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Destination: Roatan, Honduras

Updated on July 20, 2015
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CrisSp is your Emergency Specialist at 37 thousand feet. A writer without a niche. Surely, wonderwoman consumed by wanderlust!

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Airport Cafe, Roatan, Honduras
Airport Cafe, Roatan, Honduras | Source
A couple of Evil-licious Monkey La La
A couple of Evil-licious Monkey La La | Source

One obvious reason why I love my job as a Flight Attendant is the travel experience and the fact that I can write about it and share it with readers like you.

My first flight of the year (2013) was at Roatan, Honduras. As it was also my first time in this place, I was excited to find out what this country has to offer. My first thought? Food.

Tortilla is a staple food of Hondurans. It is usually made of cornmeal rolled into thin pancakes and supplemented by beans. This combination is what you would usually see in every Honduran meal.

I found out that green vegetables are not common in the average diet of Hondurans and albeit poultry and piggery are common, Hondurans reserved their meat for special occasions.

One popular Honduran dish is called Mondongo, a kind of rich flavored tripe soup. Other special delicacies include carrots stuffed with cheese, plantains and corn dumplings and creamed beets.

Of course, there's plenty of sumptuous fresh seafoods. So, you could imagine all lobsters, if you wish.

They also make a beverage out of fermented corn and sugarcane. But a must try drink is called the Monkey La La, which is Roatans' signature drink. An amazing and evil-licious combination of vodka, Kahlua or coffee liqueur, half and half, ice cream and cream of coconut, blended until smooth and frothy.

I'm not sure how did they come up with the name, "Monkey La la", which actually refers to a small lizard or as the locals actually call it, "Jesus Lizards".

I tried the tortilla but can’t go crazy on the beans and you know why. I could only have a sip of the specialty drink since I was on duty and couldn't have any alcoholic beverages. My ginger ale was good enough for the day.

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Where in the world is Roatan?

Roatan is one of the major and largest bay islands of Honduras located in between the islands of Utila and Guanaja. Honduras, which was formerly known as the Spanish Honduras is a large inlet of Caribbean Sea located in the Central America. It is bordered to the west by Guatemala, to the south by the Pacific Ocean, to the southeast by Nicaragua and to the north by the Gulf of Honduras.

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Honduras is the second-largest country in Central America. Spanish is the main language of Hondurans. However, most Hondurans can speak English.

Except for its coastal areas, Honduras is mainly mountainous with low lands jungle. Considering the size of the country, Honduras population is just over 5 million and hence, Honduras is not that populated. About 90 percent of Hondurans are mestizo of mixed European and Amerindian ancestry.

Hondurans believed that human being and spirits (usually an animal) are so closely connected that they share the same soul and so if one dies and so will the other. Hondurans folktales are mostly about a variety of spirits and many of whom live in wells or caves.

Visa Requirements:

In general, a visa is required to enter Honduras except for the following nationals:

Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, EU countries, Guatemala, Iceland, Japan, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Qatar, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay and Venezuela.

However, a valid passport with at least six months remaining validity is required to enter as well as depart.

Point of Entry:

Honduras consists of various islands, which makes it an excellent vacation get-away and getting to Honduras is pretty easy. There are four major operating airports:

  1. San Pedro Sula Airport
  2. Toncontin International
  3. Roatan International Airport
  4. La Ceiba International Airport

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Sun so bright, I can't open my already chinky eyes!
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Climate and Mother Nature

Throughout the year, Honduras average temperature ranges from 28°C to 32°C. It is hot and humid almost all year round. Temperature depends on altitude not by season and it is cooler (low 23°C) in the mountain areas. So, generally, it is subtropical in the lowlands, temperate in the mountains.

It's January. It's winter in my part of the world. We left the base at freezing -7°C and safely landed at Roatan International Airport at a lovely sunny 29 degrees. Up in the air, you can see the vast expanses of Mother Nature that this country has to offer. Although the island of Roatan is equipped with all the modern gadgets and high tech connections, people come to visit the island to disconnect from the daily routines of life, enjoy the purest nature and simply relax to the soothing sounds of it.

