Hey everyone! It’s Alex from Alex and Erica’s Channel, and I’m excited to share with you some tips and insights about our recent cruise to Roatan in Honduras.

As regular cruiser, I’m a firm believer in planning ahead when it comes to cruise destinations. I’ve seen too many people get overwhelmed and frustrated when they arrive at a port and don’t have a plan of action so they just hang out at the terminal for a while and go back to the ship – resulting in missed opportunities to experience all that the island has to offer. I’d like to help you avoid that by sharing some of my experience and offering up some options when visiting Roatan, Honduras. Roatan is one of our favorite places in the Caribbean, and I want to talk about some of the different things you can do there on a relatively inexpensive budget.

When we talk about visiting Roatan in Honduras, keep in mind that it’s likely one of the many ports you’ll visit in the Western Caribbean. Other ports may include Cozumel, Belize, Grand Cayman, and Jamaica. Not everyone has the budget to spend money on an excursion at every port, so plan accordingly. If you’re budget-conscious, try to identify which ports you’re willing to spend money on.

Disclaimer About Vendor Recommendations

I’ve mentioned this before in previous blogs but it bears repeating here: we don’t make any money from the vendors we talk about in our videos. We only showcase things that we have personally experienced and would recommend to others. We’ve had vendors reach out to us asking to be featured, but unless we’ve used and paid for it ourselves, we don’t make recommendations. These vacation cruises aren’t cheap and I want to leave honest feedback to ensure that you folks get the most value for your money.

Some Of Our Favorite Spots in Roatan & Safety Considerations

If you’re arriving at Roatan on a Carnival Cruise ship, you will dock at Mahogany Bay. Other cruise lines dock at the Cruise Terminal Port at Roatan. While there are plenty of options for activities and excursions at either port, we prefer Mahogany Bay since it has restaurants, bars, and shops right next to the dock. You can walk around, explore the area, use the free Wi-Fi and grab a bite to eat. You can also visit the beach, which is free and open to the public. However, keep in mind that while the beach is beautiful, it can get crowded and loud due to the music playing. A budget-friendly option is to go snorkeling or take a glass-bottom boat tour. You’ll see many colorful fish and coral reefs, and it won’t break the bank. Adventurous types can go on the zipline, but this activity may cost more.

When visiting mainland Honduras, keep in mind that safety is essential. Be cautious and aware of your surroundings, and never leave your belongings unattended. A cruise stopover at Roatan, on the other hand, is comparatively quite safe. It’s a friendly place, the local economy depends on tourism and they have a vested interest in keeping visitors safe and happy. Use common sense, be smart and travel in groups and you should have a great time, like we did.

Maya Key and Little French Key

If you’re on one of the other non-Carnival Cruise ships that doesn’t stop at Mahogany Bay, there are a couple of different options that are fairly inexpensive depending on what you want to do. One of those options is Maya Key, which is just across the way from where you dock. For about $35, you can take a little ferry boat over to the island and have access to a nice private beach area and a pool. However, your beverage package won’t work over there, so you’ll have to pay for whatever you plan on consuming.

Maya Key reminds me of going to Little French key 20 years ago, and it’s a good option for someone that wants to maybe spend a little bit of money and just have a nice relaxing day. You can do that whether you’re on a Carnival ship or a Royal Caribbean ship, depending on what the pier is. When you book, they’ll also give you instructions on where you can go to get your water taxi over to Maya Key. If you’re looking for an all-inclusive option, you might want to consider Little French Key, which is a private resort in Roatan. It’s a very popular option, but keep in mind that it’s significantly more expensive than it was years ago. With the all-inclusive package, you’re talking a couple of hundred dollars per person for the day, so it can get pretty expensive. But if budget is not an issue, it might be something you find to be very enjoyable.

Guided Tours of Roatan

If you’re looking get out of the confines of a private resort and do some sightseeing around Roatan, then I can highly recommend taking a Bodden tour. It’s very affordable, and you can experience a lot of what Roatan has to offer for just $25 to $30 per person, depending on the size of your group. Bodden Tours are a great way to explore the island, visit animal sanctuaries and hold some adorable tropical critters and sample some of the delicious local food. It’s similar to the Red Truck Tours in Mazatlán with our friend Julian, which we also highly recommend.

