Roatan: Your Simple Affordable Retirement Plan

More and more people are discovering our small jewel in the Caribbean. Here are a few of the qualities of Roatan that make it a great choice for retirement.

• You can have your dream lifestyle at an affordable price. From ocean view to beachfront, from condo to private home you can find it in Roatan at a fair and reasonable price.

• With weather always in the 70’s and above, Roatan offers outdoor leisure activities year round. Spend your days fishing, swimming, diving, walking along the beach or reading in the hammock.

• Direct flights from Miami, Houston, Atlanta (U.S), Canada, Guatemala, San Salvador and Belize, make it easy to go back and forth when necessary.

• There is a strong expat community creating businesses and jobs. Expats in Roatan have formed volunteer organizations, garage sales, church groups and more. This helps newcomers feel comfortable knowing they have a community for friendship and support as well as the option of starting a business, if interested.

• English is one of the main languages in Roatan, so for many people who retire and move to Roatan it is not necessary to learn a new language.

• Businesses US accept dollars.

• With one main road going from one end of the island to the other, and more than 400 taxis it is nearly impossible to get lost and is easy to get around.

• Unlike most other islands in the Caribbean, Roatan does not have high-rise buildings. All structures built on the island are limited to four stories. This creates a more relaxing environment allowing us to take in the breathtaking views around us.

So when you are making your retirement plans, close your eyes and imagine yourself relaxing by the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, feeling the warm breeze and breathing the salty air and think Roatan.

Roatan Beach

Paya Bay Beach, Santos Guardiola, Roatan

 

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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.

 

Vacation Rentals in Roatan

All pictures were gathered from the Roatan Multiple Listing Service MLS

All pictures were gathered from the Roatan Multiple Listing Service – Roatan MLS

Vacation rentals are all the rage right now. Travelers love staying in a local home and saving money by enjoying having a full kitchen and other amenities at their disposal. Vacation rentals in Roatan have been popular for a long time…even before this new online popularity!

Back in the day, before lots of hotels and condo options popped up, vacation rentals were the only places to stay in Roatan. You could rent someone’s extra room or rent out a cabin on the beach from one of the families who owned extra land. Roatan vacation rentals were a thing before Airbnb ever became a household name!

Now that island vacation rentals are here to stay, they provide an excellent investment opportunity for people looking to buy real estate in the Caribbean. They are also ideal opportunities for tourists and travelers to see what life is really like here in Roatan and to get a true taste of island life here in paradise.

Why Stay in a Vacation Rental in Roatan?

Staying in a vacation rental allows you to see the world through the eyes of a local. You can stay in a real home, where local design and typical appliances and amenities can be experienced. While a hotel room can look like any hotel room anywhere in the world, a vacation rental offers unique and interesting opportunities to understand a place that is new to you.

Stay in a vacation rental in Roatan so you can experience the good life here on the island. You can enjoy local artwork decorating the walls and local amenities within your neighborhood. Vacation rentals can be in the most popular tourist area on the island or they could be within a local neighborhood where folks are walking their dogs and collecting eggs from their chickens and sending their kids off to school for the day. Vacation rentals offer a glimpse into reality in a different place.

Stay in a vacation rental in Roatan so you can get a real feel for island living – especially if you’re considering buying real estate on the island. Understand the pros and cons, the opportunities and the limitations, before you jump into homeownership.

Vacation Rentals in West Bay Roatan

West Bay Roatan offers ample opportunity for vacation rentals. With condos along West Bay Beach and homes into the hillside neighborhoods of West Bay, you can take your pick from local options.

West Bay Beach is the most popular beach in Roatan, offering a long stretch of soft white powdery sand to enjoy and calm water lapping the shore. You can snorkel straight from the beach and there are lots of fun activities to enjoy, too!

Vacation rentals in West Bay are popular and an excellent investment opportunity if you’re looking for real estate in Roatan. If you’re looking for a fun vacation, hit the beach or rent a home overlooking the western tip of the island for space and luxury.

