Caribbean Island Real Estate in Roatan

Are you considering investing in Caribbean island real estate? The Caribbean island of Roatan offers the best of everything: Affordable real estate, direct flights to the U.S. and Canada, tropical vibes, and a laidback lifestyle. Roatan island real estate options vary from condos to island-style homes to sprawling villas…so you can take your pick!

Real estate in Roatan can be the ideal option for your retirement or as a second home investment, with a strong vacation rental market making it easy to rent out your home whenever you’re not using it yourself. Many of the options listed below would include great potential as a rental opportunity, so have a look if that’s what you are aiming to do.

Caribbean island real estate in Roatan comes in all shapes and sizes, with a variety of price points as well. Whatever your budget and needs, you’re guaranteed to find something perfect for you here on the island. Just don’t wait too long…prices continue to go up and an island only provides limited space for future construction!

Here are several Roatan real estate options on the market right now to make your Caribbean island dreams come true.

Cocolobo Condos in West End

Resort condo for sale Roatan

Listed at $150,000 with 570 square feet in the heart of West End.

Cocolobo is situated in the very popular area of West End, with walking access to bars, restaurants, dive shops, and more. This beautifully remodeled studio efficiency provides two double beds overlooking the ocean along the iron shore.

The top floor units are larger, with pitched ceilings, and large balconies with floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors offering endless ocean views! A new kitchenette, new furniture and fixtures, and new air conditioner and ceiling fan were included in this year’s remodel.

All owners and tenants have access to the Cocolobo amenities, including a lounge, full size kitchen, sun deck, BBQ, bar, and infinity plunge pool overlooking the ocean. This offers incredible rental potential!

NEW: West Bay Golf Club & Villas

Golf Roatan West Bay Beach

Listed at $325,000 with 2,374 square feet, this is Phase I of development.

The exclusive West Bay Golf Club & Villas development will offer the experience that West Bay has been waiting for: A 9-hole, par 3 golf course! Phase I is now under construction, with a Perry Dye-designed course anchored by 22 villas, 14 single family homes, a restaurant, club house and a bar/swimming pool.

The development will be professionally managed and you can opt into the rental program for a source of revenue. This offers incredible long-term potential for a rental market that is sure to be successful.

Mid-Island Spacious Stunner

 Estate Roatan Home

Listed at $395,000 with 8,445 square feet on 0.48 acres.

Masterful design and comfort make this 4 bedroom/3 bathroom island-style home a tropical oasis. Conveniently located just a short drive from all the amenities of French Harbour, this home offers an escape from it all without disappearing into the jungle. Enjoy the tropical island landscaping and soaring ocean views from the extensive windows and large deck with multiple seating areas.

Below the home is a one bedroom apartment that can be accessed both from the inside for additional sleeping quarters or locked off and accessed only from the exterior, offering a perfect rental potential. This type of home offers the best of both worlds: retire here while still getting a rental income from the separate downstairs unit!

Hilltop Island Villa in Sandy Bay

 Roatan Sandy Bay Ocean View  Home

Listed at $399,000 with 1,582 square feet on 0.33 acres.

This unique home rests on one of the highest hills in the quiet Sandy Bay area, providing magnificent panoramic ocean and mountain views. Surrounded by tropical gardens and flowing trade winds, this is a must-see!

The home offers a spacious open-concept living area overlooking the stunning patio and pool area…all with Caribbean vistas sprawling out before you. This is truly the good life in the islands. You won’t ever want to leave!

Whether you saw something you loved or you’re still looking for your perfect place to call home, contact me and let’s chat about your options for Caribbean island real estate in Roatan. The market will only keep getting stronger, so there’s no better time than the present!

Caribbean island real estate in Roatan

 

West Bay Beach Home for Sale

A West Bay Beach home for sale that you simply cannot miss. Playa Bonita is a popular vacation rental located right in the sand of West Bay…Roatan’s most popular beach! This West Bay Beach real estate is rare, so take a look and see if this is the right opportunity for you to own property in the Caribbean.

About Playa Bonita

Playa Bonita is a 4-bedroom duplex home right on West Bay Beach. Situated in the sand and surrounded by lush tropical jungle, this home offers perfect privacy and peace without compromising convenience.

If you decide to buy vacation rental property in Roatan, the downstairs unit of Playa Bonita offer two bedrooms that both come with en-suite bathrooms and are self-sufficient, so you could rent them out as separate units or as a combination.

