom government signed a treaty to return the Bay Islands to Honduras for being in their territorial waters. It is true that in their lands the sailors without flag also hid their treasures or took shelter of the storms, but today, unfortunately, of that past adventurer only the names that are used to call to taverns, hotels and restaurants remain.
THINGS TO DO
Arch's Iguana and Marine Park (French Harbour)
Give an iguana its lunch at Arch's Iguana and Marine Park. A home for rescued iguanas, this site offers the lizards the chance to come and go as they please. The reserve is dedicated to trying to repopulate the island after hunting threatened their existence. Touch, feed, and hold an iguana.
You can help support this project by visiting the gift shop or buying some leaves and having a herd of hungry iguanas run toward you. The park also runs a environmental education program, dedicated to raising awareness of conservation within the local community and reducing the amount of plastic sent to the landfill.
Roatan is located in front of the second largest barrier reef system in the planet, the Mesoamerican Reef.
You will enjoy a unique experience snorkeling or diving on this wonderful out-of-this-world underwater landscape with wildly colorful fish, swirly brain coral, enormous purple sea fans waved by the currents and so many unfamiliar life below.
West Bay Beach
Located on the western side of Roatan, West Bay beach has been considered one of the perfect destinations on the Caribbean. White sand, clear, calm waters and some of the area's more luxurious resorts and the best beaches on the island are the perfect combination for a perfect stay. The reef is so close to the shore that you can swim to find the most astounding sea life. It's a leading destination for world travelers, great for families and a popular stop for cruises also a nice place for aquatic and adventure activities.