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.

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Layout of Roatan

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.

Roaan MunicipalitiesRoatan’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.

Roatan ExpatPopular 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 RoatanWhere 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

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Why Invest in Roatan

The Roatan real estate market has seen a positive growth trend since the global housing crisis of the last decade. As the market on the island mirrors the market back in the U.S., we have enjoyed considerable growth over the last few years. But that’s not the only reason to invest in Roatan.

Investing in Roatan is a decision for your future. Knowing what the rest of the Caribbean is like today, it’s easy to see where Roatan can be in a few decades. Our isle is considered to be “behind” our neighbors in the region. Roatan is what the other islands used to look like – before overdevelopment and zealous tourism.

Roatan has enjoyed slow and steady growth. This has allowed infrastructure to keep pace with our growing population and has prevented depletion of our precious resources.

Many islands experience regular power outages as a general rule. Roatan is lucky to enjoy a very steady power supply with infrequent outages.

On top of that, Roatan’s tourism market has grown slowly and steadily, allowing the industry to maintain proper oversight to ensure protection of our natural resources while still growing to support more and more tourists every year.

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Invest in Roatan because you know there is incredible potential here. We can look at our neighboring Caribbean islands and see where we might be in decades to come. Ideally, we will continue to grow at this steady pace so we continue to protect our resources and build our infrastructure simultaneously.

Invest in Roatan because you want to enjoy your retirement years without confining yourself to the couch. Retirement in Roatan is active and fun, filled with warm weather and sunshine. Retirees regularly gather for fun social activities and to volunteer with various local organizations. Retirement in Roatan is for the young at heart and the happy in spirit.

Invest in Roatan to choose a better balance in your life – whatever stage of life you’re in currently. Set your watch to Island Time and remember the important things.

Trust me – it’s not important to commute to a job you hate to pay bills for a house you barely spend time in. Life on the island is about community and happiness. That’s a true investment.

Where to Invest in Roatan

Roatan consists of many popular expat neighborhoods. You could retire to a condo on the beach with all the amenities and social life you want. Or you could retire to a beautiful home overlooking the western point of the island, enjoying sunsets and views of the mountains on the mainland.

Move to Roatan and live in West End, where you can walk everywhere and always be surrounded by friends who feel like family. Or move to Pristine Bay where you can golf every day and enjoy the comforts of a modern villa overlooking the north shore.

Whatever your ideal lifestyle looks like, Roatan has the perfect answer for you. An investment in Roatan is an investment in your happiness and your future. It’s also a wise investment in an island that will undoubtedly continue to grow and build an even stronger real estate market in the years to come.

If you’re ready to invest in Roatan, contact me to discuss your options. We can look at your short- and long-term plans, the type of lifestyle you’re seeking, and your residency options to ensure a smooth transition to life in Roatan.

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Buy Land in Roatan

Is there anything better than owning a slice of paradise? There’s something to be said for buying land to build your very own dream home customized to your every whim. That’s living the dream: buy land in Roatan and create your own version of pure perfection. If it’s something you’ve considered, here are a few current land listings in Roatan that offer you the opportunity of a lifetime. I hope you seize it!This prestigious golf resort community offers a luxurious, fun-filled life in the Caribbean. This 0.21-acre lot is priced $100,000 lower than the next lowest-priced home site.

This is the good life: walk out your front door onto a world-class championship golf course, finish a round and head down to the beach, and then hit the clubhouse for a sunset cocktail before relaxing on your private patio all evening. Pristine Bay offers it all within your private beachfront community.

On Roatan’s south shore, this 1.12-acre lot offers beachfront land with boundless views. Ideal for your own private oasis or a boutique hotel, this West Bay lot is truly one of a kind!

Beyond the small beach cove and gorgeous iron shore, you can kayak or snorkel to marvel at Roatan’s underwater beauty. This lot is located just a few minutes’ drive from West Bay Beach and its restaurants and bars, yet completely tranquil and private.

