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Arkcruisers July 8th, 2013 09:53 AM

Roatan Beaches
Is this a free beach that is easy to get to in Roatan? We have 9 family members going in Oct. After our excursion, we wanted to spend some time just relaxing. Thanks.

cruised1014 July 8th, 2013 03:11 PM

Mahogany Bay - Isla Roatan
Yes, The free beach is a short walk. Carnival spent $63 million dollars to build this wonderful area, shops, resturants, bars, two docks for two ships and a man made beach with free beach chair. Also if you want to snorkel go all the way down to the end of the beach and there is a peir to snorkel off of.
Here is the webs site for Mahonany Bay Isla Roatan. Look at the schedule
to find you date and ship and also look at the web cam. Have a great cruise. Ed

MahoganyBay Home July 8th, 2013 03:55 PM

If you want to spend time at a beach, I would suggest looking at independent shore excursions. We took one where we did the zip line and then spent the rest of the day at West Bay Beach, which is awesome and has some of the best snorkeling I've ever seen anywhere in the world.

The one major problem with Mahagony Bay is that it often has alot of jelly fish and you can't go in the water. I talked to a local who was born there and has lived on the island for 35 years. He said the locals all laughed when Carnival bought the land around Mahagony Bay because no one else wanted it or wanted to swim there because of all the jelly fish they get on a regular basis. But Carnival got it in order to keep their passengers within the confines of the area so they make more money. Those who have traveled there on a regular basis will use independent tours because then they get to do what they want and spend more time where they want without spending the higher costs of the cruise line's excursions.

Then again, I know others that absolutely love Mahagony Bay and have not encountered the jelly fish, so it depends on what's going on when you're there.


zydecocruiser July 9th, 2013 02:26 AM

You can encounter jellyfish at any beach. Also sand fleas. Having said that, I don't think I've encountered either at Mahogany Beach and have been there several times. It is very convenient and the price is right.

Some pictures

Page1 - Mahogany Bay, Mahogany Beach, Carnival Dream, Magical Flying Beach Chair, Walking to Mahogany Beach, Life Guard, Mahogany Beach Rules, Some Restrooms, Lockers for Rent, Lounge Chairs, Beach Rentals,
Page2 - Mahogany Beach, Hurricane Hole, Lounge Chairs, Clam Shells, Playa Tortugas, Carnival Dream, Rental Cabanas, Pier, Palapas, El Hideaway, More restrooms, Volleyball, Limbo, Snorkeling off Mahogany Beach pier,
Oops - lost some elevators again.
Page3 - Snorkeling off Mahogany Beach, Mahogany Beach, Mahogany Bay, Lido, Blue Iguana Cantina, Various soft tacos, Guy Fieri's Burger Joint, Sun Pool, Pig Patty, Chili Cheese Fries, Ice cream cones, Sweetener and Tea choices, Forward elevators OTL, the "hill",

Arkcruisers July 9th, 2013 09:54 AM

Thanks for the replies! Zydocruiser, I really appreciate the pictures. Gives me a idea of were we will dock and the island layout. We may check out the magic chairs. Grandkids (9, 5 and 4 yrs)might like that. Can;t wait till October!

RoatanSunSplash July 19th, 2013 02:53 PM

Roatan Beach - Private vs Public
If you are traveling with your family, you might not want to share the over populated public west bay beach with all the other tourists. A great alternative is a private beach package. It is family friendly and a popular choice. It also includes a snorkel tour, food, etc. It's worth looking into. Enjoy the island, it is paradise indeed!

ruthlessboss July 19th, 2013 05:37 PM

At Mahogany Bay, you need your S&S card to enter. This beach is Carnival's, but not sure if other ship passengers go there too.
There's another dock in the older section, saw other ships there.

cruisingrandma August 1st, 2013 03:14 PM

Mohagany Bay has a beautiful beach you can actually walk to. very easy to walk it. they have a like a ski lft chair also u can take to the beach and back again also. cheap. dont quote me i think $7 per person. very cool. by all means go tot he beach there.

zydecocruiser August 1st, 2013 11:20 PM


Originally Posted by Arkcruisers (Post 1478464)
Thanks for the replies! Zydocruiser, I really appreciate the pictures. Gives me a idea of were we will dock and the island layout. We may check out the magic chairs. Grandkids (9, 5 and 4 yrs)might like that. Can;t wait till October!

You're welcome.

The magical flying chairs now are $12 but I like the walk. There is a nature trail or two that you can take and explore as well.

I also like the ride and the view, so usually will do both.

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