12/30/2013 - 12/30/2013
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.
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!
Small buses took us from Coxen Hole, our port town, into the beautiful Roatan countryside.
The surroundings are idyllic….
……. depending on your point of view. Today was definitely wash day.
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!
Descendants of Black Carib Indians, the Garifuna, who settled here in 1797, demonstrated their music and dance.