One thing I find both terrible and embarrassing is that on a tiny island like Roatan, it has taken me YEARS to get to some of the destinations around here. To be fair, for most of the year, I spend 6 days a week, 9+ hours a day at a dive shop or on a dive boat or underwater, so I don’t have a lot of free time. But lately I have been graced with plenty of it, so when my friends put together a motorcycle day trip to Old Port Royal, or ‘the end of the road’ (literally), I jumped at the chance to get out and explore.
As with most things we try to plan on Roatan, when the time came most people ditched at the last minute and it ended up being just me and two of my friends. Since they both had motorcycles, we decided that instead of my scooter trying to make it on some sketchy roads, I’d jump on the back of a bike. While it was lovely to be able to just enjoy the view rather than negotiate the road through notoriously dangerous and awful Roatan drivers, by the time we made it all the way to the other end of the island and back I could barely get off the bike because I was so sore. (Note to self: buy motorcycle.)
When you get tired of the tourist trap that is the west end of the island, head east. Thank me later. I can’t count how many times I said, “It’s so QUIET here”. I had a day filled with lush scenery, petting pigs, swimming at deserted beaches, eating fried lionfish on a picnic table hanging over the water, beers in the sun and taking it easy with cool people.
Here was my day through the lens of my iPhone.. enjoy!
Do you like to get away from the touristy areas when you travel and go exploring? Have you ever been to the east side of Roatan?