Roatan Bay Island
Welcome to Vacation Paradise
The largest of the Bay Islands of Honduras, Roatan is an irresistible blend of spectacular pristine beaches, breathtaking natural beauty and truly friendly people. Situated 40 miles off the northern Honduran coastline, Roatan is blessed with the world’s second largest coral reef, making it one of the world’s top diving destinations.
Over the past decade Roatan has blossomed into a full-fledged tourist destination, with cruise ships arriving regularly and a second port, Mahogany Bay, recently opened. A new Pete Dye golf course, The Black Pearl, has reached completion, and is located just a 20-minute boat ride from Palmetto Bay Plantation. Major American airlines continue to add flights, with non-stop service to Roatan available from Newark, Miami, Atlanta and Houston. Airlines offering direct flights include Continental, Delta and Taca.
Even with a steady growth in tourism Roatan has managed to maintain an unspoiled, “best kept secret” appeal. The island boasts a seemingly endless tropical landscape: verdant mountains tumble down to palm-fringed beaches…banana and mango trees give way to papaya groves…cashew and almond trees abound. Exotic flowers in brilliant hues push up from every nook and cranny.
But perhaps the most memorable component of Roatan is her people. The diverse population includes a mix of native islanders along with American ex-pats, Canadians, Europeans and Central American peoples. Those who live here have a deep appreciation for the special opportunity their natural setting affords them for welcoming visitors to the island. They are, perhaps, the reason why people who visit Roatan come back to experience it again and again.