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Roatan Island, Honduras

Discover the Garden of Eden on Roatan Island

Ever wish you could visit the Garden of Eden? Travel to Roatan Island, and you can experience the closest thing to paradise on earth. Located right off the east coast of Honduras, Roatan Island is surrounded by the world’s second-largest barrier reef, making it an ideal spot for snorkelers and scuba divers. What’s more, you will find gorgeous white beaches fringed with turquoise water and tropical jungles teeming with vibrant flowers, colorful birds and exotic animals. Check out all the exciting things you can see and do on Roatan Island.

Tropical Island

Roatan’s beaches are among its most popular attractions. With long stretches of white sand, turquoise lagoons and beautiful coral reef just 50 feet from the shore, the beaches here offer snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, paragliding, fishing and more. Some of the most visited beaches include West Bay, Mahogany and Sandy Bay, which all offer nearby hotel accommodation. With its calm waters and children’s activities, Tabyana is a great family beach where you can also shop for a bargain on handicrafts among many nearby vendors.

Venice of the Caribbean
Nicknamed the “Venice of the Caribbean” because of its picturesque location on the water, the charming fishing village of Oak Ridge offers a great place to experience the island’s traditional lifestyle. You can do like the locals and get around the village by boat to visit the shops, restaurants and bars. You can also see how the locals earn their living by catching shrimp and lobsters.

Gardens, Parks and Farms
Tropical Roatan Island offers many beautiful gardens, parks and farms where you can encounter native wildlife, flora and fauna. Roatan’s Butterfly Garden is one of the most popular of these attractions. Here, you can walk among diverse gardens that shelter exotic trees, flowers, birds and butterflies.

Spread over 150 acres, the Blue Harbor Tropical Arboretum is a magnificent garden complex featuring collections of beautiful plants and flowers as well as ponds, waterfalls and native wildlife. While here, you can also enjoy hiking trails, birdwatching and interacting with baby iguanas.

Enter paradise when you visit Gumbalimba Park. Not only does this amazing place feature tropical gardens, but it also offers a gorgeous beach, swinging bridge, swimming pool and a man-made cave. You can enjoy activities here like nature walks, ziplining over the jungle canopy and viewing wildlife like monkeys and colorful parrots.

At the Iguana Farm, you can see and interact with many varieties of wild iguanas.

Arts and Culture
If you want to experience the local art, the Rusty Fish Waves of Art is a unique art gallery that features a wide collection of handcrafted items that are all made from recycled scrap materials. You can view and purchase one-of-a-kind items like home furnishings, wall hangings, paintings and mirrors all designed with scenes, animals and marine life from the island.

Outdoor Activities
With the many tours and excursions available in Roatan, there is no end to the outdoor fun and adventure you can experience such as water sports like snorkeling, diving, deep-sea fishing, paddle-boarding and whitewater rafting. Land activities include horse riding, jungle ziplining and exploring caves, Mayan ruins and coffee plantations. With the abundance of exotic wildlife species on the island, you can enjoy viewing parrots, toucans, macaws, monkeys, sea turtles, dolphins and more.

No matter when you visit Roatan Island, you will most likely experience hot and humid weather with cool Caribbean breezes on the beaches.