The Juan Manuel Galvez International Airport is situated on the Island of Roatan, which is part of the Bay Islands region of Honduras. The island is around 35 miles from the mainland. The airport is fairly basic with not many facilities. There are some direct international flights, which offer the best chance of getting cheap flights to Roatan. Otherwise you will have to fly to mainland Honduras and get an internal flight to the island. Many resorts have their own baggage handlers who will help you pick up your luggage in the customs area. There are shuttle services to the major hotels on the island. Taxis are also available.
It is usually best to negotiate your fare with taxis before going to your destination. As the most developed Bay Island, Roatan has a mini-bus system. Water taxis are another convenient way of traveling from various places, such as from West End to West Bay. Hiring a car is another option, with scooters and motorcycles also being available for rent. There are also sea ferries that can transport you to other islands in the region. The Galaxy and Tropical Ferries can transport you from Roatan to LaCeiba in around an hour and a half. After your flights to Roatan have got you to the main island in the Bay Islands, seaplanes can also transport you to the other islands in style. Taking your camera on these trips will provide you with some excellent photos.
There are excellent diving facilities on Roatan. You can get your PADI Open Water Certification here, and it is one of the cheapest places in the world to do this. The Ocean Connections Dive Centre is a great place to learn to scuba dive and see all the different species of fish and coral around the island. A good excursion to do after your Roatan flights is the South Shore Zip Line tour. This is a great way to view the scenery, from the rainforest to the ocean. The many beaches of the island are a principal attraction of this island as well. West Bay Beach boasts a beautiful white sandy beach and crystal clear waters.
There is a local market outside the cruise ship terminal where you can haggle for a variety of souvenirs of your trip to Roatan. Main Street Mall has a collection of 12 shops selling souvenirs, perfumes and leather goods. There are some good restaurants around providing traditional Caribbean cuisine such as Sundowners, which has a spectacular view of the ocean surroundings. If you want to try something a bit different the Rendezvous Sushi Café provides a sushi experience using the local fish such as conch and grouper. This will really make you want to book a return airfare to Roatan in the near future.