The picturesque western Caribbean island of Roatan is the ultimate getaway for water sports adventurists, island hoppers, backpackers, honeymooners and basically all kinds of tourists because it has an abundance of unique experiences to offer. Home to the largest of the scenic Bay Islands, Roatan can be thought of as a doorway to other islands, including Utila and Guanaja.
Roatan boosts the second largest barrier reef system in the world, and the largest in the western hemisphere. Sprawling over 700 miles, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef connects Belize with Roatan, creating scores of opportunities for water sports enthusiasts, including scuba diving, snorkeling, game fishing and much more. Needless to say, Roatan is a world-class destination for those who harbor a passion for water sports.
Arriving in Roatan
Roatan is an incredibly popular travel destination, and all major airlines have connecting or direct flights from multiple cities across the US. Canadian travelers can also book direct flights to the Roatan International Airport from Toronto.
Upon arriving at the airport, travelers are required to get their custom clearance and once you exit the airport lobby, you will be picked up by your resort driver, provided you have made arrangements for transportation. You can also find multiple transportation facilities outside the airport.
Many travelers like to arrive in Roatan on a cruise ship, the perfect adventure to exalt yourself with the majestic sights of the Caribbean. You will either find yourself docking at the Port or Roatan in Coxen Hole, or the Mahogany Bay in Dixon’s Cove.
The island of Roatan may not be very large, but it offers a plethora of scenic and culturally rich adventures as you begin exploring the many small villages and towns that populate the island. Scattered across the coastline, majority of these villages and towns have English names, a remnant of Roatan’s British rulers, and each offers a distinctive experience.
Camp Bay Beach, located on the furthest eastern tip of Roatan, is indeed the most popular attraction that rewards explorers with its lush foliage and remote, untouched beauty.
Coxen Hole is the largest city on the island, name after the famous pirate Captain John Coxon, it is the capital of Roatan, and a bustling epicenter of activity. This is where travelers recuperate and renew their supplies while traveling around the island.
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