Garifuna Traditions

A great number of Garifunas live on the Bay of Roatan, where they maintain their rich cultural traditions of music, dance, cuisine and much more. Garifuna music styles are known for their heavy use of percussion instruments and distinctive drumming, which combines the beats of primero (tenor) and segunda (bass) drums. Garifuna drums are usually made from hollowed-out hardwoods such […]

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Island Cooking-Roatan

by Monish Welcome Dine on fresh seafood as you look out over the clear blue Caribbean Sea; sip a cool, tropical drink as you watch the sunset burst into an explosion of pastel blues, pinks and yellows; or enjoy a delicious island-inspired meal under the stars. The culinary cuisine of Roatan is an amazing blend of tropical tastes and multicultural […]

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Honduras Cuisine

by Monish Welcome From corn to the most delicious refried beans in Central America, Honduran food is typically described as a regional variation of what is known around the world as Mexican food. This is due to the common cultural heritage of Mesoamerica during pre-Columbian times. For flavorings, Honduran cooks rely heavily on spices such as cumin, curry, allspice, and […]

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Getting to Roatan

Bay Islands, Honduras by Monish Welcome Thousands of tourists from around the world travel to Roatan each year to enjoy the island’s relaxed lifestyle, beautiful sea, spectacular diving and snorkeling, mild climate and friendly people. As the largest of the Bay Islands in Honduras, Roatan is quickly becoming one of the Caribbean’s fastest-developing destinations. Surrounded by a coral reef brimming […]

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The Roatan Reef

by Monish Welcome A glistening island treasure of the Caribbean, Roatan offers numerous activities such as boating, fishing and undersea exploration of the Mesoamerican Reef. The reef, a main attraction for divers and snorkelers, is divided into a north side and south side in Roatan, as well as its island neighbors, Utila and Guanaja. In the north side of Roatan, […]

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Dining Out, West End Style

A gastronomical tour of Roatan’s West End by Monish Welcome Whether it is a night out with the family, a romantic date or a fun night out with friends, restaurants in the West End provide great options! In this colorful community, visitors can find great places to dine any time of day, every day. West End is known for its […]

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Paradise within a Paradise

Roatan’s Blue Harbor Tropical Arboretum by Monish Welcome Blue Harbor Tropical Arboretum is a paradise within a paradise, a tropical Eden located on 160+ acres on the island of Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras. It is home to the only tropical botanical conservatory in the Caribbean, and lettuce and herbs from the Blue Harbor Plantation are sold in local supermarkets and […]

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Catch-and-Release

Roatan’s Annual Fishing Tournament by Monish Welcome After 13 years, Roatan’s Annual International Fishing Tournament keeps getting better. With more competitors and sponsors than last year, the Sept. 13-16 event coincided with celebrations of Honduran independence, making for a busy, festive week on the island of Roatan, the largest of the Honduran Bay Islands. The event began Thursday night with […]

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Clínica Esperanza

Peggy Stranges in her “clinic of hope”, Clinica Esperanza

For over 5,000 locals on Roatán, this special clinic is their primary medical care provider. Written by. Monish Welcome It is Monday morning at Clínica Esperanza in Sandy Bay. People are talking in hushed voices as they sit in lines of chairs waiting to see a doctor. Children are playing on the playground outside while adults enjoy baleadas prepared by […]

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Birds of a Feather?

The new nation of Timor Leste has yet to choose its national bird. For the moment, though, a chicken appears both on a coin and on postage stamps. This might not be as bad of a choice as it initially appears. Chickens, considered objectively, are resplendent things. Colonel Sanders would never have been interested in any of our local national […]

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