Realities of Island Life: It Ain’t Always Perfect

Reality Island Life Roatan Real EstateI am in the business of selling real estate on the Caribbean island of Roatan, located just off the coast of Honduras. But I’m not just here to sell a property and then walk away. There are too many realities of island life that I think some folks overlook when jumping into the real estate market, so I choose to be available as more than just a real estate agent.

After all, I did the same move years ago, so I know what it’s like!

I left my life and home in the U.S. to move to Roatan with my young family. We wanted to raise our son in a slowed-down environment, where nature takes center stage for his playtime and exploration. And we absolutely made the right decision!

But there are certainly limitations to living on an island. After all, an island is surrounded by water and there’s only so far you can go in any direction. I’m always happy to chat with clients about the ups and downs of living on an island, so here are some of the basic realities of island life to consider when you are looking at moving to Roatan.

Small Town Realities of Island Life

Living on an island with limitations means that our towns and our overall population are small, making island life another version of small town life and all that it entails.

Small town life can be a harsh adjustment for some folks who are used to the anonymity or even the plentiful options for entertainment and nightlife when living in a city.

The coconut telegraph is alive and well, so be sure to think about what you do and what you say before you end up starting a new rumor here in this small-town world! Of course, the perks of small town life are great, too. You can always check out my posts to catch a daily glimpse of life in Roatan!

Island realities certainly include knowing most folks quite well, but because Roatan is also a popular tourist destination, there are constantly new people to meet and more fun to be had. So don’t worry that you’ll feel isolated here in Roatan – the small town vibe just adds to the island life charm.

When you know what you’re getting into and you understand those limitations, it’s actually a wonderful adjustment to make. Greeting all your neighbors as friends and running into friends everywhere you go is just a bonus to island living!

Island Life is Isolating

Islands are also isolated, which also means that sometimes we don’t have options for purchases or that we have to import something specifically from the mainland. We make do with what’s available, which can be hard for some people who are used to living in the land of plenty!

Living on an island comes with new challenges for those who have never lived on one before. You can’t take long road trips to the mountains or lakes; going anywhere requires a drive on the island’s one main winding road or hopping on a boat or a plane. You usually need to plan in advance if you want to travel to the mainland and flights can be expensive with limited options at certain times of year.

But the benefit of this island being small and our options being slightly limited sometimes is that we waste no time choosing from the hundreds of shampoos you find at a grocery store back home…we don’t spend hours in a car commuting or driving to the beach for the weekend.

Instead, we walk out our front doors to get our toes into the sand and we consider a 40-minute drive a very long journey! It’s all a matter of perspective…

Understanding Island Life Real Estate

And living on the island of Roatan also comes with other aspects that someone from the U.S. or Canada or Australia might not understand. The legal system here can be a headache and there are certainly challenges to doing business in a developing country with often-volatile social and political problems.

Luckily, our island is isolated (remember?) from many of those issues. But legal transactions for real estate and residency processing can still be a bit more of a challenge to navigate here.

But just remember that red tape exists everywhere! In a foreign, developing nation, the navigating of those systems can feel like a true maze for foreigners. That’s why I can’t stress enough the importance of working with professionals.

There are challenges of living on a Caribbean island that you should be aware of before you make a massive investment in real estate.

That’s where working with a professional realtor comes into play. If you try to purchase real estate on your own on an island in a foreign country…well there’s not much I can say except, “Buena suerte.”

Having a true professional on your side to not only help you find the right investment, but to also advise you on your potential lifestyle here or the potential pitfalls you might face as a homeowner, landlord, or retiree on this island.

This is just a glimpse into the realities of living on an island in the Caribbean. Life here is wonderful, but – just like life everywhere! – there are limitations and realities you should understand before you take the leap.

Nowhere is perfect. But this Caribbean island paradise sure feels mostly perfect to me and to my family.

I’m always happy to talk about living in Roatan and the realities of daily life and doing business here, so get in touch and let’s talk about your potential move. I always want my clients to feel like friends…after all, we’re about to be neighbors on this tiny little rock, so we’ll be seeing each other all the time!

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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!

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.

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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.

