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, Coral View Village, and Parrot Tree are three 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, Milton Bight, Jonesville Point, Diamond Rock, 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