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

Right now the average cost per square foot in Roatan is between $90 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.

Where to Stay On Roatan: Choose the Location Best for You

Our weather is always tropical, our waters azure blue and our beaches pristine! If you are considering our lovely island for your upcoming summer vacation, winter getaway or your new dive destination, let me help you narrow down your search for accommodations.  Roatan offers a wide variety of of accommodations from  luxury resorts, beachfront hotels, B&B’s, private homes , bungalows and hostels.

To help you get started I have put together a list of areas with descriptions.  Once you choose which part of the island is best for you it will be much easier to find the perfect place to stay.

West Bay: Is one the most popular among tourists. It’s crystal clear water, fine white sand and a coral reef within a 50 feet distance offers the perfect setting to relax in the sun with  a good book and a frozen Monkey Lala. There are also many extracurricular activities available such snorkeling, dive boarding, parasailing, paddle boarding, glass bottom boat tour, zip lines etc…..

West Bay Beach

West Bay Beach Roatan MLS 16-16

Roatan Resorts/Hotels:  Infinity Bay Spa and Beach ResortMayan PrincessParadise Beach Hotel – Bananarama Dive Resort –  Las Sirenas Hotel and Condos –  Foster’ West BayGrand Roatan ResortLas Rocas Resort  – West Bay Colonial Suite –  Henry Morgan ResortCaribe Tesoro Xbalanque BoutiquePosada Seremein

B & B’s: Seaside InnWest Bay Lodge

Beach Homes: West Bay Village

Private Condos and Homes: Keyhole Bay

Beach Homes and Ocean View Homes,  Vacation Rentals Offer by: Island Rose Roatan –      Island House Roatan  –  Roatan Life Vacation Rental

Several property owners choose to market in these two websites VRBO.com and AIRBNB.com you will find many Roatan condos and homes listed here.

West End: Is another popular tourist area just a boat taxi away from West Bay. It has a newly paved road filled with local businesses including small hotels, bars, restaurants, gift shops and dive shops. This promenade makes for an easy, enjoyable walk and is the best place to grab a bite, bar hop and meet people. Its Half Moon Bay Beach with the reef along the side is ideal for beginner snorkelers.

Aerial of Half Moon Bay, West End Roatan MLS 16-128

Half Moon Bay, West End Roatan MLS 16-128

Hotels: Sueño del MarThe Beach House RoatanSeagrape Plantation La Posada Arco Iris Cocolobo Lands End Coconut Tree CabinsSea Breeze InnMariposa LodgeSplash Inn Dive ResortLost Paradise Inn Roatan Half Moon ResortLili Pond Guest HouseRoatan ResortsVillagio Verde

Hostel: Buena Onda

SANDY BAY: Is conveniently located between West End and Coxen Hole. This community location is home to  both locals and expats. The quiet beach is great for snorkeling and diving during the day, a long walk in the afternoon and a spectacular sunset in the evenings.

Aerial of Lawson Rock Roatan MLS 16-185

Aerial of Lawson Rock Roatan MLS 16-185

Hotels: Anthony’s Key ResortBlue Bahia TranquilSeas Eco LodgeMayoka Lodge

Cabanas: Sundancer

Private Condos and Homes: Lawson Rock

Hostel: Roatan Backpackers Hostel

FRENCH HARBOR: Is a booming business community with banks, grocery stores, hardware stores, shopping centers and more. Although there is not a public beach in French Harbor, most of the resorts and  hotels have a beach or swimming pool to enjoy. Many homes in this area offer spectacular ocean views.

 

Beachfront Hotels:   Barefoot Cay Resort and MarinaLas Verandas Hotel and VillasPritine Bay Golf ResortFantasy Island ResortCoco View ResortPalmetto BayUpachaya Eco Lodge & Wellness Resort

Condo / Hotel: Clarion Suites at Pineapple Villas

EAST END OF THE ISLAND: If you’re truly wanting to get away from it all, this is the part of the island for you. With  exquisite beaches with white sand, turquoise blue water and cool breezes the east side of Roatan is  perfect for a quiet relaxing and rejuvenating vacation.

East End Roatan MLS 15-20Hotels Beachfront:  Turquoise Bay ResortPaya Bay ResortCamp Bay LodgeMedia Luna Parrot Tree PlantationMango Creek Lodge

Vacation Home Rental offered by East End Roatan

So whether you are wanting to relax on the beach, dive along the reef, enjoy beautiful sunsets or get away  from it all, Roatan Bay Islands has a place for you. Our door is always open and you are always welcome to come stay with us!

