Life on Roatan
The sun, the sand, the sea … life on Roatan
Welcome to Roatan Island — the “Emerald Oasis,” in an azure sea. Nestled in the rolling waters of the white-capped Caribbean, only two hours out from the U.S. mainland and some 30 miles off the coast of Honduras, Roatan has become the preferred (and often permanent) getaway for those seeking the infinite pleasures of an island paradise. And with good reason.
The tropical sun, the rolling sea, and the wide expanse of white powder beaches don’t simply describe Roatan Island. They define Roatan Island. From its pristine shores to its rocky shoals, from its rolling foothills to its forest trails; Roatan embodies the very essence of island life. It is the endless summer. The timeless escape. The idyll and the odyssey. Under the sun. On the sand. And in the deep blue sea.
Whatever else you want to add to the mix – from world-class diving … to deep-sea fishing … from a championship golf course … to canopy rides and paraglides – it’s all there. In abundance. Cruise, snooze, swim, gym, wine, dine, or bask on the beach until your Roatan is picture perfect. The island entices … with the sun, the sand, the sea. And more.
On and in the deep blue sea …
Throughout the day, the beach beckons. Sand castles rise and fall with the ebb and flow of the rolling waves. Families picnic. Teens frolic. Lovers stroll hand in up the shore and back again. Memories and photographs. And they’ll always have Roatan.
Out at sea, charter boats probe the depths for trophy fish. On the flats, anglers reel in their limit of permit, bonefish, jacks, and tarpon. The barrier reef yields its covey of snappers, yellowtail, and record grouper. And out where the waters reach stunning depths – though still only minutes from shore – the heartiest of sportsmen wrestle the wahoo, tuna, and massive marlin.
All the while, far beneath the surface, divers explore the infinite walls, crevices, caverns, and tunnels of Roatan’s famed barrier reef – the second largest in the world. Here, shoals of silversides fill the sea in such abundance that the translucent waters become almost impenetrable. Moray eels and sea turtles ease by only inches away. And green vase, rope, and elephant ear sponges fill the seabed with a symphony of colors.
From day into night…
Of course, even the most ebullient of water enthusiasts occasionally needs to dry off. And when it’s time to come ashore, there’s plenty more to do. Out in the sun, or under the stars, Roatan offers a plethora of activities guaranteed to tickle your fancy, test your mettle, and tantalize your taste buds.
The Island’s new Black Pearl Golf Course is quickly earning a worldwide reputation for its championship caliber design and breathtaking venue. Created by the award-winning architect Pete Dye, the par-72, 7200 yard course features one of his signature island greens, with 14 holes offer stunning vistas of the ocean and Roatan’s barrier reef.
For those into more daring escapades, Roatan offers not one, but two, zipline canopy tours with swing bridges, climbing walls, and the ride of your life over the treetops of the lush jungle forests. Or, if you’re more into descending the depths than ascending the heights, Roatan – and only Roatan – offers you an exclusive ride in your own, private yellow submarine to depths of up to 2,000 feet. Don’t try this at home, folks!
As the sun sets in the sea, the lights along the shoreline begin to sparkle. And it’s time for you to sample The Island’s nightlife. Walk the streets of the West End, Sandy Bay, or French Harbor, and the ocean breezes are awash with the rich aromas of the fine seafood and Caribbean cuisine. As the evening ends, you’ll round out your revelries with the most exotic of beachfront imbibements …eagerly planning yet another day of living the Roatan life to its fullest. Under the sun. On the sand. And in the deep blue sea.