Cruise ships dock in the capital of Coxen Hole and nearby Mahogany Bay. To the east are smaller settlements, including the Garifuna village of Punta Gorda.
Area: 83 km²
Population: 50,000 (2008)
Largest settlement: Coxen Hole (pop. 10 500)
Roatán is one of Honduras’s Caribbean Bay Islands. Part of the huge Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, it’s known for its beaches, dive sites and marine life, including whale sharks. In the southwest is busy West Bay Beach, with a coral reef near the shore.