Only 45km off Central America’s Honduran coast lies the paradise island of Roatan the largest of the Bay Islands in Honduras, and measures almost 50km in length but only 2km to 8km at it’s widest. This lush, tropical island has a mountainous backbone, and is surrounded by coral reefs, including the second largest barrier reef in the world. Roatan enjoys extremely comfortable year-round temperatures, averaging 27°C (80°F), and boasts white-sand beaches, lush valleys, low cost of living, a safe environment, and friendly locals.
*** The picture on top displays the East End of Roatan, Paya Bay Beach & Camp Bay Beach and the Port Royal National Park incl. historical Old Port Royal and Fort Frederik Key the center of Roatan “Golden Age of Piracy” from 1642 to 1742.
Life and culture on Roatan are different from mainland Honduras. Although the official language of Honduras is Spanish, because of Roatan’s unique history, English is widely spoken. For 200 years, Spanish conquistadores and British pirates battled for control of these islands, with the English controlling Roatan for many years.
The local currency is the Lempira, but US dollars are accepted in almost all shops and restaurants.
Roatan’s history also includes the Garifuna culture while mainland Honduras culture has an ancient Mayan influence. Roatan’s villages show the island’s diverse culture. Punta Gorda is the first Garifuna village in Central America while French Harbor has one of the largest fishing fleets in the Caribbean.
Island events also reflect Roatan’s culture with a Garifuna Festival, a Pirate Fair, a Shrimp Festival and the Roatan Fishing Tournament.