The island is located near the largest barrier reef in the Caribbean Sea and the second largest worldwide after Australia's Great Barrier Reef. It has become an important cruise ship and scuba diving destination in Honduras. Roatan has a population of about 30, 000 inhabitants.
For many years the island was a hidden gem, with some of the most beautiful white beaches and the best snorkel and diving spots in the Caribbean, but it was 'discovered' around 2005 by cruise ships and hotel developers.
Rotan is the biggest and most populated of three islands located off the coast of Honduras. The island is only 33 miles long and 4 miles wide and located about 50 miles from the northern coast of the Honduran mainland.
Coxen Hole is the Capital of Roatan.
The restored Mayan ruins near the Guatemalan border in Copan reflect the great Mayan culture that flourished there for hundreds of years until the early 9th century. Columbus landed at mainland Honduras (Trujillo) in 1502, and named the area "Honduras" (meaning "depths") for the deep water off the coast.
Honduras is a democracy with a developing economy. Facilities that would normally be used by tourists, including hotels and restaurants, are generally adequate in the Bay Islands, and near the Copan ruins. Large sections of the country, however, lack basic public services or even a governmental presence.
Honduras is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere with an extraordinarily unequal distribution of income and massive unemployment. Growth remains dependent on the status of the US economy, its major trading partner, on commodity prices, particularly coffee, and on reduction of the high crime rate.
The country was devastated by Hurricane Mitch in 1998, which killed about 5, 600 people and caused approximately $2 billion in damage. Mitch left hundreds of thousands homeless, devastated the road network and other public infrastructure, and crippled certain key sectors of the economy.
Port of Entry
Mahogany Bay Cruise Center
The Mahogany Bay Cruise Center was - two-berth cruise terminal is capable of accommodating up to two post-Panamax ships simultaneously with over 8, 000 passengers. The facility is located in a stunningly beautiful region locally known as Dixon Cove, on the southwest coast of the island of Roatan.
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