Cruise to Roatan…And Never Go Home!

Visiting Roatan and purchasing real estateHave you ever daydreamed about just ditching it all and moving to a tropical island paradise? Maybe you’ve thought of taking a cruise, finding perfection, and just not getting back on the boat. Dreams can come true you know! Here’s an idea: take a cruise to Roatan…and never go home!

Wait, Where is Roatan?

Roatan is a pristine, verdant island in the Western Caribbean, usually on the same cruise itinerary as Mexico and Belize. Roatan is part of the Bay Islands of Honduras, which boast some of the world’s most beautiful coral reefs.

Roatan is often called the Gem of the Caribbean for its stunning green jungle, bright white soft sand beaches, and turquoise Caribbean Sea quietly lapping the shore all around.

The island is a favorite for International Living magazine and we have a large community of expats from the U.S. and Canada.

There are direct flights to Roatan from Atlanta, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Toronto, Montreal, Belize City, Panama City, San Salvador, and Grand Cayman. That means you can reach pure paradise in only a few hours from the U.S., Canada, and several other regional airport hubs.

But Roatan is truly a world apart in its beauty and idyllic way of life.

Roatan Cruise Ports

Roatan has two cruise ports welcoming ships from Carnival, Princess, Holland America, Costa, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Thomson Cruises, and more.

Mahogany Bay is the Carnival Cruise Lines port in Roatan and offers plenty of on-site activities, bars, and restaurants.

The Port of Roatan is located in the capital of Coxen Hole and offers quick, easy access to the most beautiful beaches and tons of fun activities.

If you’re taking a cruise to Roatan, you might feel the same way so many cruise ship visitors have felt before you: WOW!

This island is stunning and it often causes issues for people when they get back home.

You see, they can’t stop thinking about Roatan and life back home just seems so boring after their cruise visit here.

So, what’s the solution for those post-vacation blues? Don’t go home!

Ok, ok, I say this jokingly…

BUT!

If you do cruise to Roatan and fall in love, you’ll certainly want to book a return trip as soon as possible.

If you’ve been here before and already know you love this island, join the many others who do real estate tours during their time in port.

Check Out Roatan Real Estate During Your Cruise

Yup, that’s right! You can actually check out Roatan real estate during your cruise stop on the island.

While it’s a quick view of the opportunities available, doing a real estate tour during your cruise to Roatan will show you the variety and scope of our real estate market.

If you’re serious about potentially investing in real estate in Roatan, a real estate tour during your time in port can be your starting point.

Contact me to let me know when you’ll be here and let’s discuss your priorities.

I’m happy to show you around so you can better decide if this is the right investment for you.

Scuba Diving in Roatan Honduras

Roatan is known as a scuba diver’s paradise. In fact, it’s the reason tourism developed on the island as more and more divers started visiting and requiring more services. Scuba diving in Roatan Honduras is one of the bucket list places for divers around the world. Let’s talk about why…

Dive Sites in Roatan

Roatan is surrounded by the second-largest barrier reef in the world: the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. It stretches from the Yucatan Peninsula down and around our Bay Islands of Honduras. It’s so close to Roatan’s shore that you can easily swim out to snorkel or dive, without needing a boat.

Most diving in Roatan is, however, boat diving. It makes it easier to reach different dive sites and allows you to drift dive safely. The currents aren’t strong in Roatan, but it’s still nice to stay along the wall and not have to double back to the boat.

The Roatan Marine Park oversees the installation and naming of dive sites around Roatan. Their conservation efforts are absolutely vital to the survival of this fragile ecosystem, so it’s important to support them however you can.

They have buoys for over 50 dives just around the West Bay/West End/Sandy Bay area alone! They also patrol the coastline to prevent illegal poaching or other activities.

Scuba Diving in Roatan Honduras

The scuba diving conditions in Roatan are outstanding! We enjoy extensive visibility, warm waters, and minimal currents. That’s also what makes Roatan such a premier location for students to learn to dive. It’s a beautiful, comfortable location to do scuba courses.

