Do You Need a Professional Realtor in Roatan?

This question tends to pop up in Facebook groups, so I thought I’d address it here for everyone’s benefit: Do you need a professional REALTOR in Roatan? Yes. But, obviously I would say that because I am a professional REALTOR in Roatan!

While my opinion might be biased, my rationale is sound. To help you make your own decision, here is some insight into the real estate process and pitfalls in Roatan.

Buying Real Estate in Roatan

Buying real estate in a foreign country can seem a little scary. Without being familiar with all the processes, you can’t possibly know the ins and outs. That’s where a professional comes in!

I’ve written before about the real estate process in Roatan. You can read about the buying process, terms you should know, and even the cost of construction in Roatan on my blog.

But no matter the amount of research you put into the process, you need a professional guiding you through your unique adventure. There will inevitably be questions that arise and issues that need to be handled during the transaction. You don’t want to waste your big investment by making mistakes along the way. Even seemingly small mistakes can derail your dreams.

Pitfalls of Buying Real Estate in Roatan

While I’m happy to tell you that buying real estate in Roatan has been done by plenty of foreigners without issue, there are also pitfalls to be aware of during this process.

The most common issue foreigners face when purchasing property in Roatan is the lack of a clear title.

There are, unfortunately, some horror stories from unsuspecting foreigners buying property without the counsel of a professional Roatan REALTOR. Those individuals are – rightly – upset about the transaction and often make it quite publicly known that they had an issue. This upsets those of us in the real estate industry because it makes Roatan look bad, when in reality it was simply a poor decision made by that individual to try everything solo.

If you use a professional for services back home, you should certainly use a professional overseas.

When you are unfamiliar with a place, it is always best to have someone helping and supporting you. You deserve someone in your corner to make sure you end up with the best situation.

Moving to paradise should be a celebratory occasion, not a stressful failure!

Do You Need a Professional REALTOR in Roatan?Roatan Realtor

Being a professional REALTOR in Roatan is far different than being someone who sells real estate. There is an enormous difference in abilities, education, and licensing that you truly cannot ignore – especially when purchasing real estate in a foreign country.

A person who sells real estate can be a person who may know both a seller and a buyer and puts them together with an attorney and/or notary who transacts the deal. The person who connects everyone together then collects a commission for this service.

A professional REALTOR, on the other hand, with the assistance of their broker, lists property and markets property for sale, but only does so after title checks.

Due diligence by a professional realtor in Roatan might include ensuring a clear title and payment of property taxes, examining a current survey and Cadastral survey, plus possible assistance with the ZOLITUR process and payment of ZOLITUR gains taxes.

A professional REALTOR might also deal with the escrow of funds in a specific and designated account for that sole purpose.

A professional REALTOR in Roatan offers guidance and the successful navigation of the entire purchase or sale process for their clients.

A professional REALTOR offers experience that is built upon education, training, and attention to detail that is necessary to facilitate the real estate transaction and process.

So at the end of the day, you need to ask yourself: Are you willing to risk your investment by trying to do all this alone?

Use a professional REALTOR in Roatan. I promise you won’t regret it!

Always feel free to contact me about real estate in Roatan. I’m happy to help you find the real estate opportunity you’ve been dreaming about. Come enjoy island life…it’s the good life!

Land and Homes for Sale in Roatan

This month, I’m highlighting a few homes and a few lots that I think are excellent opportunities right now. All land and homes for sale in Roatan can always be viewed on the Roatan MLS. You can search all listings or limit your search results by selecting specific criteria.

Land for Sale in Roatan

These three lots each offer something special for the right owner. If you’ve been dreaming of building your own island home for a while, there’s no better time than the present to start making those dreams come true.

