West Bay Beach Home for Sale

A West Bay Beach home for sale that you simply cannot miss. Playa Bonita is a popular vacation rental located right in the sand of West Bay…Roatan’s most popular beach! This West Bay Beach real estate is rare, so take a look and see if this is the right opportunity for you to own property in the Caribbean.

About Playa Bonita

Playa Bonita is a 4-bedroom duplex home right on West Bay Beach. Situated in the sand and surrounded by lush tropical jungle, this home offers perfect privacy and peace without compromising convenience.

If you decide to buy vacation rental property in Roatan, the downstairs unit of Playa Bonita offer two bedrooms that both come with en-suite bathrooms and are self-sufficient, so you could rent them out as separate units or as a combination.

About West Bay Beach RoatanAbout West bay Beach Roatan

West Bay Beach is the most popular beach in Roatan. Regularly voted the best beach in Central America and one of the best beaches in the Caribbean, West Bay Beach attracts visitors and locals alike to its extensive stretch of soft white sand.

Just offshore, easily accessible on your own, is the world’s second-largest barrier reef system, with some incredible snorkeling sites within reach. Roatan is known as a scuba diver’s paradise and the amazingly easy snorkeling rivals that popularity!

West Bay Beach Home for SaleRoatan Beach Home for Sale

Buy a home on West Bay Beach Roatan so you can invest in the future. This island is what the Caribbean was 20 years ago. We have no major developments, but we have direct international flights and two cruise ship docks. Our popularity is just on the cusp now and is bound to keep growing!

Own a home on West Bay Beach Roatan so you can get in on that popularity early. You can choose to live here yourself, invest in a vacation rental option, or even invest for a long-term plan to retire on the island. Whatever your choice, this West Bay Beach home is perfect.

West Bay Beach Vacation Rental MarketVacation in Roatan West Bay Beach

With the popularity of West Bay Beach, you can rest assured that the vacation rental market is steady. While the island still has high and low seasons, as nearly all tourist destinations do, you can enjoy the fact that West Bay Beach remains the most popular area for tourists, so a vacation rental is an easier sell even in low season.

Keep in mind, however, that there is also plenty of competition right on the beach. Condos, hotels, B&Bs, and other island-style units are all readily available, so you won’t be able to charge high prices for this unit as is. You could, however, invest in a few updates and upgrades to charge more. It’s all up to you. Keep it simple and carry on with the rental options as they already are or change it up to make it your own.

Own a Second Home in RoatanVacation home in Roatan

As a certified Resort and Second Home Property Specialist, I am always happy to advise you on the opportunity to purchase a second home. I know this island inside and out and I know what it takes to make a second home a successful investment. Playa Bonita has fantastic potential, so don’t miss out on this opportunity.

Contact me today if you’re interested in this West Bay Beach home for sale. Let me know if you’re interested and I can provide even more details.

Roatan Real Estate

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?

 

Roatan B&B For Sale in West Bay

Roatan B&B For Sale in West Bay

Roatan B&B For Sale in West Bay

Seaside Inn is located just behind West Bay Divers, right in the heart of world-famous West Bay Beach. This 4-unit bed and breakfast is ready for a new owner! Take a look at this amazing Roatan B&B for sale in West Bay…

This B&B is 5-star rated and reviewed on TripAdvisor and VRBO/HomeAway. This is a unique property on the island of Roatan offering an incredible location, accommodations in pristine condition, and at a price you’ll love.

Quick Facts about Seaside Inn, Roatan:

  • 3 guest suites
  • 1 standalone guest bungalow
  • Steps from West Bay Beach
  • Steps from a 5-star PADI dive center
  • 0.25 acres of beautiful landscaping
  • Established services and vendors
  • Established online presence
  • High occupancy rate + return guests!
  • No HOA fees
  • Easy legal transfer

Roatan B&B for SaleSeaside Inn Roatan

If you’re looking for a new opportunity, Seaside Inn is your answer. You can own a slice of paradise with a built-in revenue option.

Whether this is a career change or you’re just ready to live the good life here in the tropics, this Roatan B&B provides the best of everything.