Aerial Photography  by Devon Stephens and Roatan Multiple Listings Service (MLS)

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

Real Estate for Sale on Roatan

Affordable Real Estate in the Caribbean

For many people, the dream of owning a home on a tropical island is pure paradise. Wake up to the sounds of waves lapping softly on the beach, marvel at yet another stunningly vibrant sunset every evening…this is the dream.

But do you assume that owning a home in paradise costs a fortune?

It doesn’t have to. There are so many options for affordable real estate in the Caribbean, and we have them all right here in Roatan.

Take a look at a few amazing options available right now. You don’t have to delay your dreams because of finances…you can buy your slice of paradise right now. All of these options are under $300,000 and can provide you with the vacation home of your dreams, or the retirement you’ve been imagining for decades.

Low-Cost Income Generator

This three-unit building offers you the opportunity to live in paradise while generating rental income on the other two units. Located conveniently by Anthony’s Key Resort, the proven rental history for the additional two units offers great value potential. Listed at only $119,500 to get you living in paradise and enjoying the good life right away!

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Ocean Views Roatan MLS 16-48

Romantic Oceanfront Villa

If your dreams involve stepping onto your sprawling balcony in the morning to watch the sunlight dance across the Caribbean Sea, then this Spanish-style villa is your paradise. The open floor plan and vaulted ceilings of beautifully exposed hardwood beams encourage endless tropical sunlight to grace your home. Two bedrooms and two baths, a modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite counters, plus multiple patio and balcony areas grant seemingly infinite space for you to enjoy the island life. And your friends and family will be knocking down the door for a visit! Listed at only $245,000, this villa in First Bight can be your romantic dream come true.

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Waterfront Home Roatan MLS 16-70

Popular West End Rental Option

Walking distance to all that West End village has to offer, this two bedroom, two bathroom home comes fully furnished with two studio apartments for additional rental income possibilities. Gorgeous views, incredible convenience, and a true feeling of home make this house an ideal option for full-time living or a vacation home-away-from-home. Listed at only $260,000, this home is a rare find in popular West End.

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Oceanfront House Roatan MLS 16-107

Community Living on the Beach

Gibson Point Villas is a small, gated community directly on the beach just outside of popular West End. A community dock, pool, and monitored security system make this condo a fantastic opportunity for easy island living with all the amenities included. A definite rental option or a dreamy full-time home in paradise, you’ll never tire of the sunset views from your balcony on the beach. Listed at $279,000 and just waiting for you to come home!

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Beachfront Condo Roatan MLS 14-327

Golf Course Living in the Tropics

Your retirement dream has finally come true. Imagine this: Your own villa resting in the prestigious Pristine Bay community, complete with championship golf course, a 25,000 square foot Beach Club, a private beach, multiple restaurants and a fitness center on-site…why would you ever leave? This one-bedroom villa with all the upscale finishing touches you can desire is listed at only $283,500. Paradise awaits you.

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Villa Roatan MLS 15-243

Community Living in World-Class West Bay

West Bay Beach is frequently called one of the best in the world, and this condo gives you easy access to all that and more. Located in the Keyhole Bay development, this one-bedroom home offers privacy and luxurious living within walking distance to all of the restaurants, bars, and activities of West Bay Beach. Take advantage of the south shore breezes while never missing a West Bay sunset. Listed at $299,000 for a perfect vacation home with proven rental history, or for the simple yet luxurious retirement you’ve earned.

Aerial view of Keyhole Bay and West Bay, Roatan

Aerial view of Keyhole Bay Roatan MLS 15-360

Picturesque Neighborhood on the Water

Turtle Crossing is West Bay’s beautiful neighborhood along the western tip of Roatan. This two-bedroom, two-bathroom open plan home offers a wraparound porch for enjoyable evenings taking in the salt air and the gorgeous sunsets. Just a few minutes away from world-famous West Bay Beach, Turtle Crossing is a desirable residential neighborhood. Listed at $299,000 for the perfect home in paradise, ready to welcome you today.

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Oceanfront Home Roatan MLS 15-431

 

Roatan Real Estate in 15 Pictures!