Roatan MLS 17-413

Barefoot Cay Resort is now offering home sites in the Barefoot Marina Village. This ocean-view lot boasts 0.22 acres framed by palm trees. Enjoy all the incredible amenities of the Barefoot Cay Resort community, including an on-site dive shop, restaurant/bar, gift shop, spa, pools, and some of Roatan’s best snorkeling and dive sites just offshore. This lot is listed at just $119,000.  ROATAN MLS 17-413

 

Located in the very popular West Bay neighborhood of Lighthouse Estates, this 0.24-acre lot offers a gentle slope and beach access, with low HOA fees to cover community costs. With world-famous West Bay Beach just a few minutes’ walk away, this quiet community enjoys convenience without the crowds. Take a look at this lot listed at only $219,777. ROATAN MLS 15-260

 

Roatan MLS 17-41

Adjacent to the popular Lighthouse Estates neighborhood is the equally desirable Turtle Crossing neighborhood. This lot offers its own private keyhole – a rare opportunity for this popular part of the island! This lot is not part of the HOA, but the opportunity to join is available. At 0.46 acres with its own keyhole, this lot will not stay on the market long! Have a look for yourself – it’s listed at only $289,000. ROATAN MLS 17-41

Homes for Sale in Roatan

These three homes for sale each offer you the chance to make island life your dream come true. Take a look at these options all listed under $300,000.

Roatan MLS 17-248

Sonrisa del Sol is a 2-bedroom/2.5-bathroom home in the beautiful area of French Cay. Located right on the water, this home comes with its own boathouse and dock, plus a large storage building that could offer additional profits. A separate studio apartment offers rental opportunities as well. This home is listed at only $259,000. ROATAN MLS 17-248

 

Roatan MLS 17-365

Palmetto Bay B-18 is a Balinese-style villa in the desirable Palmetto Bay Plantation neighborhood. Community amenities offer additional appeal, including a large stretch of beach, beautiful pool, on-site restaurant, and 24-hour security. This 3-bedroom/2-bathroom home is listed at only $269,000. ROATAN MLS 17-365

 

Roatan MLS 17-226

Villa Ana Sea Garden is a 4-bedroom/3-bathroom beauty in a fabulous location. Situated next to the tranquil Carambola Gardens just minutes from vibrant West End Village, this home is ideal for your new island lifestyle. As a duplex with two fully rentable units, you can choose to rent both or live in one while enjoying the income opportunity of renting the other. This perfectly positioned home is listed at just $287,500. ROATAN MLS 17-226

What do you think? Is your dream opportunity listed here? Get in touch and let me know what you’re looking for and let’s see if we can make your island real estate dreams come true.

Moving to a Caribbean Island

Moving to a Caribbean island sounds like a far-fetched idea to some – but to those of us who feel called to the islands, it’s only a matter of time. We love the rhythm of life here, the sunshine, and the salty breeze. Moving to the Caribbean is the best decision for so many of us!

Moving to a Caribbean Island

Moving to a Caribbean island is probably easier than you think! The toughest part is choosing which island to move to…

The island of Roatan is the largest of the Bay Islands of Honduras. With direct flights to the U.S. and Canada, you don’t have to worry about taking those tiny island hopper planes to reach this paradise.

We enjoy a wonderful, eclectic mix of residents in Roatan, with people from all over the world calling this particular island “home.”

If you’ve been thinking about moving to a Caribbean island, moving to Roatan is certainly an easy option. Retirees enjoy a fabulous lifestyle filled with outdoor social activities and a low cost of living.

There are opportunities for entrepreneurs and highly qualified people are always needed to boost the growing industries on this island, especially in tourism, education, and medicine.

Moving to this Caribbean island is an opportunity just waiting to be seized!

Move to Roatan in the CaribbeanBuy Roatan Island Real Estate

Roatan is frequently called the Gem of the Caribbean for its lush green jungle covering the hilly terrain leading to the turquoise Caribbean Sea below.

Powder soft white sandy beaches and dramatic black iron shore (fossilized coral) lines the coastline, with the world’s second-largest barrier reef just off shore – close enough to swim!

Snorkeling and scuba diving have long been popular in Roatan, but outdoor sports of all variety are available for your enjoyment. From kite surfing to paddleboarding, kayaking to beach volleyball, baseball to parasailing…Roatan has something for everyone in this natural playground!

Roatan is also a well-established expat destination, with expats from all around the world moving to this Caribbean island for a better lifestyle by the sea. With a relatively low cost of living and continuous upward growth, Roatan is regularly hailed as a premier destination for both tourists and expats.

Make it Happen

If you’ve been dreaming of moving to a Caribbean island, now is the time. Just do it. You have to make your own dreams come true and there’s no better time than the present!

