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Best Roatan Beaches

Roatan West End beach
Roatan West End beach; credit: Wikimedia
Roatan, the largest of the Bay Islands off the coast of Honduras, is home to some of the most spectacular beaches in the world.

The island is surrounded by the world's second largest coral reef and house the largest amount of marine life found in the Caribbean.

Moreover, it is known for its breathtaking sunsets, incredible diving and snorkeling in an intimate setting, and especially the white-sand beaches.

West Bay, Tabyana Beaches

The most popular beaches line along what is known as the West End of Roatan. They include West Bay, Tabyana and Half Moon Bay

West Bay is perhaps the most famous strip on the island. In fact, the area has earned international acclaim for its aesthetic appeal. In 2010, for example, Lonely Planet described its white sand as "pitch perfect".

Tabyana Beach, which lies near West Bay, is not as popular as West Bay but often regarded as the best in Roatan. With alluring, postcard-perfect scenery, the beach offers easy access to the coral reefs for enthusiastic snorkelers and divers.

Tabyana separates itself in that the beach is almost completely untouched. Apart from a tranquil, relaxing day at the beach, Tabyana offers a trip complete with live Caribbean music, fresh beach fare and tropical drinks.

Cruise lines offer excursions to Tabyana even though it is 30 minutes from the Coxen Hole cruise port and 45 minutes from Carnival's Mahogany Bay.

West End and Half Moon Bay

The West End and Half Moon Bay beaches are connected by water taxis and as such share an important relationship.

These beaches are the swimming, kayaking and water playground hotspots in Roatan. Visitors can rent diving and snorkeling equipment. They also have their choice of restaurants, pubs and shops located adjacent to the West End Beach.

Young and inexperienced diving and snorkeling enthusiasts will find safe sites right off the shore.

Palmetto Bay Beach, Roatan.=
Palmetto Bay Beach, Roatan.

Palmetto Bay

Palmetto Bay northeast of the cruise ports is mostly known for two resorts: the Palmetto Bay Plantation and The Resort at Palmetto Bay.

Cruise visitors who disembark at the main Coxen Hole cruise port will have about a 25-minute drive by taxi or excursion bus to reach it. Carnival Cruise passengers who get off their ship at Mahogany Bay will have a 15-minute drive.

Mahogany Bay

Unlike Tabyana and the West End beaches, Mahogany Beach is a "manufactured" playground. In other words, the natural landscape has been greatly impacted by major developments and thus offers a different experience.

In fact, Mahogany is a beach/shopping center that was created by Carnival cruise line. The area caters to tourists with accommodations, restaurants, etc. The beach is still gorgeous and offers breathtaking views with a white sandy beach for relaxation.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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July 14, 2017
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