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“So crowded and sooo many peddlers” 2 of 5 stars
Review of West Bay Beach

West Bay Beach
West Bay, Honduras
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Ranked #7 of 20 Attractions in West Bay
Type: Beaches
Activities: Scuba diving
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selah, wa
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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 attraction reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“So crowded and sooo many peddlers”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

This beach is definently the tourist beach. And you have to pay for virtually everything. We got a $10 wristband when we came into the beach which supposedly gave you access to the particular resort's beach, use of thier restrooms, and either a beach chair or a free drink...not worth it, you can just walk onto the beach, lay out a towel and they cant do anything. Also they let anyone use the bathroom so we basically paid $10 for a beach chair. Also the peddlers and salespeople are just plain awful. They walk up and down the beach for hours so the same person will bug you every 5 minutes along with the 30 others. Most of them are children. Then when we tried to go snorkeling on the reef, securtiy guys on kayaks would blow a whistle at you saying the reef was only for excursion people and if you passed the invisible line, you would be removed from the beach. We walked down to the southern end of the beach which was much less crowded, not too many peddlers, and some snorkeling. If you stay along the rock cliff, theres alot of really pretty fish. There were some really big ones that wouldnt leave me (or my camera) alone which was cool. But honestly, im sure theres some better beaches.

Visited January 2013
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Surprise,AZ
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“Great beach!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

Beautiful sand and water, plenty of places to eat, good snorkeling too. Water taxis are plentiful to take a ride to West End.

Visited January 2013
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Caslano, Switzerland
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“Penelope's Island Emporium”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

Penelope's Island Emporium is a professionally managed and attractively arranged store for jeweleries. Ms Penny Leigh displays a great deal of good taste and knowledge on the jewels she offers. There are many in every price range. She also actively supports artists on Roatán Island, among them a collector of plastic garbage on the beaches. After cleaning his finds, he weaves very colorful and original purses from these raw materials. You will not regret a visit of her store.

Visited January 2013
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Sudbury, Canada
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“Nice beach but very busy and commercialized with a lot of street vendors”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

This beach is beautiful and nice to visit but I definitely would not want to stay at one of the many resorts located on the beach. There are street vendors, bars and restaurants lining the entire beach which is fun, but there would be little or no quiet time to enjoy the scenery. Unfortunately the weather was not great so we did not get to experience the snorkeling, but we did hear that the snorkeling was great.

Visited January 2013
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“Shopping at Penelope's Island Emporium”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

We found a great little store called Penelope's in the West Bay Beach Mall.We stayed at Infinity Bay Resort and it was in walking distance to Penelope's.Great place to buy treasures,like jewerly,to bring back home for gifts and for yourself,That's what I bought,but they do have all sorts of other things to buy.Penelope is very nice and can tell you about Roatan.Her helper was great too.Good customer service.I can't wait to go back to Roatan and to Penelope's.Be sure and check it out... Thanks,Penelope!!! LY from Oklahoma

Visited January 2013
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