Cheap Flights to Roatan
Begin your Caribbean escape by taking flights to Roatan and landing at Juan Manuel Galvez International Airport (RTB). Between Utila and Guanaja, Roatan is a small island located just 30 miles off the northern coast of Honduras. The crystal aquamarine waters surrounding Roatan hold the world's second-largest coral reef. Roatan is a paradise known for its scuba diving, snorkeling and deep-sea fishing.
The airport is positioned near Coxen Hole, the capital of Roatan. With a population of around 5,000 people, Coxen Hole is the largest city. Most resorts line West Bay, especially on the white sands of Tabyana Beach. Hotels can also be found in Sandy Bay near the Carambola Botanical Gardens. Smaller fishing villages, such as Punta Gorda, Oak Ridge and Camp Bay, are on the East End.
Juan Manuel Galvez International Airport
Juan Manuel Galvez International Airport (RTB), operated by the Honduras Bay Islands Department, is the only airport serving travelers to Roatan. The small airport has one runway that welcomes approximately about 300,000 passengers annually. Flights to Roatan are offered by several U.S. carriers, including American, Delta, Avianca and United Airlines. Connecting flights from La Ceiba and Tegucigalpa are available too.
In the main terminal, there are several car hire companies, and a short six-minute drive on Carretera Principal will take you into Coxen Hole. All of Roatan's main roads are paved, but note that left-hand driving is the norm. Buses run every 15 minutes from Juan Manuel Galvez International Airport to Coxen Hole. If you take a taxi, the average fare from the airport to West Bay is $25.
Attractions in Roatan
From French Harbor to Flowers Bay, Roatan is a pristine playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Visitors can explore the Caves of Helene, snorkel in Maya Key, encounter dolphins in Half Moon Bay, scuba dive in the Roatan Marine Park or hike to Santos Guardiola. Horseback riding is offered at the Shirkie's Barrio Dorcas Ranch. Fishing trips to Cayos Cochinos can reel in marlin, barracuda, tuna and mahi mahi.
Families will enjoy petting and feeding the 4,000 lizards roaming in Arch's Iguana Farm & Marine Park. Landlubbers can enjoy strolling through the Blue Harbor Tropical Arboretum, teeing off at the Black Pearl Golf Course or relaxing on Mahogany Beach. History buffs may like visiting the Bay Islands Underwater Museum or Shawn Jackson Gallery. Taking the Galaxy Wave to La Ceiba can extend your adventure. The catamaran ferry departs from Dixon Cove twice each day to see sights like Parque Nacional Pico Bonito and Sambo Creek.
Roatan Travel Tips
Roatan has a warm, tropical climate with an average temperature of 85 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. The hottest months are May to September, followed by a rainy season. The Roatan Honduras Annual Shrimp Festival is held every June at the Parrot Tree Plantation. Spanish is the official language, but inhabitants of this former British colony usually know English.
The highest concentration of restaurants is on West Bay. Try some blue crabs, conch soup and fresh bananas to eat like Roatan natives. Even top-quality lobster only costs around $15 per person.