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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.
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