Wave Crushing Iron Shore

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Lighthouse Estates Roatan MLS #16-43

Infinity Edge Pool meets the Caribbean Sea

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Infinity Bay Condo Roatan MLS #15-536

White Sand and Palm Trees

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Beachfront Crawfish Rock Roatan MLS #15-224

Name Your Home

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Sandy Bay Lawson Rock Roatan MLS #16-95

Caribbean Views from Bedroom

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Beach Villa Pristine Bay Roatan MLS #16-18

Scuba Gear Shop

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Dive Resort Roatan MLS #15-519

Sail Boat in Marina

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Gibson Bight Marina Roatan MLS #16-81

Candy Cane Sunset

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Luxury Beachfront Roatan MLS #15-38

Caribbean Colors

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Casa Sophisticada Lawson Rock Roatan MLS #15-479

Pineapple

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Home West End Roatan MLS #15-223

Skies, Skies, Skies

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Caribe Point Roatan MLS #13-346

Made in Roatan Gift Shop

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Alba Plaza Gibson Bight Roatan MLS #14-267

Keep Calm

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Oceanfront Home Flowers Bay Roatan MLS #15-504

Keep Walking

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Estate Home Calabash Bight Roatan MLS #14-426

Relax

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Caribbean Vacation Home for a Winter Escape

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Pristine Bay Beach Villa Roatan MLS 16-18

I have a secret to tell you about Roatan. Are you ready?

This is the best island to buy a Caribbean vacation home for a winter escape.

You might think I’m biased – which I obviously am – but at least hear me out. This isn’t merely a random claim from a REMAX Roatan real estate agent. Roatan is the best location for your Caribbean vacation home investment, and here’s why…

Roatan is the best Caribbean island for a vacation home investment

I’ve already gone over it in other blogs, but this is just a reminder: Roatan is on the map and it’s on the brink of a huge boom in tourism.

By the end of 2015, this island was called one of the best destinations to retire to, to travel to, and to live in. Roatan is making major international headlines.

Add to that our incredibly convenient direct flights from more and more international destinations, and you’ll see that this little Caribbean island is going to be huge. The tourism industry will only continue to grow here, and vacation rentals continue to grow in popularity next to traditional hotel stays.

All this to say that vacation rental property in Roatan is a sound investment. You can come and go as you please – escaping the winter for a few weeks in paradise, or opting for a fun summer getaway with the family. The rest of the year, while you’re back home working and going about your daily life, your investment will be paying for itself as a vacation rental for the endless stream of tourists visiting Roatan.

Vacation rentals are already incredibly popular on the island, but industry trends indicate that their popularity will continue to increase in years to come. Don’t be late to the game, buy your own island home in paradise, and then reap the benefits of having it pay for itself through vacation rentals.

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Coral Vista , West En Roatan MLS 15-499

A Caribbean vacation home is the best winter escape

It’s cold up north right now. It’s really cold up north! Living in Roatan, we get cold when the temperature goes below 75 Fahrenheit. The only white stuff on the ground here is gorgeous sand – we don’t do snow here. We don’t do shovelling, we don’t scrape our car windshields, and we don’t have to put on 15 layers of clothes just to survive outside.

Although, to be honest, when the thermometer reads in the 70s in Roatan, we grab every sweatshirt and pair of pants we own because we’re freezing!

Give yourself the option and the ability to escape the harsh winter up north for a perfect Caribbean winter instead. You won’t ever regret that ability to escape!

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Infinity Bay Resort, West Bay Beach, Roatan MLS 15-536

Now is the best time to invest in Roatan

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Roatan is on the brink of booming. We’ve watched the trends in real estate and tourism, and there is simply no denying that the increased attention Roatan has recently received will dramatically change the market on this island.

You will not find a better time to invest in Roatan than 2016. Prices will go up, land will be at a premium, and your options will soon become much more limited.

An investment in Roatan now will surely bring you huge rewards in the future.

That is, if you ever decide to sell your slice of paradise, which I highly doubt you’ll want to do! Contact me today to see some incredible vacation rental properties in Roatan.

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.

Reasons You Should Move to Roatan

Roatan is becoming an incredibly popular destination, both for tourists and for expats. In list after list, Roatan is coming out as one of the premier locations to retire , one of the top destinations for 2016 and 2017 , and Roatan is often heralded as one of the top locations in all of the Caribbean. Here are all the top reasons why you should move to Roatan…..

