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West Bay Beach

Honduras

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Prime Spot

Situated 30 miles from the Honduran mainland, the island of Roatan is home to the world’s second largest coral reef, making it—you guessed it—a prime spot for all underwater activities.

Scuba diving and snorkeling enthusiasts come to West Bay Beach in droves. The crystal-clear water, clean white sands and exotic aquatic life have earned it a spot among the top beaches in the world.

The reef is close enough to shore that you can actually swim out to it, and you’ll find healthy communities of fish swirling around the coral.

What to Do In The Evening

Once your afternoon in the sun and sand is complete, you’ll want to stick around. West Bay Beach plays host to some of the most dramatic sunsets in the Caribbean.

Then, head about a mile north to lively West End for a spot at one of many eclectic eateries lining West End Road. If the night is still young, grab a drink or listen to some live music.

Tips

There are plenty of taxis that can bring you to the beach, and in some cases, you can even bargain with your driver on the price.

If you’re looking to save, join fellow travelers in a “colectivo,” or shared taxi, which will stop occasionally to pick up other people.

On the beach, you may encounter a number of vendors anxious to sell their wares. If you’re not interested, a firm “no” will do.

West Bay Beach at a Glance

City:West Bay, Roatan

Country or State:Honduras

Length of Beach:1 mile

Access:By taxi or rental car

Best time to visit:May to June

High Season:December to February

Low Season:March to November

Facilities:

  • Bars and restaurants
  • No lifeguards

Beach Type:

  • White sand
  • Saltwater
  • Popular

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