Isla de Roatán
A seafaring culture
Setting foot on Isla de Roatán, off the coast of Honduras, is like entering incredible work of art where the mountainous lush green junglescape meets the glorious blue sea, and deep coves hide pirates of the past. Roatán, after all, was at one point home to more than 5,000 pirates.
Largely untouched, Roatán is known for its barrier reef, fishing and diving cultures. The island offers a easy access to beautiful beaches and its coral reef, a sanctuary for snorkelers and divers exploring the bounty of its marine life.
You’ll arrive on an MSC Caribbean and Antilles cruise into Coxen Hole, the capital of the island, aptly named after the pirate who anchored his ship here at the end of the 17th century.
Head off-the-beaten track to explore the picturesque fishing villages of Punta Gorda, with its Garifuna people, descendants of island Caribs and African slaves, and Oak Ridge, a village on stilts only accessible by boat, in an MSC excursion where you’ll learn about the fishing culture, taste local delicacies and explore the island’s waterways and mangroves.
For something more adventurous, book one of several MSC excursions that will have you darting across suspension bridges, zip lining through jungle canopy and mingling with monkeys, toucans, parrots and many other birds that inhabit the local forests.
Seeking more vibe? Head to popular West Bay for excellent cocktails, beautiful beaches, shopping and entertainment that livens the atmosphere with the rhythm of Caribbean music.