There are dive shops all around the island, from the East End to the end of West Bay Beach. If you move to Roatan and want to dive, you can choose whichever dive shop is your favorite. Many will offer discounts to locals who want to dive regularly. It’s also a great way to show your friends and family more of the beauty of Roatan when they come to visit!

Throughout much of the year, dive shops tend to use 3mm shortie wetsuits for guests. Dive professionals often opt for full wetsuits only because they’re in the water all day everyday. If you’re diving in the height of summer, you might not even need a wetsuit at all!

Living in Roatan and Diving

Since I moved to Roatan, I’ve learned not only the basics of diving…I’m actually an Advanced Open Water Diver! I’m proud to say that because I think it’s so important to see and understand the coral reef system around our island home. Once you see the beauty and the diversity of marine life that’s there, you can’t help but want to protect it.

As residents, whether local or expat, it’s our responsibility to do our part supporting the Roatan Marine Park and encouraging sustainable practices in tourism.

The coral reef here is amazing and it’s what draws massive tourism investment annually. But, most importantly, it is fragile and susceptible to human interference, so we need to be careful and protect it for future generations.

If you move to Roatan, you simply have to try scuba diving. Even if you only try it once, it’s important to understand what’s under the surface so we can all work together to keep Roatan beautiful.

Are you thinking of moving to Roatan? Do you already scuba dive? Get in touch and I’ll share my insights from living and diving here in Roatan.

 

Sunny Casual Lifestyle in Roatan

The island life is truly the best life. In the Caribbean, we can relax knowing that we never, ever have to deal with winter weather. We enjoy beautiful sunshine all year long, which just makes people happier and friendlier. We all enjoy this sunny casual lifestyle in Roatan. It’s a huge part of why I decided to move to Roatan, and I think you would enjoy it, too.
Roatan Lifestyle and the benefits living on a islandBenefits of a Casual Lifestyle

In Roatan, we don’t worry about labels or name brands. We’re not competing with each other to get the latest cool sneakers or the flashiest watches. We don’t waste our time, energy, or money on those materialistic things. Sure, you can still choose to be fashionable and stylish! But you don’t have to keep up with anyone here in Roatan.

Because our weather is so warm and tropical year-round, we also don’t have to worry about a winter wardrobe. Again, that’s time, energy, and money saved! We can wear the same things all year long, adding another layer when rainy season starts and we all think it’s freezing cold at 75 degrees Fahrenheit (24C).

In Roatan, we don’t judge others by what they do or do not have. You can walk barefoot down the street and wear a bathing suit every day. Or you can dress to the nines because it makes you feel good! Life in Roatan is carefree and easy and it’s all up to you.

Just know that whenever you do meet someone on that street, you should stop and chat. It’s a friendly community here and our sunny weather lets us linger outside without freezing to death. That’s a beautiful thing.

Sunny Casual Lifestyle in RoatanThe art of living on a island Roatan

The climate in Roatan is what draws many expats to the island. We have tropical warmth – and humidity! – throughout the year. We never worry about heating bills, but we do have fans and air conditioning.

The sunshine is what attracts people to the island. With that sunshine comes white sand beaches and crystal clear Caribbean water. We also get plenty of rain though! That’s what makes Roatan so beautifully lush and green. When the rain comes, don’t worry, it’s just doing its job to keep Roatan lovely and then it will pass along and leave us with the sunshine once again.

You can count on summer temperatures staying above 80F/ 27C and the humidity being high. During the winter, temperatures do drop and the rains come, but we rarely drop into the low 70sF/23C. More typically, you can plan to wear shorts and a t-shirt all year long.

If you’re packing for a vacation in Roatan, leave the fancy stuff behind – you won’t need it. All you need is beachwear and casual clothes, and don’t forget your smile!

I love the sunny casual lifestyle in Roatan. It’s what drew my family here to enjoy a better quality of life. If you’re thinking of a move to Roatan, contact me and tell me what your plan is – I’m happy to help you find the right home and access the best resources.

 

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!

Living in Roatan Bay Islands

Living In Roatan Bay Islands

Daily Life in Roatan

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.