About West Bay Beach RoatanAbout West bay Beach Roatan

West Bay Beach is the most popular beach in Roatan. Regularly voted the best beach in Central America and one of the best beaches in the Caribbean, West Bay Beach attracts visitors and locals alike to its extensive stretch of soft white sand.

Just offshore, easily accessible on your own, is the world’s second-largest barrier reef system, with some incredible snorkeling sites within reach. Roatan is known as a scuba diver’s paradise and the amazingly easy snorkeling rivals that popularity!

West Bay Beach Home for SaleRoatan Beach Home for Sale

Buy a home on West Bay Beach Roatan so you can invest in the future. This island is what the Caribbean was 20 years ago. We have no major developments, but we have direct international flights and two cruise ship docks. Our popularity is just on the cusp now and is bound to keep growing!

Own a home on West Bay Beach Roatan so you can get in on that popularity early. You can choose to live here yourself, invest in a vacation rental option, or even invest for a long-term plan to retire on the island. Whatever your choice, this West Bay Beach home is perfect.

West Bay Beach Vacation Rental MarketVacation in Roatan West Bay Beach

With the popularity of West Bay Beach, you can rest assured that the vacation rental market is steady. While the island still has high and low seasons, as nearly all tourist destinations do, you can enjoy the fact that West Bay Beach remains the most popular area for tourists, so a vacation rental is an easier sell even in low season.

Keep in mind, however, that there is also plenty of competition right on the beach. Condos, hotels, B&Bs, and other island-style units are all readily available, so you won’t be able to charge high prices for this unit as is. You could, however, invest in a few updates and upgrades to charge more. It’s all up to you. Keep it simple and carry on with the rental options as they already are or change it up to make it your own.

Own a Second Home in RoatanVacation home in Roatan

As a certified Resort and Second Home Property Specialist, I am always happy to advise you on the opportunity to purchase a second home. I know this island inside and out and I know what it takes to make a second home a successful investment. Playa Bonita has fantastic potential, so don’t miss out on this opportunity.

Contact me today if you’re interested in this West Bay Beach home for sale. Let me know if you’re interested and I can provide even more details.

 

6 Great Value Ocean View Homes in Roatan

Roatan Realtor Jorge Chavez

I love to highlight new listings that I think offer incredible value for buyers. If you’ve been considering buying real estate in the Caribbean, take a look at these great value ocean view homes in Roatan. It’ll be a challenge to find equal value on most other Caribbean islands these days!

2-Bedroom Home in West End for $240,000 

This semi-detached home is in an ideal, quiet location in West End with easy access to all the fun and activities and nightlife. Mature landscaping, 1900 square feet of living space, and superb craftsmanship make this home stand out. Oversized wraparound decks on both the upper and lower levels offer views of the mature garden area.

This is an outstanding opportunity to own the land and home with affordable and HOA worry-free ownership fees. You’ll also enjoy the choice of two pools…so this home offers great rental potential!

3-Bedroom House in West Bay for $359,000

Roatan Real Estate MLS  #17-549

Roatan Real Estate MLS #17-549

On a quiet cul-de-sac just a few minutes’ walk from one of the best beaches in the world, this house is perfect for your winter escape or for your retirement home. It has a 1-bedroom apartment on the ground floor with a 2-bedroom unit over the upper two floors.

Facing the South Shore, this home receives the cooling trade winds and has views of the coastal mountains on the mainland and the ocean on both the South and North Shores. Situated in a quiet, secluded residential neighborhood just over the hill from the bustle of West Bay Beach, you’ll enjoy easy access to all the restaurants, bars, and activities that West Bay has to offer without all the noise.

The two units can be rented to offset expenses when the owners aren’t on-island, plus your friends and family can visit you and enjoy their own separate accommodations.

2-Bedroom Villa in West Bay for $398,900

Roatan Real Estate MLS 17-459

Roatan Real Estate MLS 17-459

This new home is poised to offer you the ideal island lifestyle, whether as a vacationer or full-time resident: Views, sea breeze, swimming pool, beach access, 2 XL master bedrooms, a premium location, over 3400 square feet of living space…and an asking price below $400,000.

Located within Blue Roatan Residences, which is spread over 6 acres, you can enjoy a beachfront clubhouse, dock, swimming pool, and concierge service! Single family homes, villas, and condos will be built within a lush vegetation setting on a gentle slope.

This is West Bay’s next little paradise.

