Me, my wife and our 10 year old son are planning a vacation to Roatan sometime in the spring of 2014 (April /May). We are seasoned traveler's having taken a vacation every year since our son was 4 years old. Several trips to Playa del Carmen/Akumal/Cozumel. We went to Belize last year and Hawaii the year before that. I do all the research/planning and execution of everything from lodging to rent a car. I always start with TI. We almost went to Roatan 2 year ago, so I've done some research. I'm an avid scuba diver, so you know why I want to go to Roatan. I take my son snorkeling and he loves it. My wife does not snorkel or dive, she likes hanging by the beach or pool and getting into the local culture. I usually get a vacation rental for accommodations and a rental car if needed, we like to be independent. We don't normally do AI and if I was traveling alone a nice room would be fine. I would be underwater most of the time anyway.!! but I have to take care of the family, so I'm looking for something nice but moderate. I'm looking for a little insight, off the beaten path stuff, someplace nice, a pool is a must and something on the beach
lodging recommendations ($150-$200 a night budget) I hear the West End or West End Bay is the nice part of the island, any other parts I should consider? any nice vacation rentals, I don't mind BBQing a little.
Dive shop recommendations (any steel tank shops around?) I would like to get up and out early and get a 2-take dive in the AM, so I'm back with the family by 1pm or so
things to do (for a wife and son while hubby is out diving) Family stuff we can all do?
We are not big on "nightlife", but enjoy getting out a little
cultural activities (we were able to get all around Belize, Orange Walk, San Ignacio were the Mayan ruins were beautiful, I got my diving in Placenica and San Pedro, fantastic dives )
any general good info, websites and recommendations will be greatly appreciated