The meticulously maintained boutique resort rests just steps off West Bay Beach, one of the most popular beaches in the Caribbean. Visitors from all over the world regularly hail West Bay Beach as one of the best in the region on TripAdvisor.

Roatan is also regularly hailed as a top destination in the world.

And, since you’re thinking about moving to Roatan, you should know that this island is a darling of International Living and Islands magazines.

Seaside Inn sits slightly back from the hustle and bustle of the beach, offering a quiet, romantic, and intimate setting.

Resting on 0.25 acres, you and your guests can enjoy beautifully landscaped grounds, including plenty of fruit trees. Mango, avocado, starfruit, lime, papaya, apple bananas, plantains, and pomegranate are all available!

Guests love the convenience to a 5-Star PADI dive shop within just a minute’s walk. They also store guests’ gear while staying with us, offer a discount, and take out snorkelers if some guests are not divers.

In just three years of operation, Seaside Inn has experienced rapid growth. Occupancy in high season is already at 92%.

Seaside Inn enjoys a solid reputation; among constant new bookings, returning guests are also prominently represented.

B&B Layout and Amenities

Seaside Inn offers a total 6 bedrooms, 6.5 baths, and 5 kitchens/kitchenettes that comprise the four guest accommodations.

There are three beautifully appointed guest suites, each with private entrances, tiled en-suite private baths, and kitchenettes.

There is al also a standalone bungalow with kitchen, dining area, living area, and private bath. Seaside Inn can accommodate 8-9 guests.

Plans are also included for two more bungalows: one is wheelchair-accessible and the other is a 2-story, 2-bedroom unit with 2.5 baths.

There is also a guest laundry, freezer stocked with cubed ice for drinks, and a huge DVD collection. Guests are also offered Cable TV with over 100 channels and WiFi throughout the property.

The accommodations also offer 8 new, energy-efficient split AC units. Each accommodation has the AC separately metered so that you can charge for AC usage and therefore avoid issues with abuse of the electricity consumption.

The entire resort is backed up with a 22kwh propane generator with an automatic transfer switch. Even when (not if…Roatan is an island after all!) the power goes out, Seaside Inn can have electricity back on with 6 seconds!

Even during the heat of summer, you and all your guests will always have air conditioning and water.

The entire inventory of guest linens, dishes, furniture (indoor and out), and all guest accommodation décor is included in the sale price.

Roatan B&B Services and Structure

Purchasing a functional and successful Roatan B&B offers a new owner the opportunity to hit the ground running.

There’s no need to set up all new vendor contracts or to furnish and decorate every square inch. You can jump right in and enjoy the hard work that was put into the business before you!

Seaside Inn already has several contractors and vendors offering their services. A new owner can enjoy professional cleaning, laundry, and accounting services, as well as a website, booking sites, and a Facebook presence.

The Inn already comes with the delivery of propane, vegetables, eggs, and water so a new owner can enjoy this smoothly running business.

The main structure is solid concrete with a 2.5-foot-wide foundation, expertly built by prominent local builder Howard Bodden.

Seaside Inn also has a well providing over 1,000 gallons a day. There is a 12,000-gallon cistern for the main building and a 7,000-gallon cistern for the standalone bungalow that catches rainwater. This can be used for bathing and washing dishes in the accommodations, but it is mainly used for keeping the landscaping watered in the dry months.

Buy a Roatan B&B

If you’re already interested in this Roatan B&B for sale on West Bay Beach, then let’s get down to the logistics of real estate in Roatan. A new owner will enjoy an easy legal transaction with transferable corporations (holding and business).

There are also no HOA fees to worry about at Seaside Inn. You’ll never have monthly fees or assessments. A new owner can choose to expand without being controlled by an HOA.

Seaside Inn is already set-up with an electronic security system operated by Bulldog International (similar to ADT).

The Inn is also ADA-compliant with a wheel chair ramp in preparation for an already-designed wheelchair-accessible bungalow.

Seaside Inn is currently owned and operated by an honorably discharged disabled Marine Corp Veteran.

Are you interested in learning more about Seaside Inn? Contact me for details and to schedule a visit.

