Where is Roatan?
Beautified with plush greenery all around, Roatan is a picturesque island in the Caribbean. It’s located at a distance of 65 km (40 mi) off the northern coast of Honduras. Of all the three Bay Islands of the Honduras, Roatan is the largest island. Though the island is quite well-developed, it’s natural charm has remained intact for years. Previously, Roatan was known as Ruatan.
Roatan is sandwiched between two islands – Utila and Guanaja. The island measures around 77 km (48 mi) in length and 8 km (5 mi) in breadth. It occupies a wonderful position close to the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, which has the distinction of being the largest barrier reef in the Caribbean Sea. If you move towards the easternmost quarter of the island, you’ll come across a channel which passes through 15 m wide mangroves. At the eastern end of Roatan, there are Satellite Islands – Morat, Barbareta, and Pigeon Cay. The island has a paved, main road connecting places like West End, Sandy Bay, Coxen Hole, Brick Bay, Mount Pleasant, French Harbour and Oakridge.
Roatan is positioned on an ancient coral reef, which is elevated to a height of 270 m (890 ft) above sea level. Roatan’s biggest crowd-puller is its warm, crystal-clear water which is home to a rich marine life. Spanish language is officially spoken in Honduras while natives of the Bay Islands communicate in English.
Since Roatan is a world-renowned tourist destination, it invites laborers from all across mainland Honduras. Apart from Spanish and English, many other languages are also spoken in Roatan. The western part of the island is much more populated than the eastern part. Coxen Hole, which is the capital of Roatan, is known for having the most population as compared to other towns.
Roatan is a vacationer’s paradise. Whether you’re looking for long sandy beaches, crystal-clear sea water or forested hills, Roatan fulfills each of these desires while keeping your amazed. The island has gained the most popularity for being an excellent scuba diving and cruise ship destination.
Roatan has its own international airport – Juan Manuel Gálvez International Airport. There are multiple US airlines that run flights connecting to Roatan. At the weekends, there are non-stop flights as well. The mainland has an international airport also. You can choose to travel to Roatan either directly or from mainland. If you catch a flight to the mainland’s international airport (Aeropuerto Internacional Ramón Villeda Morales), you can easily avail yourself of the connecting services to Roatan. Another great option to reach Roatan is by cruise lines.