Sure enough, life still is in touch with nature here. There are popular attractions and tourist destinations and right as we landed, we can already feel the warmth of Honduran hospitality.

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Attractions:

Roatan is known for its pristine beaches mostly located in the lush landscape and peaceful setting and well-known divers paradise with over a hundred diving sites. You can dive deep with the dolphins and other sea creatures in Roatan. The island boast about some of its stunning reef, abundance of wonderful sea animals and the best topography around the island. If you’re into diving, here are some of the best dive sites in Roatan in no particular order:

1. Cara a Cara–the Shark Dive – yes, this is a must do for divers looking for a more thrilling adventure of seeing sharks underwater.

2. Calvin’s Crack – the name may sound funny but it is so named because divers will enter said crack through a small opening on the top of the reef, head down through a narrow fissure in a single file and head towards the blue light at the end of the tunnel and upon exit will go to the amazing steep and deep wall and there you will find Calvin’s crack.

3. Spooky Channel – the dive here starts from the murky lagoon of Sandy Bay. Head toward the mouth of the channel and out through the spectacular scenery from underwater and above.

4. El Aguila – literally means “The Eagle” is one of several wrecks’ the island has to offer. It was purposely sunk in 100 feet of water and now split into 3 sections by a hurricane. El Aguila is home to many large grouper and smiling nocturnal eel like predatory fish of warm seas that typically hides in crevices with just the head protruding.

5. Mary’s Place – a spectacular reef home to all kinds of fishes in the water; located on the South Side of Roatan, Mary’s place is where you find both soft and hard corals and the reef by itself is but a remarkable mix of channels with fascinating nooks and crannies.

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Roatan also boasts about its nature trails, botanical gardens and birds sanctuary. Roatans’ parks and gardens present the diversity of the small island’s plant and animal life, where baby monkeys are cutely roaming free.

If you're not in the water, you can definitely get right into the Honduran culture and, if you are more like an arts and culture enthusiast, Roatans have a number of museums and galleries for you to enjoy. Its rich history and culture lives on Garifuna villages and there are quite a number of local artisan works around the area.

Entertainment:

Although the island is quite laid back, Roatan is live and loud at night as far as entertainment is concerned. There’s a lot of exciting places where live music, dancing or just cool drinks are always in store. Entertainment scene in Roatan starts as the sun sets over the island and nightlife is safely enjoyable.

You may also want to try the Honduran cigars, simply get mellow or dance the night away while enjoying the balmy Caribbean breeze skims across the water.

Social Problem:

Honduras, although rich in natural resources is one of the poorest country in Central America, where unemployment is extremely high. More than half of the labor force in Honduras is not formally employed. Women usually work as domestic helpers or street vendors. The small middle class consists of professionals, merchants, farmers, civil servants and business employees. So far, the country is only producing two main commodities: bananas and coffee.

It is only recently that they began to open their country for tourism. And so, when you get the chance to visit Honduras, please be generous towards its hard working people and show them some love as they care for you while you are in their soil. Nearly two-thirds of their population lives in poverty and truly it is not their fault to belong to one of the under-developed countries in the world.

"For not only do people need food, but they need also the touch of a hand, the sound of a voice. For food lasts but a day, but love is for always." - Mother Teresa

Travel tips:

The Bay Islands are generally safer than mainland Honduras and although crime rate in Honduras in general is high, the majority of these crimes do not affect tourists. Reportedly, most visits to Honduras are trouble-free. However, please note that there have been attacks on tourists in the recent years, which includes armed robbery and petty theft like pick pocketing but hey, this happens everywhere. So, just be extra cautious.

As a general rule in visiting a foreign country, take your personal security seriously and be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Here’s a quick travel advice:

1. Avoid displaying valuable items like cameras, laptop, ipad and even mobile phones particularly upon arrival at the airport. There have been instances of foreigners being targeted when leaving the vicinity of the airports and while heading to their actual destination.

2. Do not wear expensive jewelry and only carry minimal amounts of cash.

3. Travel with several sources of funds like cash, travellers’ checks (in US dollars), credit cards, etc., and keep them safe and in separate places.

