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Roatan is one of the Honduras Bay Islands (Las Islas de la Bahia), which are comprised of eight islands and more than 60 cays resting on the Bonacca Ridge, which is about 400 miles northeast of the north coast of Honduras.
Previously a political battleground for Spanish conquistadors and British pirates, Roatan has become a destination for travelers worldwide who seek relaxation, tropical island life, great diving, and lucrative investments.
Honduras is located in Central America and shares borders with Guatemala, Nicaragua, and El Salvador. Costa Rica, Panama, and Belize are short and easy trips from Honduras by air or bus from the mainland. The democratic government is stable and investor friendly. Roatan is the largest of Hondurasís Bay Islands. Located approximately 35 miles off the North Coast of Honduras, Roatan measures thirty-two miles long and three miles across at the widest point.
The Honduran islands are surrounded by the second largest barrier reef in the world: The Mayan Barrier Reef. Roatan has a varying topography from lush tropical hillsides to beach fronts and mangroves. This offers the visitor or resident a unique visual environment to enjoy and experience.
The main town on Roatan is Coxen Hole where you can find banks, medical facilities, travel agents, grocery stores, and a post office. It is strongly recommended that you familiarize yourself with the CDC's health warnings before traveling to Honduras and that you receive the appropriate immunizations and vaccinations at least 3-months prior to your trip.
French Harbor is another main town on Roatan where you can find many of the same services. Toward the west of the island is the West End of Roatan where you can find the most popular white sand beaches and an abundance of local dive shops. Just before the West End of Roatan is Sandy Bay. Heading east from Coxen Hole and the West End is Brick Bay, home to a well protected harbor where boats have remained unharmed through hurricane season.
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