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Roatán is the largest of the beautiful Bay Islands, located off the Caribbean coast of Central America. It is approximately 60 kilometres long, and less than 8 kilometres wide at its widest point, lying between the lesser known islands of Utila and Guaraja.

The capital and most populated town is Coxen Hole, located in the Southwest of the island. There is an airport and a dock for cruise ships here. Other important towns - all of them small - include French Harbour, West End, and Oak Ridge.

Roatan is especially popular with divers, being near the second largest barrier reef in the world, after Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Modern conveniences such as electricity and paved roads did not come to Roatan until the last few years of the 20th century and it is much less developed than most other Caribbean destinations. However, tourism is now growing rapidly and in the past decade it has replaced fishing as Roatan's most important economic sector.

The first modern population on Roatan came the the island from the British Caribbean. As a holdover of that history, most islanders today speak English, although Spanish is the official language of Honduras and is spoken on the mainland.

On his fourth voyage to the new world (1502-1504) Christopher Columbus came to the Bay islands, visiting the neighboring Island of Guanaja. Soon afterwards the Spanish began using the Islands for purposes of slave raiding, and no original Native American communities survived.

  • Last visit to Isla de Roatán: Mar 2007
  • Intro Updated Jun 17, 2007
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  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    May 3, 2008 at 3:37 PM

    ah-ha, jim 'me lad, pirate country ! where's roger the captain's lad ?

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Feb 4, 2008 at 6:31 AM

    Great page! Great tips! You really covered a lot of the island, and your pictures are wonderful. I'm also a cashew lover! I saw them growing in Trinidad once. Thanks for visiting my Roatan pages too!!

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2008 at 1:45 AM

    youve managed to make a really interesting page of a place Id probably never go to but have enjoyed the opportunity to have a tour!and Ive never seen cashews growing on a tree either!thanks a lot!

  • freddie18's Profile Photo
    Jul 15, 2007 at 3:04 PM

    I tour a country not only for the scenery but also want to meet local people and new friends. I like simple places like Isla de Roatan. It is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Jun 18, 2007 at 4:29 AM

    I thoroughly enjoyed this page on Roatan Stephen. Great idea to hire locals to show you around the island. You sure saw a lot that way. Like you, I looooove cashews. Your fish dinner looks like the "piscada entero" I had in Mexico.

  • planxty's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2007 at 7:28 PM

    That food looks absolutely delicious - I'm a real sucker for whole fish. and plantain too, come to that. Great page. fergy.

  • Jenniflower's Profile Photo
    Jun 11, 2007 at 9:55 AM

    Just lovely! Really enjoyed this page, thank you. Lovely pics too!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jun 8, 2007 at 6:03 AM

    Still smiling about the "Dip to Flush" & you climbing the barbed-wire. Loved the Native boys waving as well as Karen with native musicians as photos. Great idea to take the Day Tour. Cashew information was super. Shipwreck photos amazing. Another winner!

  • kazander's Profile Photo
    May 29, 2007 at 9:21 AM

    Very enjoyable page! Looks like you guys had a spectacular time. (except for the barbed wire and biting bugs bit) I would love to go on that boat tour!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    May 29, 2007 at 5:21 AM

    A lovely new page! Thanks for including the historical background -- and for going to all that trouble to get the shipwreck photos.

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