Ready for a life change? Perhaps you’d like a change of pace, settling into “Island Time” in Roatan with your toes in the powder white sand and the sun setting over the water before you. Moving to the island of Roatan is easier than you might think. If you’re ready to relax in a hammock and listen to tropical birdsongs all morning, read on for all the logistics you need to know.
If you know that life in Roatan is your dream come true, then now is the best time to make that dream reality. As Roatan’s popularity continues to increase, housing prices will follow an increasing pattern.
Right now, you can find affordable tropical homes from condos to sprawling villas. Take advantage and get moving!
Living and working in Roatan requires the same types of visas and paperwork for anywhere else in the world. If you want to become a resident and stay here long-term, you’ll need to submit an application for Honduran residency through a qualified Honduran attorney. There are different types and your circumstances will determine which one you could qualify for. I can coordinate your meeting with a reputable attorney on the island so that your paperwork gets completed the right way, right away.
If you want to open a new business here, you’ll not only require residency but you’ll also need to create a new corporation. Opening a business requires very specific documentation to be completed in a specific order, which your same attorney should be able to process while processing your residency application. It usually takes around six weeks to process corporation paperwork before you can open your doors.
The cost of living in Roatan is much lower than many other areas of the Caribbean. However, it’s much higher than other areas on the mainland. Keep in mind that we must import many items because this is an island with a limited agricultural industry.
If you’re moving to Roatan as a retiree, generally speaking, you can live on your pension. But – as you would anywhere – keep an eye on your budget. Especially right after you move to the island…you’ll be excited to see everything and to do every activity. That adds up!
Keep an eye on your costs until you settle into a good routine. And, don’t forget, if you move to the island of Roatan, you are sure to have lots of friends and family come visit you. That’s a great opportunity to do lots of activities with them!
Expat life in Roatan is whatever you want it to be. If you want to party all week long, you’re on a tropical island filled with tourists. If you want to volunteer and give back to your new community, you have endless opportunities to help schoolchildren, medical clinics, veterinary clinics, sports teams, the environment, and more. If you want to never wear shoes again, well, that’s fine, too!
The expat community in Roatan is large and welcoming, so you’ll have no trouble making new friends when you move to the island.
Moving to the island of Roatan is truly a dream come true. I know, because I did it. I moved from the U.S. back to my native country to live the island life. Get in touch and let’s make your dream a reality here in Roatan.
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