"Guanaja - Bay Islands - Honduras" Isla de Guanaja by TinKan

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The principal settlement on Guanaja is called Bonacca or Guanaja Town. Originally settled in the early 1800's by immigrants from the Cayman Islands, it's not even located on the main island and instead lies roughly one-half mile off the south side of the island occupying two small cays now completely built over with homes and businesses comprising roughly 18 kilometers of land where 3000 residents now live. This is the primary business center of the island and does have several hotels and restaurants, but no beaches or other outdoor recreational attractions. The remaining primary settlements (Sandy Bay, Savannah Bight, Mangrove Bight) are located on the main island. In addition to these areas of population there are several resorts on the island geared specifically toward scuba diving, fishing, and other eco-tourism oriented activities. There are no streets/roads for automobiles on Guanaja and all transportation is by boat. Some trails exist around and over the mountains, but these are negotiated by mountain bike, horse or on foot.
The mountain peaks of the island are unoccupied, and have been designated National Forest by the government, which contains limitations designed to preserve them and restrict development. All the waters surrounding Guanaja are contained in a designated marine reserve, though enforcement and monitoring are just now beginning at the grass roots level.

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