2-Bedroom House in Sandy Bay for $399,000

Roatan Real Estate MLS 18-13

Roatan Real Estate MLS 18-13

This outstandingly unique home is located in a serene area of Sandy Bay, near Anthony’s Key Resort. Resting on one of the highest hills in the area, you will absolutely love the magnificent panoramic ocean and mountain views.

The home is surrounded by tropical gardens and mature fruit trees, providing a variety of fruits such as mangoes, soursops, avocados, limes, guavas, almonds, and bananas for your enjoyment. The construction is all concrete with tiled floors, so the home will not suffer typical island damages caused by termites or rusting.

You can live the good life with this hilltop stunner.

3-Bedroom House in West Bay for $399,000

Roatan Real Estate MLS #18-54

Roatan Real Estate MLS #18-54

Teal Vista is an ocean view home located in the upscale neighborhood of the Turrets at Turtle Crossing. This 3-bedroom/2-bathroom home has multiple decks, all with sweeping views of the south shore of Roatan, mainland Honduras, and Cayos Cochinos. You’ll enjoy constant trade winds and ocean breezes from this vantage point.

New mini-split AC units have been installed in every room, plus a new water filtration system. Enjoy use of the community pool and 24-hour security monitored by Bulldog Security. This home is located a quick drive or short walk to West Bay Beach, giving you the best of all worlds.

2-Bedroom Villa in Pristine Bay for $415,000

Roatan Real Estate MLS #17-359

Roatan Real Estate MLS #17-359

Overlooking the turquoise waters of Roatan’s north coast and the greens of the Black Pearl Golf Course is a corner villa with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Both bedrooms and the great room have large sliding glass doors which showcase the view and lead to the patio and private vanishing-edge swimming pool. The home comes fully furnished and is ready for immediate occupancy or to be placed in the rental program.

Pristine Bay offers amenities sought by investors looking for upscale Caribbean living. A private beach is available for homeowners and their guests to enjoy. There is an expansive private Beach Club offering owner/guest services including an 18,000 square foot vanishing edge pool and kids’ splash park, restaurant, and tennis and golf pro shop. Golf enthusiasts will enjoy playing the Pete Dye designed Black Pearl 18 hole golf course. Comprehensive property management is available, making ownership of Villa 1201 worry-free.

What do you think? Are any of these great value ocean view homes right for you? Let me know! Reach out anytime to arrange a viewing or to ask for additional information. I’m always happy and eager to help you find your dream home. If it doesn’t yet exist, then let’s talk about building it to suit your exact needs.

Retirement in Roatan is a Dream Come True

 

It’s no secret that retirement in Roatan is a dream come true. Read any article highlighting the world’s top retirement destinations and you’re sure to find our beloved tropical island featured. What makes Roatan such a favorite among retirees? Let me count the ways…

Roatan Offers a Low Cost of Living

Of course the cost of living being low is all a matter of perspective. If you’re coming from a place with a fairly low cost of living already, then you might compare prices in Roatan and disagree with my assessment.

However, an unbiased look would be to compare Roatan with other Caribbean islands. Regardless of your home region, comparing the island of Roatan with other island options in the region will show you costs on a similar basis.

Islands require import costs and limitations on products and some services – that’s universal to islands by nature.

But Roatan certainly offers a low cost of living for a tropical Caribbean island.

Roatan Offers a Friendly Community

It’s for good reason that Roatan regularly gets hailed as an easy place to fit in. With an English-speaking local community and an extensive expat community, new arrivals find it very easy to make new friends and to create a community in Roatan.

For most potential expats, a visit to Roatan is followed by several more visits before taking the big leap. Those visits offer you the chance to get to know people and to already start making friends.

Facebook groups are also very popular for Roatan residents, offering a way for you to keep in touch with those new friends even while you’re back home making plans. You can stay in contact and continue to make more connections so that your eventual move to the island is a seamless transition.

Residency in Roatan is Easy

If you’re retiring to Roatan, you can easily acquire your residency. Retirees in Roatan simply need to prove their monthly income and then you can apply for residency and enjoy a few bonus perks, too!

If you’re coming from the US or Canada, you can visit Roatan for up to 90 days without residency. This is a great opportunity to rent and get more familiar with neighborhoods and lifestyles before jumping into real estate.

I am always happy to connect you with a reputable attorney in Roatan who can handle your residency application – it is usually best to work on your residency simultaneously with a real estate transaction if you’re new to the island.

