Astride the giant coral reef which extends into Belize lie the Bay Islands of Roatán, Utila and Guanaja. Fringed with palm-shaded beaches and lapped by warm, glass-clear Caribbean waters they attract divers, snorkellers and barefoot holiday-makers in large numbers. The islands have a vivid history. Once the base for European pirate attacks on shipping, they were settled by Carib and Garifuna communities, creating today’s cultural melting pot to which Hondurans from the mainland are now adding their influence. It’s a laid-back ambience, beloved of budget travellers and sun-worshippers alike. On the mainland opposite are a few agreeable resorts: Tela, within reach of glorious beaches, is the most significant.
Holidays Bay Islands and beaches
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Signature Honduras: Jungle, islands and Mayan ruins
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Things to do
We proudly offer the widest range of activities, excursions and one-of-a-kind experiences across all our destinations, tried and tested personally by our travel experts.
Caribbean sea kayaking wildlife expedition
Go Caribbean scuba diving
Go snorkelling in Honduras
Visit a manatee reserve
Where to go when - our guide to Bay Islands and beaches
The weather in Bay Islands and beaches is wide and varied
Imagine idyllic Caribbean islands with sugary white sand beaches surrounded by crystal blue seas, and you’re picturing the Bay Islands off the north coast of Honduras. Famed for diving, the islands are part of the second biggest reef in the world but equally great for a relaxing end of a holiday enjoying the fresh seafood and clear, calm waters. Here the wet season runs from August - January, bringing afternoon showers, while the cooler dry season begins around January and continues until July or August.View our Bay Islands and beaches weather guide
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