 

Moving to the Island of Roatan

Ready for a life change? Perhaps you’d like a change of pace, settling into “Island Time” in Roatan with your toes in the powder white sand and the sun setting over the water before you. Moving to the island of Roatan is easier than you might think. If you’re ready to relax in a hammock and listen to tropical birdsongs all morning, read on for all the logistics you need to know.why-move-to-roatan

If you know that life in Roatan is your dream come true, then now is the best time to make that dream reality. As Roatan’s popularity continues to increase, housing prices will follow an increasing pattern.

Right now, you can find affordable tropical homes from condos to sprawling villas. Take advantage and get moving!moving-to-roatan-legally

Living and working in Roatan requires the same types of visas and paperwork for anywhere else in the world. If you want to become a resident and stay here long-term, you’ll need to submit an application for Honduran residency through a qualified Honduran attorney. There are different types and your circumstances will determine which one you could qualify for. I can coordinate your meeting with a reputable attorney on the island so that your paperwork gets completed the right way, right away.

If you want to open a new business here, you’ll not only require residency but you’ll also need to create a new corporation. Opening a business requires very specific documentation to be completed in a specific order, which your same attorney should be able to process while processing your residency application. It usually takes around six weeks to process corporation paperwork before you can open your doors.cost-of-living-in-roatan

The cost of living in Roatan is much lower than many other areas of the Caribbean. However, it’s much higher than other areas on the mainland. Keep in mind that we must import many items because this is an island with a limited agricultural industry.

If you’re moving to Roatan as a retiree, generally speaking, you can live on your pension. But – as you would anywhere – keep an eye on your budget. Especially right after you move to the island…you’ll be excited to see everything and to do every activity. That adds up!

Keep an eye on your costs until you settle into a good routine. And, don’t forget, if you move to the island of Roatan, you are sure to have lots of friends and family come visit you. That’s a great opportunity to do lots of activities with them!expat-life-in-roatan

Expat life in Roatan is whatever you want it to be. If you want to party all week long, you’re on a tropical island filled with tourists. If you want to volunteer and give back to your new community, you have endless opportunities to help schoolchildren, medical clinics, veterinary clinics, sports teams, the environment, and more. If you want to never wear shoes again, well, that’s fine, too!

The expat community in Roatan is large and welcoming, so you’ll have no trouble making new friends when you move to the island.

Moving to the island of Roatan is truly a dream come true. I know, because I did it. I moved from the U.S. back to my native country for a better life with my family. Get in touch and let’s make your dream a reality here in Roatan.

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

Premier Community, Lawson Rock Lot 85 Sandy Bay, Roatan

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Sandy Bay Beach

Lawson Rock Community Sandy Bay Beach

Lawson Rock, in Sandy Bay, is an Exceptional Community to Build Your Caribbean Home. The Benefits are Privacy, Tranquil Peace of Mind, Beach Access, Community Pools, Work Out Facility, Boat Dock Marina, Snorkel Dock, all Surrounded by Quality Homes and Condos. This Gentle Sloping Homesite is Ready to build your home On Roatan. Features on lot 85 include Ocean View and Lush Tropical Vegetation.

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Houses and Condos on the Island of Roatan

Anytime you’re moving to a new home, it’s important to understand your destination and the pros and cons of home design. On the tropical island of Roatan, you might encounter very different circumstances than what you’re used to back home. A tropical environment with unique critters and climate can mean a different style of home is necessary. Before you choose your new home in the Caribbean, here’s an idea of the differences between houses and condos on the island of Roatan.

Why Buy a House in Roatan?

Why Buy a House in Roatan?

Houses offers privacy, space, and usually a garden area that you can fill with luscious tropical plants and flowers. Grow your own banana or mango trees, fill your garden with hummingbird feeders, and marvel at the vibrant flowers blossoming throughout the year.

If you buy a house in Roatan, you’ll get to enjoy the authentic Caribbean lifestyle. Hang your clothes to dry out in the sunshine, fill your home with fresh sea breezes, and lounge on your patio in complete privacy.

Why Buy a Condo in Roatan?

Why Buy a Condo in Roatan?

Owning your own house offers privacy and space, but owning a condo offers you more freedom from maintenance. In a condo community, you have neighbors and designated professionals around you at all times, ensuring that your investment – your dream home – is well cared for and includes all the amenities you desire.

