When one thinks of island paradise, the one name that comes across one’s mind is Roatan. It is situated on the northern coast of Honduras. It is one place, which is there in everybody’s bucket list. The place is filled with exotic animals, palm-fringed beaches, laid-back restaurants where you can enjoy your tropical drinks with the freshly caught seafood platter.
The best part is that it doesn’t dig a hole in your pocket. If you want to enjoy your stay in a lavish hotel or resort, then you have plenty of options for that and if you are looking for budget resorts, then also they have the options for you.
The eastern shore of the island is known for the pirate-infested coves and the west end comes to life with its lively streets. The world’s largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas, stops by this beautiful island. Now you can imagine how popular this place is for its scenic beauty and marine life.
Enjoying the beaches
Now that you are in Roatan, wondering where to start. You can start your day by spotting the sloths or meeting the monkeys. Hopefully, you and your kids are excited enough to hang around in the mangroves with them. Now that you have explored the land a bit, it is time to take you to the waters.
A quick snorkeling session with your family will be a great idea. Your kids must have seen the starfish in the books or television, now it’s time to explore them through the starfish alley underwater. If you are an amateur, then there is a popular spot ‘Fantasia’ that is only 8 feet deep awaiting you. Apart from starfish, you will be able to take a closer look at the corals.
Another interesting spot is near the West Bay, where you can enjoy your time underwater, with the rays and turtles.
People interested in scuba diving can explore ‘El Aguila’. It is a shipwreck that is now home to neck and arrowhead crabs, charming secretary blennies, fireworms, and slender filefish. The shipwreck is a popular scuba diving spot. The sand patches around the wreck have yellow-headed jawfish all around. Pretty peas, creole wrasse, scorpion fish, yellow tilefish, and garden eels are also spotted around the area.
Up on the land
If you feel that you have stayed underwater for a long time, then it is time to explore the land now. Hiking is the best way to do that. The Carambola Mountain is breathtakingly beautiful. It is filled with different orchids, Honduran mahogany, and one interesting creature named Monkey Lala. Monkey Lala is a lizard that has the talent of running or walking on the water.
Take some time out for shopping memento. You can head straight to Rusty Fish, one stop shop for everything to do with quirky artwork to handmade crafts. You will find several things to commemorate the wonderful time you had exploring the marine and mountains of Roatan.
Have a look on trip advisor for more about Roatan such as reviews and places to stay.