My family loves to travel and adventure and when we had the recent option to visit Roatan we took it. Our decision to get off the ship and head to land was so well worth it and an experience none of us will ever forget.
Additionally, I did not want to hop in a cab and head to the beach. As you know I am all about finding the best tour guides, private tours and heading out with them to get to know the culture, the history and then indulge in the fun and food.
Travel to Roatan with me and lavishly live a tropical paradise out loud!
Warning Read With Extreme Caution
**Warning** If you have not figured out where your next vacation should be, definitely don’t read this article because you will begin salivating at the experiences offered on this island and the white beautiful beaches.
Just in case you did not know, Roatan is the largest of the Honduras Bay Islands.
TRAVEL TO ROATAN
Now that you have been issued a full warning, are you ready to hear about this exotic, beautiful, perfect place known as Roatan? I dream of each and every vacation long before we ever arrive. I plan, and plan, as you all know I am super obsessive compulsive, so why would a trip to Roatan be any different? Roatan was a port of call that we stopped at on a recent cruise and I have to tell you, I could have gotten off and stayed here as it is that comfortable, the island fit me well!
This is the dock, and we pulled right up to it! There is no questioning which way you have to go to exit the immediate shopping area, as the walkway leads up and out.
When you get off the ship, the port of call is beautiful to look at this lushness and it is all kept just so perfectly. I will make one suggestion, don’t stop and photo the sign right away, too many people do that, do it on the way back to the ship, there are fewer people hanging all over the sign and you can get the angle you want, rather than trampling others or being trampled over a simple sign! (tourists, you gotta love them, lol)
Once you walk through the shopping area, you walk up steps and through ‘security’. This is where the cabs, buses, and personal drivers come through at the end, bringing you back to the port. Once you pass here, you walk a bit more and there are a few pod-like houses that the Policia stand in.
There are guards, dogs and if it is wet, a word of caution, don’t walk on the side of the road, as you will slip and fall(my daughter did and so did a few others).
The guards and dogs hang out at their little station pods and are armed with guns, as they watch EACH and EVERY person walking now down the hill to get to their arranged(or not) transportation. Clear this area and Roatan becomes a vacation looking island for those seeking some retreat from the everyday grind to paradise hidden.
I will tell you that I did not book a tour with the cruise ship simply because I could not come up with what we were looking for. Those of you that know me, know I am all about finding the local private tours and rocking my time. (check out my Cozumel find as well)
OUR TOUR GUY
Travel to foreign countries is never without worry, but we were on a cruise and we had made plans to take a private tour with a private tour company. Our one stop in Roatan came with warnings from others to make certain that we had arranged for tours with reputable companies, and we did just that, I arranged a tour for my family with Victor Bodden. Google him or look at his site on Trip Advisor, and see what you think.
Victor Bodden Tours are very well known for safe tours. His company will get you back and forth to your ship on time and they take great pride in making certain they do so. While I will reserve this story for a different entry in my blog, I do want to make the same suggestion to anyone traveling to Roatan: Take a tour hosted by your cruise ship or with Victor Bodden.
We followed our directions from Victor to the letter, not stopping until we found his people in his shirts, with OUR name on their registry, and this is truly a navigating challenge, I will not lie. I don’t work with any of these brands or these cruise liners so I will tell you the honest truth so you know.
Once you get out of the transportation area Roatan becomes a vacation looking island for those seeking some retreat from the everyday. There are kind people island with lots of culture, kind people and so much to do, you just can’t jam it all in, and believe me we tried! This is the Mayor of Roatan’s home, quite beautiful and so very tropical!
These are just a few photos I snapped as we were on our way to the beach. I am already set to go back to Roatan as the sky is perfectly blue, the humidity is low, and the water, was crystal clear, pristine and perfect! It was everything you dream a vacation to be and then some.
Luxury just can not possibly get better than the white beaches, the great snorkeling and the wonderful resorts that Roatan offers can it? Lavishly live travel out loud with me as I offer you a taste of what we experienced in Roatan. Craving more about Roatan? Be sure to read my other articles that show you the beach and beauty of Roatan.