Roatan’s Beauty, Truth & Wisdom

October 2018

For 19 years the Roatan fishing tournament has been a great attraction for Honduran anglers and a boon for West End businesses, but in recent years it has also become an increasingly prestigious event on a regional scale.

The image of municipal trucks burning just a couple of miles from the cruise ship terminal at Town Center in Coxen Hole was straight out of a movie scene as part of Gravels Bay was taken over by an angry mob and civil unrest.

For over half a century Honduras was the biggest exporter of bananas to the United States, shipping over 12 million stems per year. The peak production decades for Roatan and The Bay Islands were the 1920s and 1930s, but it all started in 1876.

It was the night of August 18, 1899 and a northwestern wind had been blowing on Roatan for over three days. On the north shore of Roatan a 100 foot metal boat Snyg battled the seas seeking shelter from her journey from Florida to La