The Global Village on Roatan, Honduras
A bunch of years ago I heard the word Roatan. For some reason, I felt the need to investigate…I started Googling. When my research showed that Roatan, an island in the Caribbean ocean off the coast of Honduras, was popular with divers because Roatan is part of the Worlds Second Longest Barrier Reef, I figured I would drop it.
I had done my fair share of traveling to Caribbean Islands, but I’m not a diver, heck I can barely swim. But I couldn’t let go of Roatan, I needed to know more about it!
Roatan History was intriguing, and I was due for a holiday. I decided to visit the Island for the first time in April 2007, and I was not disappointed. I found the crystal clear blue Caribbean ocean surrounding beautiful white sand beaches, and lush tropical jungle climbing from the shore to the highest ridges.
There is plenty to see and do on Roatan: stroll through the Market in Coxen Hole, or visit the Roatan Tropical Butterfly Garden. For the more adventuresome, Roatan also offers zip-line adventures, horseback riding, sailboat cruises, and you can swim with the dolphins at Anthony Key Resort.
When I returned to Canada after a few weeks on Roatan, I realized that Roatan wasn’t just a place to go on vacation, for me it offered the way I wanted to live – The Roatan Vortex had pulled me in….
I moved to Roatan it August 2007, and immediately knew it was the right decision. Oh sure, Roatan has its quirks; occasionally finding a scorpion taking a nap under my pillow, semi-regular power outages, and everything made of metal rusts—to name a few. But it also offers a slower pace lifestyle, warm tropical breezes and glorious sunsets, and I now know what an Orange really tastes like.
Roatan also gave me something I could have never anticipated—becoming part of a Global Village.
When I first arrived to Roatan, everywhere I went I was welcomed by those who came from other countries around the world, and now call Roatan home. I can honestly say that I spend my time on Roatan with good friends from Holland, Ireland, England, Poland, Argentina, Italy, USA, Honduras, Guatemala, and Canada. We get together for pot-luck-dinners, to celebrate special occasions (“just because” is considered an occasion). We meet at each other’s homes, at the soft white sand beach bars; Bananarama, West Bay Beach and at patio restaurants Oasis Pool Bar and Lounge.
So when you come to Roatan, whether it be for a week or a lifetime, and you are, let’s say, strolling down the sand road, in West End, be sure to stop in to a local establishment such as Sundowners for a cool drink. Start chatting with the person sitting next to you—you too will be welcomed into the Global Village of Roatan.