Isla de Roatán Travel Guide

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Isla de Roatán Things to Do

  • West End

    West End is where the posh hotels is located... it has a truly amazing long and wide white beach - a dreamy place BUT full of people: people enjoying the sea and sand AND approximately the same number of people selling jewellery, drinks, excursions etc. We stopped for photos and for a drink but such a paradise was a bit too crowded for our taste.

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  • Butterfly Gardens

    We visited the Butterfly Gardens because our 3 year old son wanted to see toucans, and we were told that the gardens were the right place to go. They were right, and he had a great time there. The toucans were beautiful and seemed attracted by my pink camera, which they tried to bite. The gardens, generally speaking, are very low key and look like...

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  • West Bay

    West End is a lovely little town with a beach shaped as a perfect crescent... it's a public beach and, despite of it, it is very quiet - maybe because the large resorts are located somewhere else. It is not the most beautiful beach on the island but for us it was the most plesant. Apart from us, there was another family with small kids and a...

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Isla de Roatán Restaurants

  • Don't miss this restuanant on Roatan !!!

    Want to eat at an air-conditioned restaurant on this island that makes dining a pleasure and a break from the open air seating and Honduran humidity you need to go to The Hungry Kiwi right on the main road (inside the Lawson Rock Resort), and very nicely appointed restaurant, art on the walls, a reading corner, and, especially, a wonderful...

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  • Coconut Shrimp, BBQ Ribs, Cold Beer

    Bananarama has a small dive resort/restaurant located on West Bay Beach. The beach is likely one of (if not the) best beach on the island with fantastic views of the turquoise water. The large deck area (i.e., the restaurant) hovers over the beach, giving you a clear view of the water and the comings/goings of dive boats. We dropped in at around...

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  • Drinks at Fat Tuesday

    We didn't eat here because we headed to the city of Coxen Hole instead and taste the local home-cooked Honduran meals.I saw a lot of tourists ate here and some just dropped by to buy cold drinks.

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Isla de Roatán Nightlife

  • Where It All Starts To Go Funny

    About halfway down the main West End drag is Nova, or it could be Nola. Can't quite remember. Again a smallish place but here they start playing more of your dance type music and a bit louder so it's another good place to stop into on your night out and your journey towards Fosters. A Dress Code

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  • Maybe One Of The First Places You'll...

    This place will likely be one of the first you encounter and will probably walk by, but it's not bad for your first beer of the night. It looks like a lean-to, sells cheap beer and seems to have old metal classics like Zepellin and Black Sabbath blaring out from it. You Have To Be Joking?

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  • The Largest & Busiest Of The Hangout...

    This is usually the final destination of the night. You start at the top of the road and by the time you reach Fosters at the very end the world is a happier place. Large crowd, good music and lots of railings to hang on to. 2 eyes, a nose and a mouth.

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Isla de Roatán Transportation

  • Try the Magical Flying Beach Chair

    The Magical Flying Beach Chair is a fancy name for a lift that brings people to the Mahogany Beach for $12.00! I rather walk to the beach but what the heck, I tried it anyway. It was fun and besides, the view is spectacular!

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  • Cabs and vans

    The only way you can get to the Mayan Jungle Canopy or to the different parts of the island is by renting a van or by a cab. There are no public transport getting to the Mayan Jungle Canopy. There are private shuttle buses that were contracted by the Carnival Cruise Lines that bring their customers directly to the Mayan Jungle Canopy. The fee is...

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  • Private Car and Driver

    Knowing that we would only have one day on the Island of Roatan, and wanting to see as much as possible, Karen and I went online before departing on our trip to see if we could find a local guide. We discovered the website of Theris Dixon, a young woman, native to the island, who operates a small business: Roatan Day Tours. Theris promised us a car...

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Isla de Roatán Shopping

  • Collecting refrigerator magnets?

    I collect refrigerator magnets and that's the first thing I buy whenever I go to a particular destination. I buy at least five and bring them home as gifts, too.You can buy refrigerator magnets at different gift shops. I prefer to buy refrigerator magnets that are made of rubber because even if they fall from the refrigerator, they won't break...

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  • One of the nicest shops in Isla Roatan

    This store has the most unique gifts I had seen in the island. They have different cultural arts, woven bags, baskets, potteries, key chains, refrigerator magnets, silver jewelries, postcards, nativity sets, and paintings, etc. I enjoyed shopping here and I probably spent at least two hours just checking their items. My daughter and I bought a lot...

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  • Buying Worry Dolls?

    There are many shops in Isla Roatan that sells Worry Dolls. These are believed to remove your worries away. These are tiny dolls with colorful woven clothes. You can find these worry dolls in stores at the Mahogany Bay Shopping Complex or at the Yaba Ding Ding gift shop in Coxen Hole.In order for these worry dolls to work, you are supposed to tuck...

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Isla de Roatán Local Customs

  • The basic food of the Honduran people

    Most of the people in Honduras eat beans. At the Roatan's Market, I saw a lot of different kinds of beans : black beans, red beans, white beans, lima beans, kidney beans, pigeon peas, etc. Eating beans is part of the diet of the Honduran people

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  • Dip Your Own Flush Water

    It's not often that we get to eat at a restaurant that doesn't have running water, so Karen and I got a kick out of using the facilities at the Sacrifice Restaurant and Bar at Punta Gorda, on the north end of Roatan (see restaurant tip).If you're going to the toilet, first stop by the big blue rain barrel on the deck beside the dining area and dip...

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  • Fishing Fleet at French Harbour

    French Harbour, a bustling community northeast of Coxen Hole, is home of one of the largest fishing fleets in the Western Caribbean. Several fine restaurants are also said to be here, including Gio's, and Romeo's.We did have fresh local seafood while on Roatan, but at Punta Gorda instead of French Harbour. However, we did enjoy seeing these fishing...

