Central America stacks up country after country of lush, natural lands influenced by traditional Mayan culture and Spanish exposure. Honduras is one of these destinations, increasingly popular for its history, beautiful terrain (including the 600-mile long Mesoamerican Barrier Reef), relaxed mentality, and growing number of opportunities for foodies, divers, and outdoor junkies.

The island of Roatán is popping up on more cruise ship itineraries, but just a few hours here means you’ll miss a lot. Give yourself a week, learn enough Spanish phrases to get by, and check out Matador’s articles below to get planning.