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What to Do in Roatan – Other Than Diving

Posted on April 4, 2013 by Christine Larose in What to do on Roatan

As you probably already know, Roatan is world-renowned for diving and snorkeling opportunities with a spectacular underwater world filled with an abundance of marine life, brilliant coral gardens and even fascinating shipwrecks. But if you don’t plan to spend 100 percent of your time in the water, you may be wondering if there is anything else to do on the island.

It might surprise you to find that even if you didn’t plan on getting into the water at all (although it would be a shame if you didn’t experience the dazzling, warm Caribbean at least once during your trip!), there are enough activities available to fill your days and nights with plenty of fun and excitement.

Thrilling Zip Line Adventure

Take part in a heart-pounding spectacular ride on a canopy tour soaring across the jungle wilderness. This is an unforgettable exhilarating experience that people of all ages and fitness levels can enjoy. Both South Shore  Zip-Line Adventures and The Pirate’s Zip Line are a one-of-a-kind experience throughout Central America and the Caribbean. You’ll glide for miles while taking in breathtaking island and Caribbean views as well as beautiful birds and a variety of wildlife.

Enjoy a game of golf amid stunning island scenery

Golfers won’t want to miss the opportunity to play a round or two at the Black Pearl Golf Course. This 18-hole, par-72 championship course starts at the edge of the ocean and rises into rolling foothills, eventually leading golfers back to the seaside clubhouse. This is an eco-friendly course that is one of the few in the world using a unique type of grass called Seashore Paspalum that is known for being environmentally compatible as well as for its magnificent translucent green hue. Against the backdrop of the turquoise Caribbean waters, the beauty found here is unsurpassed. What is your idea of a fantasy course that you thought could only be played in a dream? This may be that idyllic course that can make that dream a reality!

Horseback riding

Few people have the opportunity to enjoy a horseback ride across the sand, but on Roatan, you can ride along the water’s edge on deserted beaches as well as through jungle trails among the lush, tropical foliage, passing parrots perched on a tree branch, iguanas, pelicans and more. Ride to hilltops for panoramic views of Roatan’s coastline and the brilliant Caribbean waters.

Exploring beautiful parks

Gumbalimba Park is a beachfront park featuring both water and land activities. The rich, picturesque 20-acre landscape includes botanical gardens with a brilliant rainbow of plant and tree species, waterfalls, ponds and fountains as well as an idyllic sandy beach perfect for relaxing and soaking in the sun, and even a freshwater pool.

This park is also an animal preserve featuring free-flying exotic birds and even curious monkeys who might just jump onto your shoulders to get a closer look.

At Carambola Gardens, you can “take a walk on the wild side” and hike through 30 acres of jungle trails through lush, natural gardens. A friendly monkey might just follow along while you enjoy a wide array of flowering plants as well as exotic spices, fruit and nut trees. This is also home to the famed “Chocolate Tree” as well as the world renowned Honduran mahogany tree.

Island Tours

There are also a wide range of island tours available, including one of the most popular, the Mangrove Tunnels tour. This is a fantastic adventure that gives visitors a chance to view a fascinating ecosystem that is only accessible via water transportation. View iguanas, crabs and an abundance of birds, including herons. At Jonesville discover old Caribbean fishing villages that were constructed on stilts over the water. Ride through these enchanting canals while getting an authentic glimpse of how locals live. You’ll definitely want your camera for this one!

And you thought diving was the only thing you could do on Roatan? You might just have to plan a return visit to do it all!


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