Roatan – We did a private tour with Rony’s Tours http://ronystours.com/ I have used Rony in the past and have referred others to him. He provides English speaking drivers/guides and air conditioned vehicles. All I can say is you will get your monies worth and then some by using Rony. Our driver (Arnold) met us at the port exit at 10 AM with a van and a guide for 8 people. I was the only one who had been to Roatan before, so I had Arnold show us his island. We saw the good and the not so good parts of the island. We stopped for lunch at a local open air restaurant for local specialties like fresh Caribbean lobster, red snapper, chicken, one person in our party even had iguana! All was excellent. They didn’t have conch that day, bummer. We then went over to the other side of the island for some snorkeling and shopping and a few conch balls at another restaurant, then back to the ship. We were gone for 6 hours and it cost us $25 per person plus tip. Try doing something like that for that price from the ship.----------------------------As far as the ports on this cruise, our first stop was Roatan Honduras. My husband had been there previously and pre-arranged a private tour for our group with Rony's Tours. To be honest, I was not impressed with the town upon arrival as it was dirtier and poorer than I was prepared for. I am not a fan of seeing such poverty, loose dogs roaming the streets and children directly approaching and begging for American money. I am glad we had a pre-arranged tour to take us around the Island and show us different areas as I would not have been comfortable walking around the town without guidance. We went around the entire Island with our guides and stopped at a great location for snorkeling as well as a restaurant for fresh seafood for lunch. Our tour guides were excellent and very informative and also spoke English really well. We spent the majority of the day with them and they made our whole group feel welcomed and safe.
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