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Literature, area guides, and maps are beneficial to any trip. There are a number of books that will aid the education, understanding, and direction of a trip to Roatan.
To catch up culturally and get a taste of the trials that went underway in Roatan's deeper past to its present status, you may enjoy reading "Loss of Innocence: An Ethnography of Sandy Bay, Roatan, Bay Islands, Hondruas" by Carolyn L. Phd. Olsen. On the other side, you may want to read "The Caribbean as Columbus Saw it" by Samuel Eliot Morison. Also along these lines, a great read on Caribbean history is "From Columbus to Castro: The History of the Caribbean 1492-1969" by Eric Williams.
Those interested in doing serious snorkeling or diving in the Roatan area will be please to get caught up on the marine world it provides by reading, "Diving and Snorkeling Guide to Roatan & Honduras' bay Islands (2nd edition)" by Sharon Collins or " Lonely Planet Honduras' Bay Islands: Diving & Snorkeling" by David Behrens and Cam O'Brien.
If it is only a guide you are in need of, try "The Bay Islands of Honduras" by Jacqueline Laffite Bloch or "
Moon Handbooks: Honduras" by Chris Humphrey.