Real Estate is Affordable in Roatan

Retirement in Roatan can be even more affordable if you invest in real estate. While renting is a viable option for many, buying real estate offers you a rent-free lifestyle with an incredibly low cost of living.

Many retirees in Roatan sell real estate back home and purchase a new retirement home in Roatan mortgage-free. That opens up so many doors for your daily cost of living. Imagine all the fun activities you could do with that extra cash!!

Retirement in Roatan is a Dream Come TrueRetirement Roatan

Don’t you agree that retirement in Roatan is a dream come true? You can actually have it all here: Beautiful beaches, tropical climate, affordable real estate, low cost of living, and a wonderful community of friends and neighbors.

If you are considering retiring overseas, I strongly recommend you consider Roatan. While I obviously have a biased opinion, you can also listen to the experts who gauge retirement destinations around the world!

Roatan offers retirees an excellent quality of life. You’ll love spending your time outdoors and breathing fresh tropical air. You’ll enjoy a slower pace of life and a focus on daily wonders, admiring vibrant tropical flowers and swimming in the turquoise seas.

No place is ever perfect and there are compromises to be made regardless of where you choose to live. But I can personally attest to life in Roatan being my dream come true…I moved my family here for a better quality of life and we have never looked back!

Are you thinking about retiring to Roatan? Feel free to reach out with questions any time, I’m always happy to help!

Roatan Real Estate Information for Buyers

We’ve covered the costs for sellers in Roatan, so now let’s turn to buying. Here’s some Roatan real estate information for buyers so you feel prepared for the journey ahead…the journey that ends with your Caribbean island home dream coming true!

Roatan Real Estate Information for BuyersRoatan Realtor Jorge Chavez on Roatan

The first things to consider when buying real estate overseas are the legal questions. Can you purchase land or real estate as a foreigner? Do you require residency? What legal implications are there?

In Honduras, foreigners are able to purchase up to 3,000 square meters (approximately 0.72 acres) of land within 40 kilometers of the country’s borders or coastlines. That makes it easy in Roatan since you’re never that far from the sea!

If you want to purchase a property that exceeds the size limitation, you will have to form a Honduran corporation in order to do so. It’s not a complicated process and I’m happy to connect you with a reputable attorney to discuss your options.

Obtaining Honduran Residency

When it comes to buying real estate in Roatan, you have a few options to consider with residency. If you intend to reside here full-time, then obtaining your Honduran residency is obviously recommended.

If you are purchasing Roatan real estate for a second home or vacation home, then you might not require residency.

If you hold a Canadian, US, or EU-member country passport, you’re likely to be allowed to visit Honduras on a tourist visa for up to 90 days at a time. You won’t need to apply for the visa in advance; it will simply be issued upon arrival.

If your goal is to buy Roatan real estate to spend your winters here as a snowbird, then you can easily plan to spend three of those cold winter months in paradise instead.

If, however, you want to move here as a primary residence, you should apply for your Honduran residency right away. I’m happy to help you connect with the right local attorney to facilitate that process.

About Roatan Real Estate

Roatan is fairly unique in the region in that we have a Multiple Listing Service (MLS), which allows all potential buyers the chance to peruse all available inventory.

Because of this online real estate search system, you can be in the comfort of your current home while scanning all the options here in paradise. It makes it so much easier for you to find your perfect dream home!

After you find that dream home, and after we’ve negotiated the price with the seller, I will get you an exact closing cost quote from the attorney of your choice.

In Roatan, buyers pay all closing costs and sellers pay capital gains and commissions. Closing costs and any corporation formation costs are all paid at closing.

Once everyone approves the contract, you’ll have up to 10 working days to wire the 10% earnest money deposit to my escrow account. After you wire that earnest money, and as long as the seller meets all contingencies and terms of the contract, if you back out from the sale you will lose your earnest money deposit.

So let’s make sure you definitely want that property!

While you wait for the closing, I’ll assist the attorneys in getting the catastral certification – or the satellite registered plot – as well as an updated survey, the paid tax receipts, title documents, etc., to complete the closing.

At least a week before closing, you’ll need to wire the final funds, including the attorney fees.

The closing is done after the attorney completes the title opinion search, confirming that the land has a valid title with no unanswered questions. If there are any issues on the seller’s side with the paperwork, they must be resolved to the attorney’s satisfaction.

A final important consideration is in regards to estate planning. With your investment undoubtedly being in another country from your relatives and heirs, you’ll want to make sure your legal considerations are all handled.

