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!

 

 

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!

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.

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.

 

RE/MAX Roatan Real Estate Agent

I’d like to share a big announcement! When I started my career in real estate after returning to Honduras and moving my family to the island of Roatan, I started with RE/MAX. Over the years, I’ve tried different real estate paths, but I have now come back home to where it all began: I am now a Sales Associate with RE/MAX Bay Islands!

I love the support I receive through working with RE/MAX – it is truly incomparable. That support allows me to provide even better service for my clients; it helps me to help you.

I’m still the only Roatan real estate agent with the certification provided by The National Association of Realtors: Resort and Second Home Property Specialist. That experience allows me to help you make the right investment. I’m not just winging it here…I’m certified specifically to help you with the purchase of a resort or second home in Roatan.

I continually strive to educate myself to be better able to help you in your home search or business venture. I insist on providing the most professional and personalized service to anyone who chooses to work with me – that comes from continuous self-improvement on a professional and personal level. If you trust me to help you make a real estate investment in Roatan, then trust that I am as updated as possible on every aspect of your purchase.

In case you haven’t noticed, I’m very active on social media because I believe in highlighting our beautiful island home.

I love to show how wonderful life in Roatan can be – and that’s not just for business purposes. I truly love my life here, and I want any client of mine to find that same happiness.

If you’re hoping to sell your Roatan real estate, you can also trust that my activity on social media and my top-ranking website grants your listing more exposure. I am constantly working for you to ensure the best possible outcome.

Going back to RE/MAX Bay Islands is a positive move for me and for all my current and future clients. I hope you’ll find the services I can provide through RE/MAX to be very helpful.

Here’s to a new future together…I look forward to working with you as the newest return RE/MAX Roatan real estate agent!

The Holiday Season in Roatan

Photography By Because We Care

Photography by Because We Care

It’s the holiday season in Roatan, which means it’s time to celebrate with friends and family while enjoying the good life in the Caribbean. We enjoy a White Christmas – it’s just filled with white soft sand instead of snow! Whether you live here full-time or visit Roatan over the holidays, this is a magical time to be on the island.

Holiday Festivities in Roatan

Residents on Roatan are very generous, giving people. So it’s no surprise that the holiday season brings ample opportunity to give back to the community here on the island. Annual events to raise money for community projects, fun celebrations to bring friends and neighbors together, and special menus at most restaurants offer plenty of festive opportunities!

If you’re coming to Roatan in December, you can expect a few events leading up to the holidays. If you live here full-time, it’s very likely you’ll get involved in organizing some of these events! Organizations like the Roatan Rotary Club and Roatan Because We Care typically have fundraisers around the holidays.

Throughout the year, medical supplies, school supplies, and sports gear are always much-appreciated donations. You can take a look at Clinica Esperanza’s list of needs  or contact PIER (Partners in Education Roatan)  or the SOL International Foundation to see what the kids might need.

The holidays are certainly a time of giving, so if you’re visiting Roatan over the holiday season, make a little extra space in your suitcase to bring something from home that may be needed here.

If you live in Roatan, don’t forget to remind your visitors to do the same! You are bound to have lots of friends and family asking to visit if you live in paradise…so make sure you have an extra bedroom available!

Celebrate the Holidays in Roatan

There are so many ways to enjoy the holiday season in Roatan. Make a sandman instead of a snowman – it’s nice to not have your hands frozen! Bring a Santa hat for lots of fun photo opportunities. Take it on your scuba dive on Christmas Day, or relax in a hammock donning your festive apparel. Trust me, your friends and family who opted to stay back home in the cold will be incredibly jealous!

We have plenty of snowbirds in Roatan who take advantage of flying away from winter weather each year, so our holiday season is a busy time to catch up with old friends and new neighbors.

Roatan is also well known for being a very welcoming community. New expats find it so easy to make friends here. The expat community is large and well integrated into the local community, so you’re likely to quickly make friends of all nationalities. It’s not uncommon to celebrate an important occasion with friends from around the world, all while enjoying the beautiful beaches of Roatan.

