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The largest of the Honudra Bay Islands, Roatán is near the largest barrier reef in the Caribbean Sea, and is a popular destination for scuba diving, including wreck diving, for relaxing on the beach and for snorkelling.  Roatán is also a popular cruise ship stop.
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One of the best dive spots in the Caribbean, and cheap (10 dives US$20 a dive typically). Catch the ferry from La Cieba, get a taxi to West End. There are tons of funky little bars and restaurants, and a lot of dive schools, which encourages competition. I used Coconut Tree Divers, and I can't recommend them highly enough. Oh, and because Roatan was settled by slaves dumped by the British, everyone speaks English not Spanish. Only downside I could find was that the beach has a lot of sandflies.
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Roatan, Hondura is an interesting little island caught between the third world and the modern world. One small part of the island caters to the vacationing scuba diver and the rest of the island lives in the reality that is Honduran.  You can experience some amazing scuba diving at a great price and then take a boat taxi to the other side of the island, walk dirt roads through the small town, drink with the locals and eat from the old ladies selling fish from grills on the side of the road. Watch out for the any local trouble as the police are less than honest and will take your money or put you in jail for some small, and often imaginary, infraction against local law.

I didn't see a money exchange, though the scuba resorts take credit cards. There were few restaurants, but the local fish vender is 'good food'. The hotels that catered to the diver were clean, but not fancy. There was little night life on Roatan so bring your books. After you take the boat taxi to the main part of town you can rent a moped to explore the rest of the island. Wear a helmet and watch the traffic, they are fast and care little about the vacationer.
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If you can find it, the "Bite on the Beach" is well worth the effort. The food, service and setting can not be beaten. The deck, on which the dinner tables and bar are located, over hang the rocks leading to the ocean. Truly awesome. We were there during a thundershower, but stayed dry at the bar. It's cool.
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