We have only been here a few minutes, but it is clear why everyone loves Roatan. We arrived on the Island today around 9:30am. The ferry from La Ceiba took about 1 hour and was very comfortable and a smooth ride. After getting our bags we jumped in a share taxi with a few backpacker friends we met in La Ceiba. After negotiating the taxi fare down from 70 to 60 Lempiras ($3) per person we were off to the West End. The trip to the west end took us about 20 minutes. Roatan is approximately 60 kilometers (37 mi) long, and less than 8 kilometers (5.0 mi) wide at its widest point. It was a nice ride from the ferry to the West End and it gave us a chance to look through the Lonely Planet and discuss potential hotels to stay at. Once we arrived in the West End the taxi driver dropped us off in the center of the West End and from there we headed in search of a few of the hotels we had researched before coming.
We headed to find Casa Calico, but saw the Posada Arco Iris on the way and decided to check it out. I stayed with the bags and Debbie went in to the reception and came back with good news. They had a room and it was really nice and in our budget. I told her that she should make a quick trip to look at Casa Calico so she set off to have a look, but after walking a bit with out seeing it she came back and we decided to stay at the Posada Arco Iris.
The hotel is very nice and the rooms are large and clean. From our balcony we can see the water through the trees and hear the soft Latin music coming from the restaurant. After checking in and unpacking a bit we headed out to explore the “West End”. The vibe here is great. You really feel safe and totally relaxed. The roads are unpaved and all the hotels and restaurants are constructed with wood.
Check out the video tour of our room at the Posada Arco Iris: