When you hear the name Honduras, what images pop into your mind? This Central American country might get a bad rap if you haven’t done research on what it has to offer. However, if you’re looking for a slice of Caribbean paradise, Honduras is where you need to be. Just off the mainland is an island called Roatan. It sits near the largest barrier reef in the Caribbean (and the second largest in the world behind Australias Great Barrier). This makes for some of the best dive sites in the world and one of the major attractions of Roatan. Looking for a laid back beach scene? Some of the top caribbean beaches are here. My personal pick is Mahogany Bay beach. You’ll have to visit when you arrive via cruise ship because to enter the beach you’ll need to show your cruise card. Mahogany Bay is a new cruise terminal with room for two large ships. There is a good number of shops and bars available offering mostly mass produced goods such as Del Sol and Cariloo, though there is a small market featuring local goods as well. The real treat is the beautiful, sugar white sand beach located within walking distance of your ship. If you don’t feel like walking, there is a “flying beach chair” ride that will transport you to the beach while riding over the canopy of tropical trees and the nature park.
Once you arrive at the beach the fun begins. Plenty of ocean side lounge chairs and attentive waiters to bring you a local beer or fruity umbrella drink while you listen to the live musicians. As a bonus, there’s free wifi, though the connection strength can be spotty at times. Directly on the beach is a shack where you can buy fresh, cool coconuts. They’ll open them for you and stick a straw in. A private massage room is available and the Hideaway cafe serves up Caribbean favorites like conch salad. Its so tasty!
If you’re feeling adventurous and the sun starts to get too hot, book yourself an excursion and explore one of the ship wrecks nestled right in the bay. Your tour guide will take you around the wreck for an up close look at this fascinating find.
What are you waiting for? Mahogany Bay in Roatan Honduras is the perfect getaway!