4. Always withdraw money from a reputable place like banks and big shopping centers or change money in hotels or banks. Do not withdraw big money at one time and avoid withdrawing money at night.

5. When going places, carry only small amounts of money with you and be aware that victims of robbing have been killed and injured resisting attack. So, do not resist and simply hand out the cash in the event of a robbery.

6. Take particular care if travelling between towns and cities at night.

7. Never walk alone and if driving, be extra cautious on certain routes as car jackings may occur.


Other than these, life indeed in the island is relaxed, soothing and peaceful.

Copyright@CrisSp~TM/01-2013. Fearless but not heartless!

© 2013 CrisSp

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hey there crafty! Thanks for stopping by here. No, I'm not a travel agent. I am actually a Flight Attendant but in a way can be considered a travel agent. :) Cheers!

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      I love to learn about new places! I didn't know you are a travel agent. That's awesome! I learned how to make corn tortillas years ago and I just found out that they can be substituted for people with gluten issues.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Elias: Pleased to know you. Thank you for stopping by "Honduras". I'll see you around HP.

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      Elias Zanetti 4 years ago from Athens, Greece

      Great hub with many useful information. Honduras seems as a worth visiting destination.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      theluckywriter: Thank you for stopping by. I bet you'd enjoy it in Roatan and yes, they are known for scuba diving sites and other water activities. Cheers!

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from Canada

      Beautiful! I've heard some good things about Roatan...apparently it's a great place to learn how to scuba dive! It's definitely on my (very very long) list.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Galley Queen: Thank you for reading. It is indeed, beautiful in Roatan and I'm sure you'll enjoy it there if you're looking for a great summer escape. For now, happy spring!

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      Galley Queen 4 years ago

      This sounds like a great place to go this summer. Great photos. Enjoyed the virtual tour. Thanks.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Sheri: Thank you for coming by and leaving a comment. As in any other country, visitors have to be extra watchful. See you around HP. Peace~

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Great hub. My son lived and worked there for a winter and really enjoyed it. But you do have to be very very careful! Thanks for this!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello and welcome Pavlo! I hope you get the chance to actually visit Honduras in the future. I promised, you'll enjoy it there.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thanks Michelle. My pleasure to share.

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      Pavlo Badovskyi 4 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      I love to think that some day I may go there.... :-)).

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Always wanted to travel to South America!! Fascinating, & wonderful pictures. Thanks for sharing!!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you Mike for your readership and comment....much appreciated.

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      Here is a country I know so little about... thanks for the hub CrisSp!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      web923: Thank you for your kind words. I found joy both in flying and in writing. Proud to say, I'm living my dream and I'm grateful. Happy to see you here.

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      Bill Blackburn 4 years ago from Twentynine Palms, California

      What a great opportunity for a writer to work in a job where you can visit and write about so many different places. Your writing skills are superb and your Hubs very professional. Awesome and up!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      prasetio30: I hope you get the chance to visit soon. I promise, you'll enjoy it. Thank you for coming by. Happy to see you.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      andromida: Thank you . Let's hope for the best for this poor country with plenty of wonderful sights to offer.

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very informative hub and very well written. I found many good things in Roatan. I can't wait to visit this place. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!

      Prasetio

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      syras mamun 4 years ago

      Because of the warm climate Honduras can be a great tourist destination.I am sure their government will gradually develop a tourist based economy and help its people to find employment.A great hub with lively presentation.Thanks :)

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      indiatourcity: Thank you.

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      Jimmy Clayton 4 years ago from New Delhi

      lovely

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      ahorseback (Ed), --come, come....you're very much welcome aboard!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      hawaiianodysseu: First off, sorry to hear about your in-laws but happy to know that this hub has contributed in a good way to remember them. I love the warmhearted people of Honduras and Roatan, itself is a paradise yet unexplored. I was already in Barbados when I read your comments. Happy to see you but couldn't reply (was only peeping online). And yes, I love my job (in the air) and the privileges/opportunities that comes along with it but my heart beats in writing and the opportunity to share what I have in my heart. As always, thank you for your readership, friendship and support. Love from the sky~

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Eiddwen: Thank you for coming back to my hub. I very much appreciate your support. Apology for the delay in replying. Was airborne all these times....and dead tired. *hugs*

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      TravelinJack: Thank you. Love your hub name: TravelinJack!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      iguidenetwork: Thank you for your readership and for the votes. It's nice to see you here. I hope you get the chance to see and enjoy the actual experience in Honduras with your family soon. I promise, you'll all love it!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Vellur: Thank you. Glad you enjoyed reading. Honduras, indeed is one of the many beautiful places, I've ever been. I love the people actually, they are very nice.

