Private Island Resort with Plenty of Onsite Activities
The optional meal plan includes:
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Water, coffee, iced tea, and lemonade at meal times only (bottled soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are extra)
The secluded bungalows and villas of Barefoot Cay Resort are scattered across 4 acres of a privately owned islet known as Barefoot Cay, which lies just off Roatán island’s southern shore. The resort only has a handful of bungalows and villas—just nine accommodations in all—lending it an air of seclusion. On the southern shore, an undeveloped stretch of sandy beach provides a great spot for sunbathing or launching snorkeling trips. The water is usually calm, and an underwater reef nearby showcases coral and colorful fish. The resort provides gear free of charge from the onsite PADI-certified dive center.
Other facilities onsite include a marina with a 30-foot diameter palapa with hammocks, lounge chairs and swim ladders for easy access to the water for swimming and kayaking. The pool area features a two-level cabana where you can dine amid tropical views. Head to the cabana’s second floor to relax at the Lookout Lounge, a good place to read a book or watch a sports game on the flat-screen TV. There’s also a full-service spa with treatments ranging from mocha-infused body scrubs to deep-tissue massages.
Thetwo-bedroom loft suites have views of the ocean and louvered wooden doors that open onto a balcony while the bungalows and partial villa suites are located directly on the beach. The fully equipped kitchens feature 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 offshore were purposefully sunk for divers. 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.