The island has a unique warm and friendly atmosphere, full of the wonderful wild colors of the lush vegetation of the Carribean. The barrier reef of Roatan is one of the most interesting in the whole of the area and forms part of the second largest barrier reef in the world.
Located about 65 kilometers off the Northern Coast of Honduras, the Bay Islands consists of 3 main islands (Roatan, Guanaja, and Utila), 3 smaller islands (Barbareta, Morat, and Helene), and 65 smaller cays. Between these islands and the mainland are the Cayos Cochinos (Hog Islands).The friendly, English-speaking population offers a unique blend of African, Spanish, Paya Indian, and British cultures. British and Spanish settlers invaded the Paya as their respective countries fought over possession of Roatan in the 16th century. Soon after, pirates numbering nearly 5,000, including Henry Morgan and associates, claimed Roatan as their stronghold. During the height of the slave trade, Roatan became a dumping ground for rebellious slaves that the British could no longer control. These marooned slaves, now called Maroons or Garifuna, form a present day ethnic group near the town of Punta Gorda. While this secret Eden’s unique location offers fabulous accommodations and authentic Caribbean charm in a seemingly off the beaten path local, transportation is easily accessible, and accommodations are downright cheap. Both ferries and flights arrive daily in Coxen Hole from La Ceiba, Honduras. However, for those not wishing to depart from the mainland, TACA International Airlines offers jet services from Miami, Atlanta, Houston, and New Orleans. Direct flight from Canada are available from December to April, and direct flights are available from Milan, Italy as well.