How to Get to Roatan
Roatan’s modern airport, the Juan Manuel Galvez International Airport, also known as Roatan International Airport (RTB airport code), is one of Honduras’ four international airports and is serviced by American, United, Avianca, Delta, Air Transat, Sunwing, Tropic Air and more which all fly to Roatan in conjunction with local carriers (CM Airlines, Aerolinas SOSA etc).
Several direct flights are also available from the United States (Schedules vary by season but can be as often as daily from the continental USA to a few times a week):
American Airlines, services Roatan from Miami and Dallas (DFW) multiple times per week.
United Airlines flies direct up to 9 times a week (depending on season) to and from Roatan.
Avianca, flies direct daily to and from Roatan/San Salvador.
Delta, on Saturday is flying direct to and from Roatan/Atlanta.
Direct flight from Canada to Roatan on Charters Sunwing and Air Transat nearly year round typically on Mondays and Thusdays.
Tropic Air connects from Belize City daily.
Connecting flights to Roatan from mainland Honduras can be found online with CM Airlines or Aerolinas SOSA with many options daily from San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa, and La Ceiba.
Your best bet is to try and catch one of the direct flights to Roatan. If you are unable to do so, you can always take a flight into Tegucigalpa or San Pedro Sula, and get a connecting flight to Roatan.
Ferry Service between La Ceiba and Roatan via the Galaxy Wave is a twice daily occurrence and quite convenient for those exploring the North Coast of Honduras before or after their trip to the Bay Islands.
- Tropic Air
- CM Airlines
- Air Transat
Language on Roatan
Both a Caribbean English patois and standard Spanish are spoken in Roatan, and most schools teach courses in both languages. The current population of Roatan is approximately 60,000.
Currency in Roatan
The Lempira is the official currency of Honduras but US dollars accepted throughout Roatan and can be used in most parts of the island. Credit Cards can also be used in larger stores and restaurants, but not all.
It’s a good idea to have smaller denominations in US Dollars for arrival (making getting change easier). Also ripped or torn bills are not accepted by stores or local banks as they have no way to remove them from service. In short, travelers should bring clean, crisp bills.
ATM machines are in busier areas, in gas stations and grocery stores, but there are limits on withdrawal amounts, so if you have to pay for something over a few hundred dollars in cash, several trips might be necessary. Western Union and Money Gram services are also available in Coxen Hole, but funds will only be available in Lempiras.
For residents of most western countries to enter Honduras or Roatan you only require a valid passport. Once in Honduras or Roatan you can stay 30 days in the country. A visitor’s extension is possible to a total stay of 90 days at which point tourists are required to leave the country for three days. Visa extensions can be obtained at the immigration office on Roatan is located above Plaza Mar grocery in Coxen Hole.
Packing for Roatan
Light and casual clothing in breathable fabrics is best. The Roatan climate is warm all year round except for in December and January. A long sleeved sweatshirt and shoes are necessary at times during these months.
A rain jacket is a must, as are sandals and a bathing suit for the beach, and sturdy hiking boots for walks and hikes.
Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat are needed all times of the year. Bug repellent is also needed mainly for nights on the beach.
Additional Travel Items
- Photocopies of passport and airline tickets
- Back up money supply with a credit card
- Prescription medications
- Camera and film
- Torch (flashlight)
- Day travel bag
Always tag or label all of your luggage when flying to and from Roatan AND put your name and address on a paper inside each bag.