Vacation Rentals in West End Roatan

West End offers plenty more vacation rental options in Roatan, with houses and condos in West End Village plus several neighborhoods skirting town that offer more opportunities for growth. If you want to be able to walk to everything but want a lower price point than West Bay Beach, West End might be the perfect option!

Vacation rentals in West End range from simple cabins on the beach to high-end penthouse condos. Just outside of West End, you’ll find several neighborhoods that mix local life with tourism so you can get the best of both worlds. Just be sure to check the accessibility of the vacation rental to see if you require a car rental or not.

If you want to own a vacation rental in West End, you could look at anything from a condo to a house to a cabin. West End is eclectic with its housing…and with its restaurant options…and with its people! You’re bound to find a unique option in West End that you love.

Vacation Rentals in Sandy Bay Roatan

Sandy Bay is a long stretch of Roatan’s north shore that essentially runs between Mangrove Bight and Coxen Hole. All along this stretch are plenty of vacation rental options from expansive mansions to small cabins and everything in between.

Sandy Bay vacation rentals offer plenty of options for large family vacations or multi-family homes. You can also rent smaller condos or single units within the larger homes, especially during slower seasons.

If you want to own a vacation rental in Sandy Bay, you have plenty of opportunities to rent out part or all of your home while still enjoying the island life for yourself whenever you want!

Owning a Vacation Rental in Roatan

If you’re considering buying real estate in Roatan, owning a vacation rental could be an ideal way to get into the market while maintaining an income stream. Maybe you’re not yet ready to move to Roatan full time, or maybe you just want to get your foot in the door while real estate prices are still affordable (they won’t be for long!).

I’m happy to discuss the benefits and opportunities with owning a second home since I’m a Resort and Second Home Property Specialist here in Roatan. If you’re considering investing early for retirement or for a snowbird option, a second home can be an ideal set-up. Vacation rentals in Roatan are incredibly popular, offering you an excellent opportunity to invest now while enjoying an income stream.

Whatever your reason for owning a vacation rental in Roatan, your options are endless. Take a look at current real estate options to see if anything appeals to you, or just contact me with your ideas and I can see what might be available to fit your needs.

There is bound to be the perfect opportunity for you here in Roatan, it’s just a matter of finding it. I’m ready to help whenever you’re ready to jump into paradise!

 

 

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.

 

6 Great Value Ocean View Homes in Roatan

Roatan Realtor Jorge Chavez

I love to highlight new listings that I think offer incredible value for buyers. If you’ve been considering buying real estate in the Caribbean, take a look at these great value ocean view homes in Roatan. It’ll be a challenge to find equal value on most other Caribbean islands these days!

2-Bedroom Home in West End for $240,000 

This semi-detached home is in an ideal, quiet location in West End with easy access to all the fun and activities and nightlife. Mature landscaping, 1900 square feet of living space, and superb craftsmanship make this home stand out. Oversized wraparound decks on both the upper and lower levels offer views of the mature garden area.

This is an outstanding opportunity to own the land and home with affordable and HOA worry-free ownership fees. You’ll also enjoy the choice of two pools…so this home offers great rental potential!

3-Bedroom House in West Bay for $359,000

Roatan Real Estate MLS  #17-549

Roatan Real Estate MLS #17-549

On a quiet cul-de-sac just a few minutes’ walk from one of the best beaches in the world, this house is perfect for your winter escape or for your retirement home. It has a 1-bedroom apartment on the ground floor with a 2-bedroom unit over the upper two floors.

Facing the South Shore, this home receives the cooling trade winds and has views of the coastal mountains on the mainland and the ocean on both the South and North Shores. Situated in a quiet, secluded residential neighborhood just over the hill from the bustle of West Bay Beach, you’ll enjoy easy access to all the restaurants, bars, and activities that West Bay has to offer without all the noise.

The two units can be rented to offset expenses when the owners aren’t on-island, plus your friends and family can visit you and enjoy their own separate accommodations.

