When it comes to a Caribbean vacation, different people envision different things. Some people imagine lazing in the sun all day, others think of pristine waters and all the activities associated with it, while still others imagine a romantic getaway set in a wonderland inhabited by pirates and their treasure. All of these fantasies can be realized on a Caribbean vacation but nowhere do all these imaginings come together quite so well as on the relatively unknown island of Roatan.
The island lies just off the northern coast of Honduras and is fronted by the second largest barrier reef in the world. These waters contain an amazing diversity of marine flora and fauna. The area is renowned among scuba divers and sport fishermen alike. In addition, the island itself is also home to an impressive array of plant- and animal-life.
The pirates of old, including such famous ones as the debonair Captain Morgan, recognized and enjoyed the comforts of this magnificent island. Towns such as Jonesville, Port Royal and Oakridge have maintained elements of this historical flavor. Just by walking around, a present day visitor can experience the romance and authentic culture of an earlier, simpler age.
Naturally, the island provides a full range of beach-related activities from simply sunning oneself through physical activities like swimming and diving to even more exciting pursuits such as jet-skiing and ziplining. In addition, there is a championship golf course located on the island. If you are feeling more adventurous, the island and its many natural delights can be explored on foot, on horseback or by car. Of course, there are also more relaxed options such as fine dining, shopping and exciting nightlife.
Luxury vacations on Roatan offer some of the best values in the Caribbean with prices one-third to one-half those on the more expensive islands without the attendant overdevelopment and crowding. The island is conveniently accessed through the Juan Manuel Gálvez Roatán International Airport with direct US flights from either Atlanta, Houston or Miami. There are a wide variety of accommodations on the island from the classic condo-tels in West Bay to the more relaxed and accessible oceanfront vacation rentals in West End.
The Roatan Vacation Experience
While it has all the modern luxuries and activities that experienced travelers expect, a Roatan vacation is unlike any other in the Caribbean. With a pristine environment full of natural beauty, uncrowded spaces with magnificent views and an Old World charm packed into one marvelous island, discovering Roatan is, indeed, like finding buried treasure.