Roatan Real Estate Under $350k

There’s moving to paradise, and then there’s moving to paradise and owning your own slice of it at an affordable price. While I’d love to think we’re all multi-millionaires, let’s be realistic. We’re all looking for a great location at the right price. So let’s take a look at the MLS listings for some Roatan real estate under $350k on the market right now.

Roatan Real Estate Under $350k

Roatan Real Estate Under $350k

Caribe Tesoro on West Bay Beach

This is a true luxury condo opportunity on Roatan’s continuously highest-rated beach. The studio has been beautifully furnished and no details have been overlooked, complete with stone bathroom, travertine floors, granite counter tops, and beautiful Honduran hardwood doors and cabinets.

The unit boasts energy efficient air conditioning and fans, plus stainless steel appliances throughout. An on-site beachfront bar and restaurant and the beachfront 60,000-gallon saltwater pool provide endless entertainment. Listed at only $209,000. See more MLS:16-212 

Casa Sol y Mar Beachfront 

This beachfront duplex is listed at only $330,000. The upstairs unit has 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom, while the downstairs unit offers 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. The location of Casa Sol y Mar makes for an ideal rental opportunity, in addition to the utmost convenience for permanent residence.

Only minutes from popular West End and still close to commercial Coxen Hole, Gibson Bight is a tranquil neighborhood with boundless ocean views. Enjoy 92’ of beach frontage on 0.25 acres for your own slice of pure paradise. See more MLS:17-17

4-Bedroom Home in Turtling Bay

This 4,000-square foot home near Palmetto Bay offers 0.72 acres, beach access, and a pool to complete your island dream home. Built in 2012, this home offers large outdoor living space to enjoy the truly astounding views off Roatan’s north shore.

Underground utilities and a backup generator ensure your comfort and convenience as you live the good life here in Roatan. Listed at only $349,900. See more MLS:15-534

Beachfront Condo at Parrot Tree Plantation

Listed at only $119,000…this beachfront condo has no yearly HOA fees if you use it for less than six months in a year. This condo is ideal for snowbirds and can be rented the remainder of the year.

This condo offers solidly built concrete construction with graceful arches and distinctive columns. High quality finishes include Honduran mahogany cabinetry, travertine floors, Tommy Bahamas furnishing, stainless steel appliances, and central air conditioning. For recreation, Parrot Tree Plantation offers scuba diving, snorkeling, a 320-foot free-form pool, 2,000 feet of beachfront lagoon, kayaking, nature trails, an on-site restaurant and more.  See more MLS:17-82

Palmetto Bay Plantation

Listed at $190,000…this 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home is available fully furnished for a turnkey opportunity. Enjoy an open-plan design, expansive outdoor living space, and attractive community amenities. This is 1,850 square feet of paradise in a popular north shore community with plenty of amenities on-site to keep you entertained. See more MLS:16-342 

Casa Promesa Luxury Villa

This villa is an extraordinary deal! Located in First Bight on Ruby Lee Ridge, Casa Promesa offers 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, several terraces, a large pool, and a 1-bed/1-bath caretaker’s cottage. There is also a bunkhouse that has been used for visiting researchers and students. Additional amenities include a deep-water well and backup generator.

This beautifully crafted home is built on 17 acres of rolling hills and offers clear Caribbean ocean views. The property still has lots of potential and room for expansion. The paved road offers easy access to the shopping, restaurants and nightlife of French Harbour. Casa Promesa is listed at only $325,000. See more MLS:16-496 

Are you interested in Roatan real estate for less? These are just six current options available for temporary or permanent residence in paradise. Another great option is to buy land and build your own dream home .

Whatever your best scenario is, contact me and let’s make it happen.

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

Cost of Construction in Roatan

Right now the average cost per square foot in Roatan is between $75 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.

 

Layout of Roatan

Photography by Roatan MLS 15-271, Casa Moderna, Lawson Rock, Sandy Bay

Photography by Roatan MLS 15-271, Casa Moderna, Lawson Rock, Sandy Bay

The island of Roatan is comprised of two municipalities, each consisting of a multitude of neighborhoods. If you want to move to Roatan and invest in real estate, it’s important to research the many different neighborhoods and the lifestyles common to each. Understanding the layout of Roatan will help you to better understand your options for living in Roatan .

