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Roatán, Honduras

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 2 December 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

View off the back side of Norwegian Cruise Lines ship as we docked at the port of Roatán. Roatán, located between the islands of Útila and Guanaja, is the largest of Honduras' Bay Islands. The island was formerly known as Ruatan and Rattan. It is approximately 37 miles long, and less than 5 miles across at its widest point.

The island consists of two municipalities: Jose Santos Guardiola in the east (named for the former president of Honduras) and Roatán (also including the Cayos Cochinos) further south in the west. The most populous town of the island is Coxen Hole, capital of Roatán municipality, located in the southwest. Other important towns include French Harbour, West End, and Oak Ridge, the capital of Jose Santos Guardiola municipality.

The easternmost quarter of the island is separated by a convoluted channel through the mangroves that is 48 feet wide on average. This section is called Helene, or Santa Elena in Spanish. Satellite islands at the eastern end are Morat, Barbaretta, and Pigeon Cay. Further west between French Harbour and Coxen Hole is Barefoot Cay. Known as Burial Key until 2001, Barefoot Cay now is privately owned and houses a luxury resort popular with celebrities.

Located near the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the largest barrier reef in the Caribbean Sea (second largest worldwide after Australia's Great Barrier Reef), Roatán has become an important cruise ship and scuba diving destination in Honduras. Tourism is its most important economic sector, though fishing is also an important source of income for islanders.

Photo captured November 15, 2011.

NIKON D7000 1/250 second F/8.0 ISO 100 36 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

Beautiful view and so fresh colors.

2 Dec 2011 8:13am

Florence from Paris, France

A very nice place to spend some holidays !

2 Dec 2011 8:47am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Although the harbour facilities look new, at least the rest of the island hasn't become over developed or commercialised in its drive to attract tourists.

2 Dec 2011 9:01am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Incredible view from the cruise ship - it seems so close to the shallow water of the reef. Wonderful outlook and so good to see the town free of high-rise development!

2 Dec 2011 11:59am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Great view from the cruise.. wonderful shot

2 Dec 2011 12:19pm

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

stunning beach view - great!

2 Dec 2011 2:52pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful view from the cruise ship. Excellent. :)

2 Dec 2011 3:30pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

An excellent vista, super clear and colour packed.

2 Dec 2011 4:20pm

franz from Baden, Austria

looks nice and inviting from that pov high above! you seem to have had a good time on the cruise ... ;-))

2 Dec 2011 4:37pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Wow looks a stunning place, great shot

2 Dec 2011 9:54pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

wonderful clarity in the water

2 Dec 2011 11:32pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

What a lovely place. Looks so warm and inviting. The water is so clear!

3 Dec 2011 12:53am

Victoria from Sweden

Very nice!

3 Dec 2011 9:52am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

I like clarity and color of the water

4 Dec 2011 8:46am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Amazing mix of past and present here . . can feel the warmth.

4 Dec 2011 1:13pm

Phil David Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

Really amazing and beautiful view, 5 stories up I imagine from the water, gives this most
wonderful view. I wonder how shallow that water really is. Magnificent.

4 Dec 2011 5:30pm

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

That is great way to see world. Fine landscape.

4 Dec 2011 7:32pm

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

A wonderful scene...superb shot and angle!

5 Dec 2011 12:15am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

That water looks so beautiful.

8 Dec 2011 12:30am