Roatan Real Estate Financial Information

As a property owner in Honduras, It’s important to note the financial obligations you’ll have. You’ll need an RTN Number (Registro Tributario Nacional or Tax Filing Number) to do any business or legal transactions in Honduras, including the purchase of property.

Again, I’m always available to help to ensure all your legal obligations are met during the buying process.

Another financial obligation is your property taxes, which are quite low here in Honduras. Generally speaking, you can estimate around $4 per $1,000 of property value per year for taxes. That property value is determined by the deeded value cost or the catastral value, whichever is greater. The catastral value is what the municipal declares the property to be worth.

Those property taxes are paid annually in August at the municipal offices in Oakridge or in Coxen Hole. You can get a discount if you pay your property taxes in the first quarter of the year.

Don’t forget about Capital Gains Taxes as you consider your real estate purchase in Roatan!

Another consideration is customs duties, which are typically around 40%, so calculate that into your costs if you wish to ship large items from home.

Finally, financing in Roatan might be different than what you’re used to back home. Roatan banks don’t usually make loans to non-residents, and North American banks don’t usually make loans on foreign properties.

What tends to happen in Roatan is that buyers will take a second mortgage back home, or they’ll buy a property in full in Roatan after the sale of property back home.

Only you can know your financial situation, but I am more than happy to advise based on common practices in Roatan. Feel free to contact me any time.

If you’re ready to invest in your Caribbean island dream home, take a look at available properties on the Roatan MLS, or just get in touch and tell me your wish list. Let’s make that dream a reality!

 

Roatan Real Estate Available Now

I love to highlight some of the best opportunities available on the Roatan MLS – just in case you aren’t checking it religiously like some of us do! I picked out three great home options and three land options for Roatan real estate available now.

Let’s have a look!

1-Bedroom Condo at Parrot Tree: $110,000Roatan Real Estate Condo for sale

Take a look at this affordable beachfront condo in one of Roatan´s most exclusive resorts! A large beach-view studio on the second floor that catches the tropical breezes, also only steps away from the private resort pool.

Completely turnkey – all you need is your bathing suit to enjoy your Caribbean home away from home!

0.61 acres in Lawson Rock: $95,000Roatan Land available

This home site is located in one of the top communities on the island: prestigious Lawson Rock. The home site is ideally located just steps away from the community beach. Large estate-sized at 0.61 acres, this site is located in the development’s first phase.

Lawson Rock is the perfect island location, just 5 minutes away from the airport/shopping and only a short drive to the many restaurants and activities of popular West End.

This lot is ready to build with paved concrete road, underground utilities, and all you would expect in a prestigious community.

3-Bedroom House in Seadancer: $295,000Roatan Home for sale

PRICE DROP! Looking for the perfect beach house? This beautiful island-style home is just steps from the sand. This 2-bedroom/2-bathroom home includes a large porch, pool, and backyard. There is also a 1-bedroom/1-bathroom apartment that is perfect for guest or rentals.

Located in the tranquil community of Seadancer, you’re just minutes away from Coxen Hole with the airport and shopping options, and only 15 minutes from popular West End with all of its fun amenities. 

2-Bedroom Home in Pristine Bay: $450,000Pristine Bay Roatan Villa

Overlooking the turquoise waters of Roatan’s north coast and the greens of the Black Pearl Golf Course is a corner villa with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.

Both bedrooms and the great room have large sliding glass doors to showcase the view, leading out to the patio with a private infinity swimming pool.

The home comes fully furnished and is ready for immediate occupancy or to be placed in the rental program.

Pristine Bay offers amenities sought by investors looking for upscale Caribbean living. A private beach, an expansive private Beach Club, an enormous infinity pool and kid’s splash park, restaurants, and tennis and golf pro shop are all available.

Golf enthusiasts will enjoy playing the Pete Dye-designed Black Pearl 18-hole championship golf course. Comprehensive property management is available making ownership of Villa 1201 worry-free. 

0.66 acres in Sandy Bay: $86,000Ocean view property in Roatan

This convenient and accessible lot is perfect for those wanting to build a home close to beaches, nightlife, restaurants, and dive shops. Fabulous ocean view, mesmerizing Caribbean sunsets, and a constant breeze make this lot idyllic.

This is an ideal building lot on 0.68 acres with a gentle, sloping hillside. There is a nearby home site with electrical pole and water.

0.17 acres in West Bay: $115,000Roatan West bay property

This site offers excellent value and an amazing location. Just 245 steps to a white sandy community beach and only 480 steps to Roatan´s most visited and preferred beach on the island: West Bay Beach.