Living in an island condo community provides community spaces, like pools, restaurants, spas, gyms, and more. Additionally, most condo communities have beachfront access for you to enjoy. When the Caribbean Sea is your front yard, you don’t need much interior space at all!

Roatan Real Estate

Real Estate in Roatan

Roatan is a booming real estate market, so you can truly take your pick of dream home options on the island. If your dream home looks like an island villa overlooking the sea, or a modern condo only steps away from the pool and the beach, there are plenty of options to choose from for the perfect real estate in Roatan.

If you’re more independent and want to revel in the adventure of living on a foreign tropical island, look for houses that will give you the chance to interact with the local community more. You’ll need to make friends to learn which hardware stores have what you need, which contractors can do what you want, and which utility companies will give you the best service. Those types of questions connect you to your neighbors, helping you to meet new people and learn more about your new home.

If your idea of tropical paradise is living in a community on the beach where you can step out your front door to enjoy poolside drinks or beachfront breakfast, take a look at the condo community of Infinity Bay. Whether you live here full-time, or you come to Roatan as a snowbird or for the occasional vacation, living in an island condo community means you have all the gorgeous natural surroundings you imagine, while enjoying the convenience and ease of community amenities. You’ll know your home is taken care of while you’re away, and you can come back to find it just as you left it, without a worry in the world.

Whatever your tropical dream home looks like, I’m sure I can show you houses and condos on the island of Roatan that will be absolutely perfect. Contact me today to see what is available now.

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Jorge ChavezAbout Jorge Chavez, Roatan Real Estate RE/MAXAgent
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.

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Infinity Bay Condo Financing Available, West Bay Beach Roatan

MLS# 16-263

Roatan's Preferred Beach

Roatan’s Preferred Beach

When you imagine living on a Caribbean island, with palm trees lining a pristine white beach and turquoise seas lightly lapping the sand, you’re picturing life at Infinity Bay on West Bay Beach. Consistently voted one of the best beaches in the Caribbean, this is Roatan’s premier real estate location offering unparalleled views on an expansive strip of powdery white sand. The luxury beachfront condos at Infinity Bay boast high-end finishes and handcrafted local woodwork, creating a dream home amidst the natural tropical beauty of Roatan. The Infinity Bay community also provides world-class amenities. Manicured tropical gardens line the convenient pathways throughout the community, while the stunning central pool overlooks the Palapa beach bar and the endless Caribbean Sea….

An on-site scuba and snorkel shop, tranquil spa, casino lounge, plus international cuisine options all create the ideal environment so you can reach new levels of relaxation and pure enjoyment.

The developer inventory, have some incredible turn key options still available. 2 Bedrooms and 3 Bedrooms from 1,100 to 3,000 square feet. Second, Third and Fourth floors with marvelous views of the ocean, pool and lush tropical garden view.

Financing Option: With as low as 20% down payment – Balance payable in monthly installments on a 30 year amortization schedule at 6.99% simple interest, no prepayments penalties, with a balloon payment due 6 years from closing date.

Condo living in Infinity Bay is truly a dream come true.

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Infinity Bay Condos for Sale

The prestigious beachfront condo community of Infinity Bay boasts a total 145 condos overlooking the picturesque Caribbean Sea. Infinity Bay condos for sale offer new owners flexible use with no time restrictions, while also offering on-site rental property management.

Owning an Infinity Bay condo is ideal for snowbirds seeking a Caribbean winter escape, with bonus income on rentals throughout the remainder of the year. Owning a vacation home in the Caribbean is the dream – and it is easily achieved at Infinity Bay in Roatan.

Caribbean Lifestyle

Caribbean Lifestyle

Where is Infinity Bay?

Located on the best beach in Central America, and one of the best in the entire Caribbean, Infinity Bay is a luxury community on the tropical island of Roatan. This beachfront condo community offers residents and visitors alike the ideal opportunity to enjoy island life at its best.

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Infinity Bay Located In West Bay Beach, Roatan

Infinity Bay Condos for Sale

Each Infinity Bay condo offers luxurious high-end finishes and handcrafted local woodwork to create the most comfortable dream home you can imagine. Travertine floors, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances…no detail has been overlooked in the design and decoration of these luxury Caribbean beachfront condos.

