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Roatan, Honduras

xorolik • 5 minutes read • September 25th, 2015
Honduras is a state in Central America. Its capital is Tegucigalpa. It borders Nicaragua on the Southeast, El Salvador to the southwest and Guatemala to the West. 


is an island in the Bay of Honduras, where our liner (Carnival Glory) docked. Its length is 60000 meters (60 km), with a width of 8000 meters (8 km) at its widest point.
Roatan is located near the great 

Mesoamerican Barrier Reef

- the largest barrier reef in the Caribbean and the second largest in the world ( after the Great Barrier Reef of Australia), and is a continuation of the Belize reef. So, it's a real Paradise for divers! This island was previously valued by pirates, as it has a very convenient and safe location.
The bulk of the population of Roatan are former inhabitants of the Cayman Islands and Jamaica. Our taxi driver, who picked us up at the pier, said that he had come to Roatan from Jamaica for a week, and ended up staying.  
Mooring in 

Roatan, Honduras

 lasted 8 hours, so we purposefully decided to go to the beach. There is a beach near the port that you can get to by foot or by cablecar, called Mahogany Bay. But we wanted to explore the island and visit the best beach. We didn't like the beaches near the port.
The taxi prices here were cheap, and for $30 we went to West Bay Beach. Moreover, this price covered the two-way trip, as well as the taxi driver waiting for us for 4 hours. It took 30 minutes to get there. The locals live very poorly; their houses are mostly wooden. But the cost of housing, especially near the water, was extremely expensive.  
There were hotels on the beach, which you could access by passing through the reception. It was an extra $10 (per person) for loungers.
We chose a hotel in the center of the beach called the Mayan Princess Beach Resort. 
The territory was beautiful, with swimming pools, lots of greenery and a restaurant. The beach was gorgeous! White sand with a pink tint, transparent water in the sea and no waves. On the left, near the rocks, you can swim on the reef. Snorkeling equipment can be rented on the beach. There were tours to the reefs, snorkeling and diving, as well as other water activities.
The water was of 83.3 degrees F (28.5 degrees C). Locals selling jewelry walked along the beach, offering massages, braiding, etc. And nearby, there were security staff, and as we saw, it was not in vain. In our presence, two ladies who were selling jewelry had a brush together, so they fought so hard that their stock flew to the sides. The guards ran up, separated them, and kicked them out of the beach.
Visa on Roatan, as part of a cruise, is not required.
Translated by: Gian Luka

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