Journey to a tropical isle
Trip Start Dec 12, 2008
1Trip End Dec 19, 2008
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"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".
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Where I stayed
Henry Morgan Resort, West Bay, Roatan