Bocas del Toro

Those looking for a piece of paradise, this is it. This archipelago is made up of six islands; three big ones named Roatan, Guanaja and Utila, and three lesser islands plus over 60 islets and keys. It's just 48 kilometers away from La Ceiba, bordering Honduras's Caribbean coast. Teal-blue waters, white sands, delicious shellfish served at its restaurants, sweeter-than-sweet fruits and top-class hotels abound in this area. These islands used to be a secret hideout for adventurers, gold-diggers and fishermen, but in recent years the ever-growing flow of tourists has definitely put this place on the map as one of the world's best locations for deep-water scuba diving. Its reefs are characterized by rock formations leading to vertical walls in shallow waters. Out of the three bigger islands, Roatan is the largest, most developed and most important one. Marked by exuberant vegetation and long beaches, the island is outfitted with an international airport. However, travelers can get here via cruise liners from La Ceiba in an unforgettable journey by sea. Utila is the smallest and humblest of the three main islands. Cozy and comfortable hotel rooms waiting for visitors to give them unexpected findings lying under the sea dot its ragged and jungle-like coast. The farthest of all the islands is Guanaja, the same spot where Christopher Columbus landed during his fourth and last trip to the New World. The Great Admiral called it The Isle of Pines due precisely to the abundance of coniferous trees. Modern freighter Jabo Trader, sunken under Guanaja's waters, stands for one of the region's top attractions since it's so well preserved and because it harbors an amazing amount of fish. Dare come to this challenging and magical adventure, and you'll feel like coming back all over again.

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A famous Haitian was Audubon, the bird artist who inspired all of the Audubon birding societies in the US.