  • Roatan offers incredible real estate prices
    If you want beachfront paradise, you won’t find a better location for affordability and availability than Roatan. Prices are lower than what you’ll find in the U.S. or even the rest of the Caribbean. This gem of the Caribbean provides ample opportunity for you to locate your dream property – whether that’s the ideal plot of land or a home already built to your liking. Take a look through my listings to see the variety of options currently available.
Beachfront Home

Beachfront Home

  • Roatan has a low cost of living
    There is a reason why retirees are flocking to the island of Roatan: its affordable cost of living is very appealing. While Roatan is an island and therefore requires many items – especially food – to be imported, generally speaking the overall cost of living is very affordable. Couples can retire on less than $2,000 per month, making Roatan one of the most affordable islands to retire to in all of the Caribbean.
Alba Plaza Roatan MLS 14-267

Alba Plaza Roatan MLS 14-267

  • Expats in Roatan live an active and fun lifestyle
    Expat life in Roatan revolves around the island’s natural playground. Retirees in Roatan don’t just sit in front of a TV – they live an active lifestyle that keeps them young and energized! Expats with children find ample opportunity for outdoor entertainment and activities for kids. And expats of any age find the lifestyle in Roatan easy to embrace. With an already well-developed expat community on the island, the transition is incredibly easy. Online groups offer ample information while you’re planning your move, and regular hangouts and meet-ups are part of life in Roatan, with groups gathering all around the island. Fitting in is easy in Roatan.
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Infinity Bay Condo Roatan MLS 15-536

  • Roatan has unparalleled natural beauty
    Roatan is often called the Gem of the Caribbean for its stunning natural beauty. This long, thin island is covered in lush tropical jungle, with rolling hills running the full length along the center. Powdery white sand beaches and, of course, the vibrant turquoise and azure Caribbean Sea surrounds Roatan, highlighting every shade of green and blue this world can offer. Yes, Roatan has unparalleled natural beauty that stuns day after day. No expat ever tires of these gorgeous views…especially not the most incredible sunsets that regularly grace our horizon.
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Beach Villa Pristine Bay Roatan MLS 15-91

If you’re convinced that Roatan is the destination you’ve been searching for, contact me today to view some of the most stunning property this Caribbean island has to offer. Whether you’re seeking an affordable retirement or a luxurious beachfront retreat, I am confident that we can work together to make your dreams reality.

About Jorge Chavez, Roatan Real Estate Agent
Roatan Real Estate Agent Jorge ChavezI’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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Roatan Real Estate Report 2015

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Photography by Devon Stephens Roatan MLS #15-536

Roatan saw incredible change in 2015, which gives us reason to believe that 2016 will be a huge year for the island. In terms of real estate, 2015 was the first rapid growth year since before the worldwide recession and resulting recovery. Home sales saw a huge increase, and construction continues, offering even more inventory throughout the island.

But it’s not just the real estate market in 2015 that has us all optimistic about next year. Roatan saw many changes this year that have helped to increase the island’s popularity among tourists. Let’s take a look at what happened in 2015 that has us all buzzing.

Roatan had a continued high number of cruise ships visiting the island in 2015, and has scheduled its highest number of ships and visitors ever for 2016. With Carnival Corporation and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines invested in two different ports on the island, there is no indication that this interest will be slowing down any time soon.

Roatan’s international airport added yet another direct international flight through IBC Airways in December 2015 and also started talks with Southwest Airlines for possible service beginning in 2016. Roatan has been put on the map by many more people in the travel industry, which is a great indicator for continued growth.

Roatan was named the #3 island in the world in the 2015 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards. Being voted #3 in the entire world is a huge honor for Roatan. But then again, those of us who live here already knew how great it was!

West Bay, Roatan, was named one of the best up-and-coming beachfront retirement communities by International Living in their December 2015 magazine. International Living also devoted much more coverage to Roatan as a desirable retirement destination throughout the year, also bringing a lot of attention to the number of business opportunities the island offers in their Incomes Abroad monthly newsletter.

As Roatan continues to grow in popularity as one of the Caribbean’s leading destinations, property prices will rise in response. The island has seen steady, slow growth with the introduction of two cruise ship ports and the international airport bringing visitors to the island conveniently and quickly.

But we are obviously on the brink of something big. While we have seen increasing interest for years, it was in 2015 that we all noticed just how popular Roatan has become on the international travel scene.

We are already seeing increased bookings for vacationers in 2016 from previous years’ numbers. Businesses all over the island are seeing an increase in correspondence with upcoming visitors.

Roatan is on the map

There will not be a better time to buy property in Roatan. Now is the final moment where popularity and prices are merging, before prices start going up and staying up

Don’t believe me? Take a look at all the media Roatan has received just this year, coupled with more airlines showing interest in flying to the island and more cruise ships visiting the island, and you’ll see for yourself. Roatan real estate in 2016 will be off the charts – don’t miss your opportunity for a fantastic deal!