Before we continue our journey down the Caribbean coast of Central America to Roatan, Honduras I have to let you know this is a special post! This is the 100th post on Passports to Life! I want to thank you all for the support along this journey the past 11 months. For bearing with me as I learned to edit pictures and videos and also develop my writing style. You guys are the best!
Honduras, and specifically the bay islands including Roatan have been on my and Mallory’s lists of places we need to visit forever. Roatan is located about 40 miles off the coast of Honduras and is situated at the southern edge of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. The island has been growing in popularity for eco-tourism and for its beautiful beaches and crystal clear water.
Roatan is home to one of Honduras’ four international airports. You can fly direct from just 4 US cities (Miami, Dallas, Houston, and Atlanta) as well as Montreal and Toronto during the winter months. So compared to Cozumel and even Belize, Roatan is a little more difficult to get to, but it’s worth the difficulty.
When looking for great hotels in Roatan, I noticed that a lot of the hotels have dive center in their name because the scuba diving here is fantastic! I think the strength of the dollar is helping here, because the hotels and resorts seemed to all be a pretty decent value.
If diving and exploring nature is your reason for visiting Honduras, then look no further than the Tranquilseas Eco Lodge & Dive Center. In addition to being a great spot for the diving enthusiast it was also named the #1 resort for romance in Honduras last year by Trip Advisor and has been listed on their Hall of Fame since 2011. The resort offers all types of activities from diving and ecotours to getting centered with a yoga retreat. At around $300 per night this is definitely a good value.
If you’re looking for an all-inclusive resort in Roatan the Mayan Princess Beach & Dive resort is your best option. Suite style rooms give you plenty of space while you’re there. Being all-inclusive it’s a little more pricey, but the largest room on the property with enough space for 6 people will be about $800 per night. You can book your stay on Priceline.com.
Nestled away from the hustle and bustle of city and resort life Georphi’s hostle is perfect if you want to get away without breaking the bank. Looking at 5 nights in mid-March, you can get a private room with private bathroom for $175. That’s not $175 per night, $175 total. The hostel has a restaurant on site, but is only 3.5 miles from Roatan, so you aren’t far if you want to venture into the city.
Like Belize and Cozumel, the crystal clear waters lend themselves to diving. There is plenty to do if you aren’t up for diving. Hop on a fishing charter and see if you can reel in a Marlin or Mahi Mahi. Take a horseback tour around the west end and along the beach. You can go ziplining at one of the four jungle zipline adventures in Roatan.
Mallory and I will be diving when we visit Roatan in a couple weeks. I just got an underwater housing for my good camera, so expect plenty of pictures and video from our dives!