Caribbean Island of Roatan

Updated: Mar 14

Feeling tropical these days? I'll take you on a quick virtual tour of the island of Roatan in the Caribbean which we visited a couple of years ago. We found a private driver and vehicle and spent the day exploring places like Coxen Hole, Parrot Tree, Sandy Bay, West End, and French Harbour.

Mountain top overlook from Roatan. Photo by Rene Griffith.
Mountain top overlook on the island of Roatan. Photo by Rene Griffith.

Roatan is an island off Honduras. These islands were first discovered by Christopher Columbus and later the Spaniards began trading for slave labor. Soon thereafter, the natives were exposed to infectious diseases such as smallpox and measles. No indigenous people survived these epidemics.


Beautiful wind blown palms in Roatan. Photo by Rene Griffith.
Beautiful wind blown palms and pier in Roatan. Photo by Rene Griffith.

Today there's a population of about 60,000 residents who speak Creole English. It was a fun adventure on a gorgeous day where we purchased some local art, ate local cuisine, and enjoyed the sandy beaches.


Sunglasses mirror the tropical scenes of Roatan. Photo by Rene Griffith.
Sunglasses mirror the tropical scenes of Roatan. Photo by Rene Griffith.

Pier and boathouse on Roatan. Photo by Rene Griffith.
Pier and boathouse on Roatan. Photo by Rene Griffith.

Conch, as you can see, are abundant. So are small shops of handmade goods and local crafts. Our driver took us to their local “mall” on the top of a hill where we shopped at thatched-roof huts!

Conch shells and brain coral are abundant in Roatan. Photo by Rene Griffith.
Conch shells and brain coral are abundant in Roatan. Photo by Rene Griffith.

Okay, so you've had a quick tour of Roatan; now to get into some local fun. I have the privilege and honor of being a part of a two-person exhibition at the Foosaner Art Museum. Didn't know we have a local art museum? Well, the Foosaner has been in the Eau Gallie Arts District (EGAD) for 40+ years and this will be it's last hoorah! The exhibit opens March 20 and is free and open to the public. I hope you will take a little trip to the museum to see our show. It's called Abstraction: Retrospective Memories. Here's how the museum describes it: Two distinct abstract voices of solemnity and optimism illuminate the collective transition of the Brevard Arts Community, while celebrating the 40+ year history of the museum. Please join us in the celebration! I will be at the museum on the 20th from 1 to 4 p. m. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.



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