by Christian on Saturday, 16 June 2012.
West End Village is a centre for diving, dining and nightly entertainment offering a great selection of accommodation styles. As one enters the main road of West End, properties heading to the right (north) offer a quieter, more laid back environment. Those wanting to be in the middle of all the action may wish to choose accommodation along the main road heading left (south). Evenings here can be very active with several restaurants and bars offering live music and the main strip busy with both foot and vehicular traffic.
West Bay is home to one of the Caribbean's best beaches, West Bay Beach. In the daytime, West Bay can be a flurry of activity, particularly on a day when cruise ships are visiting the island. But at night, West Bay turns into a small, quiet tropical hideaway. With a handful of beachfront and hillside accommodation, West Bay is ideal for families, honeymooners or those wanting to escape the masses and witness the perfect sunset. Choose from small scale modern resorts, beachfront and garden bungalows, vacation rental homes and luxury B&Bs. And if you do decide you want in on the action, West End's nightly dining and entertainment is just a 10-minute taxi ride away. (See our taxi fare guide page).
Sandy Bay's quiet, small community feel along with its close proximity to West End makes it a popular choice for accommodation with many Roatan visitors. There are a number of boutique resorts and vacation homes here along with an all-inclusive resort and some budget-type accommodation. Sandy bay is home to Anthony's Key Resort, the first Roatan resort and one of the largest dive operations in the world.
East Roatan is sought out by those wanting a less visited, off-the-beaten-path experience. Where the paved road ends, the serenity blooms and you may find you have entire stretches of beachfront, and miles of nature trails and coral reef to yourself. Resorts are small and intimate and you can expect personalized service that includes arranging small-group dive expeditions, Sunday afternoon barbeques and getting to know the locals that call this area home.
Mid-island accommodation includes the north side of Roatan from Mud Hole east to French Harbour and back along the south side, west toward Coxen Hole. Find solitude in remote parts of the north shore while being pampered at renowned resorts like Palmetto Bay Plantation. Try the brand new luxurious Pristine Bay Resort and its 18-hole golf course, just minutes from French Harbour. Rent out an entire cay for your wedding or special event at Barefoot Cay Resort, located just metres from one of the best wall dives on the island.
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