Orientation -- Roatán sits 56km (35 miles) from La Ceiba on the North Coast of Honduras and smack dab in between Utila and Guanaja. The 64km-long (40-mile) island, no more than 4km wide (2 1/2 miles), has a mountainous center that is covered in lush, green jungle. One main highway zigzags from one end of the island to the other, hitting every major settlement along the way. Coxen Hole, in the center of the island, is home to the majority of the population and is the transportation hub of Roatán.
Visitor Information -- Most of the large hotels, such as the Mayan Princess, have ATMs, and there are a few standalones scattered about in the West End and elsewhere. All other banks can be found in Coxen Hole or French Harbour. You can exchange traveler's checks at BANFAA, located in the airport.
You can find cybercafes and calling centers scattered about the major tourist centers, but these computers tend to be slow. Most hotels now have Wi-Fi or a computer with Internet access for guests to use.
The majority of hospitals can be found in Coxen Hole, although many travelers prefer the small Anthony's Key Medical Clinic (tel. 504/2445-1003) in Sandy Bay.
Visitor Information -- Banco Atlántida (tel. 504/2455-7484; Mon-Fri 9am-4pm and Sat 8:30-11:30am), on the highway at the turnoff to the center, has an ATM and will exchange travelers' checks. The Megaplaza Mall has a few ATMs, as well as lots of international chain stores and restaurants. Also at the turnoff are several gas stations and a cybercafe.
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