Roatan, Honduras, is the largest of the country's Bay Islands. Popular areas include the French Harbour, West End and West Bay. A single road runs the length of the island and many of the towns are situated between the road and beaches.
Roatan is known for its excellent scuba diving locations. The islands Guanaja and Utila are also nearby.
Roatan is a vibrant, eclectic mixture of people and cultures. While there is some traditional local fare, you'll also find an incredible variety of options for such a small island. Traditional fare is itself a mixture, with Caribbean influences alongside Central American influences. Look for baleadas (essentially Honduran tacos) at roadside stands or locally owned eateries. Also look for traditional island barbeque, usually consisting of stewed chicken, rice and beans, and plantains or potatoes. Seafood is not as popular as you might think, since much of the commercially fished seafood is exported, and Roatan is a protected marine park, so seasonal fishing rules and regulations apply. Do not eat seafood out of season. There are posters and information pamphlets at most restaurants that detail regulations.
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