During colonial times the islands in the Bay of Honduras were frequently occupied by European armies, mostly by Britain and Spain. The British occupied the Bay Islands between 1550 and 1700 and English is the first language of native islanders.
Roatán has become an important tourism destination in Honduras. The entire 33-mile island is surrounded by a shallow reef, an underwater garden of coral and sponges teeming with marine life. It is best known as a premier scuba-diving destination, but is also known for dense jungles, retro-Caribbean towns, beach-shack menus and authentic island charm
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