In conclusion, Roatan in Honduras is a beautiful cruise destination that you’ll enjoy. With a little planning and preparation, you can have a fabulous time without breaking the bank. Remember to subscribe to our YouTube channel, follow us on social media, and share our videos if you find them helpful. Safe travels, and have fun exploring the world!

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If you have an upcoming cruise that will stop at Cabo, Mazatlán or Puerto Vallarta, this is one is a series of must-read articles about these ports. I will go into detail about what we typically do and what we recommended you do when visiting these three wonderful ports. In this post I will focus on the cruise stop-over at Puerto Vallarta.

Excursions & Information About the Cruise Line Stop to Puerto Vallarta

First some background info: We are frequent cruisers based in San Diego who have found Mexico to be a very safe place to visit, especially the tourist areas around Cabo, Mazatlán & Puerto Vallarta. We have spent a lot of time in Mexico and Erika, my wife, is originally from Mexico. This isn’t an advertisement for the cruise lines, I will mention the ups and downs of each stop in the Mexican Riviera Cruise – while we normally don’t do excursions through the cruise line, I believe these are worth doing for various reasons which I will explain in more detail below.

Puerto Vallarta

This is our third stop in the Cabo – Mazatlán – Puerto Vallarta loop. We love PV and our most recent visit did not disappoint! We left the kids on the cruise ship and had a great day on our own in PV. The boys were in the Kids Camp and Emma was with the babysitter. If you follow us you know that PV holds a special place in our heart. We spend a lot of time there and that is where Erika and I originally met.

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If you have an upcoming cruise that will stop at Cabo, Mazatlán or Puerto Vallarta, this is one is a series of must-read articles about these ports. I will go into detail about what we typically do and what we recommended you do when visiting these three wonderful ports. In this blog post I will focus on the Cabo leg of the cruise.

Excursions & Information About the Cruise Line Stop to Cabo

First some background info: We are frequent cruisers based in San Diego who have found Mexico to be a very safe place to visit, especially the tourist areas around Cabo, Mazatlán & Puerto Vallarta. We have spent a lot of time in Mexico and Erika, my wife, is originally from Mexico. This isn’t an advertisement for the cruise lines, I will mention the ups and downs of each stop in the Mexican Riviera Cruise – while we normally don’t do excursions through the cruise line, I believe these are worth doing for various reasons which I will explain in more detail below.

Cabo

In a typical 7 day Mexican Riviera cruise Cabo will be your first or last stop. My personal preference is when you visit Cabo first because you have more time in Cabo. If you visit Cabo last you typically have to leave by 3 pm in order to return to Long Beach in time.

After you read this post please read my post titled, Important & Useful Information For Your Mexican Riviera Cruise. You will find a lot of useful information there. Be sure to read that for more details.

I will give you a summary of the port and a breakdown of tours and options based on your budget.

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If you have an upcoming cruise that will stop at Cabo, Mazatlán or Puerto Vallarta, this is one is a series of must-read articles about these ports. I will go into detail about what we typically do and what we recommended you do when visiting these three wonderful ports. In this post I will focus on the Mazatlán leg of the cruise.

Excursions & Information About the Cruise Line Stop to Mazatlán

First some background info: We are frequent cruisers based in San Diego who have found Mexico to be a very safe place to visit, especially the tourist areas around Cabo, Mazatlán & Puerto Vallarta. We have spent a lot of time in Mexico and Erika, my wife, is originally from Mexico. This isn’t an advertisement for the cruise lines, I will mention the ups and downs of each stop in the Mexican Riviera Cruise – while we normally don’t do excursions through the cruise line, I believe these are worth doing for various reasons which I will explain in more detail below.

Mazatlán

Our second stop on the Cabo, Mazatlán & Puerto Vallarta loop. This section will consist of two sections. What we did on our most recent visit and what we typically do. I will explain what we did last time but it is not our preferred thing to do in Mazatlán. We had no choice because we took our 6 month old daughter off the ship in Mazatlán and had to do a bubble / ship organized excursion. For Cabo and Puerto Vallarta we left her on the ship with our baby sitter who was traveling with us at the time.

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