When we went to Roatan Island, Honduras, in spring 2008, it was a beautiful tropical island with friendly, hospitable people and an active yet casual mood. That is certain to change, however, once Carnival Cruise Lines develops it, adding a private beach and new cruise terminal, the thought of which brings tears to my eyes. So go to Roatan now, while it is still Central America's best-kept secret. Roatan is a gorgeous island in the western Caribbean sea, off the coast of Honduras. Though it is small and not the most common port on cruise itineraries, it has plenty to do. There is a beautiful butterfly garden for instance. Fans of active adventures can zipline through the rainforest (advertisements for it are everywhere). We also saw kayakers. But the best activity of all is snorkeling over Roatan's beautiful reef. The water over it is very shallow, so you can see the incredible colors of the reef.