What is the diving like on Roatan?
The diving on Roatan is incredible! People come from all over the world, not only for the reasonable diving and dive training prices, but because of the wide array of sea life the islands contain.
What can I expect the food to be like?
Traditional Honduran food varies from the coastal to inland regions. Through the inland regions meals consist of beans, rice tortillas, vegetables and chicken, beef or pork. In the coastal region seafood, bananas, salad and a variety of tropical fruits are more common. Most restaurants will serve a variety of traditional and western style foods. A recent sight in major cities are many fast food chains such as McDonalds, Burger King and Pizza Hut. Roatan has recently seen some smaller chains move in.
What languages are spoken in Roatan?
Spanish is the official language of Honduras. English is spoken in Roatan and in most tourist areas. Traditional languages are still used in some more remote areas of Honduras such as Olancho and the Mosquitia.
What type of electricity is used?
Throughout Honduras and Roatan, 110 volts, 60 MHz, is used. This is identical to the US with the same plugs. Voltage drops and irregularities in quality of electricity can occur, so consider bringing a surge protector.
How do we get to Roatan?
Roatan International Airport is serviced by TACA, Continental and Delta with direct flights from the US. Continental, American and Spirit Air also fly into San Pedro Sula. There are several flights daily from San Pedro Sula to Roatan. These tickets can often be purchased on arrival, although flights can fill up around major holidays, like Christmas and Easter Week.
What can I expect the accommodations to be like?
Roatan offers a wide range of accommodations from first class modern hotels, resorts, vacation homes to a wide range of mid class hotels to budget hotels. There is basically something for everyone.
What kind of money can I use or should I bring?
The official currency is the Lempira. The rate versus the US dollar has been stable since 2009 at 19Lp to the US dollar. US dollars are accepted in tourist areas. Credit cards are accepted in the larger tourist areas and at most restaurants, hotels and stores. Cash advances can be taken on Visa cards at many banks. Also ATM machines can be found in Coxen Hole, French Harbor and West End. Traveler’s checks can be exchanged at most banks or hotels. It is NOT recommended to bring any other currency than US dollars.
What should I pack and bring to Roatan?
Light and casual clothing is best. The Roatan climate is warm all year round. A rain jacket is a must just in case, as are sandals and a bathing suit for the beach and sturdy hiking boots for walks and hikes. Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat are needed all times of the year, as the sun is hot and strong. Bug repellent is also needed mainly for nights and some beaches where sandflies are found. Additional traveling items
- Photocopies of passport and airline tickets
- Back up money supply in travelers checks or credit card
- Prescription medications
- Camera and film
- Torch (flashlight)
- Day travel bag.
Always tag or label all of your luggage when flying to and from Roatan and Honduras AND put your name and address on a paper inside each bag as well.
Is the drinking water safe to drink?
Tap water is not recommended to drink in Roatan. All good restaurants and hotels will provide purified water or use purified water in food preparation. Purified water can be bought easily throughout the country.
For more information on Roatan please do not hesitate to contact us.