There are as many ways to learn about this beautiful island as there are opportunities to enjoy it while you are here. Go online and see for yourself! But first here’s some background that you probably won’t find on the tourist websites.
Before 1859, when England ceded Roatan to Honduras, the island had a history of piracy, Spanish conquistadors, English settlers, native Indians and black Caribs brought here as slaves. Since becoming part of Honduras, Roatan has enjoyed relative peace and harmony among a mixture of races.
The island lies less than 50 miles off the Honduran mainland; yet for many years the predominant language spoken here has been English. Over the last few decades Roatan has become known for its phenomenal diving, with small resorts springing up along the beaches to house the increasing tourist trade.
Mainland Hondurans, looking for a way out of intense poverty, were drawn to the tourism here. The ferry that runs between Roatan and the mainland became a popular way for mainlanders to come to the island seeking to better their lives, hoping to find employment.
Through the 1990’s and into the early 2000’s the island experienced a boom in building. Expats from the US, Canada, and Europe developed resorts, gated communities, and homes of their own.