Ocean-View Villas Steps from Honduran Beach
The Mesoamerican Reef is the Atlantic Ocean’s largest reef, stretching 700 miles from the northern tip of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula to the Bay Islands of Honduras. It’s a top destination for scuba divers—500 species of tropical fish, including the mammoth whale shark, make their homes here. Set on the island of Roatán, the 120-acre, beachfront Palmetto Bay Plantation is ideally situated to serve as a launching pad for trips below the surface.
The ocean is visible from nearly all of the resort's Balinese-style villas. The units available with this deal are the Orchid, Hibiscus, and Bougainvillea. Feel free to lounge on a hammock or whip up a snack in the full kitchen. For recreation, the resort can set up a number of activities, such as sailing and canopy tours. You can head out onto the water in a complimentary kayak or simply stroll on the hotel’s wooden dock, which extends into the bay. Palmetto Bay Plantation can also arrange off-site swims with dolphins for you, while on-site they offer snorkeling and a dive shop.
The resort’s open-air restaurant and bar sits right on the beach. Diners enjoy imported California wines paired with shrimp and fish caught fresh from the sea. Private candlelit dinners on the beach can be arranged for two or more diners, upon request.
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. The crystal-clear waters contain a wealth of Mayan, Paya, and Garifuna artifacts as well.
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.