How to Get to Roatan
Roatan’s cruise port is located on the south side of the island just outside Coxen Hole, the capital and largest city on the Bay Islands. You’ll find a variety of shopping and dining options within the cruise port complex, although there aren’t many attractions for visitors in Coxen Hole. Taxis and minibuses wait just outside the cruise port to shuttle visitors into town and around the island.
One Day in Roatan
Many of the best beaches and attractions in Roatan are located on the west end of the island and arguably the best way to visit these attractions is on shore excursions. West Bay Beach and Half Moon Bay are two of the most popular destinations for visitors to Roatan and offer excellent diving and snorkeling, as well as sport fishing and a variety of watersports including sea kayaking and sailing.
Experienced divers can visit some of the more secluded dive spots along the island’s central coast including the Valley of the Kings, French Cay Bank and Mary’s Place. Families will enjoy visits to the island’s iguana farm, the botanical gardens in Sandy Bay and the Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences.
Spanish is the official language in Honduras, although you’ll find that many people in Roatan speak English. The official currency is the lempira and it’s fixed to the U.S. dollar. U.S. dollars are widely accepted all over the island but you’ll often receive change in the local currency. It’s a good idea to carry small bills and change for things like taxi rides and tips.
This was our first trip to Roatan and it was wonderful. James Woods was our tour guide and he made it so special we want to come back just to see him! Will recommend him and the tour. 5 stars
Review by marcia k, May 2013
Doing what: Roatan Shore Excursion: Extreme Zipline Canopy Adventure
My husband and I did the standard zip line. We referred to as zip line 101.
It was our first time at zip lining and I can guarantee it will not be our last. It was so much fun! Our guides were experienced and patient with us first timers and even took pictures for us.
If you have any qualms about zip lining - don't . It will be an experience you will never forget.
The price was fair and we had no problem with transportation to and from our boat.
Our guide was excellent. He took us places we would not see with regular guide. He addressed our needs.
Our water guide was very nice and helpful. Our excursion was great. I recommend it to the people that want to see the island like it really is. I would go again.