Home to the second largest coral reef in the world
Dishes you can't miss
Atol de maíz
Hot beverage made with corn and milk.
Camarones con coco
Shrimps breaded in coconut and fried in coconut oil.
Ceviche de caracol
Conch slices cooked in lemon juice.
Rosquillas de miel
Honduran dessert, usually served with black coffee.
Seafood soup with coconut milk and green plantain.
Typical food of Roatan, Honduras
Roatan cuisine has Spanish, African, and Creole influences. Corn and seafood are the main ingredients and provide a Caribbean touch.
The main ingredient of Roatan cuisine is seafood, used to prepare dishes such as the conch ceviche with lemon, onion, tomato, herbs, and spices. “Tapao” is a seafood soup with lobster, crab, fish, shrimps, squid, and conch; seasoned with butter, garlic and onion; boiled in coconut cream, and garnished with green plantain slices. Fresh shrimps breaded with a shredded coconut mixture and fried in coconut oil is a very popular dish. “Baleada” is a Garifuna dish, similar to a Mexican burrito and prepared with a wheat tortilla stuffed with fried beans, chopped boiled egg, avocado, beef or chicken, cheese, and butter. It is usually served for breakfast or dinner.
To accompany these dishes, you can have some “Pinol”, a traditional beverage with corn and cocoa beans. You can also have “Atol de maíz”, a warm beverage made with milk, corn cob, cinnamon, sugar, salt, and garnished with corn grains.
Honey donuts are a typical Honduran dessert made with corn flour and covered with sugar cane syrup, cinnamon, and clove. They are usually served with black coffee.
Palmetto Bay is a restaurant offering regional cuisine in a tropical ambiance. It is located on the beach, within a palm tree field.
We recommend bringing a light sweater in January and February, commonly affected by cold fronts.
April and May are the best months to visit Roatan, with lower rainfalls and a pleasant weather.
Always use sunscreen, especially between February and October, when the UV index is higher.
There are mosquitoes all year long, especially during the rainy season, so you should use insect repellent.
The weather in Roatan, Honduras
Roatan has a tropical climate. The annual average temperature is 26 °C (78.8 °F), but it tends to decrease to 12 °C (53.6 °F) when cold fronts appear, while in the hot weather it raises up to 32 °C (89.6 °F). The climate is very pleasant, especially in April and May, when there are less rainfalls and up to 7 hours of sunlight per day. Rain appears even in the dry season, and torrential rains can be expected at any day and time.
What to bring by season
Dry season (January to September): the average rainfall in Roatan varies a lot during these months. April has less rainfall with an average of 76 mm (2.9 in), while January is the rainiest month with 277 mm (10.91 in). It is considered the dry season because the average rainfall decreases considerably, compared with the rest of the year. The monthly average temperature is 27 °C (80.6 °F) and the coolest months are January and February, with an average of 25 °C (77 °F). We recommend packing a portable umbrella, clothing made with natural fibers to stay fresh, a hat or cap, sunglasses, sandals, and shorts.
Rainy season (October to December): the average rainfall almost duplicates regarding the rest of the year, with a monthly average of 430 mm (16.9 in). The average temperature is 26 °C (78.8 °F). December is the coolest month, while November is the rainiest. During this season, there can be up to 20 rainy days per month. We recommend bringing a raincoat, a portable umbrella, and water-resistant shoes or boots, besides clothing made with natural fibers like cotton.
Located between the islands of Utila and Guanaja, Roatan is the biggest and most visited destination in Bay Islands, Honduras. The first inhabitants on the island were Mayans and Payas until the 16th century, when Spanish conquerors arrived with African slaves. In the 17th century the island was invaded by the English, and nowadays English and Spanish are both spoken. Its main attractive are the white-sand beaches surrounded by coconut palm trees and the crystalline sea, where part of the world's second largest coral reef lies, a perfect place to practice scuba diving and snorkel.
Gumbalimba Park offers water and adventure activities in a natural area surrounded by tropical flora and fauna. Iguana Farm has four different species of iguanas, besides sea turtles and tropical fish. In Roatan's butterfly garden you can identify 30 different species of butterflies, regional birds, and tropical plants, and at Museo e Instituto de Ciencias Marinas, tourists learn about ecology in Bay Islands through flora and fauna exhibitions, as well as history and regional culture. At the Yübu - The Garifuna Experience cultural center, you can learn about the history of the Garifuna, who were abandoned in this island by the English after the Saint Vincent rebellion. It includes dancing demonstrations, and handicrafts and gastronomic workshops.
Other attractive points in the island are the places that offer activities for visitors. Coxen Hole is the main city, where you can appreciate the Afro-Caribbean influence, and is home of the cruise dock and the international airport, as well as restaurants and shops. West Bay is the luxury zone, where the most beautiful beaches lie. West End is the main commercial zone, and hosts scuba diving schools, the French Harbour, a picturesque fishing port with various hotels, and a nightclub frequented by tourists.
***The official currency of Honduras is the Honduran Lempira (HNL).