2-Bedroom Villa in West Bay for $398,900

Roatan Real Estate MLS 17-459

Roatan Real Estate MLS 17-459

This new home is poised to offer you the ideal island lifestyle, whether as a vacationer or full-time resident: Views, sea breeze, swimming pool, beach access, 2 XL master bedrooms, a premium location, over 3400 square feet of living space…and an asking price below $400,000.

Located within Blue Roatan Residences, which is spread over 6 acres, you can enjoy a beachfront clubhouse, dock, swimming pool, and concierge service! Single family homes, villas, and condos will be built within a lush vegetation setting on a gentle slope.

This is West Bay’s next little paradise.

2-Bedroom House in Sandy Bay for $399,000

Roatan Real Estate MLS 18-13

Roatan Real Estate MLS 18-13

This outstandingly unique home is located in a serene area of Sandy Bay, near Anthony’s Key Resort. Resting on one of the highest hills in the area, you will absolutely love the magnificent panoramic ocean and mountain views.

The home is surrounded by tropical gardens and mature fruit trees, providing a variety of fruits such as mangoes, soursops, avocados, limes, guavas, almonds, and bananas for your enjoyment. The construction is all concrete with tiled floors, so the home will not suffer typical island damages caused by termites or rusting.

You can live the good life with this hilltop stunner.

3-Bedroom House in West Bay for $399,000

Roatan Real Estate MLS #18-54

Roatan Real Estate MLS #18-54

Teal Vista is an ocean view home located in the upscale neighborhood of the Turrets at Turtle Crossing. This 3-bedroom/2-bathroom home has multiple decks, all with sweeping views of the south shore of Roatan, mainland Honduras, and Cayos Cochinos. You’ll enjoy constant trade winds and ocean breezes from this vantage point.

New mini-split AC units have been installed in every room, plus a new water filtration system. Enjoy use of the community pool and 24-hour security monitored by Bulldog Security. This home is located a quick drive or short walk to West Bay Beach, giving you the best of all worlds.

2-Bedroom Villa in Pristine Bay for $415,000

Roatan Real Estate MLS #17-359

Roatan Real Estate MLS #17-359

Overlooking the turquoise waters of Roatan’s north coast and the greens of the Black Pearl Golf Course is a corner villa with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Both bedrooms and the great room have large sliding glass doors which showcase the view and lead to the patio and private vanishing-edge swimming pool. The home comes fully furnished and is ready for immediate occupancy or to be placed in the rental program.

Pristine Bay offers amenities sought by investors looking for upscale Caribbean living. A private beach is available for homeowners and their guests to enjoy. There is an expansive private Beach Club offering owner/guest services including an 18,000 square foot vanishing edge pool and kids’ splash park, restaurant, and tennis and golf pro shop. Golf enthusiasts will enjoy playing the Pete Dye designed Black Pearl 18 hole golf course. Comprehensive property management is available, making ownership of Villa 1201 worry-free.

What do you think? Are any of these great value ocean view homes right for you? Let me know! Reach out anytime to arrange a viewing or to ask for additional information. I’m always happy and eager to help you find your dream home. If it doesn’t yet exist, then let’s talk about building it to suit your exact needs.

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!

A Caribbean Island Safe From Hurricanes

The hurricane season has been particularly harsh in 2017. It’s been awful to see the destruction of these storms rolling through the Eastern Caribbean islands and up into the southeastern United States. We are so lucky that Roatan is a Caribbean island safe from hurricanes.

I get this question a lot generally, but especially lately, given all the news surrounding Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. Both were devastating to so many other Caribbean islands.

If you are willing and able, I encourage you to donate to the many amazing organizations working hard to help these islanders recover from the damages.

Given our location, we’re fairly safe from direct hurricane hits here in Roatan. While that doesn’t mean we never get hit or that we never have to worry, we are very lucky and are one of very few Caribbean islands generally safe from the annual hurricane season.

