Are you interested in buying a house in Roatán Honduras, get to know some facts about Roatán Real Estate
Roatán, initially called Ruatan or Rattan, is comparatively a small island. It is almost 50 miles (65 kilometers) long and 5 miles (8 kilometers) wide. Besides, it is 48 miles off the northern coast of Honduras. Located between islands of Útila and Guanaja, it is largest of Bay Island. In addition. It runs along the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. After Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, it is 2nd largest reef in the world. 900 feet above sea level, Roatán Island is an ancient exposed coral reef Roatán is known for exotic experience of diving, snorkeling, scuba diving along with Cruise Ship Tours. Because of its eco-friendly aura, it is best antidote to relieve routine life stress
Districts and Neighborhoods
Roatán is comprised of 2 districts namely José Santos Guardiolaa and Cayos Cochinos. The main cities of Roatán are Gravel Bay, Flowers Bay and Pensacola, Sandy Bay, Mount Pleasant, French Harbour, Parrot Tree, Jonesville and Oakridge.
In particular, you can find plenty of land and homes for sale in Roatán. Pristine Bay is the most demanding golf community where serene golf course is stretched over whole society. West Bay, West End, and Sandy Bay is equally famous among overseas investors for owning a property in Roatán In addition, on the eastern side, First Bight, Milton Bight, Politilly Bight, Punta Blanca, Diamond Rock Camp Bay, Port Royal, and Calabash Bight has equal demand for houses. French Harbour and Coxen Hole is the hub of commercial activities of Island. You will find everything here to fulfill the necessity of life.
Weather & Climate
If you need to define the weather of Roatán in word then its “Warm”. The average temperature year around is 80 Fahrenheit (27 Celsius). In the evening, the temperature doesn’t fall. That is the reason the crystal water remains warm here.
Those who want to buy a house in Roatán, keep in mind the possibility of hurricanes. Roatán enjoys trade winds throughout the year.
Brief Historical Overview
Roatán discovered by Christopher coulombs back in 1502. Originally, it was home of the Indians of the Bay Island. After the Spanish trading for slave labor, the original inhabitants exposed to several Eurasian infectious diseases like measles, small pox and others. It cause the extinct of indigenous people here.
The Bay of Honduras attracted the traders, pirates, military forces and rich people through the European colonial times. During the Spanish and British struggles for crown, Roatán experienced significant economic activities boom. During 1550 and 1700, Roatán has faced military occupation by British Empire as well.
Interesting tales of Pirates of Caribbean are also related to Roatán. English, French and Dutch pirates established settlements on the islands once they found abandoned land. They frequently raided the Spanish treasure ships, cargo vessels carrying gold and silver from the New World to Spain. Several tourists tried their luck to found the hidden treasures in the calm sea even today,
In 1797, the British defeated the Black Carib in a battle for absolute control of the Windward Caribbean island of St. Vincent. After defeat the large number of Black Carib migrated to Trujillo on mainland Honduras. However, a small percentage decided to stay there. They made community of Punta Gorda on the northern coast of Roatán. Each year in April, the anniversary of the Garifuna people’s arrival is celebrated in exclusive festival. These are actually the first permanent post-Columbian settlers, becoming the foundation of the modern-day Garífuna culture in Honduras, Belize and Guatemala.
Afterwards, majority of people migrated from Cayman Islands near Jamaica. In the latter half of the 19th century, the island populations grew steadily and established new settlements all over Roatán and the other islands. Settlers came from all over the world and played a part in shaping the cultural face of the island.
In 1870, Americans bought a food company of Roatán that was showing huge profitable trends. Later the Standard Fruit and United Fruit companies became the foundation for modern-day fruit companies, the industry which led to Honduras being called a “banana republic”.
In the 21st century, numerous American, Canadian, British, New Zealander, Australian and South African settlers and entrepreneurs engaged chiefly in the fishing industry, and later, provided the foundation for attracting the tourist trade.
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