Roatan Facts

An eclectic mix of cultures

In 1990 Roatan was a sleepy little island that attracted divers and snorkelers looking for a laid back vacation. About 15,000 people lived permanently on the island. Their primary language was English. The economy was based on fishing and cottage industries. There were no paved roads, the island electric company was getting started, and telephones were a novelty.
Today, the world and the island have discovered each other. Over 75,000 people live on the island. Electricity, paved roads, telephones, internet are now standard. Tourism has replaced fishing as the primary economy. Cruise ships visit Roatan daily. Her beautiful reefs draw thousands of divers who now stay at upscale hotels, resorts, and condos. Retirees flock to top-notch gated communities.


  • Age: 50% under 18 years of age; 30% elderly
  • Government: Democracy
  • Religion: Protestant
  • Economy: Tourism, Construction, Fishing
  • Poverty level: High (no current data available)
  • Mandatory education: pre-school to 6th grade
  • School enrollment: 12,000-14,000 per year or 25% of school-aged children
  • Graduation: 50% of those enrolled complete 6th grade
  • Schools: Not enough for all children to attend

Roatán is an island in the Caribbean, about 65 kilometres off the northern coast of Honduras. It is located between the islands of Útila and Guanaja, and is the largest of the Bay Islands of Honduras.

Florida was once the retired snowbirds oasis. Mild winters, hot but livable summers, outdoor activities and a beach within short flight of most anywhere in North America. Laid back and a tropical paradise. Roatan has been labeled the new Florida and has been slowly gaining ground on the once undiscovered gem in the Caribbean sea

Still quaint and mostly unspoiled, Roatan is an eclectic mix of many cultures, most of which are indigenous.  While touring the Honduran governed island, you will speak with local islanders, (who although speak English have a distinct accent tailored specifically to Roatan), Spanish speaking Hondurans from the mainland, Garifuna (black population whom have several settlements throughout the coast of Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, and Nicaragua) and an international ex-pat’s influence ranging from Europeans to North Americans to Aussies and more.