 

Retirement in Roatan is a Dream Come True

 

It’s no secret that retirement in Roatan is a dream come true. Read any article highlighting the world’s top retirement destinations and you’re sure to find our beloved tropical island featured. What makes Roatan such a favorite among retirees? Let me count the ways…

Roatan Offers a Low Cost of Living

Of course the cost of living being low is all a matter of perspective. If you’re coming from a place with a fairly low cost of living already, then you might compare prices in Roatan and disagree with my assessment.

However, an unbiased look would be to compare Roatan with other Caribbean islands. Regardless of your home region, comparing the island of Roatan with other island options in the region will show you costs on a similar basis.

Islands require import costs and limitations on products and some services – that’s universal to islands by nature.

But Roatan certainly offers a low cost of living for a tropical Caribbean island.

Roatan Offers a Friendly Community

It’s for good reason that Roatan regularly gets hailed as an easy place to fit in. With an English-speaking local community and an extensive expat community, new arrivals find it very easy to make new friends and to create a community in Roatan.

For most potential expats, a visit to Roatan is followed by several more visits before taking the big leap. Those visits offer you the chance to get to know people and to already start making friends.

Facebook groups are also very popular for Roatan residents, offering a way for you to keep in touch with those new friends even while you’re back home making plans. You can stay in contact and continue to make more connections so that your eventual move to the island is a seamless transition.

Residency in Roatan is Easy

If you’re retiring to Roatan, you can easily acquire your residency. Retirees in Roatan simply need to prove their monthly income and then you can apply for residency and enjoy a few bonus perks, too!

If you’re coming from the US or Canada, you can visit Roatan for up to 90 days without residency. This is a great opportunity to rent and get more familiar with neighborhoods and lifestyles before jumping into real estate.

I am always happy to connect you with a reputable attorney in Roatan who can handle your residency application – it is usually best to work on your residency simultaneously with a real estate transaction if you’re new to the island.

Real Estate is Affordable in Roatan

Retirement in Roatan can be even more affordable if you invest in real estate. While renting is a viable option for many, buying real estate offers you a rent-free lifestyle with an incredibly low cost of living.

Many retirees in Roatan sell real estate back home and purchase a new retirement home in Roatan mortgage-free. That opens up so many doors for your daily cost of living. Imagine all the fun activities you could do with that extra cash!!

Retirement in Roatan is a Dream Come TrueRetirement Roatan

Don’t you agree that retirement in Roatan is a dream come true? You can actually have it all here: Beautiful beaches, tropical climate, affordable real estate, low cost of living, and a wonderful community of friends and neighbors.

If you are considering retiring overseas, I strongly recommend you consider Roatan. While I obviously have a biased opinion, you can also listen to the experts who gauge retirement destinations around the world!

Roatan offers retirees an excellent quality of life. You’ll love spending your time outdoors and breathing fresh tropical air. You’ll enjoy a slower pace of life and a focus on daily wonders, admiring vibrant tropical flowers and swimming in the turquoise seas.

No place is ever perfect and there are compromises to be made regardless of where you choose to live. But I can personally attest to life in Roatan being my dream come true…I moved my family here for a better quality of life and we have never looked back!

Are you thinking about retiring to Roatan? Feel free to reach out with questions any time, I’m always happy to help!

Do You Need a Professional Realtor in Roatan?

This question tends to pop up in Facebook groups, so I thought I’d address it here for everyone’s benefit: Do you need a professional REALTOR in Roatan? Yes. But, obviously I would say that because I am a professional REALTOR in Roatan!

While my opinion might be biased, my rationale is sound. To help you make your own decision, here is some insight into the real estate process and pitfalls in Roatan.

Buying Real Estate in Roatan

Buying real estate in a foreign country can seem a little scary. Without being familiar with all the processes, you can’t possibly know the ins and outs. That’s where a professional comes in!

I’ve written before about the real estate process in Roatan. You can read about the buying process, terms you should know, and even the cost of construction in Roatan on my blog.

But no matter the amount of research you put into the process, you need a professional guiding you through your unique adventure. There will inevitably be questions that arise and issues that need to be handled during the transaction. You don’t want to waste your big investment by making mistakes along the way. Even seemingly small mistakes can derail your dreams.

Pitfalls of Buying Real Estate in Roatan

While I’m happy to tell you that buying real estate in Roatan has been done by plenty of foreigners without issue, there are also pitfalls to be aware of during this process.

