Beach Life is the Best Life

Those of us who love the island life didn’t need to read this study…we knew it already. But, guess what? Research shows that living by the water can actually reduce your stress! The beach life is the best life, and I happen to think that life in Roatan is the best way to reduce your stress.

A study completed by researchers from New Zealand and the U.S. revealed that psychological stress was reduced for those who had views of blue, more so than for those who had views of green. Part of that could be the man-made greens that people might see, like gardens or playing fields, instead of natural greens. But mostly, it’s because blues calm us.

In Roatan, we have all-natural beautiful blues and gorgeous greens everywhere you look!

Beach Life is the Best Life 


It’s hard to argue: The beach life is the best life for so many of us. Think about how relaxed you feel with your toes in the sand and your eyes on the horizon. It’s such a wonderful way to realize how small our own troubles might be when we look out onto the massive ocean at our feet. Those hues of blue are the best way to relax and to eliminate our small stresses altogether.

Beach life is the best life because of those constant reminders. If you actually live at the beach, this isn’t just a one-week reprieve from stress. Every single day, you can wake up and walk out to the water’s edge to remind yourself of how small those worries are in comparison to this great big world.

Life at the beach is filled with blues…but not the depressing kind! These blues are shades from the sky and sea that we get to enjoy on a daily basis. And even when those blues turn a little grey with stormy weather, we know it will all blow over soon and we’ll be back to our beautiful blues in no time.

Life on the Beach in Roatan

West Bay Beach Roatan

Roatan is a tropical Caribbean island boasting some of the most beautiful beaches in the region. In fact, West Bay Beach is regularly voted as one of the best beaches in all of Central America — and even the world!

But the best part about living in Roatan is that you have the opportunity to explore all the other beaches on the island, too. West Bay Beach is the most popular beach, but that also means it has the most tourists.

While we love the international appreciation for our beautiful stretch of sand on Roatan’s western tip, we also love our many other beaches that offer quiet and tranquility.

If you live in Roatan, you can actually enjoy all those other natural beauties whenever you want. Maybe you’ll live near a small little cove with your own private piece of sand. Or maybe you’ll live on the East End where tourists are fewer and locals get to enjoy the natural beauty that has made this island so beloved.

Life on the beach in Roatan means being surrounded by natural beauty, whether you’re on the most popular beach or the most isolated.

And, as we all know, the beach life is the best life. Science proved it!

Are you ready to live your best life by the beach? Contact me to check out some real estate options where you can keep your eyes on all the shades of blue Roatan has to offer. After all, we only have this one life…why be stressed?

All the Best Annual Events in Roatan

Annual Events in Roatan

Annual Events in Roatan

There certainly is no wrong time of year to visit the island of Roatan! We celebrate so many fun annual events and we love to share those times with visitors. Whatever your vacation plans entail, here are all the best annual events in Roatan that you might want to plan your visit around – whether to enjoy the festivities or avoid them for smaller crowds!

Spring Annual Events in Roatan

One of my favorite annual events, the Music Festival for the Angels happens every March. This outdoor jamfest benefits two wonderful organizations here in Roatan: the SOL International Foundation and Clinica Esperanza.

Clinica Esperanza provides vital medical care to our island’s residents. You can donate to Clinica Esperanza throughout the year via their website. There is also a list of in-kind donations they regularly need, so make a little space in your suitcase and bring some supplies to Roatan!

If you’re from Canada, be sure to contact Not Just Tourists before you leave to see if they have any medical equipment heading to Roatan. You can help deliver it by just checking in an extra suitcase for your flight. It’s that easy!

Another major annual event in Roatan is Semana Santa, or Easter Week. While the dates vary each year, Semana Santa is a week of fun in the sun! Tourists from all over Central America flock to our beautiful islands as schools and businesses tend to close for much of Holy Week.

Lots of North Americans have time off during that time as well, so it’s a busy – but electric – time for Roatan! Large cruise ship crowds add to the large Semana Santa crowds, so it’s a common time for expats and other Roatan residents to avoid West Bay Beach and West End altogether.

But if you’re ready for a party atmosphere and some great people-watching, this could become your favorite week of the year!

Summer Annual Events in Roatan

Come June, Roatan enjoys the annual SOL International Foundation Dive Shop Olympics. West End and West Bay both become a playground for all sorts of fun competitions, all to raise money for the fabulous SOL Foundation.

