With thousands of islands located in the Caribbean Sea and the vast majority of them being small and uninhabited, there is certainly much to discover. Interestingly, many of the islands belonging to Central and South American countries are not on many of the Caribbean travelers' radars. In fact, they are not often included in travel and vacation website lists of Caribbean islands. For this and other reasons, these islands—such as Roatan, Honduras—are not yet commercialized or spoiled. Plus they can provide fantastic value in a tropical island vacation.
This holds true not only for the islands themselves, but also for the waters around them. Roatan is home to the world's second largest barrier reef, which is a paradise for divers and snorkelers. And, thankfully, the local governments, fishing industry and dive shops are all working hard to keep the marine environment unspoiled and affordable too.
Discovering the Caribbean's unspoiled Roatan island
Roatan is an island on the cusp—teetering on the edge of discovery and development, while working hard to remain unspoiled. While it's now the home of stable electricity and high-speed Internet, it has indeed been discovered by popular cruise shop companies. The island still remains preserved, however. And, with a wide variety of locally-owned restaurants, authentic accommodations and evolving culture, is it any wonder why Roatan is known to its travelers' and locals alike for a wonderful mix of unspoiled Caribbean history?
How long will this last? Sometimes these locations sit on the cusp for several years, but the word is definitely out: Frommer's recently highlighted Roatan in its Undiscovered Caribbean Islands: Insiders' Guide, HGTV's popular show, House Hunters International, has now featured Roatan in a handful of episodes over the past three years and Islands Magazine listed Roatan as one of the Best Islands to Retire On. So not surprisingly, tourism interest and vacation traffic have been steadily increasing. In short, now is the time to make Roatan the next stop on your Caribbean vacation.