ROATAN, HONDURAS (The Explorer’s Playground)
If you’re like me, a mention of Roatan conjures mental images of a fictional long-lost Byzantine Empire city, more than an actual modern paradise.
Luckily for us all however, this small exotic island is as real as can be, located in the Caribbean about 40 miles off the coast of Honduras, and is surrounded by the second largest coral reef in the world. Most activities on the island are based around their turquoise blue waters and expansive sea life, so while getting full-blown Nat Geo, what else is there to the Roatan Lifestyle? Well, a lot actually, and all guaranteed to make you an Instagram star both rn and on #FBF!
1. HUG A SLOTH
At Daniel Johnson’s Monkey & Sloth Hangout, all of your deepest sloth hugging dreams will come true. This animal sanctuary is located in French Cay and has several animals to interact with, including sloths, capuchin monkeys, scarlet macaws, and parrots!
2. HAVE A DRINK IN THE CARIBBEAN
We’ve all seen the swim-up bars that many resort pools provide, but this is the swim-up bar to end them all. Located at Little French Key, a private island resort, you’ll have the ability to swim in the pristine Caribbean waters, and then paddle up to refresh your cocktail when thirsty. The resort also features white sand beaches, restaurants, and an air of “blissful calmness” that can only be described as 😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎
3. NIGHT SNORKELING
Roatan is known for their reefs, so you pretty much must simply go and explore! West Bay is the best location on the island for snorkeling, and some of the features include the infamous coral reefs, turtles, exotic fish, and rays. Last one in the water is a rotten egg!
4. DOLPHIN KISSES
Everyone loves a nice peck on the cheek from a loved one or friend, but you know what’s even better than that? A peck with a friggin’ porpoise, that’s what (you see what we did there)! The island offers several locations where you can snorkel and swim with these friendly creatures, so brush your teeth and pucker up!
5. SYB Sunset Catamaran Cruise
This one is more about the people that you are with that make it special, but of course it also helps that you're in paradise. Warm weather, healing sun rays, goofy good vibes, heart warming feelings, and memories to last for the rest of your life.