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Isla de Roatán Warnings and Dangers

  • Independent excursions from Mahogany Bay

    Carnival doesn't make it easy for independent operators or taxis to get the cruise passengers at Mahogany Bay but it's not as bad as some make it sound. Be sure to print out the directions from your excursion or follow the line of people that are not looking for the cruise ship tour signs. You have to go up and down a hill, once you see the taxi...

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  • Park inside the Mayan Jungle Canopy

    The Mayan Jungle Canopy has their own parking. You have to get inside the drive way. It is safer rather than parking on the side of the road.

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  • Please, please don't buy woodcarving!

    Please don't buy any of the woodcarvings in Isla Roatan no matter how beautiful they are and no matter how tempted you are to bring home one of the most beautifully carved jewelry box or table or mementoes.If you buy, you are encouraging the people to cut more of their trees and cause deforestation. Once the woodcarving business becomes popular,...

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Isla de Roatán Tourist Traps

  • Setting a taxi service

    when you set a price for a Island tour, be specific in what places are you going to visit for that price. At least, write down all the places and let the person that helps you or the driver to initialed it.

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  • watch out for little kids

    well as soon as you set foot near any market / outdoor stores little kids will follow you and try to get you to buy stuff from thier frineds/families tents and not others and they somtimes follow very close and will try to steal your wallet and valuables . its not that bad but somthing to watch out for, the resort side of the island is beautiful...

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  • Ubiqitous taxi fare bargaining

    As seasoned travellers realise, beware taxi fares.As an example - the first offer I heard for the trip from the airport to West End was $15. As I walked away from the group outside the airport building, heading for the road and a "collectivo," somebody shouted after me 100 lempiras = about $6.Outside the airport I had an offer of $5. Then, a little...

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Isla de Roatán What to Pack

  • Packing for a 1 day stop

    For kayaking and snorkeling we needed swim wear and a change of clothes, the sun is strong so you might want to wear a tshirt over your swimwear for the kayak portion. I brought a hat for the kayaking, it got soaked when I left it on the kayak while snorkeling. Don't dring anything you don't want to get wet. Sunscreen is essential for me in...

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  • Look No Further! COMPLETE PACKING LIST...

    If you can go without checking your bags it'll be a big relief when you're leaving Roatan. Those checking bags had to wait in line over 45 mins to do so. Deck shoes - light weight, waterproof, slipper type shoes. Good for getting on and off the dive boat and before you put your fins on. Band Aids. Neosporin. Hydrocortisone. DEET mosquito...

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  • A Few Tokens to Help You Enjoy

    Watershoes are great. Some of the areas are rockier than others and if you want something comfortable but good for the water this is a must. An underwater camera. The snorkeling and diving sites available are unreal. You will regret it if you forget, or end up paying 3x as much at a local store. Snorkeling equipment! It is available to rent...

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Isla de Roatán Off The Beaten Path

  • Looking to check your email? Or check...

    There is an internet available at the Hotel Comedor in Coxen Hole. I am not sure how much they charge but I saw a sign on the street while walking around the market area.

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  • The bank in Isla Roatan

    The money used in Isla Roatan is called Limpira. But, most of the vendors and shops like the dollar also.You can have your dollar exchanged at the Banco Atlantida located at the central market in Coxen Hole.

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  • Street vendors in Isla Roata

    There are many street vendors in Isla Roatan selling from hot food tamales to vendors barbecuing corn or vendors selling oranges and pomelos (grapefruits).I saw them at the central market, along the highway and street corners.

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Isla de Roatán Sports & Outdoors

  • Excellent Scuba diving

    I did eight day dives and one night dive in April 2009 with Native Sons. They run a first class dive operation. Their office is just across the road from the beach so loading/unloading is simple and quick. I dove with two different dive masters, both women, one from Germany and one from the UK. Both ran the dives professionally while ensuring the...

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  • Coconut Tree Divers

    Coconut Tree Divers in the heart of West End is one of the most popular dive shops in Roatan. Their shop is located on the main road in West-End at the entrance to town. West-End sits in Half Moon Bay, a white sand, palm fringed paradise which is excellent for swimming and snorkellers. You will find some of the world's best dive sites right out...

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  • TGI Dive Center

    A PADI 5 Star Center which opened in 1999 and offers courses from Discover Scuba through to Assistant Instructor and a wide variety of specailty courses. The instructors speak Italian, English, French and German. There is also a personalised video editing room. TGI will organise two diving excursions a day at 9.00 and 14.30. There are regular night...

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Isla de Roatán Favorites

  • Mahogany Bay cruise port

    Mahogany Bay is Carnival cruise line's Disneyesque cruise port, Princess is owned by Carnival and their ships also dock here. For cruise passengers who like to be insulated from the local population, they can spend all day here shopping, eating, drinking or sitting on the manufactured beach. I thought it was a little icky personally and was glad we...

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  • Cruise stop

    One of the best places for information on what to do in various ports is Cruise Critic. The Cruise Critic Roatan forum board was very useful in planning shore excursions, whether the ones offered by the ship or independent, and there is also Roatan port information with hints on where to go, what to do, where the ships dock, where to eat and how to...

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  • Mailing Postcards in Isla Roatan

    There are many stores at Mahogany Bay, the port where you usually dock when you go to Isla Roatan. The Mahogany Bay Mall is likely the place you will shop. There are several stores there where you can buy postcards but not sure where you can buy stamps. You can ask the Information Booth which is located at the Mahogany Mall.There are also several...

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