Destination guide

Bay Islands: a mecca for scuba divers

The Bay Islands, outposts of Honduras in the Caribbean Sea, are an archipelago made up of 3 main islands running along a section of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. They have long been a mecca for snorkelers and scuba divers who come to explore the marine life-rich waters, a highlight being the enormous gentle whale sharks, which migrate to the Bay Islands for a few months each year. Don't worry if diving isn't your thing, there are plenty of water sports to keep you busy when you stay in a Bay Islands vacation rental, or you can just kick back on the picture-perfect tropical beaches.

Things to do

Rare orchids at Bay Islands

For attractions, your best bet is nabbing one of the Bay Islands vacation rentals on Roatan, which has a rich Garifuna heritage and long history. If you swing by Arch's Iguana Farm, you'll be face-to-face with more than 4,000 of these creatures basking in the midday sun. Alternatively, make a beeline for the Carambola Botanical Gardens, where you can amble among the rare orchids, spice plants and fruit trees. The perfect day could end at the Waves of Art Gallery, which hosts regular exhibitions from artists across Honduras and Central America – don't forget to bag a piece of work to take home.


Activities on land and sea in Bay Islands

Most of the Bay Islands' activities are, unsurprisingly, centered around the sea. It would be impossible to tire of the snorkeling or scuba diving along the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, but there is a plethora of things to keep you busy if you do, including sea kayaking, sunset yacht cruises and challenging deep sea fishing. Swimming with dolphins tops most travelers' bucket lists and there are few places better to tick it off. Back on dry land, there are all manner of adventures near your Bay Islands vacation rental. Glide through the canopy treetops on zip-lines, take 4x4 drives, or swing your clubs on the golf course.


February to May is Bay Islands' sweet spot

The peak season for Bay Islands vacation rentals falls between February and May, when the climate is warm and the chance of rainfall is slim. If you plan to travel around this time, be sure to book up early to avoid disappointment. The morning and evenings during January can get a little chilly, but the days are usually warm and bright. You can pick up a bargain later in the year between August and September and the beaches will be far emptier, but you may have to contend with short bursts of afternoon tropical downpours.

Natural features

Bring your underwater camera to Bay Islands

The Bay Islands may be small, but they have an astonishingly biodiverse ecosystem, which is home to a long list of tropical species. On land, you can keep your eyes peeled for white-tailed deer, agouti rabbits and opossum, while the skies are filled with more than 120 species of recorded birdlife, many of which live and nest on the islands permanently. However, the real sweet spot for wildlife viewing is the protected coral reefs and caverns, which are home to resident dolphins, reef sharks and Hawksbill turtles. Be sure to remember your underwater camera because you're not going to want to miss this one.

Where to stay around Islas de la Bahía Department?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 632 vacation rentals near Islas de la Bahía Department. From 108 Villas to 259 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Islas de la Bahía Department are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Islas de la Bahía Department?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Islas de la Bahía Department. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Ruatan: 578 vacation rentals
  • West Bay: 459 vacation rentals
  • West End: 474 vacation rentals
  • Infinity Bay: 21 vacation rentals
  • Sandy Bay: 525 vacation rentals

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What are the main cities to discover in Islas de la Bahía Department?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Islas de la Bahía Department:

  • West Bay: 459 rentals
  • West End: 474 rentals
  • Sandy Bay: 525 rentals
  • Utila Island: 41 rentals
  • Palmetto Bay: 561 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Islas de la Bahía Department?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Islas de la Bahía Department. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Half Moon Bay Beach: 567 rentals
  • Roatan Museum: 569 rentals
  • Tabyana Beach: 555 rentals
  • Fantasy Island Beach: 579 rentals
  • Marbella Beach: 578 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Islas de la Bahía Department listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.