Roatan holidays guide, useful travel and tourism
Roatan travel guide, travel information and vacations in tropical coral reef located in the Caribbean Sea.
The island of Roatan, which is situated 30 miles off the northern coast of Honduras from where the coast is only a half hour flight, is a tropical island in the Caribbean Sea, part of the Islas de la Bahía together with Utila and Guanaja islands. These islands are a continuation of the Belize Barrier Reef, very beautiful places where you can appreciate the fascinating reef, scuba diving and snorkeling.
On the west coast, which is considered a marine park, overlooking beautiful beaches like West Bay beach, lapped by clear and transparent, and the beach Tabyana Beach, reserved for passengers of the cruise ships that weekly flock to this corner of paradise.
The fact tourism is playing an increasingly important role in the economy of the island in the past was based mainly on fishing. The island is about 60 km long and 7-8 km wide, and is crossed by a single central road is traveled mainly by jeep carrying tourists to the features accommodation in local style.
The islanders live in poverty and living in picturesque stilts on the coast or within the favelas. As for the time zone in Roatan there are seven hours behind Italy (-8 when DST is in Italian).
The islanders speak mostly a distinctly Caribbean version of English. The climate has a single season, it is always warm, with an average temperature of 28 ° C, a longer dry period from November to April and a wetter which runs from May to October.
From September until mid-November may occur hurricanes. The history of this island also includes a period of occupation of the Maya, before the arrival of Christopher Columbus on the neighboring island of Guanaja.
With the arrival of the Spaniards the majority of the indigenous population was captured and sold in the slave market to make it work on the plantations of Cuba and in the mines of gold and silver in Mexico.
During European colonialism many ships did you stop and the island was occupied militarily several times, not only by the military but also by French pirates, the Dutch and the British, as the famous Henry Morgan and Captain John Coxen, until when the den of pirates was defeated by the Spanish fleet.