The most common issue foreigners face when purchasing property in Roatan is the lack of a clear title.

There are, unfortunately, some horror stories from unsuspecting foreigners buying property without the counsel of a professional Roatan REALTOR. Those individuals are – rightly – upset about the transaction and often make it quite publicly known that they had an issue. This upsets those of us in the real estate industry because it makes Roatan look bad, when in reality it was simply a poor decision made by that individual to try everything solo.

If you use a professional for services back home, you should certainly use a professional overseas.

When you are unfamiliar with a place, it is always best to have someone helping and supporting you. You deserve someone in your corner to make sure you end up with the best situation.

Moving to paradise should be a celebratory occasion, not a stressful failure!

Do You Need a Professional REALTOR in Roatan?Roatan Realtor

Being a professional REALTOR in Roatan is far different than being someone who sells real estate. There is an enormous difference in abilities, education, and licensing that you truly cannot ignore – especially when purchasing real estate in a foreign country.

A person who sells real estate can be a person who may know both a seller and a buyer and puts them together with an attorney and/or notary who transacts the deal. The person who connects everyone together then collects a commission for this service.

A professional REALTOR, on the other hand, with the assistance of their broker, lists property and markets property for sale, but only does so after title checks.

Due diligence by a professional realtor in Roatan might include ensuring a clear title and payment of property taxes, examining a current survey and Cadastral survey, plus possible assistance with the ZOLITUR process and payment of ZOLITUR gains taxes.

A professional REALTOR might also deal with the escrow of funds in a specific and designated account for that sole purpose.

A professional REALTOR in Roatan offers guidance and the successful navigation of the entire purchase or sale process for their clients.

A professional REALTOR offers experience that is built upon education, training, and attention to detail that is necessary to facilitate the real estate transaction and process.

So at the end of the day, you need to ask yourself: Are you willing to risk your investment by trying to do all this alone?

Use a professional REALTOR in Roatan. I promise you won’t regret it!

Always feel free to contact me about real estate in Roatan. I’m happy to help you find the real estate opportunity you’ve been dreaming about. Come enjoy island life…it’s the good life!

We Don’t Do “Winter” in Roatan

We heard about all that crazy winter weather you’re having up north. Bomb-cyclone storms and snowfall in Tallahassee…the world has gone crazy! Of course, we don’t notice much of that nonsense while sitting here on the beach in the sun.

The Thing is, We Don’t Do “Winter” in RoatanWinter Season in Roatan

We spend our winters much like we spend our summers: under the palm trees, toes in the sand, sunglasses on. We pour a cold drink and enjoy the sunset. We go snorkeling and scuba diving and deep sea fishing.

In short, “winter” is just a word to us…a reminder for us expats that we never have to worry about shovelling snow or wearing so many layers that our arms stick straight out like a starfish.

We prefer our starfish gracing the sand by the coral reef.

What is This “Winter”?

“Winter” is a term for another place and time – not for those of us living in the tropics.

Here, we get to enjoy the great outdoors all year long! We can sunbathe and bathe in the sea any day we choose, without hiding away in hibernation for half the year.

We don’t waste that kind of time here in Roatan.

We don’t scurry from the front door to the car door across icy pavement; we tap dance across the warm sand until our feet land happily in the calm surf.

We don’t scrape our windshields with frozen fingers; we roll the windows down and let that fresh salty air fill the car.

Is Rainy Season “Winter”?

Here in Roatan, “winter” is just a word. We have rainy season, sure. But that rainy season is most welcome because it keeps our island green and pretty. We welcome the rain for our fruit trees and palm trees, for our hibiscus and our orchids growing everywhere.

Yes, even during the “winter” our island is alive and fresh and filled with color. There simply are no grey, dreary days here in the tropics. Even when the rain comes down in sheets, the island is alive with growth and color.

We don’t experience the silence of cold winter months when animals hide away and empty brittle branches eerily blow in the wind.

Winter in Roatan is filled with sound and life. Birds sing all day long and geckos call to each other by the outdoor patio lights; raindrops tap palm fronds and glide down those graceful green fingers.