This lot is ideally situated between Bananarama Resort and the West Bay Mall. Being sold as a complete project with the land and municipal-approved architectural designs plus environmental permits, this 0.49-acre lot is ready to build on now.

This is a highly desirable area just steps back from world-famous West Bay Beach. Absolutely a a prime opportunity for the right investor!

Enjoy endless Caribbean views off Roatan’s western point in the tranquil Lighthouse Estates neighborhood of West Bay. This 0.49-acre lot covers a gentle slope, granting views of Cayos Cochinos, the mainland of Honduras, and stunning sunsets daily.

The community also offers a gazebo and private beach for residents. Only minutes to West Bay Beach and all the amenities nearby, yet far enough to be peacefully quiet.

This 0.15-acre lot offers a premier location in the very popular area off Tamarind Drive. Located conveniently between West End and West Bay along Roatan’s northwestern shore, Icaco Lot 4 is the ideal opportunity to build your dream home in a well-established, mostly residential area.

Paved access, nearby amenities, and gorgeous views make this an easy decision. If you’re ready to build your custom dream home right now, Icaco Lot 4 allows you to hit the ground running.

If you’re considering a move to paradise, talk to me about your options to buy land in Roatan. As a foreigner, you can purchase up to nearly 0.75 acres without worrying about residency. I’m happy to discuss your options and to help find you the best solution to make your dreams your new reality. Give me a call or send an email today to get started.

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

Jorge ChavezAbout Jorge Chavez, Roatan Real Estate 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.

Roatan Waterfront Estate for Sale

High-end estates in Roatan are not exactly flooding the market. So when a waterfront estate like Villa Shanti comes up at an incredible price point, I simply have to share its value. This particular Roatan waterfront estate is for sale at $1.100 million…and to call it a dream come true is an understatement.

Located in French Harbour overlooking both Little and Big French Cays, Villa Shanti’s views encompass those iconic blues and aquas for which Roatan has become famous. The location is incredibly convenient to commercial French Harbour, where grocery stores, hardware stores, and the island’s brand new hospital are all located.

Yet the privacy and tranquility of Villa Shanti create the illusion of having your own private island. It’s truly the best of both worlds.

About Villa ShantiVilla for sale in Roatan

While other homes in Roatan might have similar square footage and quality, Villa Shanti stands apart with its bonus amenities. A private beach on 186 feet of oceanfront and a 120-foot deep-water dock with a palapa already put this estate above the rest.

Add in the 1.25 acres of land, which includes 7,000 square feet of living space and you truly feel a world apart. 

Five bedrooms and four bathrooms offer everyone within the home the privacy they desire. This set-up also offers the potential to make Villa Shanti into a boutique B&B should an entrepreneur decide to become the Villa’s new owner.

Even the fine details within Villa Shanti will impress you. Bathrooms boast marble and travertine, doors and windows are made of Rosita hardwood, and ceramic tile flooring adds to the elegant features of this estate.

Villa Shanti also comes with a separate caretaker’s 1-bedroom, 1-bath cabaña. It actually feels like its own little universe of perfection.

Roatan Waterfront Estate for SaleFor sae in Roatan

Villa Shanti is truly the ideal beachfront home. Vaulted ceilings allow for refreshing sea breezes to drift through the main living space, while relaxing by the infinity pool grants endless ocean vistas. The variety of blending blues and greens are a natural marvel.

With the deep-water dock, you can head out on your own boat whenever the mood strikes. Roatan is known for exceptional deep-sea fishing and hosts an international fishing tournament each September.

This location on Roatan’s southern shore is ideal for staying active in the community, whether on Roatan’s East or West Ends. You can join in on fun activities within the very welcoming island community in either direction. The Black Pearl championship golf course is just minutes away and multiple highly rated dive centers are available nearby in all directions.

This waterfront estate is unique – an opportunity for the right owner to enjoy the good life on Island Time. Let me know if that owner could be you.

