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Island life in Roatan is laid back and friendly and "island time", like most other islands, is the way of keeping track of time. Life in Roatan is quite quiet, there is not a huge area for bars, nightclubs, and shopping malls; instead people enjoy the slow life, the beauty of the island, and the relaxation that comes with fishing or a long lunch with friends.
Spanish and English are the main languages here but locals are friendly and eager to understand other dialects and languages as well. Island time should be a consideration however, when involving customer service in Roatan, notably in restaurants. The hurried attitude of many tourists can clash with the slow and relaxed pace of the Roatan staff. Take time to relax and respect the cultural difference for these occasions.
Honduras is, for the grand majority a nation of Roman Catholics and the rest branch off into other Christian groups. Natives of Roatan are mostly protestant and religion plays a great part in the lives of Islanders. There is not really a culture of socializing outside of porches , yards and Church to the majority of Islanders be it weddings, religious revival's, baptisms, wakes and funerals. The people that make up Roatan's population are most part a mixture of Spaniards and Indians as there has been a huge influx of migration' from mainland Honduras in the last 5-8 years. English has been the primary language spoken on Roatan since the late 1700's when English "Privateers" and Pirates begun to settled on Roatan. Native islanders are a mixture of Europeans, Africans, Indians as well as some North American Confederates that left after their beloved South was lost to them. The Garifunas are very proud people of African descent who has maintained their own Culture, religion and Language in addition to speaking English and Spanish.
The Afro-Antilleans Community ( English Speaking people of African descent ), according to history been in and out of Roatan with British slave owners as early as 1742 and permanently stayed since 1831.