Become an Expat in Roatan

Roatan MLS 15-387 Sundancer Cabana

Roatan MLS 15-387 Sundancer Cabana

The island of Roatan offers an idyllic Caribbean lifestyle, filled with sunshine and warmth year-round. If you are considering moving to the Caribbean, consider becoming an expat in Roatan. Whatever specific lifestyle you seek, I can promise you’ll find the perfect neighborhood and community here in Roatan.

Move to Roatan

Moving to Roatan is easier than you think. North Americans can visit Honduras and receive up to 90 days on a tourist visa upon entering the country. That means you could come stay in Roatan for up to three months with no need for residency or any advance visa. Three months is an ideal amount of time to try out the lifestyle and get to know the area better before deciding to stay permanently.

To become an expat in Roatan, it’s best to actually become a Honduran resident. If you’re planning to live here full time, applying for residency is well worthwhile. After those three months on a tourist visa, you will have to leave the country for a minimum of 72 hours before being allowed to enter again.

While this isn’t impossible, it can become a nuisance if you need to leave four times each year to renew your visa. Gaining residency allows you to stay without worrying about visa renewals.

If you are retired, residency is an ideal option. Pensioners can apply based on a minimum income and retirees even receive extra dispensations to import a vehicle and other household goods without additional tax.

If you’re planning to become an expat in Roatan and work here, you definitely require a right to work via residency permission. You can start a corporation and then apply for residency via the company – that’s a fairly common route for many foreign workers and entrepreneurs.

I’m happy to connect you with a reputable attorney here in Roatan so you can discuss your options. Often, your real estate purchase and residency can be combined into a seamless transaction to achieve the best results.

Become an Expat in Roatan

The Roatan expat community is incredibly welcoming! You will easily make new friends and find a supportive community here on the island. From retirees gathering on the beach on Mondays to sunset drinks after a day of diving, from volunteer organizations to helping new expats learn the ropes, expats in Roatan are a fantastic crew.

You can socialize as much or as little as you’d like. You can do different outdoor activities every single day, or just laze in a hammock all day long.

You’ll likely become friends with someone who owns a boat (if you don’t own one yourself), so day trips and sunset cruises are not uncommon. Days spent lounging in the sand or by a pool are typical. Afternoons chilling on a dock while chatting with a neighbor are all too familiar.

Life in Roatan is truly idyllic.

Don’t be afraid to get in touch if you have questions about moving to Roatan and becoming an expat. I’m happy to help guide you with advice on the neighborhoods of Roatan, residency options, and various real estate opportunities.

Real Estate Opportunities

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$39,900
main highway, Adlie, Roatan,
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Property Type: Land
Area: Diamond Rock
Subdivision: Diamond Rock
Description: Want your very own jungle retreat in the Caribbean? Spacious forested 1 acr...
Last Updated: October - 22 - 2021
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$239,000
No Vacancy Fourplex, Meticulously maintained 4-Unit, Utila,
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Property Type: Commercial
Area: Utila
Subdivision: La Loma
Description: No Vacancy! This four-plex apartment is always full with great scuba dive s...
Last Updated: October - 22 - 2021
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$33,000
Discuss your plans for your homesite.
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Property Type: Land
Area: Diamond Rock
Subdivision: Diamond Rock Resort
Description: If you want to be away ''far from the madding crowd'' and tucked away from ...
Last Updated: October - 22 - 2021
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$35,000
Beach Access Lot - Coral Beach, Utila,
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Property Type: Land
Area: Utila
Description: Beautiful back lot of 0.21 acres is in the sought-after area of Little Bigh...
Last Updated: October - 22 - 2021
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$465,000
Lay back and take in some rays on the private roof top patio
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 3
Square Footage: 1800
Year Built: 2008
Area: West End
Subdivision: West End
Description: This ocean view penthouse condo is located in Mangrove Dock, in West End. T...
Last Updated: October - 21 - 2021
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$279,000
Aerial of the home on lot 89
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1641
Year Built: 2021
Area: Lawson Rock
Subdivision: Lawson Rock
Description: Come live the island dream in Lawson Rock. This home is currently under con...
Last Updated: October - 21 - 2021
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$99,500
Spacious private patio on condo B1 that overlooks an Avocado Tree and other tropical trees
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 1
# of Bathrooms: 1
Square Footage: 693
Year Built: 2021
Area: West End
Subdivision: West End
Description: Jardines de Catalina is expanding! This developement in West End, which is ...
Last Updated: October - 20 - 2021
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$160,000
West End, Cocolobo Condo, Roatan,
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 1
# of Bathrooms: 1
Square Footage: 600
Area: West End
Subdivision: Cocolobo
Description: Income producing condo in West End on the iron shore! Beautiful Cocolobo co...
Last Updated: October - 20 - 2021
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$595,000
Bay, Luxurious Living at Keyhole, Roatan,
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2.5
Square Footage: 1860
Year Built: 2011
Area: Keyhole
Subdivision: Keyhole Bay
Description: Two bedroom, two and a half bath condominium that feels more like a home bu...
Last Updated: October - 20 - 2021
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$325,000
Top Ridge, Sunset Views of Top Ridge, Roatan,
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 2275
Year Built: 2016
Area: Sandy Bay
Subdivision: Top Ridge
Description: Beautiful home with a great layout designed to enjoy the Caribbean Sea and ...
Last Updated: October - 20 - 2021
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