Roatan (Caribbean): tourist information on the tropical island

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Tourist information on the island of Roatan, useful for organizing holidays on the tropical island famous for its beaches and the presence of a coral reef, recommended dives to admire the marine fauna.


Where is it

Located 30 miles off the northern coast of Honduras, from which it is only half an hour away by flight, Roatan is a tropical island in the Caribbean Sea, part of the Islas de la Bahía, along with the islands of Guanaja and Utila.

These islands are the continuation of Belize's coral reef, very beautiful places where you can appreciate the fascinating coral reef, scuba dive and snorkel to observe marine fauna.


Territory

On the west coast, considered a marine park, there are enchanting beaches, including West Bay beach, lapped by clear and transparent water, and Tabyana Beach, reserved for cruise ship passengers who weekly flock to this corner of paradise.

The island, 60 km long and 8 km wide, is crossed by a single central road, on which the jeeps that transport tourists to the characteristic accommodation facilities pass.

Population

The inhabitants of the island live in poverty and live in picturesque stilt houses on the coast or inside favelas.


The spoken language is a distinctly Caribbean version of the English language.

Time zone

As for the time zone in Roatan, there are 7 hours less than in Italy, minus 8 when in the periods in which daylight saving time is in force.

Climate

The climate is characterized by a single season, with an average temperature of 28 ° C, a drier period from November to April, and a more humid period from May to October.


Hurricanes can occur from September to mid-November.

History

The history of this island also includes a period of occupation by the Mayans, before the arrival of Christopher Columbus on the nearby island of Guanaja.

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With the arrival of the Spaniards, the majority of the indigenous population was captured and sold to the slave market to make them work on the plantations of Cuba as well as in the gold and silver mines of Mexico.

During European colonialism many ships stopped there and the island was occupied militarily several times, not only by military but also by French, Dutch and English pirates, such as the famous Henry Morgan and Captain John Coxen, until the pirate lair he was defeated by the Spanish fleet.

Roatan, Honduras - Island Tour - Carnival Glory (April 2021)


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