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Destination guide

Bay Islands: a mecca for scuba divers

The Bay Islands, outposts of Honduras in the Caribbean Sea, are an archipelago made up of 3 main islands running along a section of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. They have long been a mecca for snorkelers and scuba divers who come to explore the marine life-rich waters, a highlight being the enormous gentle whale sharks, which migrate to the Bay Islands for a few months each year. Don't worry if diving isn't your thing, there are plenty of water sports to keep you busy when you stay in a Bay Islands vacation rental, or you can just kick back on the picture-perfect tropical beaches.

Things to do

Rare orchids at Bay Islands

For attractions, your best bet is nabbing one of the Bay Islands vacation rentals on Roatan, which has a rich Garifuna heritage and long history. If you swing by Arch's Iguana Farm, you'll be face-to-face with more than 4,000 of these creatures basking in the midday sun. Alternatively, make a beeline for the Carambola Botanical Gardens, where you can amble among the rare orchids, spice plants and fruit trees. The perfect day could end at the Waves of Art Gallery, which hosts regular exhibitions from artists across Honduras and Central America – don't forget to bag a piece of work to take home.

Activities

Activities on land and sea in Bay Islands

Most of the Bay Islands' activities are, unsurprisingly, centered around the sea. It would be impossible to tire of the snorkeling or scuba diving along the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, but there is a plethora of things to keep you busy if you do, including sea kayaking, sunset yacht cruises and challenging deep sea fishing. Swimming with dolphins tops most travelers' bucket lists and there are few places better to tick it off. Back on dry land, there are all manner of adventures near your Bay Islands vacation rental. Glide through the canopy treetops on zip-lines, take 4x4 drives, or swing your clubs on the golf course.

Weather

February to May is Bay Islands' sweet spot

The peak season for Bay Islands vacation rentals falls between February and May, when the climate is warm and the chance of rainfall is slim. If you plan to travel around this time, be sure to book up early to avoid disappointment. The morning and evenings during January can get a little chilly, but the days are usually warm and bright. You can pick up a bargain later in the year between August and September and the beaches will be far emptier, but you may have to contend with short bursts of afternoon tropical downpours.

Natural features

Bring your underwater camera to Bay Islands

The Bay Islands may be small, but they have an astonishingly biodiverse ecosystem, which is home to a long list of tropical species. On land, you can keep your eyes peeled for white-tailed deer, agouti rabbits and opossum, while the skies are filled with more than 120 species of recorded birdlife, many of which live and nest on the islands permanently. However, the real sweet spot for wildlife viewing is the protected coral reefs and caverns, which are home to resident dolphins, reef sharks and Hawksbill turtles. Be sure to remember your underwater camera because you're not going to want to miss this one.

How many vacation rentals are available around Islas de la Bahía Department, HN?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 638 vacation rentals around Islas de la Bahía Department. From 253 house rentals to 175 condo and apartment rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Islas de la Bahía Department?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Islas de la Bahía Department. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Roatán: 587 vacation rentals
  • West Bay: 464 vacation rentals
  • West End: 479 vacation rentals
  • Sandy Bay: 527 vacation rentals
  • Utila Island: 45 vacation rentals

And Vrbo offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Islas de la Bahía Department! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Islas de la Bahía Department?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Islas de la Bahía Department are:

  • Utila (UII): 45 vacation rentals
  • Juan Manuel Galvez International Airport (RTB): 586 vacation rentals
  • Goloson International Airport (LCE): 15 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Islas de la Bahía Department?

Vrbo offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Islas de la Bahía Department. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Half Moon Bay Beach: 579 rentals
  • Fantasy Island Beach: 587 rentals
  • Roatan Museum: 581 rentals
  • Penelope's Island Emporium: 575 rentals
  • Mahogany Beach: 586 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Islas de la Bahía Department listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.