Through the centuries, Roatán has been settled by travelers from the Honduran mainland, former Afro-Carib slaves and colonists from Great Britain and Spain, which has made the island quite diverse. Coxen Hole, the capital of the
and a center of politics and business, is a starting point for tours of
Roatan’s villages, flower farms, mangrove tunnels and lovely beaches. Bay Islands
The Sandy Bay community offers a number of cultural attractions, including the Institute of Marine Sciences (where dolphin encounters can be arranged as a cruise line shore excursion) and the Carambola Botanical Gardens.
is the center of the island’s busy fishing industry and home to an iguana
reserve that provides great photo opportunities. Punta Gorda is a settlement of
the Garifuna people, descendents of African slaves who settled on Roatán in the
late 1700s, who maintain their unique Garifuna customs and culture. Visitors
are welcome. French Harbor
While there’s a lot to see and do on the island itself, it’s hard to resist devoting your time to the gorgeous turquoise water and sandy beaches of Roatán. In addition to snorkeling and diving among colorful sea life, you can enjoy sunning, swimming, kayaking, charter fishing trips or glass bottom boat tours.
Roatán is on many Western Caribbean cruise itineraries, which often include Belize, the Cayman Islands and Jamaica, too. Talk with your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert about an itinerary that will allow you to experience the wonderful