Live on West Bay Beach Roatan

Who wouldn’t want to live on the best beach in all of Central America, as voted by TripAdvisor votes? West Bay Beach is indeed a stunning strip of sand skirting Roatan’s northwestern shore. It’s no wonder why so many people want to live on West Bay Beach…Roatan’s picturesque locale.

Roatan West Bay Beach

Best Place to Live on West Bay Beach

Best Place to Live on West Bay Beach

West Bay Beach is an extensively long area filled with hotels, resorts, bars, restaurants, dive shops, gift shops, and tourism operators. You’ll find residences in the form of beachfront condos right in West Bay, plus houses and more condos in the neighborhoods up into the hills off the beach. If you want beachfront access, you won’t find anything better than living in Infinity Bay Resort.

The condos in Infinity Bay offer comfort, luxury, and value. You can enjoy the community amenities like an on-site dive center, palapa beach bar, and pools spacious enough to have your own area to enjoy.

The interiors of Infinity Bay condos allow you to live in luxurious comfort, with local Honduran hardwoods and modern kitchens, private balconies overlooking lush gardens and views to the ocean. Those sunset views never get old.

This location at Roatan’s western tip grants the ideal view for daily sunsets. No land to block the horizon, and the option to stay in your own residence, or on your doorstep in the sand, or even out in the crystal clear Caribbean water below. This is – hands down – the best place to live on West Bay Beach.

How to Move to RoatanRoatan West Bay Beach

Moving to Roatan  is easier than you might think. If you find yourself regularly daydreaming of island life with its warm water and barefoot lifestyle, it’s time to make the move. Roatan real estate can be purchased by a non-resident, and if you plan to move to the island full time there are several residency options you can pursue rather easily.

If you’re retired, just prove you earn the minimum monthly pension to get your pensioner residency status. If you want to start a business or work in Roatan, you can start a corporation and then apply for residency through the business. In any case, I am happy to recommend specific attorneys on the island who will take care of every aspect of the move for you.

Keep in mind how convenient it is to access the U.S. and Canada from Roatan. Direct flights will take you to a number of cities there, meaning you’re not moving so far away that you need to worry about never going back. You can visit friends and family as much or as little as you want to…although I’m sure they’re more likely to want to visit you!

Moving to Roatan and living right on West Bay Beach is honestly a dream life…you can actually wake up, roll out of bed, and have your toes in the sand in a matter of seconds. Take your morning coffee in hand as you stroll down the beach listening to the birds in the trees lining the beach. Go for a morning run, or a swim, or head out in a kayak or paddleboard. You’ll find the beach life is a fun, active lifestyle that everyone loves!

West Bay Beach Real Estate

Real estate at Infinity Bay Resort is highly desired. If you want to move to Roatan full time or part time, there are plenty of options available. Infinity Bay condos rent out very easily throughout the year, so you can even make a little extra income with your property.

Buy Infinity Bay Condo for Sale in Roatan

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Living on West Bay Beach is the dream life in paradise…don’t miss your opportunity. That office cubicle will still be there if you ever want to go back. But I know you never will! Contact me and let me know if you’re interested in living on West Bay Beach – I’ll show you some impressive investment opportunities right here at Infinity Bay.

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

Roatan Real Estate and the Roatan MLS

Did you know that Roatan operates a Multiple Listing Service (MLS), just like you’ll find in the United States or Canada? It’s true! We are unique in this region for coordinating our listings into a single database for both buyers and sellers to utilize. Let’s look deeper into how the Roatan MLS can help you with your Roatan real estate.

The Roatan Realtors Association is the professional organization behind the Roatan MLS. Each broker or agent is a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and CANABIRH (Honduran National Real Estate Association), so you can feel confident in the level of ethics and standards of practice of everyone listing on the Roatan MLS. You won’t have to worry about things going wrong with your real estate transaction.

Roatan MLS for Buying Roatan Real Estate

If you’re dreaming of moving to paradise and buying your own island home, the Roatan MLS makes those dreams come true.

