Within Walking Distance
The area around the Coxen Hole piers holds few sights, but plenty of souvenir shops. The new Mahogany Bay private-island facility sits on 20 acres of waterfront property. A chair-lift system—the “Magical Flying Beach Chair”—delivers cruise passengers from the cruise terminal to white-sand Mahogany Beach.
Beyond the Port Area
Explore and experience the adventurous side of Roatan with Jungle ATV Adventure. Travel through a hidden tropical oak forest and see iguanas, deer, and tropical birds. Your adventure winds down with a ride on the beach. On Roatán’s northeast shore, you can experience the culture of the Garifuna people during dance performances, crafts demonstrations, and a visit to the very rustic Garifunas Museum with an excursion from Discover Roatan & Beach by 4 Wheel Drive.
In West Bay, Gumbalimba Park has several attractions including a tropical bird and animal sanctuary with resident macaws and capuchin monkeys. Strolling trails take you through a botanical garden blooming with orchids and heliconia. The Pirates, Birds, & Monkeys of the Caribbean excursion can take you to the park, or add a zipline through the forest canopy to your park visit with Canopy & Gumbalimba Park excursion. Roatán, Honduras sits on the Great Mesoamerican Reef, the second largest coral reef in the world. This tiny island is one of the world’s top diving destinations, with some 130 sites just offshore. Hook up with Certified Dolphin Dive, or Certified 2 Tank Dive and visit shipwrecks, volcanic tunnels, and vertical walls.
Beaches In Roatán
A chair-lift system—the “Magical Flying Beach Chair”—delivers cruise passengers from the cruise terminal to white-sand Mahogany Beach and welcome center. Relax on the Beach Package provides you with floats, and a shady spot with lounge chairs once you arrive on the beach. For a more private experience, Beach Cabana Rental offers an air conditioned cabana and semi-private beach. Just a 30 minute bus ride Tabyana Beach Break takes you to a place where jungle meets powdery white sand beach and crystal clear waters. Escape to Maya Key’s a private island with powdery white sand and a reef for snorkeling. Maya Key Private Island Snorkeling with Lunch excursion includes a visit to the Maya Interpretation Center and Honduran Art Exhibit Centre.
Shopping in Roatán
On your Roatán cruise, you’ll find the best souvenirs in West Bay, whose single-lane dirt road has a variety of shops selling Honduran-made jewelry, ceramics, and paintings. Be sure to check out Yaba Ding Ding, in Coxen Hole, for its excellent sampling of locally made black and white Lenca pottery.