The first Port of Call during our cruise was the island of Roatan.
We had been to the island before on a prior cruise and liked the island so much we spent a week vacationing in July 2016. Since we are familiar with the island, we decided to rent a car and drive around.
I tried to reserve a car before we arrived, but nothing was available. This turned out in our favor as we waited until we got off the ship to decide what to do. All types of vendors were trying to sell us tours as we made our way down the walkway. We found a car rental booth almost at the end on the right hand side as you are walking out of the terminal.
The guy at the booth wanted $60 and I said no. I told him I was here in July and paid $50 and he agreed to that rate, which included insurance. (Always pays to negotiate 😉 They took us to the car and went through the paperwork and we were on our way. Of course the gas tank was empty. This is usually how they rent cars on this island, as they know you will not bring it back empty.
Our first stop was to a gas station where we put in $10 cash. Renting the car was a good decision as heavy rains came in shortly after we got gas. If we had just walked around, we would have gotten very wet. In fact the place got flooded.
After getting some gas, we made our way to West Bay and drove to Infinity Bay where we stayed previously during our time on the island. We parked, walked in and was recognized and greeted by the hotel manager. He made us feel like we were at home. After a brief conversation, he mapped out places to go on the island to tour and eat.
It still looked like it was going to rain so we walked along the beach on West Bay and bought our usual drink on the island, a Monkey La-La’s.
After leaving West Bay we headed to West End to go to the grocery store. Our mission was to stock up on Vanilla. The prices in Roatan are much cheaper than what we pay at home. We put it on the credit card and it came out about $1 a bottle.
After driving around we finally decided to get something to eat and headed to Gio’s in Flower Bay recommended by the General Manager at Infinity Bay.
This place was a popular spot as it was very busy. We had the choice to sit outside, but it was too windy so we chose to sit inside.
We ordered the King Crab with lobster to share. It takes about twenty minutes to prepare, so allow plenty of time. We both got a bib put on us so we did not mess our clothes. It was worth the wait.
After eating this delicious meal, we headed back to the ship. We later laughed when they served the small lobster on the cruise after our fabulous meal in Roatan. Of course we showed our waiter the pictures. He felt so bad about how small the one they served, he ended up bringing us two additional lobsters.
We dropped off the car and walked around before getting back on the ship. The rain and overcast skies did not stop us from having a good time. If this would have been our first time on the island, I would not have cared for it due to all the mud, heavy rain, and pot holes in the roads. But because we have been here when it’s sunny and know how great the snorkeling is, we can’t wait to return and spend more time on this island.
What do you do when visiting Roatan?