A vacation to Roatan will show you the highlights of a specific neighborhood where you stay. You’ll try local restaurants and visit local bars; you might even stop into some local shops and mini-marts.

But living in Roatan is very different from a vacation. You’ll need more resources and amenities, perhaps access to schools or jobs, and you’ll seek a certain vibe for your permanent neighborhood.

Let’s go through the layout of Roatan so you have a general idea of what to expect from different parts of the island.

Roatan’s Two Municipalities

Roatan is comprised of two official municipalities: Municipality of Roatan and Municipality of Santos Guardiola.

The Municipality of Santos Guardiola is the eastern half of Roatan, from First Bight all the way east. The official seat of government is located in Oakridge, which is also the main center of commerce for the municipality.

The Municipality of Roatan is the western half of the island, comprising everything west of First Bight. The seat of government is located in Coxen Hole, which is also a large commercial center. French Harbour is another major commercial center for this municipality, although its proximity to the East End makes it a convenient commercial area for both municipalities.

Popular Expat Neighborhoods in Roatan

Expats in Roatan live in neighborhoods from the western tip of the island all the way to the eastern tip. This diversity allows expats to choose from any of a variety of lifestyles and amenities.

If you want a quiet Caribbean retirement, head east. If you need a job or have young kids, you should look on the western side of the island. Whatever you seek, you’re sure to find it in Roatan.

For a quick breakdown, here are some of the most popular neighborhoods and their amenities.

West Bay consists of not just West Bay Beach, but also the neighborhoods off the beach. On the beach, you’ll find condo options at some of the most popular resorts on the island. Off the beach, single-family homes can be found in various design styles.

West End is another popular expat neighborhood, with a younger demographic and more of a laidback vibe. The single road running along the water is filled with tourists, locals, and expats, many of whom are barefoot and stopping to chat with everyone along the way.

Sandy Bay is a long stretch between West End and Coxen Hole where many expats search for homes on the beach. The convenience of access to commercial Coxen Hole and the nightlife and activities of West End makes Sandy Bay a desirable permanent home base.

Heading into French Harbour, Pristine Bay is another popular neighborhood. The island’s only golf course is located in this gated community, along with high-end, modern condos and villas.

Heading out of French Harbour, Pineapple Villas and Parrot Tree are two more gated communities offering many amenities for residents.

Beyond Parrot Tree heading east, you’ll come upon several popular East End neighborhoods, including First Bight, Second Bight, Politilly Bight, Calabash Bight, and Port Royal. Each of these neighborhoods offers more tranquillity and privacy than the western end of Roatan.

Where to live in Roatan

Where you live in Roatan is up to your preferences and lifestyle. I am always happy to discuss our beautiful island more in-depth and to go through each neighborhood with you so you can make the best decision for your life.

If you’re ready to invest in Roatan real estate, get in touch and let’s go through the options. Whether you want to rent your investment or live here full-time, the options are endless.

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

Jorge ChavezAbout Jorge Chavez, Roatan Real Estate RE/MAX Agent
I’m Honduran-born, but spent most of my youth in the U.S. After starting a career in Georgia, I decided the island lifestyle was exactly what my family needed for a better quality of life. Now, I want to help you achieve that same dream. Whether you want to spend your winters in paradise, purchase a vacation home, or move to Roatan full-time, I’ll help you find the perfect home. Want to learn more? Check out my full bio, or just contact me and introduce yourself! I’ll be glad to meet you.

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

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Why Invest in Roatan

The Roatan real estate market has seen a positive growth trend since the global housing crisis of the last decade. As the market on the island mirrors the market back in the U.S., we have enjoyed considerable growth over the last few years. But that’s not the only reason to invest in Roatan.

Investing in Roatan is a decision for your future. Knowing what the rest of the Caribbean is like today, it’s easy to see where Roatan can be in a few decades. Our isle is considered to be “behind” our neighbors in the region. Roatan is what the other islands used to look like – before overdevelopment and zealous tourism.