Enjoy a variety of entertainment options, view spectacular Caribbean sunsets every evening, swim the crystal clear waters, and snorkel or dive along Roatan’s coral reef.

Beyond the natural beauty and playground of your own neighborhood, West Bay Beach offers many more activities just around the corner.

This 0.17-acre lot features a paved road and underground utilities. For its location and the price, this is a deal that won’t last long!

If any of the Roatan real estate available now intrigues you, get in touch and let’s chat about your options. I’m always happy to answer any questions you may have about buying real estate in Roatan.

Roatan Real Estate Seller Closing Costs

Roatan Casa Sol y Mar

Roatan Casa Sol y Mar

A common question I receive is in regards to seller closing costs in Roatan. It can be hard to navigate a foreign system and bureaucracy, so I thought it might help to pull together all of the Roatan real estate seller closing costs here.

If you’re considering selling your Roatan real estate, take a look through this list to be sure you’re prepared.

You can also check out my thoughts on why I’m the best realtor for selling your Roatan real estate.

And never hesitate to reach out and ask me questions directly – I’m always happy to help!

Roatan Real Estate Seller Closing Costs 

The following is an outline of what you can expect to pay when selling your Roatan real estate:

Real Estate commission: The standard commission amongst all Roatan real estate companies in the Roatan Realtors Association is 10%.

Capital Gains Taxes: If your property has proven any gain, taxes are set at 4%.

Survey: A survey of your property will usually cost between $250 and $300.

Catastral: Catastral is the deeded value according to the municipal government. You will pay usually between $50 and $80.

National Taxes: The Honduran National Government Tax Agency (CPAT) levies taxes related to the sale of real estate property up to 15%. The total taxable amount can vary based on the real estate company or agent you work with, so it’s best to clarify these exact costs up front. At RE/MAX, we charge from escrow, and only 20% of the total commission is taxable based on the final breakdown. Feel free to contact me directly if you want further clarification on this point.

RTN (Registro Tributario Nacional): Your RTN is your personal tax ID number in Honduras. If a new RTN card is needed, that price is between $100 and $200 to obtain it.

Attorney Fees: The attorney who calculates the capital gains will charge between $200 and $250.

Wire Fees: Outgoing wire fees are usually $45 per transfer.

POA (Power of Attorney): If you cannot attend your closing and instead use your Power of Attorney to process all closing documents, this usually costs $250. 

HOA (Home Owners Association): All current year fees must be accounted for, with costs prorated between the buyer and seller. These will obviously vary based on your home location and annual fees.

Other Considerations for Selling Roatan Real Estate

When selling your real estate, it’s not only the numbers that matter. Especially when looking at foreign-owned property, there are many other considerations to take into account.

For example, if you’re leaving the island and moving out of the country, you’ll need to consider the timing of selling your property and moving on. While you can provide Power of Attorney if you can’t attend the closing, that’s something you need to consider in your total selling costs.

If you do choose to attend after leaving, add in the expenses associated with travel to the island, accommodations, food, etc, all while you’re here.

You could also consider the idea of renting your property as a vacation rental, if that’s feasible for you. Vacation rental properties are incredibly popular in Roatan and could prove to be a solid investment.

Ask me for further advice; I will be perfectly honest about your specific situation and will try to help guide you in the best direction.

Beachfront Acreage with Endless Opportunities

Brand new to the Roatan real estate market, this 1.25-acre beachfront lot rests within easy walking distance of West End Village en route to world-famous West Bay Beach.

This location cannot be understated: finding such a large tract of empty beachfront property in such a popular area is now incredibly rare. Take a look at this beautiful beachfront acreage with endless opportunities for development.

Prime Beachfront Real Estate

It goes without saying that a beachfront lot on a tropical island is a dream come true.

This location offers even more opportunity because of its proximity to Roatan’s two premier tourism centers, without being in the thick of the crowds.

If you’re considering investing in the Caribbean, this is your chance to get in on the upswing in Roatan.

This is honestly some beachfront acreage with endless opportunities. Let’s just go through a few ideas to get you thinking…

Build Your Own Dream Home in the Caribbean

With 1.25 acres to enjoy, you can design the home of your dreams. Enjoy unlimited access to the Caribbean Sea from your front door and lush tropical jungle at your back.

Bask in the privacy of a locale that isn’t filled with tourists, while still being close enough to walk to bars, restaurants, dive shops, and other activities in West End.

