Roatan, Honduras is a small island in the Caribbean, about 35 miles off the mainland. It is known for its beaches, diving, and snorkeling. We were here four years ago, and we ended up renting a car and driving the one road to its end point. Roatan is only 28 miles long and 3 miles wide, so it normally would not have taken very long. HOWEVER, the road had the most potholes we have ever encountered in our lifetimes. Our ride was a wild zigzag all over the road to try to avoid damaging the car. In colder cities, potholes usually develop over the winter as cars maneuver through snow and ice. But this is a tropical island, warm every day of the year. And, as we have already said – the entire island has only one road! Fixing it for the tourist trade would be logical. But logic doesn’t exist in the Caribbean.
Just as yesterday in Cozumel, the area immediately off the ship was a manufactured tourist shopping village. There were bars and lots of retail shops. We walked along a pretty path to leave the port, where everyone wanted to sell us a tour, an excursion, a taxi ride, an adventure. We just walked along the road for 30 minutes or so and then turned back. There are photos of some of the homes and businesses we saw along the main road. Apparently, Roatan’s sloths and monkeys are a big draw here. We declined a tour to see them, as the monkeys are given sunflower seeds by their trainers to sit on your shoulder, jump on your head, and steal any loose items you are carrying. You must surrender your suntan lotion before entering the park, as one monkey mama took it, sprayed it all over her newborn, and killed it. They love Velcro, and if your hat has a strip on the back for sizing, they will open and close it a hundred times, just to hear the sound it makes.
All in all, Roatan didn’t do much for us as a destination. We left the ship, we took photos, and we returned within an hour to write this blog for your enjoyment. It was very humid and hot, and we were glad to return to air conditioning, cold drinks, and lunch!