Discover the Island Gem of Honduras
Roatan is the largest of the Bay Islands in Honduras, and measures almost 40 miles in length with a landmass of 49 square miles. 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.
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.
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.
One of the most convenient aspects to Roatan is that the island has amazing air connectivity, with non-stop flights available from Miami and Dallas via American Airlines; Atlanta via Delta; and Houston via United Airlines, and El Salvador via Avianca year round.
There are also seasonal flights and charters from Newark, Toronto, and Milan. Most of these airlines also offer flights from several gateways in North and South America to Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, Honduras’ main cities; all just a hop away from the island via several smaller local airlines such as CM Airlines. There is also the large and comfortable passenger ferry by Safeway Maritime that operates daily from La Ceiba.