Resort at a Glance: Las Sirenas by Mayan Princess
The Mesoamerican Reef is the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere, stretching for 700 miles beneath the Caribbean Sea. It's home to more than 500 types of fish, as well as sea turtles, manatees, and stony coral. The reef swings right past the southwestern tip of Honduras, where Las Sirenas by Mayan Princess resort sits beachside. Guests staying at the all-inclusive resort have the option of working toward their PADI open water scuba-diving certification during their stay (included with some deal options). In the course, you'll learn basic scuba knowhow and progress onto confined water dives before heading to the open water.
- Head to the beach to play volleyball, go swimming, or borrow a kayak to explore the surrounding bays.
- Learn to dive two options of this Groupon include a diving certification for two.
- All-inclusive restaurants: Four restaurants onsite offering a range of a la carte and buffet-style Latin American, Caribbean, Italian, and North American cuisines
- Salt-free swimming: You can also splash around in the resort's 250-foot-long blue lagoon pool, or relax in the eight-person Jacuzzi.
- Award-winner: The resort was awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2013.
- Pamper yourself with a hot stone massage, marine algae wrap, or cleansing facial at the Kukut Spa.
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.