Honduras is a wonderful, tropical vacation destination ... if you know what you're getting into before you visit. Many tourists who visit Honduras stay on Roatán, an island in the Caribbean about 40 miles off the coast of the mainland. It's known for its beaches and for diving along the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the second-largest barrier reef in the world.
Some people find it strange that we eat so much seafood on our dive trips. After all, if you're swimming with Dory, you might find it a bit difficult to have her for dinner. However, we believe in eating fresh, local food whenever possible, and if the diving is good in a particular locale, then the seafood is generally pretty good as well. On our recent dive trip in Roatán, this was definitely the case. We enjoyed sensational calamari at Land's End Resort, delicious lobster at Argentinian Grill, and amazing fish tacos at Ginger's Caribbean Grill. You know what else was amazing? The cocktails. From frozen margaritas and fresh mojitos to local favorites like the Monkey La La, these icy treats definitely help you beat the tropical heat and humidity.
Like so many Caribbean islands, Roatán is one of those places where retired millionaires, optimistic college dropouts, and struggling poets intertwine with the local population to create a culture that is at once endemically cosmopolitan, lazily industrious, and responsibly chaotic. The island's personality is built on a healthy Honduran foundation, but the influx of European, African, American, and Asian expats makes Roatán feel like a place out of time, caught somewhere between the ages of imperialism and information.