Journey to a tropical isle

Trip Start Dec 12, 2008
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Trip End Dec 19, 2008


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Sunday, January 4, 2009

Just before the Chrismas holidays we took a trip to Roatan which is in the Bay Islands off Honduras. What a little treasure it turned out to be especially if you enjoy snorkeling, diving or wildlife.  The people are friendly and of course the beaches are beautiful and the water lovely and warm to stay in however long you may want.  The only down side to the trip was when we returned on December 19 to what was being called Canada's 'Snowmaggedon' !!!!   Our trip was full of many fascinating animals of all kinds, sealife, flowers and different landscapes, cultures and food.  We definitely want to go back to do some more exploring!!!  Below is some history of the island with links for further reading.
 
"Roatan is the largest of the Bay Islands, measuring 29 miles long and 2 miles wide, with a total landmass of 49 square miles.  A tropical mountainous terrain overlooks the dramatic shoreline and the sporadic beautiful sandy beaches. The awesome scenery is interrupted occasionally by small fishing villages. Roatan has a mountainous backbone that provides a splendid view from any point, and is totally surrounded by coral reefs. Roatan is famous for  superb diving and excellent fishing. This is not your typical over-commercialized vacation spot.

Many cultures have inhabited these islands over the centuries - pirates, slaves and British settlers who farmed to supply the ships that frequented the area. Many of their descendants remain on the island today. Great Britain gave up possession of the Islands in the 1860's. What you will find today is an interesting mixture of Spanish, English, and Garifuna cultures.

Punta Gorda  was the first Garifuna settlement in the Bay islands. As the story goes, a group of slaves that were originally off-loaded here during the heat of a battle (the Garifunas) later refused to leave the island and go with the victors. Today these Garifunas still maintain their own cultural identity and language.

Most people find that the islands seem more Caribbean than Honduran. All of the Bay Island residents have blended together to create a unique and friendly people who generally speak both English and Spanish".  


 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roat%C3%A1n
 
http://www.roatanisland.net/dive-sites-1-5.htm
 
 
 

 
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Where I stayed
Henry Morgan Resort, West Bay, Roatan
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Nathalie on

This looks like a great place to go on vacation. I really like your pictures.
Thanks for sharing

Trout from L.A. on

Looks like a cool place ty for the pics, We are going their next week. So I will go to some of the places you checked out already. A big help to some place you've never been before, thanks again.

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