Why is Roatan Safe From Hurricanes?Why is Roatan safe from hurricanes

Roatan is located in the western Caribbean, just off the northern coast of Honduras. This location offers us protection from the main hurricane belt of the Eastern Caribbean.

Typical hurricanes develop and strengthen in the Atlantic Ocean and head west toward the Caribbean islands and the southeastern United States. Occasionally those same hurricanes come as far west and south as the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. More often, they hit Florida – well north of Roatan island.

Roatan occasionally gets the outskirts of a hurricane or tropical storm, with some rain and wind causing a little bit of bad weather for us. But, luckily, it is very rare that a hurricane directly hits Roatan.

Our most protective feature, however, is our fringing barrier reef. The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef is the second-largest in the world and protects our island from most damage. We are very lucky in that respect, especially since surge waters are typically the most deadly aspect of a hurricane.

A Caribbean Island Safe From HurricanesA caribbean Island safe from hurricanes Roatan Bay Islands

Roatan is safe from hurricanes on a general basis. The last major direct hit that Honduras suffered was Hurricane Mitch in 1998. Statistically, hurricanes hit Honduras directly once every 25 years or so. That allows us the liberty of breathing easier throughout every hurricane season.

While other Caribbean islands have to worry every summer into autumn, we tend not to notice too many weather changes this far west. The only hurricanes we keep a very close watch for are those forming off the north coast of South America.

When those do form, we are still pretty lucky, as they tend not to come to our island directly.

The mainland can get a harder hit, but then once a hurricane goes over land for an extended period of time, it loses strength and tends to fade.

Is Hurricane Insurance Necessary in Roatan?Is hurricane insurance necessary in Roatan

This is a common question I get as a follow-up to the general hurricane preparedness of our island.

Again, generally speaking, Roatan is a fairly safe Caribbean island in terms of hurricane damage.

However, that doesn’t mean that you should just ignore the potential of a storm hitting our island.

If you’re building a home in Roatan, I always recommend that you work with a local architect and builder to maximize your use of the local environment and to ensure your preparedness for all types of weather. That’s of vital importance

In terms of insurance requirements and recommendations, your home location and building type will determine the types of insurance you might need. Flood insurance is obviously more likely for waterfront homes than for hilltop homes.

General comprehensive plans might include hurricane insurance, but be sure to check for yourself. On a case-by-case basis, you can look into your options and needs.

No insurance is compulsory in Honduras, but it’s a good idea to be prepared and to have your own coverage.

I’m always happy to advise based on your specific situation.

Feel free to reach out anytime to ask me more about life in Roatan. I’m happy to talk real estate, moving to the island, and the logistics of life in paradise.

Roatan Real Estate Available Now

I love to highlight some of the best opportunities available on the Roatan MLS – just in case you aren’t checking it religiously like some of us do! I picked out three great home options and three land options for Roatan real estate available now.

Let’s have a look!

1-Bedroom Condo at Parrot Tree: $110,000Roatan Real Estate Condo for sale

Take a look at this affordable beachfront condo in one of Roatan´s most exclusive resorts! A large beach-view studio on the second floor that catches the tropical breezes, also only steps away from the private resort pool.

Completely turnkey – all you need is your bathing suit to enjoy your Caribbean home away from home!

0.61 acres in Lawson Rock: $95,000Roatan Land available

This home site is located in one of the top communities on the island: prestigious Lawson Rock. The home site is ideally located just steps away from the community beach. Large estate-sized at 0.61 acres, this site is located in the development’s first phase.

Lawson Rock is the perfect island location, just 5 minutes away from the airport/shopping and only a short drive to the many restaurants and activities of popular West End.

This lot is ready to build with paved concrete road, underground utilities, and all you would expect in a prestigious community.

3-Bedroom House in Seadancer: $295,000Roatan Home for sale

PRICE DROP! Looking for the perfect beach house? This beautiful island-style home is just steps from the sand. This 2-bedroom/2-bathroom home includes a large porch, pool, and backyard. There is also a 1-bedroom/1-bathroom apartment that is perfect for guest or rentals.

