In the western Caribbean, you will find a popular port destination called Roatan. The Honduran island is on the itinerary of many operators departing from US cities like Tampa, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, New York, and New Orleans. The Port of Roatan only has space for two docked cruise ships at any given time.
Royal Caribbean ships receive priority, so some operators may have to tender offshore when the dock is occupied. From here, it only takes twenty minutes or so to reach the beautiful beaches and other island attractions.
Visitors will be relieved to find out that the U.S. Dollar is used in Roatan. Aside from this, there are a couple of ATMs at the Mahogany Bay Cruise Center, so it is possible to withdraw cash from there. However, you will have to pay in cash in either U.S. dollars or Lempira if you buy something from a seller outside the port.
In general, we advise paying for your purchases with your credit cards or US$ cash. As a tip, make sure your US$ bills are not ripped and in good condition otherwise they will not be accepted, it is a also good idea to notify your credit card company and bank about your travel plans ahead of time. This will prevent any confusion and inconvenience.
It is a relief to learn that more and more North American and European wireless carriers provide phone coverage in Roatan. A lot of businesses on the island offer free WiFi internet access for customers if they are purchasing in a store or restaurant, just check with the local business for the WiFi password.
Roatan is an amazing place with an incredible range of activities. It is possible to snorkel, zipline, interact with local wildlife, shop, sightsee, and more on the island. Local tour operators and independent tour operator pickups happen outside the cruise port and we recommend booking your excursions with a tour operator before your arrival.
Activities at Port of Roatan
Located inside the port facilities you will find shops, restaurants, bars and some basic services. A short walk from the port you will find the town of Coxen Hole which offers banking, supermarkets, and stores. It is recommended to take a guide if you decide to explore Coxen Hole on foot.
For a true taste of Roatan we recommend guests book a tour with us at Roatan Collection, our experienced guides will take you on an unforgettable day of discovery as you explore all the islands attractions.
To learn more about our tours visit our Roatan Excursions page.
Please also get in with us if you have any further questions.