The Glory of Guanaja

By BobbyRica | May 28, 2012


Honduras has so many things to offer for the world traveler. But one of the reasons I was compelled to go here was to see how amazing its beaches were. As someone who’s used to the water, the coastline of Honduras beckons me and wants me to stay. After all, the country has two coastlines, a small Pacific coastline, and a much larger Caribbean coastline in the north of the country. And by the looks of it, the best beaches can be found on the Caribbean coast. Most especially located on the Bay Islands.


One of them is the unique and largely undiscovered paradise called Guanaja. It is located at latitude 16.29 N and longitude 85.54 W. The second largest island of the Bay Islands, it is also the tallest. Years ago, it was thought to be a forgotten island. Not a lot of people go here and before new people had started coming in, it was largely untouched. But that soon changed. And hopefully for the better. Guanaja is where Caribbean pine are everywhere. The trees have thrived so well in Guanaja that at one point, Columbus called it Pine Island.

For adventurous souls searching for a new destination, Guanaja can be their tropical island getaway. It sure became mine! The main island has 15 smaller cays to explore along with miles of natural reef that surround the island. It probably is the best destination to go off the beaten path as the cays are probably the last remaining islets untouched by humans. Guanana has white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters all just waiting for you to take pleasure from. The beaches on the north side of the island span huge distances. The waters here offer excellent conditions for snorkelling and swimming.

To see what I mean, here’s a video shot by another equally impressed visitor when he explored the beaches of Guanaja.

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