Roatán is an island roughly 35 miles off the coast of northern coast of Honduras and east of Guatemala and Belize. Situated between the islands of Guanaja and Utila, Roatán is the largest and most developed of the three islands.
Christopher Columbus first discovered Roatán in 1502, but never set foot on the island because of an impending hurricane. Spaniards occupied it until 1642, when it became a deserted island after warring with England, Guatemala and the Havannah. The English took control of the island in 1742, and Roatán became an English colony until control of the Bay Islands moved to the Republic of Honduras in 1861. Today, Roatán is a tourist destination known for its scuba diving, snorkeling and beaches.