Part of the fun of going on vacations is the planning stage: Where shall I travel? What do I want to do? Will I be safe there? Searching for the perfect destination is fun, and putting the strings together for a unique vacation is even more fun. However, finding a destination that offers several different settings close by is not always easy, and most of the time, you have to compromise part of your dreamed up experience because it simply is not compatible with the other part of your dream destination.
I recently traveled to the beautiful island of Roatan in the Caribbean. Until recently, most people had never heard of this island. Heck, most people have actually never heard of it despite the fact that it has become an important port of call for many different cruise ship lines.
Roatan is part of a small, little known archipelago (set of islands) in the northwestern Caribbean known as the Bay Islands of Honduras. They belong to the Central American country of Honduras, and are only 20 miles off the Coast of Central America. Getting to Roatan is very easy: American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Airlines, and Avianca all offer non stop air service from the USA to Roatan. Located within two and a half hours flight of Miami, Houston, Dallas, and Atlanta, flying to Roatan is both easy, quick and affordable. Best of all, although the official language in Honduras is Spanish, everybody speaks English in Roatan!
Roatan is a small, long island, with a total of about 40 miles long, it is only 4 miles wide at its widest! There are still many small seaside communities that retain their authentic Caribbean architecture. In addition, beautiful and pristine white sand beaches, small island resorts, and outstanding diving in the barrier reefs that surround the island offer an idyllic setting to relax, enjoy, get scuba certified and have fine food and ice cold beer at the beach.
Nearby Roatan you will find mainland Central America. The port city of La Ceiba, once home to the Dole Fruit headquarters in Honduras, offers a truly unique setting in the nearby Cangrejal River Valley. Travel time there from Roatan is a short two hour trip, beginning with the modern water jet catamaran ferry: Galaxy Wave that will bring you in full comfort from Roatan to La Ceiba in an hour and a half, and then a short 30 minute taxi drive the Cangrejal River Valley.
The Cangrejal River Valley offers access to two different national parks, outstanding hiking trails into some of the best preserved tropical rain forests in Central America, the best white water rafting in the Caribbean and Central America and the best spot for bird watching in Honduras. The Cangrejal River Valley is one of the highlights of the Atlantida, the unique Honduras destination that offers the access to the best of Central America and the Caribbean. There you will find a variety of different lodges and inns that will make you stay absolutely perfect. The perfect vacation can be had in Honduras by visiting both Roatan and the Cangrejal River Valley in La Ceiba.
Roatan is the perfect alternative for a laid back Caribbean Experience, La Ceiba is the ideal destination for adventure and nature vacation! Yes you can have two totally different experiences in one trip by combining these two destinations. Truly the ideal combination for a perfect vacation!