Looking for a list of things you must do in Roatan? Look no more! Here are my suggestions!
Roatan is the largest of the Bay Islands of Honduras, and has steadily been receiving more tourists over the years. Most of these tourists arrive on cruise ships and therefore really do not have enough time to get around the island and explore the more unique aspects of Roatan. In my humble opinion there are several different things you must do in Roatan, following is my list with suggestions on what you must see and not miss:
The first on the list of things you must do in Roatan is a visit West Bay Beach. West Bay Beach is considered the best beach in Central America, and one of the best beaches in the Caribbean… This is a must place to visit. The downside to West Bay Beach is the fact that it could be overrun by tourists from cruise ships, most of whom actually run to see the beach and take a picture to prove they have been here…
While you are in the West End of the island, you should take advantage and visit the town of West End. This small, beach front community has become the heart of tourism in Roatan. A funky, Key West atmosphere, with nice beach bars, gourmet restaurants, small hotels, bed and breakfasts and inns all come together to offer a unique setting and is definitely one of the things you must do in Roatan. At night, the atmosphere turns into a more bohemian touch, and bar hoping between beach bars can easily become your favorite island activity. If a few cocktails make you hungry, you have dozens of eateries, from gourmet to street side baleadas to choose from. A night visit to West End is definitely on my must to list while in Roatan! As a matter of fact, if you are still trying to decide where you should spend the night in Roatan, think no more, West End is the place to do so!
Next on the list of things you must do in Roatan is a visit to east end of the island. This is the original, authentic Roatan, which has not changed much over the years. There are several small, truly authentic communities in the area, and if you want to see how life was in Roatan before it was discovered as a tourist destination, then visiting one of these communities is a definite must! My favorite community is Calabash Bight, but Jonesville and even Oakridge are worth a visit! These communities are extremely picturesque, and are certainly a window to the past, how a sleepy, colorful, Caribbean community used to be.
As long as we are in the East End of Roatan, we might as well push further east. You will find that the paved road ends in Oakridge, so from there on you will be traveling on a dirt road. The road is accessible throughout the year, even during the rain season, and although you do not need a four wheel drive vehicle, your traveling will slow down significantly because the road will become quite bumpy. Be patient, there are two different reasons to continue down this road… One of them is one of the most secluded of Roatan Resorts, Paya Bay. This hotel offers fantastic views, access to two small private beaches, and great food. If you are looking for hideaway to relax in where no one will find you, where you will enjoy some of the nicest beaches in the Caribbean and where you will be serviced like a king, you should certainly consider Paya Bay Resort!
Past Paya Bay you will come to Camp Bay. While Camp Bay is a small, unimpressive little beachside community, which is not really worth the trip on itself, the Camp Bay Beach is certainly worth your time. If you are looking for a lovely, unspoiled, uncrowded beach, this is where you will find it. Camp Bay Beach is my favorite beach in Roatan, and in my humble opinion, is the best beach in Central America! There is a small beachfront, actually on the water restaurant here called La Sirena. It offers great food in a rustic, very authentic Caribbean atmosphere.
If you are looking for a more jungle like experience, you should consider jumping to the mainland. Even if you cannot spend the night there, you can easily take the morning ferry to La Ceiba, arriving there before 9:00 a.m. and then continue to the Cangrejal River Valley, a lovely are very close to La Ceiba, where you will find a myriad of adventure and nature activities, including white water rafting, horseback riding, hiking, zip line canopy tours, outstanding bird watching, etc. The trip between the ferry terminal and the different businesses in the Cangrejal River Valley will be only 30 minutes, so in the end, your trip from Roatan to the Cangrejal River Valley will give you more than 6 hours on the site to enjoy one or more of your favorite activities. If you do have time to spend some nights here, there are several different hotels that you can enjoy and at least one of them will fit into your budget. For a complete list of hotels in the Cangrejal River Valley, visit www.cangrejalriver.com
Regardless of whether its for a day tour, or for one or several nights, a visit to the Cangrejal River Valley is one of the things you must do while in Roatan!