I spent my 30th birthday getting stung by thousands of baby jellyfish while snorkeling in a small island called Little French key off of Roatan, Honduras. I was told by our guide that it was "fine because they aren't fully grown", and I'm still alive, so I suppose jellyfish aren't so deadly after all. Nobody had to pee on me like in that episode of Friends.
We stayed on the west end of the island, which is a little more bohemian and laid back than the cruise-stop side of Roatan. A water taxi is easily found if you want to go back and forth. Otherwise, stores, restaurants, dive shops, and the like are all within walking distance of Lost Paradise Inn, the amazingly beautiful and affordable beach front hotel we stayed in. (more information HERE)
where to eat:
ROATAN OASIS // this place definitely earns its spot as the number one place to eat in Roatan. It has a fusion gastropub vibe and has many interesting dishes on the menu. If you want to go out for a nice dinner during your trip, make reservations as it's extremely popular. (more information HERE)
CREOLE'S ROTISSERIE CHICKEN // I had my most favorite meal of the trip at this spot. It's authentic, cheap, and hits the spot. There is also a resident cat that will usually join you for dinner. Order the rotisserie chicken, yellow rice, beans, and carrot salad and be sure to save space for their key lime or coconut pie.
The most famous drink in Roatan is something called a monkey lala. You can find a variation at every bar. They are pretty much alcoholic milkshakes and therefore extremely dangerous (yet delicious). While every bartender has their own take on the drink, they usually contain baileys, vodka, bananas, cream of coconut, kailua, and pina colada mix. Not for the faint of heart!