Yes, there are logistics involved and family to consider and holidays you’ll miss. There are jobs and pensions and investments to worry about. Of course!

But, at the end of the day, if you’re dreaming of living a different life in the tropics, only you can make it happen. Go for it!

What do you think? Are you ready to move to a Caribbean island? I have so many amazing real estate opportunities to share – regardless of your budget. Get in touch and let’s talk about seriously making this happen.

It’s your life. If you want to live it in the tropics on the beach, make it happen!

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.

Sunny Casual Lifestyle in Roatan

The island life is truly the best life. In the Caribbean, we can relax knowing that we never, ever have to deal with winter weather. We enjoy beautiful sunshine all year long, which just makes people happier and friendlier. We all enjoy this sunny casual lifestyle in Roatan. It’s a huge part of why I decided to move to Roatan, and I think you would enjoy it, too.
Roatan Lifestyle and the benefits living on a islandBenefits of a Casual Lifestyle

In Roatan, we don’t worry about labels or name brands. We’re not competing with each other to get the latest cool sneakers or the flashiest watches. We don’t waste our time, energy, or money on those materialistic things. Sure, you can still choose to be fashionable and stylish! But you don’t have to keep up with anyone here in Roatan.

Because our weather is so warm and tropical year-round, we also don’t have to worry about a winter wardrobe. Again, that’s time, energy, and money saved! We can wear the same things all year long, adding another layer when rainy season starts and we all think it’s freezing cold at 75 degrees Fahrenheit (24C).

In Roatan, we don’t judge others by what they do or do not have. You can walk barefoot down the street and wear a bathing suit every day. Or you can dress to the nines because it makes you feel good! Life in Roatan is carefree and easy and it’s all up to you.

Just know that whenever you do meet someone on that street, you should stop and chat. It’s a friendly community here and our sunny weather lets us linger outside without freezing to death. That’s a beautiful thing.

Sunny Casual Lifestyle in RoatanThe art of living on a island Roatan

The climate in Roatan is what draws many expats to the island. We have tropical warmth – and humidity! – throughout the year. We never worry about heating bills, but we do have fans and air conditioning.

The sunshine is what attracts people to the island. With that sunshine comes white sand beaches and crystal clear Caribbean water. We also get plenty of rain though! That’s what makes Roatan so beautifully lush and green. When the rain comes, don’t worry, it’s just doing its job to keep Roatan lovely and then it will pass along and leave us with the sunshine once again.

You can count on summer temperatures staying above 80F/ 27C and the humidity being high. During the winter, temperatures do drop and the rains come, but we rarely drop into the low 70sF/23C. More typically, you can plan to wear shorts and a t-shirt all year long.

If you’re packing for a vacation in Roatan, leave the fancy stuff behind – you won’t need it. All you need is beachwear and casual clothes, and don’t forget your smile!

I love the sunny casual lifestyle in Roatan. It’s what drew my family here to enjoy a better quality of life. If you’re thinking of a move to Roatan, contact me and tell me what your plan is – I’m happy to help you find the right home and access the best resources.

 

Minimize to Move to Roatan

Moving to a new home anywhere in the world means you have to pack up absolutely everything you own and decide what stays and what goes. When you move far away, requiring a flight to reach your new home, minimizing is the only realistic way to get there. Here are some tips on how to minimize to move to Roatan.

Minimize to Move to Roatan

Minimize to Move to Roatan

Minimizing can be difficult. It’s scary to donate or throw things away that have been part of your life for so long. It’s hard to go through all the memories we accumulate in a home and choose what to bring with us to this next phase of life.

But minimizing is also a cleansing opportunity. You can eliminate a lot of physical items in your life that take up space and time and money, all while still retaining the memories.

When we moved our family to Roatan, we made many tough choices on what to keep and what to leave behind. But every decision was with our goal in mind: a better quality of life for all of us in paradise.

What You Don’t Need to Bring to Roatan

What You Don’t Need to Bring to Roatan

Roatan is an island in the Caribbean. That already enables you to minimize if you have been living in a cold climate. There is no need here for a winter wardrobe, no need for big heavy blankets or space heaters or thick curtains.

You can already eliminate all those winter-related items before you move to Roatan. Eliminating those types of items might feel incredibly liberating!