We don’t do “winter” in Roatan…not the way you know it. We do winter our own way, filled with natural beauty and the sweet relief of knowing the only white stuff on the ground is soft powdery sand.

If you love northern winters, this island is not for you. But if you find yourself cursing and hating the cold winter months every year…well, you might just find Roatan to be your paradise.

Come escape the cold and join those of us who choose this tropical island lifestyle. We don’t do “winter” here in Roatan. See for yourself how easy life can be without those winter blues!

I’m happy to help you find your dream home here in warm, sunny, tropical paradise. I don’t regret my move here for one second…and I’m confident you’ll love this island, too. Get in touch and let me know your plans

Roatan Hilltop Homesites for Sale

We currently have some fantastic lots for sale on the island that just might intrigue you. I selected 6 Roatan hilltop homesites for sale right now that I think are all amazing deals. Have a look for yourself!

West Bay: 0.26 Acres at $99,000

This ocean view lot is located in West Bay’s Latitude 16, a small development located between Lighthouse Estates and Turtle Crossing.  Enjoy cooling tradewinds, utilities, road, no HOA fees, and amazing access to world-famous West Bay Beach from this easily buildable lot.

White Rock: 0.30 Acres at $139,900

White Rock’s Lot 9C is a beautiful building lot with dramatic panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea and surrounding reef plus the island’s lush verdant hills. The lot is tiered with a gentle slope offering a great building site.  All White Rock residents enjoy an off-site swim/snorkel dock. Interior roads are paved in concrete with underground utilities. Sandy Bay is a very popular residential area; its convenient location offers easy access to the airport, shopping, and main tourist areas and attractions.

Turtle Crossing: 0.34 Acres at $149,000

This beautiful tree-lined lot with a gentle slope overlooking the ocean is at the top of the Turrets neighborhood in West Bay. Plenty of space to build a nice home with great views of the sea, Cayos Cochinos, and the mainland Honduran mountains. This lot also receives a nice breeze. Great neighborhood for a vacation home, second home, or a rental property. HOA yearly fee of $1125 provides pool maintenance, security, and garden work in the common areas and around homes.

Lawson Rock: 0.80 Acres at $149,000

Stunning ocean views from this hill side Lawson Rock Lot 29. Enjoy all the 5-star amenities that Lawson has to offer: 24 hour security, highly coveted landscaping, community pools, beach access, and much more. Conveniently located only 10 minutes from the tourist activity of West End Village and only 10 minutes from Roatan’s international airport. 

Pristine Bay: 0.19 Acres at $195,000

A rare opportunity to own a homesite in the coveted Phase 1 section of Roatan’s most upscale development: Pristine Bay. Located right on the golf course with beautiful panoramic Caribbean Sea views beyond the vibrant greens. The lot is already fully serviced with a paved road, power, and water. Pristine Bay’s amenities include the world-class Pete Dye 18-hole Black Pearl golf course, restaurants, beach, pools, 24-hour security, and a well-appointed beach club.

West Bay Road: 1.5 Acres at $199,000

This expansive hilltop lot offers breezes and stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and mainland mountains below. Situated at the popular viewing area where cruise ship passengers and tourists stop daily, this 395’ of road frontage is ideal for shops, restaurants, tour agencies, and parking. The terraced lower part of the property, with existing road, contains attractive home sites and sea views, while being surrounded by old growth trees.

You can always explore all Roatan real estate listings here on the Roatan MLS, or head directly to the homesites and lots listings here on my website.

Did any of these hilltop homesites appeal to you? Let me know and let’s arrange a visit so you can see this natural beauty in person.

Roatan Real Estate Terms to Know

Doing business in a foreign country can be confusing. That’s where a local real estate agent steps in to help. Let’s go through some Roatan real estate terms to know so you have an idea of what to expect with your real estate transaction.

Terms are given alternatively in English and in Spanish; most legal matters seen by real estate agents in the Bay Islands are mixed and are loosely translated in private sales agreements.

For general FAQs on Roatan real estate, check out my buyer’s info here, seller’s info here, and Roatan real estate FAQs here.

