Ocean Pollution in Roatan

You might have seen the recent photos of ocean pollution in Roatan – they went viral last month. There were articles and videos making the rounds online. And there has been much debate about the problem and possible solutions.

First things first, I want you to know that you won’t look at the sea around Roatan and be faced with a sea of plastic. You will see our typically turquoise water mixed with hues of blue.

But that does not mean there isn’t a very real problem here. Ocean pollution is a massive issue we all face right now – and it’s not just around Roatan.

The photos you might have seen really were taken here in the waters of the Bay Islands of Honduras. That plastic pollution doesn’t go away, it simply shifts around.

You see, the oceans don’t have walls or borders. Everything that makes its way into the sea can then reach the distant shores of islands on the other side of the world.

There is no stopping that movement.

The problem we all face is the amount of trash we humans produce. We have never appropriately addressed the problem of our own pollution. We use plastic and then we may or may not recycle it and much of it ends up in the ocean.

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Ocean pollution is not just a local problem here in Roatan. Plastic pollution is a global issue that every coastal area bears witness to and suffers through.

But, if you don’t live near the coast, it might be easy to forget how bad the problem truly is right now.

Marine life is dying all around the world because of our ocean pollution. Their stomachs filled with bits of plastic, these creatures are being squeezed out of their own habitats because of human pollution.

The ocean pollution you might have seen in those viral photos is very real.

It is a real problem that will not go away until it is properly addressed.

And, while we would all love to see legislative responses to these problems to create long-term changes in industrial practices, we can do more as individuals right away.

Here in Roatan, that means supporting the efforts of the Roatan Marine Park and the Bay Islands Conservation Association, plus other similar organizations. Participate in beach clean-ups and pick up recent trash during your scuba dives.

Minimize your own impact while on the island, and carry those lessons back home with you. This is not a local issue.

We can also all choose to minimize our own personal usage of plastics, which isn’t as hard as it may seem!

How to Use Less Plastic

If those photos concern you – if you hate seeing our beautiful oceans destroyed by humans – you can start taking action today to make things better for everyone.

Start by using less plastic.

Tell the bartender you don’t need a straw, and then explain why.

Bring your own reusable coffee travel mug on your way to work – you might even get a discount for it!

Don’t use those small plastic stirrers for your coffee and bring your own metal silverware instead of using plastic wrapped plastic cutlery.

If you take an honest look around your own home, you’ll see the volume of plastic inside. Most products we buy include plastic. It’s an unfortunate reality. But we can all try to make better decisions about the amount of plastic we personally use.

Change starts with me, so I’ll be happy to talk to you about the ocean pollution in Roatan and how we can all do our part to make this world a better place for our kids.

I know my son, Quincy, deserves a better environment to play in than a beach with pollution washing ashore. It doesn’t matter where that pollution came from, it matters that we all do something to fix this global problem.

Feel free to contact me if you have questions about those viral photos of ocean pollution in Roatan. I’m always happy to discuss current events here on the island so you know exactly what life is like here before you invest.

 

The Holiday Season in Roatan

It’s the holiday season in Roatan, which means it’s time to celebrate with friends and family while enjoying the good life in the Caribbean. We enjoy a White Christmas – it’s just filled with white soft sand instead of snow! Whether you live here full-time or visit Roatan over the holidays, this is a magical time to be on the island.

Holiday Festivities in Roatan 

Residents on Roatan are very generous, giving people. So it’s no surprise that the holiday season brings ample opportunity to give back to the community here on the island. Annual events to raise money for community projects, fun celebrations to bring friends and neighbors together, and special menus at most restaurants offer plenty of festive opportunities!

If you’re coming to Roatan in December, you can expect a few events leading up to the holidays. If you live here full-time, it’s very likely you’ll get involved in organizing some of these events! Organizations like the Roatan Rotary Club and Roatan Because We Care typically have fundraisers around the holidays. 

Holidays in Roatan Island
Throughout the year, medical supplies, school supplies, and sports gear are always much-appreciated donations. You can take a look at Clinica Esperanza’s list of needs  or contact PIER (Partners in Education Roatan)  or the SOL International Foundation to see what the kids might need.

The holidays are certainly a time of giving, so if you’re visiting Roatan over the holiday season, make a little extra space in your suitcase to bring something from home that may be needed here.

If you live in Roatan, don’t forget to remind your visitors to do the same! You are bound to have lots of friends and family asking to visit if you live in paradise…so make sure you have an extra bedroom available!

Celebrate the Holidays in Roatan

There are so many ways to enjoy the holiday season in Roatan. Make a sandman instead of a snowman – it’s nice to not have your hands frozen! Bring a Santa hat for lots of fun photo opportunities. Take it on your scuba dive on Christmas Day, or relax in a hammock donning your festive apparel. Trust me, your friends and family who opted to stay back home in the cold will be incredibly jealous!

We have plenty of snowbirds in Roatan who take advantage of flying away from winter weather each year, so our holiday season is a busy time to catch up with old friends and new neighbors.

Roatan is also well known for being a very welcoming community. New expats find it so easy to make friends here. The expat community is large and well integrated into the local community, so you’re likely to quickly make friends of all nationalities. It’s not uncommon to celebrate an important occasion with friends from around the world, all while enjoying the beautiful beaches of Roatan.

You’ll find lots of ways to celebrate Christmas and the New Year in Roatan – including lots of fireworks, bonfires on the beach, and plenty of drinks flowing. If you’d prefer a quiet celebration, head to one of Roatan’s highly rated restaurants for a special night out and then an evening at home watching the mesmerizing night sky put on its own natural firework display…the shooting stars are plentiful here!

If you’re new to Roatan and don’t want to spend the holidays alone, don’t worry, you’ll find plenty of good company. Reach out to your new neighbors or to the person sitting next to you at the bar. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself on the island.

Many of us have been the new person on the island, so we know what it’s like. You’ll find friends quickly if you’re willing to say hello and to get involved in the community. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the holiday season in Roatan even more with each passing year you live in paradise.

Ready to check out some amazing Roatan real estate deals and live in paradise for good? Get in touch and let me know what your dream home looks like. I’m happy to help!