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Roatan Geography

Roatan Geography - Aerial View of West Bay Beach

Roatan Bay Island is located between the islands of Utila and Guanaja and is the largest of Honduras' Bay Islands. Roatan is approximately 30 miles long, and less than 3 miles wide at the widest point.

The Bay Island consists of two municipalities Santos Guardiola in the and the Cayos Cochinos further south in the west. The most populated town of the island is Coxen Hole, capital of Roatán, located southwest of the island. Other important towns include French Harbour, West End, and Oak Ridge, the capital of Santos Guardiola.

The easternmost quarter of the Roatan Bay Island is separated by a winding channel through the fifteen meter wide mangroves. The part cut off from the main island of Roatan is often referred to as Helene Island. Other satellite islands on the eastern end are Morat, Barbaretta, Pigeon, and Barefoot Cay. Barefoot Cay was formerly known as Burial Key until 2001. Now it is privately owned and houses a luxury resort popular with celebrities.

Located near the largest barrier reef in the Caribbean Sea, second only to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, Roatan Bay Island has become an important cruising and scuba diving destination. Tourism is Roatan’s most important economic driver, though fishing is also an important source of income. Roatan Island is worldfamous for its Roatan beaches, especially the West Bay Beach Roatan. West Bay as well as West End are also the places where most of the Roatan Hotels are, since Roatan vacation is one of the prime income for Roatan people. West Bay Roatan has the nicest Roatan resorts. This is where you can find the best Roatan beach.