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ROATAN ISLAND, HONDURAS


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Roatan Island is the largest of the three islands in Honduras Bay, but it is still just 37 miles long and 5 miles at its widest point.

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Columbus was in the neighborhood on his 4th Voyage in 1502, but the Paya Indians were here already for thousands of years. Although fishing is a major source of income tourism is now the major industry, replacing piracy and treasure hunting!

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Small buses took us from Coxen Hole, our port town, into the beautiful Roatan countryside.

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The surroundings are idyllic….

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….or not…….

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……. depending on your point of view. Today was definitely wash day.

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A brief excursion on a small boat took us to the mangrove trees that protect the island and the great reef that surrounds it. We also circled around a few rusting shipwrecks – an interesting shore excursion for passengers on a cruise ship!

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Descendants of Black Carib Indians, the Garifuna, who settled here in 1797, demonstrated their music and dance.

Posted by Swenigale 15:46 Archived in Honduras

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