You may know many things about Roatan and perhaps you even visited the Bay Islands on your last vacation, but do you know these facts about the island of Roatan?
1. There are more than 400 taxis on Roatan Island which only measures approximately 40 miles long and 3 miles wide. Most stay on the western half where majority of the population live and tourists vacation.
2. It is prohibited to build a building higher than 4 stories. There are no high rise buildings on Roatan.
3. You may come home to find your house has been invaded by thousands of ants, but don’t panic. These insects covering your ceiling are known as housecleaning ants which will sweep through your home, eat up small carcasses and leave within 30 minutes.
4. The town of Coxen Hole was named after a pirate, Captain John Coxen, who would frequently stop by Roatan. Roatan was home to more than 5,000 pirates.
5. Approximately 10 years ago lionfish made their way to the waters of Roatan. This fish is unfamiliar to native fish who do not recognize it as a predator and therefore threaten extinction to local plants and animals.
6. Many traditional beach homes on Roatan are built on stilts to protect from sand flies which can only fly a few feet vertically.
7. Roatan has two ports and receives between 600,000 and 1,000,000 cruise ship tourists each year.
8. Crocs are the popular shoe here on Roatan. Many women even prefer wearing high heel Crocs to any other heel.
9. You may think islanders on Roatan would listen to Caribbean music like calypso or reggae but many prefer to listen, sing along and dance to country music.
10. West Bay Beach, Roatan was named in the top 25 beaches of the world by TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards 2015.