About 4km northeast of West End, Sandy Bay is a quiet little community popular with expats. Here the Carambola Botanical Gardens covers a protected hillside, with several nature trails filled with orchids, spice plants, an ‘iguana wall’ and lots of wandering agoutis (rodent-like animals).
An important port, French Harbour has a large fishing, shrimp and lobster fleet, but otherwise there's little of interest other than the quirky appeal of Arch’s Iguana Farm in French Cay, just outside of town. Less a farm than the house of a serious iguanaphile, everywhere you look you see iguanas, some 4000 in all – on the driveway, in the trees, under bushes, everywhere.
Oak Ridge is another ramshackle port town on Roatán’s eastern side, this one hugging a protected harbor, with wooden houses on stilts all along the shore. Water taxis can take you on a tour through mangrove canals to Jonesville, a small town on a nearby bight. A one-hour boat tour costs L500 (for up to eight people).