Roatan Island: An Idyllic Caribbean Destination.
The largest of the Bay Islands, the Roatan Island is over 60 kilometers long, however only 5 kilometers wide at its widest point. Proud of its English heritage, the people of Roatan have transitioned from a community dedicated to fishing to the most important Caribbean Destination in Central America. Over the last decade, Roatan has blossomed into the fastest growing cruise ship destination in the Caribbean, with two different Cruise Ship Terminals operating in the Island of Roatan: The Port of Roatan, which is managed by Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, and Mahogany Bay, managed by Carnival Cruises.
You could say that there are two different realities in Roatan. The Western half of the island, which corresponds to the municipality of Roatan, with the seat of government in the city of Coxen Hole is the most developed and touristy. This is where both cruise ship terminals are, as well as where the airport and ferry terminals operate. In addition, the most touristy areas: West Bay, West End and Sandy Bay are within this area. The most upscale development on the island, Pristine Bay is also here, boasting the only golf course on the island, which by the way, is a World Class designer course by Pete Dye himself!
The East End, is mostly undeveloped, and you still find authentic Caribbean Villages, such as Oakridge, Calabash Bight, Punta Gorda, Camp Bay and others. Regardless of whether you stay in the West or East end of the Island, do not miss out on the opportunity of exploring the opposite end. It will provide you with a completely different experience. Pretty much like visiting two different islands far from each other! There are two municipalities, equivalent to a county, that share the Roatan Island: the Western half o the island is the municipality of Roatan and has its seat of government in Coxen Hole, the Eastern half of the island of Roatan is known as Jose Santos Guardiola, and the seat of government is the city of Oak Ridge.