Roatan is also a very casual island. There’s just no need to bring all your formal wear, your dress shoes, or your designer labels.

Sure, there are certain occasions you might dress up and there are certain items you just don’t want to leave behind. But you simply don’t need the volume of these types of items you might have needed back home.

Here, you’ll be in casual wear all year long, with sandals being the most formal footwear we tend to get!

You don’t need to impress anyone here. We’re not comparing outfits or purses or watches in Roatan. Life here isn’t about keeping up with anyone. So don’t worry about moving into a new home and having neighbors judge what you bring. We’ll just be happy to welcome you to paradise with a smile and maybe a cold cocktail!

What You Do Need to Bring to Roatan

What You Do Need to Bring to Roatan

If you’re moving to Roatan, you’ll find certain items from home to be better quality or much cheaper than you’d find on the island. Here’s where you need to consider the difference between going on vacation and moving somewhere new. If you love specific brands but because of import costs they’re 7x the price in Roatan, you should consider trying other brands until you find a new one you like. But if you simply can’t live without specific brands for certain items, you can always bring a supply with you from home each time you go visit.

Or you can order them and ship them to Roatan. Or ask a friend to bring some in exchange for a free place to stay on the island. You can get creative – and if you’re really desperate, you’ll find a way!

Need more tips for your move to Roatan? Contact me anytime…I’m happy to help!

Roatan Real Estate Under $350k

There’s moving to paradise, and then there’s moving to paradise and owning your own slice of it at an affordable price. While I’d love to think we’re all multi-millionaires, let’s be realistic. We’re all looking for a great location at the right price. So let’s take a look at the MLS listings for some Roatan real estate under $350k on the market right now.

Roatan Real Estate Under $350k

Roatan Real Estate Under $350k

Caribe Tesoro on West Bay Beach

This is a true luxury condo opportunity on Roatan’s continuously highest-rated beach. The studio has been beautifully furnished and no details have been overlooked, complete with stone bathroom, travertine floors, granite counter tops, and beautiful Honduran hardwood doors and cabinets.

The unit boasts energy efficient air conditioning and fans, plus stainless steel appliances throughout. An on-site beachfront bar and restaurant and the beachfront 60,000-gallon saltwater pool provide endless entertainment. Listed at only $209,000. See more MLS:16-212 

Casa Sol y Mar Beachfront 

This beachfront duplex is listed at only $330,000. The upstairs unit has 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom, while the downstairs unit offers 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. The location of Casa Sol y Mar makes for an ideal rental opportunity, in addition to the utmost convenience for permanent residence.

Only minutes from popular West End and still close to commercial Coxen Hole, Gibson Bight is a tranquil neighborhood with boundless ocean views. Enjoy 92’ of beach frontage on 0.25 acres for your own slice of pure paradise. See more MLS:17-17

4-Bedroom Home in Turtling Bay

This 4,000-square foot home near Palmetto Bay offers 0.72 acres, beach access, and a pool to complete your island dream home. Built in 2012, this home offers large outdoor living space to enjoy the truly astounding views off Roatan’s north shore.

Underground utilities and a backup generator ensure your comfort and convenience as you live the good life here in Roatan. Listed at only $349,900. See more MLS:15-534

Beachfront Condo at Parrot Tree Plantation

Listed at only $119,000…this beachfront condo has no yearly HOA fees if you use it for less than six months in a year. This condo is ideal for snowbirds and can be rented the remainder of the year.

This condo offers solidly built concrete construction with graceful arches and distinctive columns. High quality finishes include Honduran mahogany cabinetry, travertine floors, Tommy Bahamas furnishing, stainless steel appliances, and central air conditioning. For recreation, Parrot Tree Plantation offers scuba diving, snorkeling, a 320-foot free-form pool, 2,000 feet of beachfront lagoon, kayaking, nature trails, an on-site restaurant and more.  See more MLS:17-82

Palmetto Bay Plantation

Listed at $190,000…this 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home is available fully furnished for a turnkey opportunity. Enjoy an open-plan design, expansive outdoor living space, and attractive community amenities. This is 1,850 square feet of paradise in a popular north shore community with plenty of amenities on-site to keep you entertained. See more MLS:16-342 

Casa Promesa Luxury Villa

This villa is an extraordinary deal! Located in First Bight on Ruby Lee Ridge, Casa Promesa offers 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, several terraces, a large pool, and a 1-bed/1-bath caretaker’s cottage. There is also a bunkhouse that has been used for visiting researchers and students. Additional amenities include a deep-water well and backup generator.

