If you’re looking for a dreamy Caribbean island holiday destination, but want to avoid the crowds that populate places like Barbados, the British Virgin Islands and Guadalupe, then Roatán is the perfect alternative for sun, sea and tropical paradise. With the world’s second-largest coral reef providing a host of excellent diving opportunities, and incredible forests and parks to explore, the sunny weather in Roatán in March is ideal for a spring break on an island that is becoming more popular with tourists every year.
Weather in Roatán in March
Temperatures continue to rise in Roatán in March, as the island’s dry season begins and chances of rain and cloud decrease. The favourable weather is one of the reasons that March is a very popular time to visit Roatán, as it is perfect for beach activities such as swimming, sunbathing and watersports.
The average high temperature in Roatán in March is 29°C, although it can reach over 30°C on days when it is particularly sunny. The temperature tends to drop to around 23°C on average overnight, which still feels very warm and usually only requires another light layer over your clothes to stay comfortable.
Sea temperatures in Roatán in March are around 27°C, which feels pretty warm and is ideal for swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving.
Clouds and Rainfall
The majority of the days in Roatán in March will be sunny and clear, with cloud cover decreasing as the month progresses. There are usually around 9 days of rain on the island throughout the month, but these are likely to just be instances of passing showers.
There are 12 hours of daylight in Roatán in March, with around 7 hours of sunshine within this. Sunrise will be just before or after 6 am, and the sun will set just before 6 pm in the evenings.
Where to go in Roatán in March
Punta Gorda is the oldest settlement on Roatán, and is home to the Garifuna people who established the town in the 1700s after their ancestors were shipwrecked on nearby coral reefs. Garifuna language, traditions and attire have been preserved over the years and so the cultural heritage in this seaside town is immense, and it is a brilliant place to learn more about Roatán’s history and appreciate some of the island’s authentic culture.
If you’re finding the popular areas of Roatán too busy with tourists in March, then a lesser-known location on the island is Jonesville; the original fishing village of Roatán that is also home to one of the most impressive mangrove forests on the island. You’ll have to get around by boat, but this means that you’ll get the chance to visit the famous ‘Hole in the Wall’ restaurant that is only accessible by the water and serves a lot of traditional Caribbean food.
Things to do in Roatán in March
Ziplining at Gumbalimba Park
Gumbalimba Park is one of Roatán’s most popular tourist attractions, situated on the west coast of the island and made up of 20 acres of natural forest and wildlife. The key attraction of the park has got to be its zipline experience, which allows you to travel across the treetops along 13 lengths of cable and enjoy a birds-eye view of the park.
Swim at Half Moon Bay Beach
Half Moon Bay is also on the west coast of Roatán and is one of the best beaches across the whole island for watersports and swimming. With incredible sandy beaches and clear water, it is a popular place to visit during March’s excellent weather, but the long stretch of sand means that there is adequate space for everyone, allowing you to relax without feeling cramped. It’s also an excellent place to watch the sunset if you decide to spend your whole day there.
Crowds & costs
March sees the high season for tourism on Roatán starting to tail off as the month progresses, although hotels and resorts may still be charging high season prices until the end of April. Crowds are likely to be fewer than during the winter months however, and unless you only stick to the very popular parts of the island like West End Village, you shouldn’t find Roatán too busy.
March festivals and events
Music Festival for the Angels
The Music Festival for the Angels in Roatán is an annual event that supports two of the island’s local charities; SOL Foundation which works to improve quality of life in developing areas of the island through community programs, and Clinica Esperanza which offers free or low-cost healthcare to the residents of Roatán. The festival features live music in Sandy Bay from a variety of musicians, a variety of food and drink vendors and family activities, and is a great way to support some of the island’s most important causes and enjoy its hospitality!
Frequently asked questions about Roatán in March
Can you drink the water in Roatán?
It is generally not recommended that you drink the tap water in Roatán, as it may contain bacteria which could make you ill. You can buy sealed bottles of clean water from most shops in Roatán, and all restaurants and hotels on the island are likely to serve purified water and use it in their food preparation.
What language is spoken in Roatán?
The official language of Honduras, which Roatán is a part of, is Spanish. However, the most commonly spoken language on the island is Caribbean English, so English speakers will be able to get by if they don’t know any Spanish.
The dry season is the best time to visit Roatán if you want to enjoy the famous Caribbean sunshine without any of the oppressive humidity that arrives in the summer months or the tropical storms of winter. March may be a popular month for tourism, but there are plenty of fantastic attractions off the beaten track if you want a break from the crowds, and a brilliant selection of hotels and resorts to suit the budget and needs of any traveller wanting to experience the variety of things to see and do on Roatán.