About West Bay

A picture-postcard beach which repeatedly features amongst the finest in the world, West Bay in the Caribbean proves a mecca for beach lovers, divers and snorkelers. The surrounding waters and nearby islands host some of the most spectacular coral reefs in the world, much of which is protected.

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About West Bay

A small village and beach resort on the long, thin island of Roatan (which sits 30 miles north of Honduras), upmarket West Bay is extremely popular with tourists. There are two main reasons for that—first, the beach and second, the area's safety record. Tourists can walk around freely without worrying about attacks, even at night.

West Bay Beach is around 5km of white, powder-like, clean sand framed by crystal clear water and a living coral reef just 50 feet from shore. There are no rocks on the beach and the water has a bottom of green grass, giving it a beautiful turquoise tinge.

The best snorkeling and diving on the entire island is at Tabyana Beach to the north of West Bay Beach. Various adrenaline-filled water activities are on offer, while numerous restaurants and bars line the beach to help quench thirst and ease hunger.

What to do in West Bay

If you don't want to sit on the beach then rent a jet ski, parasail or sail boat and get out into the ocean.

Consider taking a day trip to Cayos Cachinos—a group of two small islands surrounded by the world's second largest coral reef, the Mesoamerican Reef. It’s been a Marine Protectorate area since 1994.

A guided "Zip n Dip" tour involves a high-octane swing through the trees then relaxation time on the beach.

Take the glass bottomed boat, The Coral Explorer, off West Bay Beach to get a close-up view of the reef, sea grass and tropical life, without getting a single hair wet.

If you're there in May, don't miss the annual international freediving competition. The best free divers in the world compete for the esteemed Caribbean Cup and it's quite a sight.

And be sure to try the island delicacy of roast iguana. It’s described as tasting like a combination of chicken and fish.

Top travel tips for West Bay

West Bay Beach can get crowded at times—particularly when the big cruise ships arrive—so it’s best to get there early in the morning to secure a good spot with an umbrella.

Honduras is still a developing country so internet and mobile phone access may not be as good as it is back home. Be prepared not to rely on it!

Remember to take your anti-malarial tablets as there are mosquitos carrying the disease on the island and it’s not unknown for tourists to develop it.

The temperature in West Bay average around 26 C year-round. May is the hottest month and November the wettest.

A veritable Caribbean paradise with natural first-class diving and snorkeling facilities, West Beach is the place to come to 'get away from it all' in beautiful surroundings and without any hassle. The islanders are polite and extremely friendly to tourists, so you’re sure of a warm welcome when you arrive.

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