Bay Islands

Honduras

The Bay Islands of Honduras

These chain of scenic islands located just off the northern coast of Honduras are the perfect place for an exotic vacation. Filled with beautiful beaches, amazing marine life, and amazing sights to explore, Bay Islands are really the dream vacation. Although it does drizzle quite a bit, the temperature is always in the upper 80s, year round. There are 3 main islands that make up Bay Islands; Guanaja, Utila, and another island called Roatan. Roatan is the largest of the four islands and has many populated towns.


*The following can be a tour for any number of people. The information provided is only for one person, but if you are traveling with a friend of family, just multiply the amount of money listed for each activity by the amount of people coming on the trip.


**This itinerary is for people living in the tri-state area.

Day 1

The majority of the day will be spent on an airplane:
  • Taking off from the New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA), there will be a connecting flight from Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) to Coxen Hole Juan Manuel Galvez International Airport (RTB).
  • This will take a total of at least 8 hours and 15 minutes.
  • The cost will be $628. Although, this is a good deal because the cost includes a return trip.

Tips:

  • Make sure you have a valid passport. Check the expiration date!
  • The currency in Honduras is the Honduran Lempira. At the Coxen Hole airport, make sure you change your dollars into this currency. The good news is that the exchange rate is 1 to 22.59. This means that for every dollar you receive 22.59 Honduran Lempiras.
  • It would be wise to have a daily allowance of about $75 or 1694.25 Lempiras with you at all times in case of emergencies.
  • Be sure to bring a camera!

Landing in Bay Islands:

  • After landing at RTB, there would be a taxi to go to the Barefoot Cay Resort.
  • It is a 10 minute drive.
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Barefoot Cay Resort

This highly rated resort offers some of the best beachfront houses on Roatan with their own private stretch of beach. There are a variety of things to do at the hotel itself such as they have a spa, snorkeling, diving, and canopy tours. This resort also offers several options of houses. There is a bungalow, two bedroom villas, and studio lofts. Looking at all of the pro and cons for all of these options, the best one is a villa because it is a good balance between not too big and not too small.

Some amenities that are included:

  • Private beach with lounge chairs
  • Covered deck with a table and chairs
  • Gourmet kitchen fully stocked with different tools and machines
  • Living room
  • Air Conditioning
  • 32" flat screen TV
  • Apple TV with Netflix
  • High-speed internet
  • Programmable safe

For seven days, the villa will cost $4,530.

In addition to that, this resort also offers the option of a meal. For just an additional $270, you can get a meal with your choice of drink three times a day. Although we will include an alternate plan for eating at your stay in the Bay Islands, this is one option to consider.

Food

If you do not want to chose the first option and eat your meals at the resort, there are also a variety of different restaurants that you can visit in Roatan.

These include:


  • Vintage Pearl Restaurant and Wine Cellar- known for its amazing seafood and wines from 50 different countries
  • Argentinian Grill- this steak house is known for its grilled meats served fresh off of its charcoal grill
  • Bite on the Beach- has a beautiful oceanfront view as well as a variety of seafood
  • Beach Club San Simon- this restaurant is placed in an amazing garden in a high-end private beach club
  • Blue Parrot Bar and Restaurant- this shop is known for the local, exotic dishes that they serve


Although there are many more, these are the most top rated restaurants in Roatan and the ones the we recommend that you go to.

*Because none of the websites for these restaurants have any information on pricing, no costs are included.*

Day 2 - Carambola Botanical Gardens

Roatan, being the largest of the islands, is also the one with the most things to do. We have handpicked the top most interesting things for you to do on each day of your visit based on tourist and website reviews.

On Day 2, you will visit Carambola Botanical Garden. Known for its several different types of orchids. Not only will you find plants, but plenty of iguanas and a beautiful view of the island of Roatan if you climb the longest trail.

It is a 24 minute drive from the resort.

Day 3 - Gumbalimba Park

This part nature reserve part tourist attraction boasts a variety of plants and animals including parrots and monkeys. One of the main attractions of this place is also its zip line tour that gives you a view of the top of the forest.

It is a 37 minute drive.

Day 4 - Maya Key

Maya Key is a ten-acre island that offers everything from snorkeling to a museum to a tropical garden to sandy beaches. There truly is something for everyone here, it is almost like the Disney Land of the Bay Islands.

If you wish, you can visit this attraction for two days because there is a lot of things to do. But just in case, we have included another activity for Day 5.

Maya Key is just 16 minutes from Barefoot Cay Resort.

Day 5 - Roatan Butterfly Garden

The name truly says it all. With over 25 species of plants and hundreds of different species of birds, this is truly a paradise. Visitors can either walk alone or hire a tour guide.

It is a 28 minute drive from the resort.

Day 6 - Stanley Submarine

For you, we have truly saved the best for the last. This company offers tourists a chance to see and experience things that they have never before. The submarine, captained by Captain Karl, drops 915 meters or 3,000 feet below sea level and tourists see sharks and many other strange creatures.

The cost will be $500 for 1 and 1/2 hours going to a depth of 1,000 feet.

Day 7

On the last day of this vacation, we propose a day of peace and quite until the flight back home. Checking out of the resort, you will travel to the Coxen Hole RTB airport and through the same connecting flight that you came, you will depart for New York.

Other Information

  • Other attractions that you may consider visiting:
  1. Roatan Museum
  2. Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences
  3. Parrot Tree Plantation
  • For each and everyone of these attractions, tour guides are available if you wish to have them. All tour guides will be bilingual. The tour guide company that we will be using is Roatan Christopher Tours. Phone number: 011-504-3323-3018, Email: ChristopherAlonzo31@yahoo.com
  • Travelers are not going to interact with the locals a lot because the places listed here are mostly tourist attractions and not places where the local residents off the island may come to and visit. In fact, there are not many local residents because most of them own some sort of resort or other business.
  • This itinerary is better than other because we do not restrict the traveler to do something on a certain date. For most of the activities listed on this itinerary, except for the submarine ride, you do not need any prior booking. Because of this, if you wish to do something earlier you may do so. Also, if you do not want to go to one of the attractions listed, we have provided you with a list of other places that you can visit. In short, this itinerary is very flexible which is good for a vacation.