I originally found Roatan while I was on a cruise with my husband and it was one of the port stops. I did not know what to expect since it was a newer port and I didn't know many people that had traveled there previously. I was going in with an open mind but honestly I wasn't expecting much. We decided to do a beach day excursion so once the ship docked we headed out towards West Bay Beach. To my surprise, it was the most magnificent beach and coastline that I had ever seen to date. I was in awe of the crystal clear water, the mountains overflowing into the ocean, and the all around beauty of West Bay.
Once I took in all of the scenery it was time to go snorkeling. I have snorkeled on numerous islands so I had a lot to compare Roatan with. Within 25 feet of walking into the water off the beach I saw people snorkeling and I am thinking that this must be kids or people learning how to snorkel since they were so close to the beach. Out of curiosity, I put my gear on and joined them. It was the beginning of the most beautiful reef I have ever experienced. Again, I was in awe! I had seen several species of fish that I had never seen on previous snorkel trips. The reef itself was amazing and such natural beauty. I snorkeled for the rest of the day and was so disappointed when it was time to head back to the ship. We continued on the cruise and had a great time but Roatan was definitely the highlight of the entire vacation.
Once back home we booked another cruise to go back to Roatan within the year. As you can tell, we just couldn't wait to go back! This time we took the entire family and they were as impressed as we were. After being on the island another full day yet again we were not ready to get back on the ship. That is when I decided one day is not enough here! Since then we have been back to the island twice for a week each time. We have brought family and friends with us each trip and the island has yet to disappoint any newcomers we bring.
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