Located in the tranquil community of Seadancer, you’re just minutes away from Coxen Hole with the airport and shopping options, and only 15 minutes from popular West End with all of its fun amenities. 

2-Bedroom Home in Pristine Bay: $450,000Pristine Bay Roatan Villa

Overlooking the turquoise waters of Roatan’s north coast and the greens of the Black Pearl Golf Course is a corner villa with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.

Both bedrooms and the great room have large sliding glass doors to showcase the view, leading out to the patio with a private infinity swimming pool.

The home comes fully furnished and is ready for immediate occupancy or to be placed in the rental program.

Pristine Bay offers amenities sought by investors looking for upscale Caribbean living. A private beach, an expansive private Beach Club, an enormous infinity pool and kid’s splash park, restaurants, and tennis and golf pro shop are all available.

Golf enthusiasts will enjoy playing the Pete Dye-designed Black Pearl 18-hole championship golf course. Comprehensive property management is available making ownership of Villa 1201 worry-free. 

0.66 acres in Sandy Bay: $86,000Ocean view property in Roatan

This convenient and accessible lot is perfect for those wanting to build a home close to beaches, nightlife, restaurants, and dive shops. Fabulous ocean view, mesmerizing Caribbean sunsets, and a constant breeze make this lot idyllic.

This is an ideal building lot on 0.68 acres with a gentle, sloping hillside. There is a nearby home site with electrical pole and water.

0.17 acres in West Bay: $115,000Roatan West bay property

This site offers excellent value and an amazing location. Just 245 steps to a white sandy community beach and only 480 steps to Roatan´s most visited and preferred beach on the island: West Bay Beach.

Enjoy a variety of entertainment options, view spectacular Caribbean sunsets every evening, swim the crystal clear waters, and snorkel or dive along Roatan’s coral reef.

Beyond the natural beauty and playground of your own neighborhood, West Bay Beach offers many more activities just around the corner.

This 0.17-acre lot features a paved road and underground utilities. For its location and the price, this is a deal that won’t last long!

If any of the Roatan real estate available now intrigues you, get in touch and let’s chat about your options. I’m always happy to answer any questions you may have about buying real estate in Roatan.

Roatan Real Estate Seller Closing Costs

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Roatan Casa Sol y Mar

A common question I receive is in regards to seller closing costs in Roatan. It can be hard to navigate a foreign system and bureaucracy, so I thought it might help to pull together all of the Roatan real estate seller closing costs here.

If you’re considering selling your Roatan real estate, take a look through this list to be sure you’re prepared.

You can also check out my thoughts on why I’m the best realtor for selling your Roatan real estate.

And never hesitate to reach out and ask me questions directly – I’m always happy to help!

Roatan Real Estate Seller Closing Costs 

The following is an outline of what you can expect to pay when selling your Roatan real estate:

Real Estate commission: The standard commission amongst all Roatan real estate companies in the Roatan Realtors Association is 10%.

Capital Gains Taxes: If your property has proven any gain, taxes are set at 4%.

Survey: A survey of your property will usually cost between $250 and $300.

Catastral: Catastral is the deeded value according to the municipal government. You will pay usually between $50 and $80.

National Taxes: The Honduran National Government Tax Agency (CPAT) levies taxes related to the sale of real estate property up to 15%. The total taxable amount can vary based on the real estate company or agent you work with, so it’s best to clarify these exact costs up front. At RE/MAX, we charge from escrow, and only 20% of the total commission is taxable based on the final breakdown. Feel free to contact me directly if you want further clarification on this point.

RTN (Registro Tributario Nacional): Your RTN is your personal tax ID number in Honduras. If a new RTN card is needed, that price is between $100 and $200 to obtain it.

Attorney Fees: The attorney who calculates the capital gains will charge between $200 and $250.

Wire Fees: Outgoing wire fees are usually $45 per transfer.

POA (Power of Attorney): If you cannot attend your closing and instead use your Power of Attorney to process all closing documents, this usually costs $250. 

