The excursion to Little French Key was amazing!
Visited: May 21, 2017
Most cruisers don’t set out to see Honduras but find Roatan a pleasant surprise once they get there. The largest of the Honduras Bay Islands, a group of islets about 30 miles away from the mainland, Roatan has recently transformed itself from a small village to a recreational center rich with fishing, diving, and water sports. Today, there’s a steady supply of tour operators at the port ready to take you into the cerulean waters, which — thanks to being the world's second largest barrier reef system — are home to unforgettably bright rainbow-colored fish and coral.
Breakfast: Rudy’s Restaurant – At Georphi’s Tropical Hideaway hotel on the West End, Rudy’s is well known in the diving circuit for its banana pancakes and tropical smoothies. It’s good fortifying food before a day at the beach, which is right across the street.
Barefeet Bar - Photo by Bare Feet Bar
Lunch: Ronny’s Barefeet Beachfront Bar – The Caribbean fare at this joint — including spicy island-style fried chicken and grilled honey-basted lobster — is heaven on a plate. Ronny’s leads several tours as well, from ziplining to snorkeling, making it a good day trip. Best of all, it offers convenience and an island vibe: They come pick you up at the cruise port, have a “no shirt, no shoes, no problem” policy, and let you eat with your feet in the sand.
Dinner: Temporary Cal’s Cantina – Though it looks like a hole in a wall that might be here today, gone tomorrow, the view of the bay from this off-the-tourist-track location is one of the best on the island. The specials change daily based on available ingredients, but the menu includes local favorites like grouper fish tacos and jerk chicken wings. The restaurant may not be temporary, but it’s only open Tuesday through Friday.
The Crows Nest at Marbe Hill Farms - Photo by Marble Hill Farms
Dessert: Marble Hill Farms – How about PB&J for dessert?This farm on the rarely visited East End makes all-natural jams and jellies on-site. Sample the island flavors, including hibiscus, Island plum, and mango pineapple, and then order a sweet treat from the farm’s Crow’s Nest restaurant to go.
Tip: One of the best ways to sample Roatan's seafood is in one of the popular local soups: If a restaurant has sopa marinera on the menu, try it — it’s loaded with crab, shrimp, mussels, and fish. Or go for sopa de caracol, a conch-laden soup that’s so adored, a Latin pop song was written about it.
For Everyone: Blue Harbor Tropical Arboretum – Roatan’s “Tropical Eden” offers tours of its fruit orchard (star fruit, mangoes, pink grapefruit) and extensive conservatory, which features a hydroponic lettuce and herb farm — a Caribbean first. It has a lot of wildlife because of the large pond on the premises, so it’s a great place for bird watchers.
For Families: Detour Roatan – Glass-bottom boat tours are a good option for families who want to see marine life close-up, without snorkeling or diving. The 45-minute tour costs $45 per person and includes round-trip transfers from the ship.
The Black Pearl Golf Course at Pristine Bay Resort - Photo by Pristine Bay Resort
For Couples: Black Pearl golf course – Not interested in diving? Pristine Bay’s par-72, ocean-view golf course — Roatan's first and only course — is open to the public. Play nine holes, 18 holes, or book a package, which is $225 per person for 18 holes on the Pete Dye-designed course, a dozen balls, plus lunch.
For the Adventurous: Jungletop Zipline – Get a glimpse of white-faced capuchin monkeys while ziplining through the trees. Touted as one of the longest zip line courses on the island, this outfitter will have you briefed and suited up for fun in no time.
The excursion to Little French Key was amazing!
Visited: May 21, 2017
wow. just wow. we weren’t expecting much from this port but it made the cruise worth it. it was the most beautiful port i’ve ever seen! we went on the carnival miracle 7 night western caribbean tampa round trip. we weren’t the biggest fans of the boat itself but man was this port wonderful. it offered a FREE nature walk that lead you to a amazing beach. carnival offers a excursion to this beach that costs about 40-45$ for two people; but if you just walk the nature walk you find this beach and get a chair for free instead of having to buy the excursion. they also have a massage tiki hut and a hut for fishes that eat the dead skin off your feet. though they are not free it is so worth the price because the massage i had there was one of the best ever! I LOVE THIS PORT💕 and will for sure be going back to it! I 100% RECOMMEND THIS PORT❤️🛳
Mahogany Bay, Roatan Honduras: We did not book a specific excursion at this stop but when got off the ship we went to taxi area. We found International Tours taxis. Our driver was Francisco. Please request Francisco. You will not regret it. He was awesome. All the drivers are English speaking drivers and will take you wherever you want to go and stay with you the entire time. It was about $45 person. We told Francisco we just wanted to see the island, the culture(not the tourist areas), and learn a bit of history about the island. FANTASTIC is not a strong enough word to describe Francisco. He took us into the neighborhoods showed us the homes, cemetery, schools, etc. he shared such great history about the culture. He allowed us to stop for pics. He even gave us a extensive history lesson on the Bojangles Fried Chicken restaurant😁( the only American fast food restaurant on the Island of Roatan). He took us to all the places that the locals go. He took us to the only shopping plaza in Roatan. We ate lunch at Snappers Seafood House. The fried conch and fried shrimp was delicious. Francisco stayed with us and translated for us in every shop we visited. The Pacers shop had very inexpensive t-shirts and souvenirs(you MUST stop/shop there if you tour the island). We visited the ice cream shop in plaza and my husband bought ice cream for everyone in the shop. It was such a great intimate experience with the locals. We returned to Mahogany Bay beach and enjoyed about 2 1/2hrs there. The beach is absolutely stunning with plenty of lounge chairs and shaded areas.
Mahogany Bay is absolutely gorgeous! The port shops were so much fun and the locals were so friendly (not pushy). We walked all over and ended up at a beautiful beach where we relaxed and cooled off til we walked back to the ship. The scenery and view was amazing! Definitely a favorite port!
This was my favorite stop on our cruise. The beach was beautiful, the free snorkeling off the boardwalk was spectacular, and the whole island was just gorgeous. We had the absolute best time here! Next time we’re going to explore more of this beautiful country
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