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We loved Roatan! Booked a customized tour with Victor Bodden. Held Sloths, Monkeys, and McCaws. Then went to West Bay Beach. Fun and Beautiful! Loved the people! We didn’t find the vendors pushy at all. On the beach they just held up what they were selling and kept walking when we said no thank you. Very friendly people!
This time in Roatan we booked an excursion with Shore Excursioneer called “Roatan Paradise Beach Club day pass”, the cost was $114USD for 2 adults and 1 child (8yrs). We had a private transfer to/from the port to hotel, upon arrival we were given a hotel bracelet, towel and given a briefing on the hotel amenities. We then headed for our beach chair on the gorgeous West Bay Beach. The water was warm, super clear and had some amazing snorkelling. The Cayuco beachside grill had good food in a nice relaxed environment. The hotel had a very nice pool set back in the gardens, the washroom facilities were clean and plentiful and the beach bar staff were attentive. There were lots of beach vendors but we found a polite “no thank you” was sufficient, they were not super pushy. When we were ready to go, we just informed the host who ordered our return transfer. Just give them ample warning for your desired return time as the traffic can be hectic. Overall a fantastic day at a good price, we look forward to going back.
Had heard a lot about Little French Key. Did not like it. Swimming was mostly done from dock. Not a real Caribbean beach. It was more of a lagoon cut out of a jungle. Lunch was ONE plate of food. A bbq chicken leg 😂 Included drinks was either 2 cheapos such as soft drink or beer, or cheapo liquor. If you wanted name brand, you only get one. All this for only $85 pp. Wayyyyyyyyyyyy overpriced.
I’ve been on lots of tours on lots of islands and NEVER had an experience like we had with Cleve’s Tours and Adventures! It was our best day ever. We enjoyed it so much we started traveling by plane during the time cruises haven’t been sailing to do it again. Roatan is a beautiful island full of beautiful people. We booked with Cleve directly. He picked us up at port in a new, clean van with cold AC. Trip Advisor reviews has him as #1 on the island and now I know why.
We loved Roatan. We did an island tour with Cleve and he was awesome. He loves his island, the history and the culture. He took us anywhere we wanted to go. He let took us to some great places for shopping and views and he bought some traditional foods for us to try. Great day with a great guide! If you are only on the island for a few hours, I highly recommend Cleve's tours.
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