Roatan Real Estate Terms to KnowRoatan Real Estate

Dominio Pleno: This is the title issued by the municipality to an individual who does not have valid title but has been living on or in possession of the property. The individual must petition the municipality for it and pay 10% of the value of the property. (Some proof of ownership is usually provided).

Public Document: “Escritura Publica” transfers the title before a Notary, in which one party sells, donates, grants, trades, or in any way transfers titles and another party pays and/or accepts the transfer.

Protocolo/Protocol: The continuous book of public documents kept by a Notary during a fiscal year. Sent yearly to the Supreme Court Secretary to be kept as a public record.

Antecedent: The public document from which you receive your current title. This is the public document that enables you to register your title and on which the marginal annotation for transfer of the current title has been written. It’s the chain of title that exists on any given document and must appear on a public document in order for it to be recorded.

Cadastral: The municipal land office that handles the survey and measurement of all property within its delimitated territory.

Certificate Cadastral Map: Survey issued by the land office at municipality on property submitted to registry.

Survey: Map of property, which must accompany documents to registry and can be made by an engineer or by the cadastral office and it usually done by both.

Meets and Bounds: Measurements and boundaries, usually referring to the polygonal data on map or survey as well as indicating neighboring property and owners.

Easements: Right of passage, conduits. Commonly known in Honduran legislation as Servidumbres.

Horizontal property: Special regimen that buildings such as condos and apartments are subjected to. Special document must be prepared to subject property to horizontal property regimen and all covenants and restrictions must be stated as well as managements and common areas and all regulations to which each owner will be subjected.

POA: Power of attorney- Power to represent another individual or company, in Honduras done before a Notary in Escritura Publica, when done overseas, it must be authenticated by a notary and carry an APOSTILLE or be authenticated by a Notary at a Honduran Consulate abroad.

APOSTILLE: Certification issue by one of the subscribing countries of the 1961 Hague Convention that validates a document issued by one of the other subscribing members of said convention. International agreement to validate documents originating in and destined to subscribing countries.

Other Roatan Real Estate Terms to Know

Title Opinion and Title Searches

The age of a document is not a determining factor, only public documents done before a Notary, a Titulo Supletorio petitioned before a court of law or Dominio Pleno issued by a Municipality can be registered.

Transfer of title: Only “Public documents” (any of the above) can be transferred by a public document. You must have a public “Registered” document to transfer the same rights in another public document.

Title search: The registry of documents in Honduras is public, meaning the public (any ordinary citizen) is able to see all documents that have been filed and registered at said office.

The chain of the title is what you will be looking at to determine:

  1. Liens, easements, mortgages. These are of interest to real estate agents, as they determine the value of the land and what other documentation is required to deliver a clean title.
  2. If the title has been transferred from a public document (which was not always the case) or if by Titulo Supletario or Dominio Pleno.
  3. How far back the title goes and how many times the title has legally changed hands.
  4. In the event the lands are owned or were owned by a corporation, who owns the corporation and who is the representative of the corporation.

Different Ways to Transfer a Title

Sale outright: Tradición de Dominio por compra-venta. One party selling, one party buying, sale price is paid.

Sale of share in a corporation that owns property. Transfer is then of the company and not the property, but amounts to the same thing as the partners who own the property change.

Permuta: Trade: Exchanging the property for another of estimated equal value, or for another object.

Dacion de Pago: Property can be given in lieu of payment of a debt.

Donation: The person or entity that owns the property donates it to another, free of charge or in exchange for services or rights retained on said property. Take caution with these transfers, as they are revocable under a special clause called “ingratitude”.

Roatan Real Estate Inheritance Laws

There is a procedure that must be followed prior to the transfer of property. The legal heir must first be declared as such by the court, known as probate if there is a will, intestate if there was no will, in which family is called to succeed by order of familiarity. Your attorney will handle this.

Always check with your own attorney for validity of inheritance – this can be tricky. There have been problems before as the law does not state that all relatives who have a right to succeed when there is no will must declare themselves heirs simultaneously, so the individual claims are registered at different times and property can then be sold off by only one heir.

I realize it can be confusing to do business in a foreign country. I’m here to help facilitate the process easily and seamlessly for you! Contact me with any questions any time.