This beautifully crafted home is built on 17 acres of rolling hills and offers clear Caribbean ocean views. The property still has lots of potential and room for expansion. The paved road offers easy access to the shopping, restaurants and nightlife of French Harbour. Casa Promesa is listed at only $325,000. See more MLS:16-496 

Are you interested in Roatan real estate for less? These are just six current options available for temporary or permanent residence in paradise. Another great option is to buy land and build your own dream home .

Whatever your best scenario is, contact me and let’s make it happen.

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.

 

Utilities in Roatan

Roatan RECO farm

Aerial photo of the RECO wind farm

Moving to a new place can create a lot of headaches when it comes to logistics. Learning about local companies and what options might be available for utilities in Roatan are primary concerns for new expats. To give you a general idea to get started, here’s a breakdown of current options.

Electricity in Roatan

The main electric company in Roatan is RECO – the Roatan Electric Company. Their services have expanded greatly over the past several years, but we are still living on an island. That means power fluctuations and outages somewhat regularly.

Another common problem for island utilities is the cost – electricity in Roatan is likely about 4x higher per kilowatt than you’re paying back home right now. That’s something to keep in mind when you’re tempted to leave the air conditioning on all day!

If you’re interested in alternative forms of energy, solar panels can be a wise investment for your new island home. RECO has also recently started new 28MW LPG fired power plant and  wind energy, so we might see electricity charges dropping in the future.

Cable and WiFi in Roatan

There are several companies offering cable and internet services in Roatan. Island Cable TV and Max Communications are both very popular and offer different packages to meet your needs.

You’ll find both companies offer local as well as foreign cable stations, so don’t worry about missing out on your favorite TV shows from back home.

Phone Services in Roatan

Landline deals are common with a cable and internet package for your home, although many expats opt out of a landline at this point. If you do want a landline, look into VoIP services that allow you to make international calls over the internet.

Alternatively, there are many smartphone apps that allow you to make free international calls from your cell phone. WhatsApp, Skype, and even Facebook all allow free phone calls over WiFi.

For your cell phone plan, you want to first make sure your smartphone is unlocked if you’re bringing it from home. That allows you to simply purchase a new SIM card in Roatan for a local number. You can do a pay-as-you-go system for data, texts, and calls, depending on how much of each you might need.

Tigo and Claro are the two main providers for cell phone plans. Which one you choose will most likely depend on where you live – you want to make sure you have coverage in your area. Claro tends to cover more of the East End, while Tigo focuses on the western half of Roatan.

Drinking Water and Propane in Roatan

If you don’t have potable water from the tap, you’ll likely be using the very popular 5-gallon jugs of drinking water at home. You will purchase your first full jug at cost (about $5), and then when it’s empty you can exchange it for a full one for only about $1.50.

My recommendation: buy at least two jugs at first, that way you don’t forget to pick one up and end up out of water completely. Have a back up around, just in case!

Propane tanks for your oven and grill will run on the same type of system as the drinking water. You will purchase the initial full tank, and then you can exchange for a full tank as needed. Prices vary depending on the size of your tank.

For both drinking water and propane, you can arrange for the company to deliver full bottles/tanks to you. This is especially helpful if you have storage space to get several water containers delivered and then not have to worry about running out randomly.

Utilities in Roatan

Utility companies can change, costs will vary, and your personal experiences with customer service or delivery or availability can all vary. I am more than happy to offer my personal recommendations for anything related to life here in Roatan. But always keep in mind that these are just my personal experiences!

Other expats may have other advice that differs, and that’s all fine, too. The many expat Facebook groups are another great resource for specific questions related to utilities in Roatan – you can poll a large group for some interesting responses.

And, as always, contact me anytime with questions about your move to paradise.

 

Jorge ChavezAbout Jorge Chavez, Roatan Realtor  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.

If you have any comments or questions, Please feel free to drop me a note.

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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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