Mahogany-BeachWant to save money and enjoy a private beach, some shopping, a chair lift and beautiful natural scenery with your family? Visit the Mahogany Bay port on the Isle of Roatan in Honduras. On many of the Carnival  and Princess Caribbean cruises, the Isle of Roatan is a scheduled stop.

Built in 2009, Mahogany Bay is just a short walk from your ship. You’ll walk through a duty free store and then arrive at the shopping area that includes restaurants and bars along with taxis that will take you to other parts of Roatan and paid excursions including diving, zip lining and tours.

The shopping area is a beautiful spot with pastel painted buildings and it is well maintained. Be sure stop and visit the Roatan Heritage Exhibit and buy a sun hat or tee shirt at one the shops.

Then if you’re off to the beach, you have a choice of walking or taking the Magical Flying Beach Chair. Somewhat like a ski lift, it is suspended 67 feet above a canopy of trees. There’s a full day fee. Buy your tickets on board and exchange them for a wristband at Mahogany Bay. Your children are sure to love this adventure.

Both the walk and ride are scenic. The Mahogany Beach is private, with free lounge chairs, water sports items and floats. You can also rent cabanas, but they are quite pricey. The water is warm, calm and inviting and filled with many unusual shells and rocks, which will fascinate both adults and children. Using a float makes your time in the water so relaxing. Nearby are restaurants where you can get snacks and drinks.

Be sure to use sunscreen and reapply it often. Wear sunglasses and a sun hat. Don’t be surprised if you end up spending hours in the water and making new friends. It’s a delightful way to spend your time soaking up the sun, or sleeping in the shade. Take photos of the real shipwrecks. Your children will love playing in the water and sand. The white sand and the bottom of the ocean are rocky so wear water shoesalt, but expect paradise.

I was able to use my scooter on all of Mahogany Bay except for the beach. My visit was a few years ago, so perhaps beach wheelchairs are now available. This was the highlight of our cruise and we can’t wait to visit again.

Connie Roberts is a professional blogger who makes it her mission to advocate for people with medical issues. Travel with a disability is not a struggle, but an opportunity to see the world and let others see that it’s possible and a lot of fun. Tweet with her @ConnieFoggles.