Note that there is currently no road access, so no worries about traffic! And getting around by boat is much more fun.

This opportunity to design your own beachfront dream home from start to finish is rare in the Caribbean these days. Finding empty beachfront property in such a desirable area means this won’t last long!

Establish a Small Development of Homes

Vacation rentals and snowbird homes are incredibly popular on the Caribbean island of Roatan. Building a small development on this beachfront acreage is a fantastic option.

Take a look at Turtle Beach and Orchid Beach, two small neighborhood developments just past this beachfront acreage headed toward West Bay. With homes there being popular on the vacation rental market, income streams into the developments throughout the year.

Create a Condo Community – Growing in Popularity in Roatan

Condos are incredibly convenient for countless reasons, but there are only a few small community condo developments in Roatan.

This beachfront acreage offers an amazing opportunity to build a small condo complex right on the beach. The beautiful area offering all the conveniences homeowners or vacationers could want will make for an easy selling point.

Similar concepts to look at in the area include Villas del Playa or Mangrove Dock condos.

Build a Small Luxury Beachfront Boutique Hotel

What more could a visitor want than a beachfront location away from the crowds offering high-end luxuries and world-class service? Unfortunately, there aren’t many hotels providing experiences of that caliber here in Roatan yet.

That’s a gap in the market that will inevitably be filled – this beachfront acreage being an ideal example of a waiting opportunity.

The only small luxury beachfront boutique hotels around include Xbalanque or Mayoka Lodge. Other luxury accommodations are large resorts, while other small boutique hotels lack the “luxury” title.

With increased interest in the island of Roatan from tourists around the world, the market will continue to expand and services are already rising to meet those needs.

A small luxury beachfront boutique hotel might find itself primed and ready to welcome those high-end visitors destined to come to Roatan in the coming years.

Whatever dream you can come up with for this beachfront acreage, I’m sure the right investor will happily maximize its potential. Contact me for more details about this listing or to arrange to view it in person.

Cost of Construction in Roatan

If you want to move to Roatan to live the island dream life, you could consider building your own home. If you’re not on a strict timeline for moving here, the cost of construction in Roatan might be more appealing than current inventory for real estate. Let’s go through the pros and cons of construction in Roatan.

Cost of Construction in Roatan

Cost of Construction in Roatan

Right now the average cost per square foot in Roatan is between $75 and $110. That price different is based on wood versus concrete. Where you build your home might determine the materials that you should use, but more often, it’s simply a personal choice.

Traditional island homes are built of wood. They rest on stilts and then sometimes a second home will be built below, on the ground floor. More recently, construction has begun to vary widely as people from all around the world come to live in Roatan.

Given this huge interest in moving to Roatan, you might find that the current real estate market doesn’t offer the price point or construction style that you really want. Buying land and building your own home could be the alternative, with land prices still being quite affordable.

Pros of Building Your Own Home in Roatan

Building your own home in Roatan can be a dream come true. You’ve imagined your island lifestyle and the views you’ll enjoy from your front porch…you just need to make it happen.

In building your own home, you can choose exactly how you want everything laid out. You can choose whether your bedroom will face the sunrise or sunset. Align your kitchen and dining area for the best views from your hillside or beachfront location. Take advantage of the breezes and line up your windows for the optimal cross-breeze to cool your home. Building your own home is a fantastic option for many people.

Cons of Building Your Own Home in Roatan

The cons of building in Roatan are fairly obvious: as with construction anywhere, it can often take longer than initially anticipated. On an island, however, that extension is often much longer. Don’t underestimate the length of time building your own island home can take. It could be several years before it’s livable!

That being said, if you’re planning ahead for retirement, or intending to move when the kids graduate, or just easing into island life over the next several years…building your own home might be ideal. Slow and steady wins the race, remember?

Contractors and Builders in Roatan

If you decide to head down this path to take advantage of an affordable cost of construction in Roatan, I am more than happy to provide personal recommendations for contractors, builders, carpenters, architects, and even interior designers. Whatever you need, I can provide.

A really important note to remember is that this is a different country with a different climate and different regulations and different styles. I highly recommend you use a local architect who is familiar with Roatan to best design your island home.

You want to utilize the best materials and take advantage of the local climate and topography – oftentimes that means styling a home differently than you would do back home.

Move to Roatan

Moving to Roatan is a dream for many people. Looking at the real estate market, you might be shaking your head thinking that nothing looks perfect. Consider buying land and building on Roatan as an investment in yourself.

