We are proud to present “The Buccaneer” Lifestyle Centre, which has been the heart of the Fishing Village of French Harbour for over 50 years.
Today at “The Buccaneer” you will find the concept Roatan Shop, a Charles Philip slippers boutique, Honduran Premium Coffee Shop, an International Beer Bar with a casual yet gourmet Pizza & Burgers diner and a Swim Club with a natural pool extending in the Caribbean sea. "The Buccaneer" combines tourism with education and culture since opening of the French Harbour Heritage Society with the Interpretative Center of the History of the Bay Islands where visitors can learn about the rich history and cultural diversity of Roatan. Also just open to the general public is the new Educational Turtle Centre where you will learn about the various species of Turtles in the Bay Islands.
Mrs. Rita Thompson, member of the Thomson Jones family, was born in Jonesville, a community near the island of Roatan of which her family are considered as founders. In the year of 1967 she founded the "Posada del Bucanero", a small hotel located in French Harbour, Roatan, which had four bedrooms, a bathroom and a family room. It is the first hotel to be opened on the island.
The Bucanero can be considered an important historical reference point in the development not only of French Harbour, but also of Roatan and the Bay Islands.
In its period of greatest splendor, El Bucanero was visited by personalities from the national and international level such as former heads of state of Honduras General Juan Alberto Melgar Castro and Policarpo Paz Garcia, and England’s Prince Philip.
In the present time, after years of extensive renovations, "The Buccaneer" has finally been restored and is under new management. It finally reopened its doors to the public in August 2016. The original wooden architecture has been is preserved, but adaptations to suit the needs of a modern and sophisticated community have been added. It has ceased to be hotel and has become a tourist center where visitors can enjoy a promenade that transmits peace and tranquility between the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea.