Americans in Roatan

Roatan has become a very popular spot for both expats and tourists coming from North America. Canadians and Americans especially love the convenience of reaching this Caribbean island directly. There are many Americans in Roatan who live here part-time or full-time. If that’s something that you’re considering, let’s look at the logistics involved in moving to Roatan as an American.

Photography Roatan.Online

Photography Roatan.Online

Expat Americans in Roatan

Americans who move to Roatan tend to fall into a few different categories. Many move here full-time to enjoy an active, outdoor retirement.

As a retiree, life in Roatan can be pure bliss. You’ll stay active with plenty of outdoor fun to enjoy, plus there are always social activities and volunteer opportunities available for you to explore.

Another group of Americans in Roatan are the workers. They’re the professional scuba divers and the bartenders; they’re the teachers and the real estate agents. This group moves to Roatan for a better lifestyle in a better climate.

And then there are the snowbird Americans in Roatan. They come for three months during the winter to escape the cold back home while enjoying the comfortable tropical climate of the Caribbean.

American tourists are allowed to stay in Honduras for up to 120 days total without requiring a visa, so snowbirds enjoy the ease of travel as well. I’ll go more into that below.

Finally, there are the transient Americans in Roatan. This is a large contingent for various reasons. Many of the working Americans who come here look at Roatan as merely a stop along their journey. They might work here for a year or two, and then they’ll move on to another place to work there for a while, and so on.

This group will rent a long-term apartment and you’ll usually hear their scooters coming from a mile away because they’re old and have been passed through the ranks of transient visitors.

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American tourists are another huge component of the fabric of Roatan. Since the cruise industry invested in two ports on the island, the number of annual tourists arriving has increased dramatically.

Add to that the increased airlift from more U.S. cities and it’s easy to see why Roatan is gaining popularity for American tourists . It’s easy to get here, it’s easy to love this island, and it’s easy to make this a new favorite annual vacation destination!

American tourists in Roatan find the island familiar enough to feel comfortable. English is spoken by everyone, U.S. dollars are accepted everywhere, and driving is on the right-hand side of the road.

It’s pure paradise without any hassles!

How to Move to Roatan as an American

If you’re considering moving to Roatan and you’re from the U.S., you’re lucky in having a variety of options available to you.

First, you should consider the length of time you intend to live in Roatan.

If you’re thinking of snowbirding here, coming for just the winter months and enjoying the tropical climate, then you might not require residency at all.

American tourists receive a tourist visa upon arrival in Honduras. That allows you to stay in the country for up to 90 days.

You can request a 30-day extension before your visa expires to maximize your time at 4 months total. The immigration office in Coxen Hole can assist you with the extension.

If you’re coming as a snowbird, you can visit as a tourist. The only reason you might require residency is if you want to purchase real estate and your acreage exceeds the limits for a foreigner (more than 0.72 acres).

If you’re retired and want to move to Roatan permanently, Americans can apply for the pensionado visa. You must meet the monthly income threshold and adhere to government regulations for the application and renewal processes.

The pensionado visa comes with some extra perks, too! You can import a vehicle and a container of personal items duty-free. Keep in mind when importing a vehicle that local mechanics might not be familiar with your make and model.

If you can’t buy replacement parts or get them appropriately handled, it could be more of a burden to keep your car here.

For all types of residency and legal questions, a local Honduran attorney is necessary. There are many reputable attorneys in Roatan who are all bilingual and can assist in all necessary applications.

I’m more than happy to recommend one to you based on your specific needs.

American Buying Real Estate in RoatanAmericans Buying Real Estate in Roatan

Foreigners are allowed to purchase real estate in Roatan without requiring residency status. You can purchase up to 0.72 acres in a single purchase, so most homes and lots won’t pose a problem at all.

If you do want to purchase a larger tract of land or multiple properties as an investment, you can create a corporation to do so. Your corporation will hold the property as a Honduran entity.

If you start a corporation, you can then apply for residency as well, making it easier for you to stay as long as you want and to work if you need to do so.

You can peruse the Roatan MLS (Multiple Listing Service) to see the wide variety of real estate opportunities available in Roatan.

Whether you’re looking for a condo, a villa, or a commercial property, I’m sure we can find the perfect opportunity for you.

And, if not, there are plenty of lots available where you can build your own dream home or business!

Do you have any questions about what life is like for Americans in Roatan? Feel free to reach out anytime! I’m always happy to help.

