Once the site of raids led by notorious buccaneers Henry Morgan and Blackbeard in the 17th and 18th centuries, this strategic refuge for pirates has since turned into a popular tourist destination now treasured by tourists from around the world.
In this episode, Basecampers Emily, Rodrigo and Zain travel to Helene (also know as Santa Elena), on the East side of the island of Roatán, in search of secret pirate dens. They trek through mangroves and tempt fate in these so-called haunted caves, hidden in the dense tropical forest. Besides the bats and tarantulas, other creepy cave dwellers include ghosts or “duppies”, as the locals call them…
Watch the video below to find out what happens during their spooky encounter!
Explore another part of the island – one that’s full of life and far from haunted! Welcome to West End, where restaurants and bars abound. We recommend Earth Mama’s yoga centre and café for smoothies and healthy brunch options, and Rotisserie Chicken, one of the busiest restaurants in the area, serving Creole cuisine and delectable desserts like key lime pie. After your feast, the beachfront Sundowners Bar is the perfect place to wind down and take in the incredible sunset with a Monkey La La, their signature iced drink, in hand.
For more useful tips, consult Basecamp’s travel guide to Roatán.
All photo credits : Travel Basecamp