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Photography of Infinity Bay at West Bay Beach, Casa Cascada at Lighthouse Estate and Casa Azul at Lawson Rock

You can easily peruse our online system to see the hundreds of available listings, from land to condos to villas. Full details are offered for each and every listing, along with photos and geographical details.

As you scan through the many options available to you, you’ll get a realistic idea of property prices in Roatan, plus typical amenities and building styles. Having all of these details coordinated onto one website makes your search easier and more likely to be successful.

As a real estate agent, I love being part of the Roatan MLS system. Being able to coordinate with the many other agents on the island helps us all to help our clients.

We work together, rather than competing and trying to undermine each other. This creates a much healthier environment for our own work, but – more importantly – it helps guarantee your satisfaction as a client. That’s our goal at the end of the day: to help you fulfill your own dreams.

Roatan MLS for Selling Roatan Real Estate

Choosing to list your Roatan real estate with an agent or broker on the Roatan MLS opens up your property to be seen by more potential buyers.

Property For Sale in Roatan

For Sale Beachfront Lot Roatan MLS 15-20, Dive Resort 15-519 and Ocean View Lot 16-236

The listings in the MLS are fed to multiple national and international websites. This essentially guarantees that anyone looking to invest in Roatan real estate will see your listing.

When you decide to sell your real estate in Roatan, you want to choose to list your property with the real estate agent who makes you feel most comfortable. You need to trust that agent to do everything possible to sell your property at the best price within your ideal timeframe.

Marketing is what will sell your home, no doubt about it. If you put up a “For Sale” sign on your Roatan property, that’s a simple start. But it’s the marketing of that property that will help you sell your real estate.

Choosing to list your Roatan real estate with an agent or broker on the Roatan MLS is the start to your online marketing. But choosing to list with me offers you an even greater range of online marketing services. I’ve built my online presence through my social media channels plus my high-ranking website, so you can rest assured that your listing gets seen right away by the right people.

Whether you’re ready to buy or sell, I’m ready to help you achieve your goals. Contact me today and let’s chat. I’m always happy to answer questions you may have about the purchasing process, about life in Roatan, or about the best way to market your home.

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

Life in Pristine Bay Roatan

When you daydream about your ideal lifestyle, how does it look? How about a tropical island with gorgeous views, modern architecture, and luxury amenities? Maybe an infinity pool on the patio and a world-class golf course in your backyard. If this is your daydream, trust me, you’re dreaming of life in Pristine Bay Roatan.

Ocean View Villa Pristine Bay real estate

Outdoor Ocean View Villa Roatan MLS MLS 16-18

Where is Pristine Bay?

Pristine Bay is a luxury community built along Roatan’s north shore in French Harbour. Convenience to shopping, grocery stores, bars, restaurants, and a brand new state of the art hospital make this location ideal for Pristine Bay residents.

Being mid-island offers residents the opportunity to easily spend time on the remote beaches amidst wild Caribbean nature on Roatan’s East End or head to the tourist activities and nightlife of the western side of the island.

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Aerial of the Villa Roatan MLS 16-172

Located about 20 minutes from the international airport, life in Pristine Bay Roatan is the epitome of convenience. Take a direct flight from a number of U.S. cities (including Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, or Miami), Canadian cities (including Montreal, Toronto, and Quebec), or elsewhere in the region (Panama, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador).

Getting to Roatan couldn’t be any easier. And once you land, your luxurious escape is just a short drive away.

What is Life in Pristine Bay Like?

Living in the Pristine Bay community means golfing, diving, fishing, and relaxing on your patio just taking in the Caribbean views. The on-site dive shop, Black Pearl Divers, offers valet service, while the extensive clubhouse provides everything from tennis courts to dining options.

This community is built like the traditional retirement communities you might find in the U.S., with the idea that you don’t really have to leave too often if you don’t want. But the benefits of living in Pristine Bay in Roatan, rather than a U.S. community, are easily identifiable.

The views alone are reason enough to want to spend every day here. This real estate would price most of us completely out in the U.S. or other Caribbean islands. But real estate in Roatan is still accessible…for now .

