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Mango Creek Lodge: Roatán Island, Honduras

My Blue Heaven: Mango Creek's patio     Photo: courtesy, Mango Creek

4. MANGO CREEK LODGE :: ROATÁN ISLAND, HONDURAS
EVER SINCE THE NOTORIOUS BUCCANEER Sir Henry Morgan reached Port Royal's brilliant-blue waters in the mid-1600s, Roatán Island, off the north coast of Honduras, has been an irresistible attraction for treasure hunters. These days, Spanish coins are a rare commodity around the island's secluded southeastern nook, but bounty can still be reaped in the form of silver-sided bonefish and black-tipped permit. Find them in Roatán's 11 miles of tidal flats and off Mesoamerican Reef, the world's second-largest barrier reef—both within striking distance of Mango Creek Lodge's palm-fringed dock.
Room & Board: The 26-acre wind- and solar-powered retreat is crisscrossed with spring-fed creeks and tropical gardens and crowned with a 4,000-square-foot mahogany-accented hillside lodge. Guests stay in one of three lodge rooms or three spacious guest cabanas, each graced with a private deck and a nap-friendly hammock. Start your day dockside with a champagne brunch and end it with a grilled wahoo-steak dinner in the Great Room.
Out the Back Door: Let one of the lodge's bilingual guides take you out to land bonefish and tarpon in the flats—or to dive among stands of colorful elkhorn coral.
Details: $1,795 per person per week, including guides; 504-435-2576, www.mangocreeklodge.com

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