Roatan, Honduras

Surrounded by the blue waters of the Caribbean Ocean about 30 miles north off Honduras is a gem of an island called Roatan, the largest of the Bay Islands.

Roatan is an island about 40 miles long and 2.5 miles at its widest point boasts of white-sand beaches, unspoiled bays and spectacular coral reefs.

On the south side of Roatan is Coxen Hole, Roatan’s largest city and capital of the Bay Islands. Roatan is very popular as a stopover or port of call for numerous cruise ships. The dock is at Coxen Hole where passengers have access to numerous stalls and duty free shops selling jewelry, including a Diamonds International Shop, restaurants and snack bars, beverage stalls selling local and imported beers and drinks, souvenir shops, handicrafts, bags, garments, silver, ceramics and more from tourist-related shops.

Tourism has taken over fishing as Roatan’s main industry.

If you feel like just hanging out in the port, you can stay at the Town Center right next to the port. Check out the stands selling beers and drinks as you listen to the live local music from local bands. It’s actually just a very small port overlooking the turquoise waters and lined with colorful shops and bars. If you want to explore more of the island, you can check out any of the shore excursions.

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