Several years ago when I visited Roatan by cruise ship for the first time, we hired a guide to show us the island.
It was great, but we never saw West Bay, he only took us to West End. We fell in love with the island and started planning another trip, this time for a week. We went to West Bay and had an even better time than before, as we had a whole week to enjoy this beautiful island.
Whether you come by cruise ship or are staying for the week, I hope these pictures help you decide which is best for you, but definitely visit both places as they have a lot to offer.
Visiting by Cruise Ship
If you come on a cruise, this is an island that you can do on your own. Hire a taxi to take you to West Bay. Enjoy snorkeling and the beach. Walk from one end to the other, it’s less than a mile. After a couple of hours take a water taxi to West End. ($3 per person cash) Just walk down the beach as there are boats always ready to go to West End. Spend some time walking around, grab a beer, before taking a taxi back to the ship. There are plenty of taxi in West End that you will not have a problem finding a cab.
West Bay is known for its beautiful stretch of white sand beach with gorgeous turquoise water, great snorkeling and good restaurants. It’s much quieter at night than West End. The best snorkeling is found in front of Infinity Bay and Grand Roatan.
TIP: If staying on the island, check the cruise ship schedule as the beaches are crowded during that time. It’s a good day to rent a car and explore the island.
The beach between Infinity Bay and Grand Roatan is where they usually take the cruise ship passengers if you come by cruise ship tour. But save your money and take a taxi there, you will get there before the crowd.
If you don’t have snorkeling gear you can rent it right on the beach. There are ladies walking the beach offering massages and vendors selling tee shirts, etc.
The view of Infinity Bay beach from the water.
This view is looking towards Fosters from Infinity Bay.
From Foster’s going towards Infinity Bay.
At the far end in front of Foster’s you will find a boardwalk to Caribe Tesoro, Bite on the Beach and Las Rocas.
Keep going and you can walk to West End, which will take about an hour.
But for $3, the water taxi would be much quicker. It only takes about five minutes to reach the West End.
West End is a small village flanked by bars, restaurants, dive shops and small beaches. It’s very quaint, but busy at night with a younger crowd ready to party.
Taxi’s are usually near this roundabout when you are ready to return to the ship.
Which place do you prefer when visiting Roatan?