HOA (Home Owners Association): All current year fees must be accounted for, with costs prorated between the buyer and seller. These will obviously vary based on your home location and annual fees.

Other Considerations for Selling Roatan Real Estate

When selling your real estate, it’s not only the numbers that matter. Especially when looking at foreign-owned property, there are many other considerations to take into account.

For example, if you’re leaving the island and moving out of the country, you’ll need to consider the timing of selling your property and moving on. While you can provide Power of Attorney if you can’t attend the closing, that’s something you need to consider in your total selling costs.

If you do choose to attend after leaving, add in the expenses associated with travel to the island, accommodations, food, etc, all while you’re here.

You could also consider the idea of renting your property as a vacation rental, if that’s feasible for you. Vacation rental properties are incredibly popular in Roatan and could prove to be a solid investment.

Ask me for further advice; I will be perfectly honest about your specific situation and will try to help guide you in the best direction.

Beachfront Acreage with Endless Opportunities

Brand new to the Roatan real estate market, this 1.25-acre beachfront lot rests within easy walking distance of West End Village en route to world-famous West Bay Beach.

This location cannot be understated: finding such a large tract of empty beachfront property in such a popular area is now incredibly rare. Take a look at this beautiful beachfront acreage with endless opportunities for development.

Prime Beachfront Real Estate

It goes without saying that a beachfront lot on a tropical island is a dream come true.

This location offers even more opportunity because of its proximity to Roatan’s two premier tourism centers, without being in the thick of the crowds.

If you’re considering investing in the Caribbean, this is your chance to get in on the upswing in Roatan.

This is honestly some beachfront acreage with endless opportunities. Let’s just go through a few ideas to get you thinking…

Build Your Own Dream Home in the Caribbean

With 1.25 acres to enjoy, you can design the home of your dreams. Enjoy unlimited access to the Caribbean Sea from your front door and lush tropical jungle at your back.

Bask in the privacy of a locale that isn’t filled with tourists, while still being close enough to walk to bars, restaurants, dive shops, and other activities in West End.

Note that there is currently no road access, so no worries about traffic! And getting around by boat is much more fun.

This opportunity to design your own beachfront dream home from start to finish is rare in the Caribbean these days. Finding empty beachfront property in such a desirable area means this won’t last long!

Establish a Small Development of Homes

Vacation rentals and snowbird homes are incredibly popular on the Caribbean island of Roatan. Building a small development on this beachfront acreage is a fantastic option.

Take a look at Turtle Beach and Orchid Beach, two small neighborhood developments just past this beachfront acreage headed toward West Bay. With homes there being popular on the vacation rental market, income streams into the developments throughout the year.

Create a Condo Community – Growing in Popularity in Roatan

Condos are incredibly convenient for countless reasons, but there are only a few small community condo developments in Roatan.

This beachfront acreage offers an amazing opportunity to build a small condo complex right on the beach. The beautiful area offering all the conveniences homeowners or vacationers could want will make for an easy selling point.

Similar concepts to look at in the area include Villas del Playa or Mangrove Dock condos.

Build a Small Luxury Beachfront Boutique Hotel

What more could a visitor want than a beachfront location away from the crowds offering high-end luxuries and world-class service? Unfortunately, there aren’t many hotels providing experiences of that caliber here in Roatan yet.

That’s a gap in the market that will inevitably be filled – this beachfront acreage being an ideal example of a waiting opportunity.

The only small luxury beachfront boutique hotels around include Xbalanque or Mayoka Lodge. Other luxury accommodations are large resorts, while other small boutique hotels lack the “luxury” title.

With increased interest in the island of Roatan from tourists around the world, the market will continue to expand and services are already rising to meet those needs.

A small luxury beachfront boutique hotel might find itself primed and ready to welcome those high-end visitors destined to come to Roatan in the coming years.

Whatever dream you can come up with for this beachfront acreage, I’m sure the right investor will happily maximize its potential. Contact me for more details about this listing or to arrange to view it in person.