Roatan has enjoyed slow and steady growth. This has allowed infrastructure to keep pace with our growing population and has prevented depletion of our precious resources.

Many islands experience regular power outages as a general rule. Roatan is lucky to enjoy a very steady power supply with infrequent outages.

On top of that, Roatan’s tourism market has grown slowly and steadily, allowing the industry to maintain proper oversight to ensure protection of our natural resources while still growing to support more and more tourists every year.

Why Invest in Roatan

Roatan Bay Islands

Roatan Bay Islands

Invest in Roatan because you know there is incredible potential here. We can look at our neighboring Caribbean islands and see where we might be in decades to come. Ideally, we will continue to grow at this steady pace so we continue to protect our resources and build our infrastructure simultaneously.

Invest in Roatan because you want to enjoy your retirement years without confining yourself to the couch. Retirement in Roatan is active and fun, filled with warm weather and sunshine. Retirees regularly gather for fun social activities and to volunteer with various local organizations. Retirement in Roatan is for the young at heart and the happy in spirit.

Invest in Roatan to choose a better balance in your life – whatever stage of life you’re in currently. Set your watch to Island Time and remember the important things.

Trust me – it’s not important to commute to a job you hate to pay bills for a house you barely spend time in. Life on the island is about community and happiness. That’s a true investment.

Where to Invest in Roatan

Roatan MLS Photography

Roatan MLS Photography

Roatan consists of many popular expat neighborhoods. You could retire to a condo on the beach with all the amenities and social life you want. Or you could retire to a beautiful home overlooking the western point of the island, enjoying sunsets and views of the mountains on the mainland.

Move to Roatan and live in West End, where you can walk everywhere and always be surrounded by friends who feel like family. Or move to Pristine Bay where you can golf every day and enjoy the comforts of a modern villa overlooking the north shore.

Whatever your ideal lifestyle looks like, Roatan has the perfect answer for you. An investment in Roatan is an investment in your happiness and your future. It’s also a wise investment in an island that will undoubtedly continue to grow and build an even stronger real estate market in the years to come.

If you’re ready to invest in Roatan, contact me to discuss your options. We can look at your short- and long-term plans, the type of lifestyle you’re seeking, and your residency options to ensure a smooth transition to life in Roatan.

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

Jorge ChavezAbout Jorge Chavez, Roatan Real Estate RE/MAX Agent
I’m Honduran-born, but spent most of my youth in the U.S. After starting a career in Georgia, I decided the island lifestyle was exactly what my family needed for a better quality of life. Now, I want to help you achieve that same dream. Whether you want to spend your winters in paradise, purchase a vacation home, or move to Roatan full-time, I’ll help you find the perfect home. Want to learn more? Check out my full bio, or just contact me and introduce yourself! I’ll be glad to meet you.

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

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Long Term Rentals in Roatan

I’m in the business of selling real estate. But what I never want to see is a client purchasing before fully considering all the options – and therefore making a rash decision. If you’re not very familiar with Roatan yet, it’s a good idea to rent a place for a while to get to know different areas of the island before buying. There are long term rentals in Roatan where you can see what it’s like to live here before making the real estate leap.

I highly recommend that you come stay in Roatan for a while to better understand life here before you jump into the real estate market. Even though I ultimately want to sell real estate, I’m not in the business of pushing people to make bad decisions. I want you to choose your home wisely to ensure it makes you happy.

Rentals RoatanLong Term Rentals in Roatan

If you’re considering buying but want to stay for a while first, here are a few long term rentals in Roatan where you can get a feel for daily life here.

It’s hard to find long term rentals online since most online listings will be for week-long vacations. These options below offer both short- and long-term rental options. Even renting for one month straight instead of just a week will show you what life is like, from going to the grocery store to seeing different weather to maybe even paying a few bills for phone or electricity usage.

This long term rental option is located in the West Bay neighbourhood called Turtle Crossing which would show you what life is like in a more residential area off the beach. You’ll want a car and you’ll get a feel for this popular part of the island at the western tip.