Life in Roatan: Neighborhoods and Developments

If you’re considering moving overseas, there are so many considerations to take into account in your planning. Let’s cover some of your Roatan FAQs more in-depth. Today, we’re talking life in Roatan: neighborhoods and developments.

Moving to Roatan can be a life-changing experience for you. Slow down, appreciate the beauty of nature, and explore a whole new world in the Caribbean.

But island life isn’t just a one-size-fits-all experience. You might envision a sprawling sea view from your quiet hillside home, while another person might picture a luxurious condo with plenty of amenities for an island-style retirement.

Life in Roatan: Neighborhoods and Developments

Roatan Neighborhoods and Developments

There are many different areas on the island of Roatan that can be broken into neighborhoods and developments for easier recognition.

First, there are two municipalities on the island: Roatan and Santos Guardiola. The municipality of Roatan is the western half of the island from French Harbour to West Bay. The municipality of Santos Guardiola is the eastern half of the island from First Bight to Old Port Royal.

Within each area, you can find more developed and less developed neighborhoods. But, generally speaking, the eastern half of Roatan is much less developed and more rural than the western half.

There are also many planned developments and communities in Roatan that have grown in recent years. Let’s break some of those down, alongside some of the popular neighborhoods for expats.

Popular Roatan Neighborhoods for Expats

Expats tend to look at several popular neighborhoods in Roatan. Primarily, those popular areas are Sandy Bay, West End, West Bay, Pristine Bay, Palmetto Bay Plantation, Keyhole Bay and several neighborhoods on the East End. Those include Parrot Tree Plantation, First Bight,  Punta Blanca, Calabash Bight,  Camp Bay, Calabash Bight and Politilly Bight, among others.

Within the western half of Roatan, you’ll find many neighborhoods with lots of real estate listings appealing to expats.

If you’re looking for houses in Roatan, take a look at Turrets, Turtle Crossing and Lighthouse Estates in West Bay overlooking the point of Roatan. You can also look at some neighborhoods along West Bay Road, including around Tamarind Drive.

Other neighborhoods with plenty of houses include Mangrove Bight and Gibson Bight, Sandy Bay, and the Lawson Rock community, which includes both condos and houses.

You’ll also find plenty of opportunities for condos or apartments throughout the western half of Roatan. There are many options in West End and along West Bay Beach in particular, in addition to the Lawson Rock community in Sandy Bay.

Developments in Roatan for Expats

Expats also tend to love the many planned developments and communities in Roatan. You can choose from the more luxurious options at Pristine Bay, offering a private beach, clubhouse, and the island’s 18-hole championship golf course.

Or enjoy the location of Lawson Rock in Sandy Bay with its appealing rental market offering snowbirds the perfect combination for an investment. These condo units especially frequently rent well as vacation homes, so you can come enjoy paradise for a few months each year, and then allow a property management company to facilitate the rentals throughout the rest of the calendar.

Keyhole Bay, just up the road from West Bay Beach, is another luxury opportunity for a quiet retreat from the crowds. Sunset Villas in West End is an incredibly popular neighborhood offering both residents and visitors walking access to all of the bars, restaurants, and activities of this vibrant community.

Parrot Tree Plantation and Palmetto Bay Plantation offer a variety of home options and are both centrally located for easy access to commercial French Harbour, including the brand new hospital based at Mega Plaza. They both enjoy great convenience while staying far off the main road and the tourist crowds.

There are other neighborhood developments with amenities, like Turtle Crossing and Lighthouse Estates in West Bay, that enjoy community pools and landscaping, in addition to security and utility set-up.

Where Should You Live in Roatan?

Your own situation is unique, so only you can decide what’s best in terms of location. But you should certainly consider several important questions.

Do you need to work or are you retired? If you require work and are seeking employment, you’ll need to consider the availability of jobs in reference to homes.

While Roatan is not a large island, the single main road is narrow and winding and can be very congested when cruise ships are in port. Commuting long distances is not ideal.

If you can work from home, then you probably need to just consider your access to reliable internet. Ask around and test speeds before committing to a lease. If you’re building or buying real estate, you can ask neighbors which company they use.

Then again, maybe you’re coming to Roatan to pursue a new opportunity as an entrepreneur! Take a look at our available commercial land and properties for ideas.

