Honduras, on the other hand, is located in Central America and is bordered by the states of Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador.
Although Roatán is part of Spanish Honduras, it is a Caribbean island. And because of its pristine white sandy beaches, crystal clear water, and world class diving spots, this paradise island is rapidly becoming the choice destination for vacationers visiting the Caribbean. The fact that Roatan is home to the second largest barrier reef in the world, doesn’t hurt either.
For a long time the island of Roatan and its spectacular diving sites was a well-kept secret, known only to a handful of scuba diving enthusiasts who found its underwater world, marine life and old ship wreck as alluring as any other part of the world where the sport is practiced. Now a day, Roatan is as popular as any other Caribbean destination. With cruise ships gracing its shore and attracting thousands of tourists on a weekly basis, this touristic paradise is becoming the most visited destination in Honduras, and with the many hotels and luxury resorts changing its landscape, Roatan is more than equipped to accommodate any taste or budget.
In recent years the primary language spoken by the native islanders of Roatan was English; and Garifuna, spoken by the Garifuna people living in Punta Gorda. Today, with the influx of Latinos from the mainland descending on the island looking for work in the booming tourism industry, Spanish is widely spoken; thus rendering Roatan a trilingual island. Other languages spoken on the island on a smaller scale includes German, Italian and French, heard mostly in Dive shops and other tourism related businesses in Roatan.
Roatan is embedded in history with a grandiose story; home to the Paya Indians and refuge for the pirates. This picturesque island once belonged to Spain, then Britain and finally Honduras. The remnant of Roatan past can still be found on its hills and ridges in the form of Yaba Din Ding artifacts such as pottery, jewelry and idols left behind by its first inhabitants, the Paya Indians; it can also be seeing in the faces of its people, a mixture of Spaniards and Europeans, Afro-Caribbean and Indians.
In spite of the influences of the modern world, including the infrastructural development taking place on Roatan, there are small towns and villages whose natural beauty is untouched by the hands of the outside world. In places like Politilly and Milton Bight, Punta Gorda and Oak Ridge, you can still see the face of old Roatán in the flames of old Mud Stoves, the paddles of colorful Cayucos and the innocence of school children dressed in their blue and white uniforms, symbolic colors of Honduras’ national flag.
The old Roatan is noticeable disappearing and giving way to a modern island; this can be seen in the presence of large cruise ships and luxury yachts docked on its shores and the world class golf course that is now a permanent fixture on its soil, however, if you are willing to take the road less traveled, venture into the unknown, and take a look behind the scenes, you are sure to find an unspoiled beauty and simplicity that can only be described as a therapeutic journey that enhances your senses and relaxes your mind.
It’s believe that the laid back, no rush attitude of most of Roatan’s native islanders is influenced by the calmness of its water and the soothing sound of the waves against its coral reef.
Visit this paradise island known as Roatán and be mesmerized by its beauty and captivated by its pure, white sandy beaches. The warm water of Isla Roatan awaits you!
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