You’ll see street hockey tournaments and three-legged bar crawls, beach volleyball matches and basura boat races (basura means trash in Spanish…you can imagine the creativity that goes into this one!).

The SOL Foundation is a fantastic part of our community in Roatan, so please support them whenever you visit our beautiful islands. You can donate throughout the year to the wonderful work of the SOL International Foundation through their website.

Another popular Spring/Summer event is the Caribbean Cup Freediving Competition. It is typically held at the end of May each year, but Roatan will host this international competition in August 2017, in conjunction with the 2017 AIDA Freediving World Championship in Roatan.

Hosting the World Championship is a huge honor for Roatan and just shows how important the sport is for our island. The annual Caribbean Cup has become so popular that the two events will coincide in August for an international event of incredible scope.

Autumn Annual Events in Roatan

The ever-popular Roatan International Fishing Tournament is held in September each year, during the week of Honduran Independence Day (September 15th).

The Fishing Tournament is a fun atmosphere for all, with an almost Carnival atmosphere in West End and many visitors coming from all around the world to compete and enjoy the island life.

Whether you fish or not, you’ll love the celebratory feel of this week in September. During this otherwise quieter time for the island, the Fishing Tournament offers us a fun distraction!

Also in September, the annual Sundae by the Sea event raises money to benefit Clinica Esperanza. Unfortunately, this year’s event is currently postponed with no definite rescheduled date yet. Hopefully this is just a short-term delay for such a fantastic fundraising event!

Winter Annual Events in Roatan

A new event on the annual calendar is the Roatan Humane Society’s Annual Fur Ball held in January. This is one of very few times that Roatan residents will don their finest for an evening of glamor and fundraising for the island’s stray animal population. After three successful years in a row, I hope this one continues for many more to come!

Winter is also the busy season for Roatan as snowbirds join us for several months to escape the snow. More cruise ships arrive in the winter than other times throughout the year, so just keep this in mind for your planning.

If you want some wintertime sunshine, then you’re sure to find it in Roatan! But if you’d prefer to avoid all the crowds, consider staying farther from the tourist hotspots or consider coming at a different time of year.

Winter is also our rainy season! Don’t forget that all that lush tropical jungle we love has to be properly watered. Rainy season isn’t like monsoon season, but there are still plenty of days with rainfall between October and March.

Storms are also more likely, although we are luckily outside of the main hurricane belt of the Eastern Caribbean.

And, don’t forget, this is also the holiday season in Roatan! We love to celebrate by supporting each other in the community and giving back where we can. We would love for you to join us in these endeavors.

Best Annual Events in Roatan

My favorite annual events are the ones that bring people together for happy memories and good causes. The Music Festival for the Angels is an all-time favorite that I highly recommend everyone enjoy.

One of the charities that benefits from the music festival is the SOL International Foundation, whose summer Olympics event is always a favorite for anyone in West End or West Bay especially. There’s bound to be something fun and entertaining going on throughout that competition, so just ask around while you’re here!

The fishing tournament and the freediving tournament bring people from all over the world to our little island, so even if you don’t care about the actual activities, it’s a fun environment to have such a variety of people gathering together to enjoy a common interest.

Whatever events are your favorites, be sure to schedule your visit to check them all out! And remember that many of these events are fundraisers to support our community and to ensure that everyone benefits from the increasing popularity of Roatan.

If you have questions about your visit or about moving to Roatan, contact me anytime! I love this island life and I love to share it with others.

Life in Roatan Honduras

I love talking about life in Roatan. I love sharing how incredible this island is with anyone and everyone who asks. Roatan is home for me and for my family, which is why I also love helping other people find their own homes in Roatan.

What I do for work every day is fun and rewarding, especially when someone moves here for a better life and I get to see that happen in real-time. Life in Roatan is about community and about appreciating everyday beauty. I get to share that with new people in my work all the time. It’s a true pleasure!

Daily Life in Roatan

Living in Roatan Bay Islands

Daily life in Roatan is filled with small moments of joy. There are endless reasons to smile here, starting from the moment you wake up to hear guacamayas singing and to feel the sunshine streaming through your bedroom window. I have no curtains in my windows!

Maybe you’ll hear the sounds of the sea: boats driving by, soft lapping of the surf on sand, the splashing of kids playing nearby. Life is a beach!

Maybe you’ll hear the sounds of the jungle: birds flapping away from branches, palm fronds rustling in the breeze, the scurrying of an iguana across your gravel driveway. Its the tropics!