International Living Loves Roatan

International Living magazine has been raving about Roatan for a while now. They consider Roatan to be one of the best retirement destinations in the entire world! Take a look at some of the reasons why International Living loves Roatan…Living in Roatan

Roatan is an Easy Caribbean Island

Roatan offers an easy island lifestyle for retirees where they can save money. They love that a retired couple can live here on $2,000/month and enjoy a carefree outdoor lifestyle. The climate here is especially ideal for snowbirds who love to come for a few months each winter to escape the cold back home.

Roatan Has Affordable Real Estate

International Living loves Roatan for its affordable real estate. If you’re in the market for a condo by the beach, you’ll find plenty of options here. We have beachfront condos and condos in popular neighborhoods with lots of amenities nearby. Some condo communities have pools and bars and restaurants, while others are quiet and peaceful. Take your pick!

Roatan is Small but Eclectic

Roatan boasts incredible diversity for its small size. From the people to the activities to the amenities, this small Caribbean island is not short on charm or fun! Come see for yourself the many faces of Roatan.

West Bay Beach Has It All

International Living loves West Bay Beach – just like everyone else does! Voted the best beach in Central America two years in a row now, West Bay Beach has something for everyone. You’ll even find some of those fantastic and affordable condo opportunities right on the sand!

Roatan is Welcoming

Our laidback socializing and our breathtaking scenery combine to create the ideal place to relax. Life in Roatan is slowed down and the people are welcoming and friendly. Head to the bar by yourself and you’ll end up making several new friends. Head to a dive shop or the beach and you’ll chat with everyone around you. Roatan is a true homecoming – even if you’ve never been here before!

We all know International Living loves Roatan, and I know exactly why. I made the move here for a better life for my family and we’ve never regretted that decision. Contact me to come see for yourself why Roatan is so popular for relocation overseas. I think you’ll love it here!

Become an Expat in Roatan

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Roatan MLS 15-387 Sundancer Cabana

The island of Roatan offers an idyllic Caribbean lifestyle, filled with sunshine and warmth year-round. If you are considering moving to the Caribbean, consider becoming an expat in Roatan. Whatever specific lifestyle you seek, I can promise you’ll find the perfect neighborhood and community here in Roatan.

Move to Roatan

Moving to Roatan is easier than you think. North Americans can visit Honduras and receive up to 90 days on a tourist visa upon entering the country. That means you could come stay in Roatan for up to three months with no need for residency or any advance visa. Three months is an ideal amount of time to try out the lifestyle and get to know the area better before deciding to stay permanently.

To become an expat in Roatan, it’s best to actually become a Honduran resident. If you’re planning to live here full time, applying for residency is well worthwhile. After those three months on a tourist visa, you will have to leave the country for a minimum of 72 hours before being allowed to enter again.

While this isn’t impossible, it can become a nuisance if you need to leave four times each year to renew your visa. Gaining residency allows you to stay without worrying about visa renewals.

If you are retired, residency is an ideal option. Pensioners can apply based on a minimum income and retirees even receive extra dispensations to import a vehicle and other household goods without additional tax.

If you’re planning to become an expat in Roatan and work here, you definitely require a right to work via residency permission. You can start a corporation and then apply for residency via the company – that’s a fairly common route for many foreign workers and entrepreneurs.

I’m happy to connect you with a reputable attorney here in Roatan so you can discuss your options. Often, your real estate purchase and residency can be combined into a seamless transaction to achieve the best results.

Become an Expat in Roatan

The Roatan expat community is incredibly welcoming! You will easily make new friends and find a supportive community here on the island. From retirees gathering on the beach on Mondays to sunset drinks after a day of diving, from volunteer organizations to helping new expats learn the ropes, expats in Roatan are a fantastic crew.

You can socialize as much or as little as you’d like. You can do different outdoor activities every single day, or just laze in a hammock all day long.

You’ll likely become friends with someone who owns a boat (if you don’t own one yourself), so day trips and sunset cruises are not uncommon. Days spent lounging in the sand or by a pool are typical. Afternoons chilling on a dock while chatting with a neighbor are all too familiar.

Life in Roatan is truly idyllic.

Don’t be afraid to get in touch if you have questions about moving to Roatan and becoming an expat. I’m happy to help guide you with advice on the neighborhoods of Roatan, residency options, and various real estate opportunities.

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

About 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.

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

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