Open Concept Living Room Kitchen

Open Concept Living Room Kitchen

Of the condos for sale at Infinity Bay, you can expect to find varied floor plans all maximizing space to provide the indoor/outdoor plan we adore in the Caribbean. Spacious patios offer the perfect private space to escape to for a cup of coffee in the morning or a sunset cocktail in the evening. You can take a look at current Infinity Bay condos for sale here.

Views from the Balcony

Views from the Balcony

The Infinity Bay Lifestyle

The lifestyle of a beachfront community like Infinity Bay is what you daydream about while at the office or while watching more snow pile up on the driveway. Our lifestyle is carefree and utterly relaxed – we walk outside in our bare feet and bask in the tropical sunshine on a daily basis.

West Bay Beach

West Bay Beach

We leisurely enjoy the Caribbean breeze on our spacious private patios overlooking the tropical gardens. We listen to the colorful birds chirping away while the bright scent of orchids wafts through our open patio doors.

This is life in Roatan. And it is perfect.

Garden and Pool View

Garden and Pool View

Infinity Bay Community Amenities

At Infinity Bay, we enjoy the comforts of world-class amenities at our doorstep. Right on-site we have Infinity Divers, our very own scuba dive shop offering fun dives and scuba courses, plus snorkel gear and tours. We also have one of Roatan’s most prestigious new spas right on-site, Tranquility Spa, providing the perfect space to reach even deeper levels of relaxation.

Infinity Bay Private dock

Infinity Bay Private Dock

You’ll find yourself with plenty of choices for entertainment at Infinity Bay, between the Seahorse Casino and Lounge and the Palapa beachfront bar offering live music and entertainment throughout the week. International cuisine options grant you the perfect excuse to never have to leave – everything you need is on your doorstep.

Infinity Bay Sign

Infinity Edge Pool

If you’re ready to make your daydreaming a reality, contact me today to discuss available Infinity Bay condos for sale. I’m confident we can find your perfect new beachfront vacation home in the Caribbean.

 

Spectacular BEACHFRONT Condo West Bay Beach, Roatan

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2 bedroom 2 bath TRUE beachfront condo. When I say TRUE I mean  white powdery sand between my toes, on  calm crystal clear water. This gorgeous first floor, Coral Sand unit, 1,800 sqft is located 25ft from Roatan’s preferred beach, West Bay Beach  This fabulous luxurious  condominium offers elegance features. The view on this condo will take your breath away. Available at $639,000.

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9 Reasons Why I Call Roatan Home

1. The Lifestyle:  I love the laid back, simple, hammocking, flip-flop, stress-free, slow pace.

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Hammock in Bananarama, West Bay Beach

2.The Beauty: Always green with big, bright leaves and colorful flowers, clear turquoise water, white sparkling sand and big blue skies.

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Aerial Photo of Roatan’s Preferred Location, West Bay Beach

3. The Beach: Relaxing at the beach and enjoying time with family and friends.

Fine White Sand Beach

Fine White Sand Beach

4. Sunsets:  Getting home just in time to sit on the dock and watch another gorgeous sunset, each one is unique and each one is beautiful, I can never get enough.

Sunset Sandy Bay

Sunset in Sandy Bay. Roatan

5. The Reef: Snorkeling and diving along the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world and seeing turtles, eagle rays, colorful fish and interesting coral.

Snorkeling On Roatan

Snorkeling On Roatan

6. Being on a Boat: Seeing the island from the outside in, watching a flying fish zoom above the water and still questioning if it was a bird.

Crusing the Island

Cruising the Island

7. Diversity: One minute you are talking to a native islander, the next minute you are talking to someone from the U.S, then you run into a Canadian and then an Italian…different backgrounds, different languages, different stories.

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Family: Honduran, Islander, U.S and Canadian

8. Fresh Seafood: Since I don’t eat red meat or chicken, I especially love the fresh fish, shrimp, lobster and conch always available.

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Seafood Soup On Roatan

9. Fishing:  Waking up early on a Sunday morning, spending the day with close friends and reeling in some delicious tuna and Mahi Mahi.

Gone Fishing

Gone Fishing

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