Spanish is the official language of Honduras, but you’ll find predominately English spoken in Roatan and the rest of the Bay Islands. And though the dollar is accepted, Lempira is the local currency, and when haggling for a taxi fare (before you set out, mind) you’ll generally get a better rate should you pay in Lempira. Towns like West Bay and West End are easy to explore on foot, but taxi and bus are also popular modes of transport. You can rent a car, but most tours and activities provide transport so there’s not much need for one.
West Bay and West End are the happening spots, while Oak Ridge and French Harbour make great jumping-off points for further exploration into the jungle. Gumblimba Park lets you play with monkeys and parrots before zip-lining through the canopy, and Sandy Bay Beach lets you swim and snorkel in peace. Try to avoid Coxen Hole at night, as some shady characters are known to lurk there.