Residents of Pristine Bay are a varied blend of retirees, snowbirds, locals, and long-term expats. A mixture of condominiums and villas creates a visually appealing layout for the community, too. Pristine Bay isn’t all cookie-cutter identical – we have variety in both architecture and personalities.

Golf Course in Roatan Pristine

Roatan MLS 15-235 Residence Pearl Court

Why Invest in Pristine Bay?

The Pristine Bay community continues to grow. With construction phases still planned for the coming years, this is the prime time to invest in Pristine Bay while the opportunity still exists.

The 18-hole Black Pearl golf course in Pristine Bay  was designed by the legendary Pete Dye. Drawing golfers from around the world, Pete Dye courses always bode well for investment in the community.

The hotel located within Pristine Bay, called Las Verandas, is a luxury hotel offering villas and rooms overlooking the sea. This resort will continue to expand, bringing in more investment to the Pristine Bay community.

Villa for sale in Pristine Bay

Roatan Villa MLS 16-320

Beyond the hotel, a marina is planned within Pristine Bay to offer residents the opportunity to safely dock our own boats. With deep sea fishing only minutes off-shore and some of the world’s most incredible coral reef stretching around all of Roatan, owning a boat is the ideal way to explore your island home.

While construction continues in Pristine Bay, you’ll also notice that the phases were planned well. Currently-available homes within the community are set away from the continued construction, meaning you’ll hardly even notice it. Alternatively, if you want to plan and build your own customized dream home, take a look at lots still available pre-construction.

Life in Pristine Bay is truly a dream come true. If it matches your daydream, let’s talk about making it reality. Contact me today to learn more about this outstanding luxury community in Roatan.

Golf at Pristine Bay

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

Buying Land in Roatan to Build Your Dream Home

Buying land in Roatan can be the ideal way to make your island dream a reality. Whether the current real estate inventory isn’t what you had in mind, or you’re aiming for a longer-term project, buying land can be the perfect solution.

We have multiple lots available now that offer great pricing and endless opportunities. Take a look!

Buy Land in Lighthouse Estates
There are two prime lots in Lighthouse Estates, located on Roatan’s south shore just opposite West Bay. Priced at incredible rates under $120,000, these lots offer you the perfect combination: stunning views, refreshing breezes, and community living.

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Buy Land in West Bay Roatan
West Bay Beach is frequently hailed as one of the best beaches in the world, including being named the best beach in Central America in the 2015 TripAdvisor Travelers Choice Awards. Being only steps from this world-famous beach allows a bit of extra privacy, without losing valuable proximity. Enjoy the bars, restaurants, and activities available, while retaining your own quiet slice of paradise.

land for sale in West Bay Roatan

Lot in West Bay Roatan MLS 16-239

Live on a Cay Overlooking Roatan
This small island off of an island (known locally as a cay) overlooks vibrant Oakridge, one of Roatan’s oldest communities. Wake up to a Caribbean sunrise, head out to snorkel or fish, and enjoy the true island lifestyle in this tranquil community. This lot is boat-access only, which is just the way your island getaway should be!

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Lot in a Cay Roatan MLS 15-20

Buy Land in Lawson Rock in Roatan
The prestigious community of Lawson Rock offers a community lifestyle along Roatan’s north shore in Sandy Bay – an extensive stretch of beach between commercial Coxen Hole and touristy West End.

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Buying Land in Roatan
Foreigners are allowed to purchase up to 3,000 square meters (about 0.74 acres) in a single purchase, so all of these lots can be purchased without needing to form a Honduran corporation. This makes the purchase process simple and straightforward. If you have questions about legal or financial matters in owning property in Roatan, feel free to contact me anytime.

Building a Home in Roatan
Building your dream home in Roatan is entirely possible! If you want to buy land in Roatan now, it serves as an investment for your future. Perhaps you want to build your retirement home, or maybe a winter escape that you can rent out the rest of the year. Whatever your plan is, you can absolutely build your dream home here.

