Roatan’s East End remains a quiet relatively undeveloped Caribbean Island.
Roatan’s East End is full of sleepy coastal communities, such as Oakridge, Jonesville, Calabash Bight, Punta Gorda, and Camp Bay. These are but a few of the many different true Caribbean communities that are tightly knit and still live much like in the old days. Many of these small communities are located either on small cays or with access only by boat, making the area all that more beautiful and desirable if you are looking for a relaxed experience.
The Town Hall of Jose Santos Guardiola is located in the community of Oakridge, and although this is considered the “poor” area of Roatan, it is in my humble opinion the prettiest, although relatively remote.
The main Roatan highway which leads from West Bay Beach down most of the length of the island finishes at the detour to Oakridge. From there, a dirt, all weather road leads towards the east and ends just beyond Camp Bay.
Although relatively undeveloped, Roatan’s East End does have some top end developments, such as the Parrot Tree Plantation, a lovely residential and condo hotel development that is up to par with any development elsewhere in the Caribbean, and for that matter, even the USA. There are also a few resorts, but all of these tend to be self-contained due to the relative isolation they are in.
Roatan’s East End does offer a series of activities that are sure to call your attention. Diving, for one, is outstanding, and best of all, you will not be dealing with the “cattle herds” of divers in the West End. There is also outstanding flats fishing, with tarpon and bone fish all waiting to give the fight of their life. The unique Garifuna culture is also very present in Roatan’s East End, with the first Garifuna community in Central America having originally established itself in Punta Gorda.
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