From those early morning moments, until you go to sleep at night, you’ll be mesmerized by your own senses. You’ll smell fresh mangos and cashews growing in the trees along the roadside, its the season right now! You’ll see vibrant sunsets and make shapes out of clouds in the sky. You’ll feel powder-soft sand under your feet and the warm water of the Caribbean Sea as you wade in to go swim! 

You will be consistently dazzled by life in Roatan as an expat!

Why I Moved to Roatan

I moved to Roatan for better opportunities for my family and myself. I spent much of my adult life in the U.S. so I know what it’s like to hustle and to work endlessly toward that American Dream. But I also know that my work-life balance is unbelievably better here in Roatan.

In Roatan, we can afford a comfortable home to enjoy island life. My son can grow up exploring nature and being surrounded by a supportive community. Kids grow up as part of the community here – they aren’t sheltered away all the time in front of a TV or computer.

My family gets to spend much more time together here because we aren’t commuting to work and to school far away. We aren’t running around like mad just to make ends meet. Here, we enjoy quality time together. 

We don’t just see each other for a few hours between workdays – we spend time together. It’s an absolutely invaluable aspect of life in Roatan.

Roatan Real Estate Agent Lifestyle

The thing I love most about being a Roatan real estate agent is helping people achieve their dreams. I love seeing someone decide to move to the island in search of a better life, and actually finding it.

I love catching up with clients after a few months and seeing how their transition to island life is going. A vast majority of the time, they find it to be easy and fun. And it’s often considered to be one of the best decisions ever made.

I made this move for my family and I truly enjoy seeing other families enjoy the same benefits we now see every day. If you’re thinking about making the move for a better life in Roatan, I’m more than happy to help.

Reach out any time and let me know what your dream is. Let’s see if we can make it happen by working together.

Move Overseas to Escape American Politics

I think we can all agree – across the political spectrum – that this U.S. Presidential election cycle has been a crazy one. The coverage has been nonstop for so long, and we haven’t even started the debates yet! So here’s a solution: move overseas to escape American politics.

Part of the beauty of living in another country is not being surrounded by the same conversation constantly. You won’t be inundated with the ridiculous headlines and you won’t have to listen to your co-workers bicker about the latest political scandal…again.

It’s not that politics isn’t a universal complaint; it’s just that expats have so many better things to talk about. Expats focus on their new lives in a very different way than they did their old lives back home. Everything is brand new and exciting when you move overseas!

Move to Roatan to Escape American Politics

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Featured Photos From Roatan MLS Data

Life in Roatan offers such an array of activities and fun connections. We – locals and expats alike – just don’t delve into politics the same way Americans do. We focus more on our everyday lives here on the island. Sure, you might hear people chat, or even argue, about something related to current events, but it’s not a 24/7 situation.

We don’t belabor the topics. We get too distracted by beautiful sunsets and outstanding scuba diving.

In Roatan, we focus on natural beauty and life-changing experiences. We chat with tourists about learning to dive, not about who said what during an interview.

We share a drink on the beach after work and marvel at the colorful scenery that surrounds us, not the colorful language of either candidate.

We invite friends and neighbors over for a beach barbeque to laugh and talk and share stories, not to argue over policies and legislation.

We are reminded daily that the world is so much bigger than our petty arguments. We are surrounded by vistas that stretch beyond our visual limits, proving to us that the world keeps spinning and our lives are brief in the grand scheme of things.

Move Overseas to Escape American Politics

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When you become an expat, you’ll begin to see the world anew. Anytime you change your environment, you start over in learning your surroundings, making new friends, and marveling at all the sights around you. Moving overseas will remind you about what’s truly important in life.

For me, moving to Roatan reminded me to slow down and to enjoy small moments with my family. I’m reminded that rushing around to compete in America was stressful and exhausting. Living in Roatan reminds me to relax and to enjoy the view.

Moving overseas isn’t running away from America or the American lifestyle. If you decide to move overseas, it’s because you prefer a different way to live. You’re running toward something that’s better for you. Luckily, one of the benefits of running toward something new is leaving behind something old that you no longer need.

When you move to Roatan, you can leave American politics behind. You don’t have to watch the local news everyday, and you don’t have to debate politics with your extended family at Thanksgiving.

Instead, you can invite your family to visit you in paradise! It will help everyone to take a deep breath of fresh salt air.

Let’s start planning your escape from American politics so you can run toward a better life instead. Send me an email to let me know what your dream life looks like…I bet we can make it happen here in Roatan.

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

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