A tropical escape to a beautiful island is a summer holiday that many people dream of. But before you go jetting off to the Bahamas, you should consider a visit to Roatán, the largest of Honduras’ Bay Islands and a travel destination that has become a lot more popular in recent years. With soaring temperatures and blissful beaches, visiting Roatán in August guarantees a holiday that will feel like paradise.
Weather in Roatán in August
August is one of the hottest months in Roatán, with temperatures consistently reaching over 30°C most days and high humidity as well. If you’re a fan of the heat this won’t be a problem, but bear these high temperatures in mind when you’re deciding whether to visit Roatán in August.
The average high temperature in Roatán in August is 32°C, which can start to feel uncomfortable when combined with the tropical humidity the island also experiences. In the evenings and early morning the temperature usually drops down to around 25°C, so it is definitely worth checking whether your accommodation has air conditioning before you travel!
The average sea temperature in August in Roatán is 29°C, which will feel very pleasant when the air is warm as well and the sun is out. Scuba diving is very popular around Roatán’s reefs because of the warm water, and August is a great time to give this or snorkelling a try.
Clouds and Rainfall
Despite the high temperatures, Roatán tends to be relatively cloudy in August, with some breaks in the clouds most days that will flood the island with bright, Caribbean sunshine. On average, it rains 19 days out of 31 on Roatán in August, but these will just be passing showers and the weather will soon brighten up.
There are 13 hours of daylight in Roatán in August, with the sun rising at 5.30 am and setting around 6 pm. There will usually be about 7 hours of sunshine each day, but even if it is cloudy, the UV rays will be strong, and it is important to wear suncream whenever you are outside.
Where to go in Roatán in August
St. Helene Island
St. Helene is a small island right at the eastern tip of Roatán, with a large mangrove forest linking the two locations together. You can only really get to st Helene by boat, but when you do you will discover an incredibly rural place with a primarily Creole population and an authentic, historical Caribbean atmosphere. If you’re looking to escape Roatán’s August crowds, or just disconnect from the rest of the world, this is the perfect place for you.
Little French Key
One of Roatán’s top attractions is the private resort of Little French Key, which is one of the best holiday resorts in all of Honduras. Named after the French pirate that first discovered the small island and settled there, Little French Key offers an incredible array of activities including snorkelling, horseback riding, watersports and an underwater museum. The resort is not only open to its guests however; you can visit for the day to enjoy the facilitates and make the most of the holiday resort experience for a fraction of the cost.
Things to do in Roatán in August
Escape to Camp Bay
One of the best-kept secrets in Roatán is the secluded Camp Bay beach on the East of the island, which is stunningly beautiful and usually very quiet. You might have to hire a car to make the journey, but it’s worth it for the picturesque scenery and peaceful atmosphere.
Watch the Sun Set
The sun sets relatively early in the evening on Roatán in August and provides phenomenal views night after night, as the sky erupts in different colours and the sun slowly sinks into the sea. One of the best places to watch the sunset is Lands End which is close to the centre of Roatán’s West End, where you can sit in a hotel bar and enjoy unparalleled views with a cocktail or two.
Crowds & costs
Although the high season for tourism in Roatán ends after Easter, the island still tends to be very busy up until the autumn, with many travellers visiting Roatán on their summer holidays. Prices for travel and flights won’t be as high as earlier in the year, but the amount of tourism on the island means that activities and eating out can get expensive, as visitors tend to be charged more in popular areas. You can expect some crowds in Roatán’s West End, but it won’t be heaving.
Frequently asked questions about Roatán in August
Is it always windy in Roatán?
Roatán is known for the stiff breeze that blows in from the south across the island, which doesn’t usually drop . However, the wind is always warm and takes the edge off the humidity on Roatán during the summer months, which will be very welcome if you visit the island in August!
Does Roatán have hurricanes?
Roatán is west of the tropical hurricane zone, and so is very unlikely to be hit during a hurricane, even during the island’s wet season. On average, Roatán is only actually hit by a hurricane once every 26 years, so your chances of experiencing one are low.
Although there is a fair chance that you might experience some rain during your holiday in Roatán in August, the tropical temperatures and hours of brilliant sunshine are sure to make up for any passing showers. Certainly, they shouldn’t deter you from visiting the island. With a fantastic range of activities, resorts and towns, Roatán has more than enough to entertain every traveller, and is a destination you’ll find yourself coming back to again and again.