If paradise really exists on earth, then it is Roatan Island! Situated in the Caribbean, Roatan is sure to take your breath away! Well, what does Roatan have in store for you? Hold your breath- its crystal clear blue waters, pristine white sandy beaches, rich marine life and diverse life styles- these will surely add color to your life!
The Roatan Island is a true example of a melting pot. It has a total population of above 40,000 people constituting of British, Spanish, Africans and Paya Indians. It has a stormy history with pirates, conquistadors and slave traders. In the middle of the 17th century, the Spanish made an unsuccessful attempt to throw the British pirates off the island resulting in relocation of Paya Indians. The island was repopulated during the late eighteenth century when several thousand Black Caribs got deported by the British troops for supporting the French army in the battle for winning over St. Vincent. Again in 1830s, it witnessed the influx of thousands of immigrants from Caymans. Over the years the island has evolved with a rich culture of its own.
Roatan is a part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, which stands as the second largest barrier reef in the world. This island tops the list of the water sport lovers. Every week there are several groups of tourist visiting this paradise to enjoy the warm waters of the Caribbean and experience the diverse marine flora and fauna.
The island has something to offer to all of its tourists having varied interests. While some of you can enjoy the ‘sun-bath’ at the sandy, white beaches and soak yourselves completely in its unspoiled beauty; others with a slight adventurous soul can explore the different types of water sports available at this island. To get a spectacular view of the rich marine life, one does not need to be an experienced diver. You can swim alongside whale sharks, mantas, barracudas, turtles, dolphins and schools of vibrant fishes. The reefs begin from as shallow as 20-40 feet depth with lovely drop offs going as deep as hundred plus feet. The locals and the divers say that it is the most refreshing and therapeutic activity to do. Getting deep into the sea will calm you down, control your breathing and will transport you to a different world altogether!
Apart from diving and snorkeling, you can try out other water sports like kayaking, sailing and water-skiing. If you get bored of too much of water around, then you can try land activities such as a visit to Iguana Park and Gumbalimba Park or experiencing the adrenaline rush through zip lining.
For those of you who are looking for active nightlife, head towards the west of the island. Here you will find amazing restaurants, clubs and bars. You can enjoy the cool breeze of the ocean water over scrumptious delicacies.
This pristine beach island will make your holiday ideal with the right mix of nature, culture, adventure and pampering.