Just remember, using a local architect is the best idea so your dream home is designed to take advantage of the natural environment, while being properly prepared for any adverse conditions.

I can recommend the lawyers, notaries, architects, and builders you might need. Just get in touch and let’s get started making your dream reality.

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

Jorge ChavezAbout Jorge Chavez, Roatan Real Estate 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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Roatan Properties: Styles and Design

Living on a tropical island is a dream come true…powder white sand beaches, turquoise water gently lapping the shore, stunning sunshine filtering through the palm trees. This is life in Roatan, with no exaggeration needed. If you’re considering making the move to Roatan, take a look at the variety of Roatan properties we have available with different styles and designs.

Spooky Channel

Spooky Channel Villa Roatan MLS 16-156

Styles and design can vary greatly on the island, from traditional Caribbean to modern sprawling villa. But, please keep in mind, our homes are built in these types of styles to best take advantage of the natural elements. If you want to build your own dream home, you simply must work with a local designer and architect to ensure your vision can be completed safely and effectively given the environment in Roatan.

Ocean Front Casa Cascada Roatan MLS 16-119

Ocean Front Casa Cascada Roatan MLS 16-119

Embrace the Natural Beauty of Roatan

We like our homes to best utilize the natural beauty around us – that means lots of patios and balconies, gardens and natural tropical growth surrounding us. Roatan is called the Gem of the Caribbean, and for good reason. Our rolling green hills and lush tropical jungle aren’t found on all Caribbean islands – many are flat and arid. Here, we embrace that lush beauty and build our homes to take advantage of it all.

When you think of island life in the Caribbean, do you imagine wooden homes on stilts over the water? Or how about concrete two-story homes with massive patio spaces? Both styles are traditional designs in Roatan, and we have plenty of options for you to choose from!

Yellow Bird Roatan MLS 15-394

Yellow Bird Roatan MLS 15-394

Housing Options in Roatan

When you’re deciding on the area of Roatan you want to live in, you’ll notice certain trends in construction as well. In West Bay, for example, you’ll find the resort community of Infinity Bay taking advantage of concrete construction with large patio space for each unit. This maximizes the indoor/outdoor living space we all love on the island. Large glass sliding doors allow you to enjoy the outside views while comfortably resting in your air-conditioned home.

Condo Infinity Bay Roatan MLS 16-16

Condo Infinity Bay Roatan MLS 16-16

Elsewhere in West Bay, you’ll find cape-style cottages overlooking the western point of Roatan. These quaint homes maximize indoor/outdoor living space with large porches on each level, granting everyone plenty of space to relax and enjoy the gorgeous salty breezes.

Lighthouse Estate lot 52

Lighthouse Estate Home Roatan MLS 16-75

In West End, you’ll find many condo-style homes, but most are only two or three stories high. You’ll also find lots of wooden homes built to blend into the natural surroundings and maintain a cool interior.

West End Ocean Front Townhouse Roatan MLS 16-107

West End Ocean Front Townhouse Roatan MLS 16-107

Housing styles vary throughout the island, so it’s important to research the area you want to live in  first so you know what to expect from your community.

Housing Style Considerations

Something to consider in looking at your island home design is its proximity to the sea. While a beachfront home looks absolutely idyllic, that salt air will be plentiful inside your home, wearing down appliances much more quickly than their normal lifespan. Because of that, you’ll want to ensure that any windows facing the sea seal perfectly so you can avoid constantly replacing your items. Enjoy those gorgeous vistas, but keep in mind the realities of oceanfront living!

Another consideration is whether you want to screen in your outdoor space, minimizing the bugs and enabling you to lock your outdoor items inside. Having this option is a true indoor/outdoor style, offering fresh air without needing lots of bug repellent!

Las Verandas Villa Roatan MLS 16-320

Las Verandas Villa Roatan MLS 16-320

There are so many things to consider in choosing Roatan properties that are right for you… send me an email with your ideal and I’ll be more than happy to share some great locations with you.

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

 

Jorge ChavezAbout Jorge Chavez, Roatan Real Estate 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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