A visit to the Caribbean island of Roatan will delight the senses...breathtaking views, fragrant tropical flowers, the cheery birdsongs that wake you up each morning. A vacation to Roatan truly refreshes you. If you're planning a visit to our lovely isle, here's some valuable tourist information for Roatan to help you stay organized.
Get to Roatan
Roatan receives direct flights from multiple U.S. and Canadian cities. There are also direct flights from Belize, Panama, El Salvador, and the Cayman Islands. Alternatively, you can take the domestic ferry from La Ceiba on the Honduran mainland.
Visa and Passport Information
Most visitors to Honduras will receive a tourist visa upon arrival that grants them up to 90 days in the country. If you're planning to stay in Roatan longer than three months, you can apply for a 30-day extension. Otherwise, you must leave the country for a minimum of 72 hours before being allowed to enter again.
A valid passport that does not expire within six months of your date of travel is required to enter Honduras. Please be sure to double-check your passport expiration date when planning for your trip. Most airlines will not allow you to board if your passport does not meet this requirement.
Currency and Credit Cards
The local currency in Roatan is the Lempira, although U.S. Dollars are also widely accepted. Sorry, Canadian Dollars are rarely ever accepted here. There are several ATMs on the island, including at the airport, at all banks (Coxen Hole, French Harbour, and West End have bank offices), in West End, and in West Bay.
Most hotels and tourism operators will accept credit cards or PayPal payments, although smaller establishments may add a surcharge for credit card use. Be sure you have small bills for transactions at local mini-marts, bars, or street vendors.
Transportation on the Island
Public buses and taxis are readily available for the western end of Roatan. If you're staying east of French Harbour, you might want a rental car for your stay. If you rent a car, remember to drive on the right and beware all types of island driving! Roads are narrow and winding to mirror the island terrain. Potholes are plentiful and there are no sidewalks, so pedestrians, animals, and cyclists will all be sharing the road with you.
On public buses, you pay your fare as you exit the bus. There are no designated bus stops, so just call out when you want the bus to stop for you. You can wave it down from the side of the road at any point. Taxi fares are per person, so expect to share your taxi with others and simply pay your fare when you reach your destination.
Things to Do
Roatan has an endless diversity of things to do! If you love the water, you must go scuba diving or snorkeling. You should take an island tour and learn about the history of Roatan. You can visit animal sanctuaries and botanical gardens.
Fly through the jungle on a zipline canopy tour - there are multiple in Roatan. Take a tour through the mangrove tunnels or go deep sea fishing. Hit the links on Roatan's premier golf course, or book a visit to neighboring islands to further explore. You'll find so much to do in Roatan that you'll keep coming back for more!
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