Roatan, Honduras – Adventures in Roatan Part 2
My last stop for the day is the Sherman Iguana Preserve, over the past decade or two, the iguanas have been in steady decline in Roatan due to them being a local delicacy.
While you are here at the Sherman Arch Iguana Farm, we can walk right over here so you can feed them, ok terrific!
It is important to stop at the iguana farm either at lunch or late in the afternoon. At lunch the Arch’s feed the Iguanas and if you would like you can help.
Otherwise, it is late afternoon heat that brings out all the iguanas from their homes.
So, Gail, can you tell me a bit about the preserve and how it started and what you guys do here?
Yes here at the iguana farm, it started 24 years ago, my father started by one iguana and he started feeding them and there were more and more coming every day.
On the preserve on your farm altogether how many iguanas do you have?
There’s about 3,500 so far everything had been under control my dad’s been taking good care of the animals and I think it’s been a good success and a big help to the island on the wildlife.
So it’s helping and preventing them basically from extinction.
This link over here is going to be your safety line, we hook up the line to the cables, don’t do it by yourself, that’s the only rule that we have.
After a week on the island I need to catch up on some business, I need to check my emails, visit the post office and go to the bank and I’m told all of this can be done in Coxen Hole.
Founded in 1835 Coxen Hole was established when several families moved to Roatan from the Cayman Islands the name Coxen comes from the mysterious Buccaneer Captain John Coxen who lived on Roatan from 1687 to 1697. A relatively small town Coxen Hole is one of the island’s main commercial centers.
There are several small stores lining the streets as well as the large dock for incoming cruise ships.
Walking through the streets of Roatan you can hear both the colorful accent of Caribbean English as well as Spanish, but English is Roatan primary language and it’s all you need to get around.
It’s early morning and I am at the airport again, not to leave Roatan but to get a unique view of the island.
Starting at $50 dollars per person, Roatan Air Charter offers a bird’s eye view of Roatan and the Bay Islands as well as the charter flights from one island to the next.
It is best to fly early in the morning or later in the afternoon as you may catch either a magnificent sunrise or sunset.
After spending several days on the island it is amazing to see it from the air it’s a whole new perspective.
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