You can create your dream home from scratch. You can take it from imagination to reality, enjoying every stage along the way. And then when that dream home is finally ready, you can step into the island life exactly how you’ve always imagined it.

Move to Roatan to live your dream life. That’s what I did, and I have absolutely no regrets! Let me know what your dream home entails, and I’ll let you know whether building or buying would be better suited to your dreams.

 

Layout of Roatan

Photography by Roatan MLS 15-271, Casa Moderna, Lawson Rock, Sandy Bay

Photography by Roatan MLS 15-271, Casa Moderna, Lawson Rock, Sandy Bay

The island of Roatan is comprised of two municipalities, each consisting of a multitude of neighborhoods. If you want to move to Roatan and invest in real estate, it’s important to research the many different neighborhoods and the lifestyles common to each. Understanding the layout of Roatan will help you to better understand your options for living in Roatan .

A vacation to Roatan will show you the highlights of a specific neighborhood where you stay. You’ll try local restaurants and visit local bars; you might even stop into some local shops and mini-marts.

But living in Roatan is very different from a vacation. You’ll need more resources and amenities, perhaps access to schools or jobs, and you’ll seek a certain vibe for your permanent neighborhood.

Let’s go through the layout of Roatan so you have a general idea of what to expect from different parts of the island.

Roatan’s Two Municipalities

Roatan is comprised of two official municipalities: Municipality of Roatan and Municipality of Santos Guardiola.

The Municipality of Santos Guardiola is the eastern half of Roatan, from First Bight all the way east. The official seat of government is located in Oakridge, which is also the main center of commerce for the municipality.

The Municipality of Roatan is the western half of the island, comprising everything west of First Bight. The seat of government is located in Coxen Hole, which is also a large commercial center. French Harbour is another major commercial center for this municipality, although its proximity to the East End makes it a convenient commercial area for both municipalities.

Popular Expat Neighborhoods in Roatan

Expats in Roatan live in neighborhoods from the western tip of the island all the way to the eastern tip. This diversity allows expats to choose from any of a variety of lifestyles and amenities.

If you want a quiet Caribbean retirement, head east. If you need a job or have young kids, you should look on the western side of the island. Whatever you seek, you’re sure to find it in Roatan.

For a quick breakdown, here are some of the most popular neighborhoods and their amenities.

West Bay consists of not just West Bay Beach, but also the neighborhoods off the beach. On the beach, you’ll find condo options at some of the most popular resorts on the island. Off the beach, single-family homes can be found in various design styles.

West End is another popular expat neighborhood, with a younger demographic and more of a laidback vibe. The single road running along the water is filled with tourists, locals, and expats, many of whom are barefoot and stopping to chat with everyone along the way.

Sandy Bay is a long stretch between West End and Coxen Hole where many expats search for homes on the beach. The convenience of access to commercial Coxen Hole and the nightlife and activities of West End makes Sandy Bay a desirable permanent home base.

Heading into French Harbour, Pristine Bay is another popular neighborhood. The island’s only golf course is located in this gated community, along with high-end, modern condos and villas.

Heading out of French Harbour, Pineapple Villas and Parrot Tree are two more gated communities offering many amenities for residents.

Beyond Parrot Tree heading east, you’ll come upon several popular East End neighborhoods, including First Bight, Second Bight, Politilly Bight, Calabash Bight, and Port Royal. Each of these neighborhoods offers more tranquillity and privacy than the western end of Roatan.

Where to live in Roatan

Where you live in Roatan is up to your preferences and lifestyle. I am always happy to discuss our beautiful island more in-depth and to go through each neighborhood with you so you can make the best decision for your life.

If you’re ready to invest in Roatan real estate, get in touch and let’s go through the options. Whether you want to rent your investment or live here full-time, the options are endless.

NOTE: All pictures were gathered from the ROATAN MULTIPLE LISTING SERVICE

Jorge ChavezAbout Jorge Chavez, Roatan Real Estate RE/MAX Agent
I’m Honduran-born, but spent most of my youth in the U.S. After starting a career in Georgia, I decided the island lifestyle was exactly what my family needed for a better quality of life. Now, I want to help you achieve that same dream. Whether you want to spend your winters in paradise, purchase a vacation home, or move to Roatan full-time, I’ll help you find the perfect home. Want to learn more? Check out my full bio, or just contact me and introduce yourself! I’ll be glad to meet you.

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