Some 50km from La Ceiba, ROATÁN is the largest of the Bay Islands, a curving ridged hump almost 50km long and 5km across at its widest point. A popular stopoff for cruise ships, Roatán can be a hard place to enjoy if you’re on a tight budget – expect your spending to go way above average. The island’s accommodation mostly comes in the form of all-inclusive luxury resort packages, although there are a few good deals to be found in West End. Like Utila, Roatán is a superb diving destination, and also offers some great hiking, as well as the chance to do nothing except laze on a beach. Coxen Hole is the island’s commercial centre.
Note that credit-card transactions are subject to a 16 percent fee in all establishments on the island.
Roatán’s abundance of great diving and superb beaches often takes away from the charm of the island’s smaller towns and villages, which are worth exploring to get a sense of what it would have been like before the tourists arrived.