Roatan Island is located in the Western Caribbean, and together with Guanaja and Utila make up the Bay Islands archipelago, Roatan being the largest out of the three and the most developed.
The island measures approximately 37 miles long and up to 4 miles wide on its widest point and its terrain is characterized by abundant mountains covered with tropical jungle.
The island’s geographic position 35 miles north off the Coast of Honduras protects Roatan from hurricanes because of its proximity to continental bays.
Originally an English colony, the island has a mixture of English and Spanish speaking natives.
The people are extremely warm and friendly.
Lempira is the local currency but US Dollars are widely accepted.
Year round temperatures in the 80s and 90s make Roatan an important cruise ship, scuba diving and eco-tourism destination.
The island is surrounded by the Mesoamerican Reef, the second largest barrier reef in the world, making it attractive to divers and tourists worldwide seeking its turquoise blue warm waters, white sand beaches and outstanding snorkeling. Contact Ale and Jessie for recommendations on local diving as they – are certified as PADI Open Water Divers.
Water activities include deep sea fishing, fly fishing on the flats, mangrove tours, swimming with dolphins, ocean kayaking and jet ski rental.
Land activities include a choice of canopy tours, horseback riding, exploring lush tropical scenery, souvenir shopping and a wide variety of bars and restaurants.
Regarding Roatan accommodations and available investment opportunities, the island still retains its authentic island charm so visitors have a wide variety of options to choose from ranging from full amenity resorts to more rustic selections.
From the US:
Currently, all flights from Canada have been paused. Prior to the pandemic, direct flights were available several times per week from Toronto on West Jet, Air Transat and Sunwing Airlines. Montreal also had weekly flights with Air Transat. While details have not been confirmed it is expected that these routes will resume in 2022.
There are a number of regional carriers that fly into the Roatan airport with varying schedules. Carriers from mainland Honduras include Sosa Airlines, Lanhsa Airlines, CM Airlines, and Tropic Air from Belize. Prior to the pandemic Avianca offered several weekly flights direct from San Salvador to Roatan, also expected to resume later this year.
There are two daily ferry trips between La Ceiba and Roatan on the Galaxy Wave ferry. On Friday, Saturdays and Sundays, there is service between Roatan and Utila.
Roatan has two cruise ship ports, one in Coxen Hole and the other further was in Mahogany Bay. Both ports operated year round and in peak season prior to the pandemic, many days saw multiple ships arriving into both ports. Currently, both ports remain closed but are expected to resume once the cruise carriers resume sailing.
There are daily cargo boats between Roatan, Puerto Cortes and La Ceiba. A weekly cargo boat comes from Miami to Roatan via Hyde Shipping.