One of the fastest-growing tourist destinations in the Caribbean, and a great place for all kinds of eco-adventure, cultural, and just plain relaxing activities makes a visit Roatan Honduras totally worth the trip. You can experience Roatan Honduras diving, which is some of the best in the world. Learn what hotels in Roatan Honduras give you best bang for your buck, and learn about all of the exciting things to do in Roatan Honduras in this destination guide. By the end of this guide, you will definitely want to book your flight to Roatan.
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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 perfect for Roatan Honduras diving.
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. You can search for flights to Roatan, Honduras here.
Another way to get to visit Roatan, Honduras is the way we did, on a cruise ship. Roatan has seen a large increase in the number of ships visiting its port with more than half a million passengers arriving each year. While cruises are a great introduction to a particular destination, you get the real experience when you stay for a few days. Search for cruises visiting Roatan here.
When looking for great hotels in Roatan, I noticed that a lot of the hotels have a dive center in their name because the scuba diving in Roatan 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. There is truly something for everybody when it comes to hotels in Roatan Honduras, these are some of the best hotels in Roatan.
If your reason for visiting Honduras is diving and exploring nature, then look no further than the Tranquilseas Eco Lodge & Dive Center. In addition to being a great spot for the Roatan Honduras 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. Search for prices and availability at Tranquilseas.
All-inclusive resorts in Roatan, Honduras would be a great option for families visiting Roatan. While I didn’t find food and drinks to be very expensive while visiting Roatan, having everything included at an all-inclusive resort in Roatan Honduras takes the pressure off of carrying extra cash around for food and drinks while you’re exploring. While there are four all-inclusive resorts in Roatan, only one seems to have decent reviews.
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 $500 per night. Check prices and availability for the Mayan Princess Beach & Dive Resort.
While there aren’t any five-star resorts in Roatan quite yet, there are several four-star luxury hotels in Roatan, Honduras that are very affordable! Below are a couple of the highest rated luxury hotels in Roatan Honduras.
Infinity Bay Spa & Beach Resort has a convenient location right on a pristine beach with crystal clear waters steps from West Bay. The reviews say the resort was clean, the service is fantastic, and the food is delicious. With prices starting around $200/ night and rooms large enough to accommodate 8 guests, the Infinity Bay Spa & Beach Resort is perfect for families visiting Roatan. Check prices and availability for the Infinity Bay Spa & Beach Resort.
When I first saw a photo of Xbalanque, I immediately pictured myself staying there. With 12 luxurious suites, you are guaranteed the quiet, private vacation you’ve been longing for. The suites are spacious and full of natural light. There is an amazing pool, and a private beach to lounge on and soak up the Honduran sun. Check prices and availability for Xbalanque.
If you’ve finally mastered the art of maximizing your paid time off, but still only have a limited budget, Roatan is still a great destination for you! Below are several nice budget hotels in Roatan, Honduras.
Nestled away from the hustle and bustle of city and resort life Georphi’s hostel 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 a 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. Book your room at Georphi’s!
Similar to Xbalaque above this boutique hotel in Roatan only has 9 rooms, and all of them are suites. The difference is The Beach House Boutique Hotel has prices starting at less than $90/night. While it isn’t hostel prices, $85/night for a four-star boutique hotel in Roatan is a great deal. Check prices and availability for The Beach House Boutique Hotel in Roatan Honduras.
Scuba diving has to be at the top of the list for things to do in Roatan Honduras. The warm crystal clear waters, abundant marine life, and colorful coral formations make scuba diving Roatan Honduras one of the top dive destinations on the planet. When we visited Roatan, our divemaster wasn’t thrilled with the visibility, but we were still able to enjoy our two dives on the colorful coral reefs. Book a scuba diving trip here.
Because of Roatan’s prime location, it is the perfect place for deepsea fishing. The warm waters are full of tuna, wahoo, mahi-mahi, and even some monster blue marlin. If you love spending time on the water and the thrill of reeling in a trophy fish, book your deep sea fishing excursion now!
Another popular thing to do in Roatan is the Roatan Ziplining eco-adventure. There are several options for ziplining in Roatan Honduras, but the most popular is the Zip and Dip tour. Soar through the Honduran jungle on 11 zip lines, then cool off in the beautiful waters at West Bay Beach. You can also add an eco-walk to your zip and dip experience to see the flora and fauna of the Honduran jungle up close. Book your eco-adventure here.
If you’re visiting Roatan via a cruise ship check out the following shore excursions that are guaranteed to have you back to the ship on time. If you are staying on the island there are even more options, from customizable eco-tours to sloth and monkey encounters, and even ATV sightseeing tours.
Since Roatan is in the tropics the weather is pretty good most of the year. You will find the most comfortable weather in the late winter and early spring months (February-April). The summer months are when it is hot and humid with a greater chance for rain and hurricanes.
I hope this post provided valuable insight to help you plan your trip to visit Roatan Honduras. If you are scuba certified and you haven’t tried Roatan Honduras diving, you need to add it to the top of your bucket list. Roatan beaches are also a perfect place to relax and with luxury hotels in Roatan being so affordable it is the perfect destination for a little long weekend getaway. Search for flights to Roatan Honduras now!