If you want to walk to restaurants, bars, shops, or activities, you should look at developments, or at the far western side of the island.

Living on the East End absolutely requires a vehicle, as the public transport is not as readily available without the high tourist volume the western side receives.

These are all considerations to take into account when choosing neighborhoods and developments in Roatan. The lifestyle you want will determine your search starting point, but you might have to compromise based on your specific circumstances.

Family Life in Roatan

If you’re moving to Roatan with your family, it’s also vitally important to consider everyone’s needs for daily life.

Schools, activities, job opportunities, and access to commercial areas are all considerations you should remember while looking at real estate opportunities.

There are many more schools available – especially bilingual private schools – on the western side of Roatan. French Harbour, Coxen Hole, and Sandy Bay all offer opportunities for expat kids.

There are plenty of activities for kids, too, from sports to arts to all the amazing water-based activities of island life. Check out programs offered by the SOL International Foundation to get an idea of community opportunities.

We’ll delve more into this and other considerations throughout my Life in Roatan series.

Be sure to check out the rest of my blog for more insights into real estate in Roatan, and never hesitate to reach out with any questions!

Land and Homes for Sale in Roatan

This month, I’m highlighting a few homes and a few lots that I think are excellent opportunities right now. All land and homes for sale in Roatan can always be viewed on the Roatan MLS. You can search all listings or limit your search results by selecting specific criteria.

Land for Sale in Roatan

These three lots each offer something special for the right owner. If you’ve been dreaming of building your own island home for a while, there’s no better time than the present to start making those dreams come true.

Roatan MLS 17-413

Barefoot Cay Resort is now offering home sites in the Barefoot Marina Village. This ocean-view lot boasts 0.22 acres framed by palm trees. Enjoy all the incredible amenities of the Barefoot Cay Resort community, including an on-site dive shop, restaurant/bar, gift shop, spa, pools, and some of Roatan’s best snorkeling and dive sites just offshore. This lot is listed at just $119,000.  ROATAN MLS 17-413

 

Located in the very popular West Bay neighborhood of Lighthouse Estates, this 0.24-acre lot offers a gentle slope and beach access, with low HOA fees to cover community costs. With world-famous West Bay Beach just a few minutes’ walk away, this quiet community enjoys convenience without the crowds. Take a look at this lot listed at only $219,777. ROATAN MLS 15-260

 

Roatan MLS 17-41

Adjacent to the popular Lighthouse Estates neighborhood is the equally desirable Turtle Crossing neighborhood. This lot offers its own private keyhole – a rare opportunity for this popular part of the island! This lot is not part of the HOA, but the opportunity to join is available. At 0.46 acres with its own keyhole, this lot will not stay on the market long! Have a look for yourself – it’s listed at only $289,000. ROATAN MLS 17-41

Homes for Sale in Roatan

These three homes for sale each offer you the chance to make island life your dream come true. Take a look at these options all listed under $300,000.

Roatan MLS 17-248

Sonrisa del Sol is a 2-bedroom/2.5-bathroom home in the beautiful area of French Cay. Located right on the water, this home comes with its own boathouse and dock, plus a large storage building that could offer additional profits. A separate studio apartment offers rental opportunities as well. This home is listed at only $259,000. ROATAN MLS 17-248

 

Roatan MLS 17-365

Palmetto Bay B-18 is a Balinese-style villa in the desirable Palmetto Bay Plantation neighborhood. Community amenities offer additional appeal, including a large stretch of beach, beautiful pool, on-site restaurant, and 24-hour security. This 3-bedroom/2-bathroom home is listed at only $269,000. ROATAN MLS 17-365

 

Roatan MLS 17-226

Villa Ana Sea Garden is a 4-bedroom/3-bathroom beauty in a fabulous location. Situated next to the tranquil Carambola Gardens just minutes from vibrant West End Village, this home is ideal for your new island lifestyle. As a duplex with two fully rentable units, you can choose to rent both or live in one while enjoying the income opportunity of renting the other. This perfectly positioned home is listed at just $287,500. ROATAN MLS 17-226

What do you think? Is your dream opportunity listed here? Get in touch and let me know what you’re looking for and let’s see if we can make your island real estate dreams come true.