Roatan is the largest of the Bay Islands of Honduras, and is located about 30 mile of the northern coast of the mainland. This lush tropical island is roughly 31 miles long and 5 miles wide and holds a charm all its own. There is a wide variety of resorts, accommodation and rental homes throughout the island for every taste, style and budget.
On the West side of the island there are three main areas that are popular for tourism -- West Bay, West End and Sandy Bay. West Bay is popular for its long white sand beach and turquoise water and is lined with large resorts, restaurants, dive centers and tourist attractions. You can find everything here from parasailing to banana boat rides to massages on the beach and its amenities bring crowds and excitement. West End is a quaint little tourist village lined with dive shops, eateries, bars and souvenir shops and has a vibe all its own. Half moon Bay is the beach of choice where you can paddle board, chill out and enjoy sunset drinks at the world famous Sundowners Beach Bar. If you are looking for something a little more relaxed, Sandy Bay might be for you. Here you will find a few resorts, restaurants and a couple of dive shops spread out along a quieter stretch of beach. All three areas offer great snorkeling and make it very easy to relax and enjoy the special island lifestyle that Roatan has to offer.
There are a number of resorts situated on the south side and east end of the island. These resorts tend to be more a bit more self contained as they are set apart from the main tourist areas. But each place has something beautiful and unique to offer so you can't go wrong wherever you choose to stay! If you need some help deciding what area is right for you, we can guide you. Click here to find out how we can help you plan and book your trip.
While diving, snorkeling and beautiful beaches may be the main draw in Roatan, there's an exciting variety of activities available all around the island including zip lining, ATV rides, horseback riding, botanical gardens, cultural activities, fishing trips, sunset cruises, and more. Regardless of your age or interests, Roatan's wide array of sights, attractions and activities are sure to have something to please anyone you are traveling with.
You can travel to Roatan year round however you should be aware of changing weather and seasons. The average air temperature in Roatan is 82ºF/28ºC with day to night temps ranging from 90-70ºF/32-21ºC. The end of October through March/April are cooler months while May through Oct bring hotter temps. The high season runs from the middle December through April, mostly due to people traveling to escape the cold. Late October through February is the winter rainy season with the possibility of stronger winds accompanying rain. Roatan’s fringing reef provides diving opportunities on all sides of the island, so whatever the weather there is always somewhere to dive. June and July bring higher temperatures and increased periods of rain.
Roatan’s International Airport has direct flights from the US year-round on United (via Houston), Delta (via Atlanta) and American Airlines (via Miami and Dallas). Carriers only operate these flights on certain days of the week and the days or number of flights per week may vary according to season. Seasonal charter flights also operate from Canada - Sunwing from Toronto and Air Transat from Montreal. From Europe you can connect through to one of the US airlines offering direct flights onto the island. A valid passport (with 3-6 months left on before expiry) is required to enter Honduras and visitors are issued a visa on arrival typically valid for 90 days. While it is not officially stated, an ongoing ticket is recommended.
Spanish is the official language of Honduras, but English is widely spoken, especially in tourism related businesses. The official currency is the Honduran Lempira (HNL), however, US Dollars are accepted everywhere providing the bills are not damaged or written on. Roatan is on the Central Time Zone (-6 GMT) and daylight savings in not observed.