Things to Do in Roatan
Cross the rope bridges to Gumbalimba Park on the jungle island of Roatan, Honduras, and step into a botanical garden and animal preserve, home to more than 200 rare species of plants and orchids. Cool off in the freshwater swimming pool, wading pool, cave, and sandy beach where you can rent kayaks and snorkeling gear, among other attractions.
With a coconut palm-lined stretch of white sand and a colorful coral reef just offshore, West Bay is one of the most popular beaches on Roatan and among the prettiest in all of Honduras. The area around the beach offers a wide range of accommodations as well as restaurants, cocktail bars, and shops.
The wilds of Roatán are as diverse as they are romantic. From beautiful beach vistas to dense jungles teaming with macaws and monkeys, Roatán is indeed a special place. And while the time seems to just slip away on the white sand beaches, there’s little more intoxicating than seeing the natural jungles that make Roatán the beautiful nature preserve it is.
The Roatán Butterfly Garden is this serene escape. Full of wildlife, the Roatán Butterfly Garden is home to boa constrictors, parrots, lush tropical plants and, of course, the beautiful butterfly. Let the tame deer lick your hand, feed some toucans, and have your guide show you around the grounds as you’ll get an experience here like no other.
One of the cleanest and best-maintained beaches on the island of Roatan, Sandy Bay Beach is quieter than the West End, with enough restaurants, shops, and resorts for a comfortable stay. A reef just offshore offers excellent snorkeling right from the beach.
Great trees, great paths, great scenery – Roatan’s Carambola Botanical Gardens and Nature Trails offer it all. The beach is undoubtedly Roatan’s most obvious attraction, but getting above and beyond it offers untold pleasantries for those willing to enter into the heart of this beautiful place.
Running creeks, a rich jungle full of rare orchids, wild fruit, birds of paradise and more meet you at every glistening, fern-gullied step. Natural iguana and parrots roam the gardens, while an optional local guide will take you up the mountain to show you unparalleled views of the islands rich inner depths. Stop by the popular Chocolate Tree, take pictures of wild animals, and learn about the biological diversity of the island. A welcome pace from the beach and diving scene, heading into the Carambola Botanical Gardens and Trails will give you a totally different perspective on lovely Roatan.
Roatan’s Cruise Ports are located off the Caribbean coast of Honduras and offer access to the Bay Islands’ fabulous beaches, beautiful coral reefs, and upland forest. There are two cruise ports in Roatan—Mahogany Bay and Coxen Hole—and each serves different cruise lines.
This beautiful little neighborhood of boat houses on stilts lies on the southern end of the island, just east of French Harbour. A small restaurant, beautiful bay, and a lot of peace and quiet mark the area, where the main pastime is sit back, relax, and enjoy the leisurely pace of island life.
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