Private Island Resort with Plenty of Onsite Activities
The 4-acre, privately owned Barefoot Cay is one of a string of cays that lies along Roatán island’s southern edge, separated from Roatán by a 75-foot channel. Barefoot Cay Resort has dotted the islet with only a handful of bungalows and villas—just nine accommodations total—lending it an air of seclusion. You can get a sense of the solitude on the resort’s south shore, where an undeveloped stretch of sandy beach overlooks the reef that shelters the cay. This is a great spot for snorkeling, too—the water is usually calm, and the reef comes up close to the surface, showcasing countless fish and corals. The resort also offers guided snorkeling trips to locations outside the reef and provides gear free of charge from its onsite PADI-certified dive center.
The resort's facilities include a marina and its thatch-roof palapa, which has a lowered platform for easy access to deep-water swimming and kayaking. Most of the inland action centers on the pool area and its adjacent two-level cabana, which has 360-degree views of the cay and serves meals in a guests-only restaurant. Head up to the cabana’s second floor if you want to relax; the Lookout Lounge here is a good place to read a book or watch a sports game on one of the flat-screen TVs. There’s also a full-service spa with treatments ranging from mocha-infused body scrubs to deep-tissue massages.
Both the studio lofts and two-bedroom loft suites have views of the ocean and louvered wooden doors that open onto a balcony. The fully equipped kitchen features stainless-steel appliances and cookware.
Roatán, Honduras: Diver's Paradise with Dense Jungle Interior
Though Roatán—the largest of Honduras's Bay Islands—used to be plagued by pirates looting the gold of Spanish galleons, most of the popular shipwrecks were purposefully sunk for divers. But that doesn't make the many dive sites surrounding the island any less appealing. Walls of coral and more than 800 species of fish have turned them into natural wonders. Starfish, sea turtles, and eels are common sights during scuba-diving and snorkeling trips.
Farther inland, dense jungles and grassy hills stretch across the surface of the island. From the secluded bays of Roatán's East End, you can get a change of scenery by taking winding dirt roads to smaller villages. The towns of Coxen Hole and French Harbour in particular provide a taste of local culture in the form of street vendors, an iguana farm, and shrimp fishers working the docks.