Typical Roatan Beach
Roatan, Honduras Information
Language and Currency
What is Roatan Like?
What is the Weather Like?
Where Does the Ship Dock?
Where is the Shopping?
What is There to Buy?
What is There To Do?
Is There Anything of a “Don’t Miss Quality?
Are There Any Great Restaurants or Bars?
The official language of Roatan, Honduras is Spanish and the currency is the Honduran Lempira. However, dollars are widely accepted and some English is spoken in most of the tourist areas. Knowing a little Spanish is quite helpful as the locals respond to any attempt to speak their language.
Roatan is a small island only two miles wide at its widest and about 35 miles long. It is a tropical island with all the vegetation one would expect. The main town of Coxen Hole is considered to be poor by most visitors, but its population is quite happy and content. One notices that many of its residents are of Caribbean island decent rather than Hispanic. Roatan is blessed with numerous beaches of a fabulous quality, and nowhere on the island are they more beautiful than on the West End.
Enjoying a tropical climate, Roatan's weather is consistently wonderful with temperatures in the 80s during the day and 70s in the evening. It can get quite hot if there is no cloud cover, so be sure to bring a sun screen with a high spf rating.
Hint: Roatan's beaches may have sand fleas that leave little red marks after their painless bite. Be sure to pack some Cutters Inspect Repellant specifically for use on Roatan. The sand flea bites don't hurt and you are not aware you are being bitten until in the evening time when small red spots will appear on your legs.
The ship docks right outside of Coxen Hole (aka Roatan City) the economic and government center of Roatan. Downtown Coxen Hole (such as it is) is within easy walking distance of the ship.
Right outside of the gate at the foot of the pier is a burgeoning flea market and crafts marketplace with dozens of stalls. While Coxen Hole is not a tourist town, there are some stores of interest in its downtown area. Out on the West End of Roatan there are several boutiques and shops that cater to tourists.
Local crafts, baskets, wood carvings, shell jewelry and items, tee shirts, sarongs, dried and painted local fish, beach items and lots more.
Go to the beach! While the marketplace outside the pier and the town of Coxen Hole are interesting, just about everyone goes to the beach for diving, snorkeling, sunning, swimming and so on. All ships offer a journey to Tabyana Beach on the West End. This is set up somewhat like a private island the cruise ships operate and while it is a nice enough beach, you are still with the same crowd that is on the ship and you will not experience much of Roatan's culture.
My favorite thing to do is to take a taxi to the West End Bay. Be sure that you negotiate strongly and agree upon a price before getting into the taxi. It should cost you $10 to $15 per person, round trip to the West End. There is a small hotel called the West End Bay Inn that has a great restaurant and bar right on the water and also rents paddle boats so that one can paddle out to the reefs at the Bay's entrance and snorkel among the gorgeous sea fans, coral and fish. The water is crystal clear and it is very easy snorkeling (even for beginners). You can use the beach facilities (well, not really a beach here, but they do have lounge chairs by the water's edge) and enjoy the sun. It is just a short walk into the town of West End where you will find many restaurants, bars, boutiques and shops catering to visitors. One favorite is Fosters Bar and Restaurant that sits offshore and looks like it is ready to fall down. This is a favorite drinking hole for divers and others staying at West End's small hotels and resorts.
The beaches and reefs along the West End are legendary among divers and are considered to be some of the best diving in the world. There are dive boats, under water submarines, swim with the dolphin experiences, sailing trips, fishing, organized snorkeling trip and many other ocean oriented excursions available on Roatan. Depending on what you would like to do, you will find it readily available.
Yes, I would say that snorkeling on the West End 's reefs is something you do not want to miss. West End itself is really cool, but the experience of seeing the reefs up close and personal is something you will remember as unique and outstanding.
Fosters Bar and Restaurant, West End, Roatan, Honduras
Fosters comes pretty close to this category as a place to enjoy a libation in the afternoon.
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