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      Chris , Take me take me ......Take mee with you !........:-}

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      CrisSp, you have such an adventuresome and rewarding job in itself, but when you combine your writing talent with it, look out, world! What a wonderful, informative, and intriguing article! Thank you for sharing this. My in-laws went to Honduras on a church-affiliated mission trip and loved the people and culture there. They've since passed on, but it was so nice to have memories of them and their love for traveling triggered by your beautiful hub. Great-looking photo of you, by the way!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful hub and thanks for sharing.I vote up,across and share.

      Eddy.

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      Jack Baumann 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Great hub, voted up useful!

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      iguidenetwork 4 years ago from Austin, TX

      Honduras is one of the famed tourist spots, it's not hard to see why. Someday my family and I will go there and soak up in the sun and explore those amazing beaches and deep blue seas. Great work. Voted up and interesting. :)

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      After reading your hub I wish I could go there someday. It must be great working as a flight attendant and zipping across the world. Great hub, enjoyed reading.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      aviannovice: I'm glad you find it informative. Good to see you here. Thank you for passing by and for the votes. See you in the next hub stop.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Salamat Ariel. Bakit hindi....bring the family along.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      sarahshuihan: Thank you for stopping by. Why not, go explore. It's a beautiful place and I'm certain you'll love it there. Cheers!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      KA Pederson: Thank you. Satisfaction guaranteed when you visit....promise.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      pstraubie48: That's awesome! So, you know what I'm talking about. Isn't the place wonderful? Did you try the Monkey La La too? And yes, the people, I find them really very kind and jolly. Thank you for your readership and for the angels--love from the sky~

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This is FANTASTIC, CrisSp. You gave a lot of great information about Honduras, as well as a number of things to do to keep safe. Awesome and up.

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      Ariel 4 years ago

      beautiful sana makarating din ako dyan

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      Sarah 4 years ago from USA

      Very informative! Sounds like a place I'd like to go to :)

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      Kim Anne 4 years ago from Texas

      Would love to go there! Voted you up for beautiful!

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Just returned from a visit there. My favorite part of the visit, bar none, was the lush tropical plants...flowering and otherwise. I am such a lover of nature's offerings that I was intoxicated by the beauty there. And of course too the lovely people with whom I was fortunate enough to visit with. Thanks for sharing this little peek at this lovely spot.

      Sending angels your way :) ps

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      My pleasure Martin. Thank you for dropping by.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      xstatic: I'm glad you enjoyed it and pleased to know that I was able to make it tempting for my readers to jump into the blue green water. Thank you for your readership. Your comments are highly appreciated.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you Bill. I hope you enjoyed your trip.

      Love from the sky~

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for the tour and useful tips.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      mr-veg: Welcome aboard! Nice to see you here and thank you for coming by. I'm sure to switch and add more picture to this when it's time to revive it. For now, please enjoy the views. Appreciate your feedback. Cheers!

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      That water looks so clear and inviting! I really enjoyed this a lot. It sounds as if it might be an adventure to go there. I hope you share a lot of destinations with us!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm only going to learn about these places through you, so keep these hubs coming. What a great job you have! I know you know that, but I just had to say it. :)

      sending hugs your way

      bill

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      mr-veg 4 years ago from Colorado United States

      Nice one Crissp! Being a travel lover myself, its nice to know about Roatan and their culture. It's cool to visit new places and you seem to be enjoying yourself by moving around places. I just hoped that you could have put some more picture of the place :) ...Voted up , useful and interesting