Destination guide

Relax to the Roatan rhythms

At around 36 miles long and glimmering with the crushed-coral beaches and glowing reefs of other Caribbean islands, Roatan could just be that Honduran gem you've been looking for. Balancing earthy Latin fishing towns with chic seaside resorts, it's a neat concoction where Central America meets tropical paradise. Between mangroves and rugged inlets for the sea kayakers, the long, alabaster-colored stretches of beaches like West Bay and Camp Bay offer sunbathing and snorkeling. Open-water PADI dives are a staple _ think seas so transparent they're like glass. Meanwhile, Roatan vacation rentals in the colorful Carib villages mean really cranking up those relaxing, reggaeton rhythms.

Things to do

Reaching for nature in Roat‡n

In a place that claims to have a whopping 95% of the Caribbean's marine wildlife teeming around its coral-dressed shores, the Marine Science Museum in Sandy Bay sounds like a great place to start. They run regular dolphin encounters, conservation workshops, and safaris over the seagrasses every day _ all in their own huge natural stretch of barrier reef. Other elegant creatures will flutter by in the Roatan Butterfly Garden in West End, where the sea grapes and palms of one gorgeous botanical reserve hide wings of multicolor.

Activities

Dive down into Roatan

With adrenaline-pumping 4X4 rides, butterfly gardens, merengue dancing sessions, and submarine tours of the resplendent sea beds on the menu, you certainly won't have to look far to fill those days on Roatan with tropical pursuits. Scuba is often right up the top of the list though. Most Roatan vacation rentals will have a PADI outfitter or a private dive guide right on the doorstep, just waiting to reveal that wonderworld of sea turtles, whip corals, loggerheads, reef sharks, bioluminescent squids, and alien-like moray eelsÉ

Weather

Tropical temperatures in Roatan

Steady tropical temperatures between the 80s and the 90s keep Roatan toasty all year round. And while you might think that's enough to have snowbirds flocking to Roatan vacation rentals whenever, it's also worth considering the changes that come with the rainy and dry seasons. The wettest months begin around August time, and can last all the way to January. That typically pushes the most predictable weather into February, March, and April, when the days will be drier, the scuba diving conditions perfect, and the beaches at their best.

Natural features

Resplendent corals around Roatan

Roatan shoulders above the Caribbean Sea on a bed of coral plants and petrified reefs. It's actually a part of the 2nd-largest coral reef on the whole planet, so you can just imagine how wonderful the range of marine life there is. Manta rays and pipefish, speckled sea slugs and squids, otherworldly octopi and endangered sea turtles will all be glimpsed on scuba dives here _ thanks largely to the uber-high visibility in the waters. Of course, the tropical location also makes for some gorgeous white-sand beaches shaded by sea grapes, mangrove forests, and coconut groves.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Roatan

Fly into Roatan (RTB-Juan Manuel Galvez Intl.), the closest airport, located 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Utila (UII), which is 26.9 mi (43.2 km) away.

Where to stay around Ruatan?

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What are the most popular destinations to visit in Ruatan?

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

  • North America: 607,200 vacation rentals
  • West Bay: 466 vacation rentals
  • West End: 483 vacation rentals
  • Infinity Bay: 21 vacation rentals
  • Sandy Bay: 533 vacation rentals

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What are the main cities to discover in Ruatan?

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 Ruatan:

  • West Bay: 466 rentals
  • West End: 483 rentals
  • Sandy Bay: 533 rentals
  • Utila Island: 41 rentals
  • Palmetto Bay: 569 rentals

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Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Ruatan?

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  • Half Moon Bay Beach: 583 rentals
  • Roatan Museum: 583 rentals
  • Tabyana Beach: 562 rentals
  • Fantasy Island Beach: 593 rentals
  • Marbella Beach: 593 rentals

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