One of the more popular tourist destinations, West End is just a boat taxi away from West Bay. The newly paved road connects West End to the rest of the island, making it a great base as you go off and see what Roatan has to offer. Filled with local businesses, small hotels, bars, restaurants, gift shops and diving stores, it’s the perfect little set up for a 2-week holiday with all the family.
The area is littered with places to hire a scooter to go off and explore the island; head to nearby West Bay, Flower Bay, Coxen Hole, and Sandy Bay. Or, alternatively, you could try your hand at horse riding, and head off through the jungle trails that lead up to hilltops with amazing panoramic views of the whole island.
West End is located in the northwest of the island, near Half Moon Bay. Only a 20-minute drive from Roatan International Airport, it’s home to one of the best beaches on the islands: a long curve of sun-drenched golden sand, leading straight out into the crystal-clear blue waters and the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, and backed by lines of palm trees.
One of the best places for diving and snorkelling, the mesmerising coral reef will entice even the most anti-diving visitors out there. There’s the possibility of renting diving and snorkelling equipment from countless stores along the beachfront, before heading out into the reef in search of tropical fish, sting rays, and sea turtles. For the braver swimmers, there are even opportunities to swim and dive further out, where you can witness whale sharks, dolphins, and reef sharks.
Not only this, but Roatan is famous for its deep-sea fishing, which means you can try traditional Roatan Island cuisine such as baleadas, pastilles, conch, and other seafood specialties. Plus, you can enjoy all of this while looking out over the bay at some of the most beautiful and psychedelic sunsets in the Caribbean, before heading onto one of the many bars and live music venues, or head along to see some live music and DJ sets that will keep you dancing until the early hours.