You’ll find lots of ways to celebrate Christmas and the New Year in Roatan – including lots of fireworks, bonfires on the beach, and plenty of drinks flowing. If you’d prefer a quiet celebration, head to one of Roatan’s highly rated restaurants for a special night out and then an evening at home watching the mesmerizing night sky put on its own natural firework display…the shooting stars are plentiful here!

If you’re new to Roatan and don’t want to spend the holidays alone, don’t worry, you’ll find plenty of good company. Reach out to your new neighbors or to the person sitting next to you at the bar. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself on the island.

Many of us have been the new person on the island, so we know what it’s like. You’ll find friends quickly if you’re willing to say hello and to get involved in the community. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the holiday season in Roatan even more with each passing year you live in paradise.

Ready to check out some amazing Roatan real estate deals and live in paradise for good? Get in touch and let me know what your dream home looks like. I’m happy to help!

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.

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.

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

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.

Roatan Real Estate and the Roatan MLS

Did you know that Roatan operates a Multiple Listing Service (MLS), just like you’ll find in the United States or Canada? It’s true! We are unique in this region for coordinating our listings into a single database for both buyers and sellers to utilize. Let’s look deeper into how the Roatan MLS can help you with your Roatan real estate.

The Roatan Realtors Association is the professional organization behind the Roatan MLS. Each broker or agent is a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and CANABIRH (Honduran National Real Estate Association), so you can feel confident in the level of ethics and standards of practice of everyone listing on the Roatan MLS. You won’t have to worry about things going wrong with your real estate transaction.

Roatan MLS for Buying Roatan Real Estate

If you’re dreaming of moving to paradise and buying your own island home, the Roatan MLS makes those dreams come true.

Buy Roatan

Photography of Infinity Bay at West Bay Beach, Casa Cascada at Lighthouse Estate and Casa Azul at Lawson Rock

You can easily peruse our online system to see the hundreds of available listings, from land to condos to villas. Full details are offered for each and every listing, along with photos and geographical details.

As you scan through the many options available to you, you’ll get a realistic idea of property prices in Roatan, plus typical amenities and building styles. Having all of these details coordinated onto one website makes your search easier and more likely to be successful.

As a real estate agent, I love being part of the Roatan MLS system. Being able to coordinate with the many other agents on the island helps us all to help our clients.

We work together, rather than competing and trying to undermine each other. This creates a much healthier environment for our own work, but – more importantly – it helps guarantee your satisfaction as a client. That’s our goal at the end of the day: to help you fulfill your own dreams.

Roatan MLS for Selling Roatan Real Estate

Choosing to list your Roatan real estate with an agent or broker on the Roatan MLS opens up your property to be seen by more potential buyers.

Property For Sale in Roatan

For Sale Beachfront Lot Roatan MLS 15-20, Dive Resort 15-519 and Ocean View Lot 16-236

The listings in the MLS are fed to multiple national and international websites. This essentially guarantees that anyone looking to invest in Roatan real estate will see your listing.

When you decide to sell your real estate in Roatan, you want to choose to list your property with the real estate agent who makes you feel most comfortable. You need to trust that agent to do everything possible to sell your property at the best price within your ideal timeframe.

Marketing is what will sell your home, no doubt about it. If you put up a “For Sale” sign on your Roatan property, that’s a simple start. But it’s the marketing of that property that will help you sell your real estate.

Choosing to list your Roatan real estate with an agent or broker on the Roatan MLS is the start to your online marketing. But choosing to list with me offers you an even greater range of online marketing services. I’ve built my online presence through my social media channels plus my high-ranking website, so you can rest assured that your listing gets seen right away by the right people.

Whether you’re ready to buy or sell, I’m ready to help you achieve your goals. Contact me today and let’s chat. I’m always happy to answer questions you may have about the purchasing process, about life in Roatan, or about the best way to market your home.

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

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.