Belize & Roatan Travel Guide Belize is located in Central America to the south of Mexico and is an English-speaking country with a diverse and fun culture. This former colony of British Honduras offers lush jungles, beautiful beaches, attractive reefs, delicious food and splendid ancient Mayan ruins. Roatan is the largest of the Bay Islands of Honduras in the Caribbean. Situated just 40 miles north of the mainland, the island is the most popular tourist and cruise ship destination in Honduras. Roatan has beautiful seaside and beaches, relaxed, friendly locals and a mild climate. Roatan is a small, narrow island with a central ridge, and ocean views and beautiful sunsets are available from most everywhere.