There are two long term rental options located in Sandy Bay within a private community close to West End. This one is more traditional island style with colorful décor and beach-style furnishingsThis one in the same complex boasts a more modern feel with travertine tile and granite countertops. The neighbourhood is just minutes from  popular West End to one side and commercial Coxen Hole to the other.

The beach is actually a road through Sandy Bay, which is a unique experience for many visitors! Doing a long term rental in either of these Roatan homes offers a glimpse into life in this more residential area.

It’s still conveniently located between commercial areas for easy access to all you need, but farther than you might be as a tourist. You could either rent a car or utilize public transportation from here quite easily.

Buying Real Estate Roatan

Stay in Roatan Long Term Before Buying Real Estate

If you’re from the U.S. or Canada, you’ll receive up to 90 days on a tourist visa upon arrival in Honduras. That offers a fantastic snowbird opportunity to avoid the worst winter months up north!

Renting for a few months is also a great way to start making friends and connections before moving to Roatan full-time. If you’re considering investing in a vacation home that you can also rent out while you’re not using it, staying here for a few months helps you to better understand the rental market and needs of a renter.

Live in RoatanLive the Good Life in Roatan

Living on an island is honestly my dream come true. I was born in Honduras but mostly grew up in the U.S. When met my partner and we were looking at our future together, we decided that moving to Roatan would be a better lifestyle for our family.

We didn’t want to be rushing around stressed out every day for the rest of our lives working in the U.S. – we wanted to marvel at natural beauty and breathe fresh air. We wanted our family to have the freedom to swim in the Caribbean Sea and to explore the lush jungle. We wanted to relax into Island Time.

If you are thinking about buying real estate in Roatan, I highly recommend you do a test run first. Check out a long term rental in Roatan first, stay a while, and then let me know when you’re ready to stay forever.

Roatan Waterfront Estate for Sale

Roatan Luxury Home REMAXHigh-end estates in Roatan are not exactly flooding the market. So when a waterfront estate like Villa Shanti comes up at an incredible price point, I simply have to share its value. This particular Roatan waterfront estate is for sale at $1.100 million…and to call it a dream come true is an understatement.

Located in French Harbour overlooking both Little and Big French Cays, Villa Shanti’s views encompass those iconic blues and aquas for which Roatan has become famous. The location is incredibly convenient to commercial French Harbour, where grocery stores, hardware stores, and the island’s brand new hospital are all located.

Yet the privacy and tranquility of Villa Shanti create the illusion of having your own private island. It’s truly the best of both worlds.

About Villa Shanti

While other homes in Roatan might have similar square footage and quality, Villa Shanti stands apart with its bonus amenities. A private beach on 186 feet of oceanfront and a 120-foot deep-water dock with a palapa already put this estate above the rest.

Add in the 1.25 acres of land, which includes 7,000 square feet of living space and you truly feel a world apart. 

Five bedrooms and four bathrooms offer everyone within the home the privacy they desire. This set-up also offers the potential to make Villa Shanti into a boutique B&B should an entrepreneur decide to become the Villa’s new owner.

Even the fine details within Villa Shanti will impress you. Bathrooms boast marble and travertine, doors and windows are made of Rosita hardwood, and ceramic tile flooring adds to the elegant features of this estate.

Villa Shanti also comes with a separate caretaker’s 1-bedroom, 1-bath cabaña. It actually feels like its own little universe of perfection.

Roatan Waterfront Estate for Sale

Villa Shanti is truly the ideal beachfront home. Vaulted ceilings allow for refreshing sea breezes to drift through the main living space, while relaxing by the infinity pool grants endless ocean vistas. The variety of blending blues and greens are a natural marvel.

With the deep-water dock, you can head out on your own boat whenever the mood strikes. Roatan is known for exceptional deep-sea fishing and hosts an international fishing tournament each September.

This location on Roatan’s southern shore is ideal for staying active in the community, whether on Roatan’s East or West Ends. You can join in on fun activities within the very welcoming island community in either direction. The Black Pearl championship golf course is just minutes away and multiple highly rated dive centers are available nearby in all directions.

This waterfront estate is unique – an opportunity for the right owner to enjoy the good life on Island Time. Let me know if that owner could be you.