Destination Spotlight: The Bay Islands of Honduras
Thursday, April 4th, 2019
The Bay Islands have shot to the top of travel bucket lists worldwide. This tropical paradise has something unique to offer travelers of all tastes. Locally known as las Islas de la Baha, the Bay Islands consists of three major islands located between 25,000 and 50,000 kilometers off the northern coast, situated within the second largest barrier reef in the world. Utila is laid-back, social, and affordable, a popular stop for backpackers. Roatan, the largest and most developed of the islands, is an upscale nirvana of boutique hotels and magical coastline. Rustic and wild, the island of Guanaja rewards the adventurous soul with mystery and abundance.
The Bay Islands experience a rainy season between October and February and a hot season between March and August. Other months are tropical and breezy.
Here are some ways to make the most of a relaxing retreat to the Bay Islands:
WORLD-CLASS DIVING AND SNORKELING
All three islands feature some of the best SCUBA diving and snorkeling opportunities in the world. Nearby fringing reefs, shallow reefs, and the big barrier reef host colorful fish, coral, sea turtles, sponges, rays, and even more spectacular sea life. Roatan alone is said to have over 150 marked dive spots, but friendly local divers all have their favorite private dive spot.
THE WHALE SHARK MIGRATION ROUTE
When it comes to spectacular marine life, nothing compares to the whale shark. The largest known species of fish, whale sharks typically range from 18-32 feet long (5-10M) but grow as large as 40 feet (12M). These majestic, endangered creatures filter-feed on plankton and krill, and as such are perfectly safe for human divers to approach. Best of all, there is only one spot in the world where their migratory route takes them close to shore all year round – the chill Island of Utila. Plan a whale shark excursion and get ready for an undersea encounter with greatness.
The Bay Islands are a beach bum’s dream come true. One of the most popular spots is West Bay Beach, a serene expanse of white sand on the gorgeous island of Roatan. The perfect spot to unwind on a beach chair with a tropical cocktail and not a care in the world. Serenity-seekers should check out West End Beach on Guanaja, an isolated haven off the tourist trail, surrounded by coconut trees and framed by an electric-blue ocean.
The sophisticated development of Roatan has led to an explosion of high-end beach hotels. Travelers with a taste for the finer things in life will find options ranging from boutique hotels to larger resorts with condo style accommodations, perfect for the family or group vacation. Whichever best suits your style, you will be assured to be pampered in these luxe hotels. Only 35 minutes by plane from San Pedro Sula on the mainland, Roatan is also a good jumping-off point for a day trip to the spectacular Mayan ruins of Copan.
If you’re looking for an ideal Caribbean destination with a relaxed tropical vibe and a taste of Spanish-speaking Honduran culture the Bay Islands of Honduras are certainly worthwhile. Even better, Juan Manuel Gálvez International Airport in Roatan makes traveling there super easy.
Honduras is a very diverse country that has something to offer for every kind of traveler. Whether you are in search of beach getaway, diving adventure, or have an interest in cultures past and present, you will be sure to find it in Honduras.
At Central America Journeys, we make travel dreams a reality by assisting our clients in planning creative and luxury focused travel itineraries that encompass their interests and passion. We want every trip that we book to be crafted with value, imagination, and your direction. From private islands to luxury beach resorts, top-rated excursions and tours, we will design the perfect Honduras vacation package that will create memories that will last a lifetime!
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With an adventurous spirit,
Central America Journeys