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Drive around Roatán Island, discover West End village and more

Drive around Roatán Island, discover West End village and more

In late afternoons on Roatán Island, after the deluge of day-trippers from cruise-ship visit-days vanished, my friend Michel and I strolled along the sand and dined on fresh fish and seafood — with rice and beans, of course — roasted chicken, brick-oven pizza or steak at one of the beachside cafés, some with music on weekends.

One morning we hopped a 10-minute water taxi to the nearby village of West End, a cluster of restaurants, bars, dive shops, stores with local and mainland-made Honduran arts and crafts, a church and tropical fruit and vegetable street market all strung along a single seaside road.

Clapboard houses on stilts painted in...

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