Your Guide to Roatan and La Ceiba
We service two destinations: the island paradise of Roatán and the welcoming and fun city of La Ceiba.
Roatán is located between the islands of Útila and Guanaja, and it’s the largest of Honduras’ Bay Islands. It is around 77 kilometres (48 mies) long, and less than 8 kilometres (5 miles) across at its widest point. The biggest town of the island is Coxen Hole, capital of Roatán municipality, which located in the southwest. The easternmost section of the island is separated by a channel through the mangroves that is 15 meters wide on average. Nearby islands are Morat, Barbareta, and Pigeon Cay. Further west between French Harbour and Coxen Hole are several cays, including Stamp Cay and Barefoot Cay.
Roatán is also found near the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the largest barrier reef in the Caribbean Sea (second largest worldwide after Australia’s Great Barrier Reef), and this amazing natural wonder has helped Roatán become an important cruise ship, scuba diving, and eco-tourism destination in Honduras. Tourism is the beautiful island’s most important industry, and fishing is also an important source of income for locals. Roatán is located within 40 miles of La Ceiba, and is served by the Juan Manuel Gálvez Roatán International Airport and the Galaxy Wave Ferry service twice a day.
The historic and friendly city of La Ceiba features a tropical rainforest climate and many natural and manmade attractions. A city of 200,000 that still manages to have a small town feel, La Ceiba has something to offer everyone. This city is widely known as the tourism capital of Honduras, and it’s no surprise with its proximity to the beach, active night life, and a myriad of parks and recreational areas in and around the city.
Semana Santa (Holy Week) is one of the city’s busiest tourist seasons. During this exciting week, tourists from all over flock to La Ceiba to enjoy its sun, beach, and other entertainment on offer. The busiest tourist season by far is the week leading up to the internationally renowned “Gran Carnaval Internacional de La Ceiba”, a glorious city-wide celebration in honor of the city’s patron saint St. Isidore (San Isidro). During this week leading up to the third Saturday in May, neighborhoods will have their smaller celebrations in one or more of their streets. Then, Saturday afternoon a big parade with colorful, elaborate floats taking place along Avenida San Isidro, the city’s main thoroughfare. After the parade the locals and tourists alike have a fun celebration along that same road, where there are stands selling food, beer, drinks, and souvenirs.