Cost of Construction in Roatan

If you want to move to Roatan to live the island dream life, you could consider building your own home. If you’re not on a strict timeline for moving here, the cost of construction in Roatan might be more appealing than current inventory for real estate. Let’s go through the pros and cons of construction in Roatan.

Cost of Construction in Roatan

Right now the average cost per square foot in Roatan is between $90 and $110. That price different is based on wood versus concrete. Where you build your home might determine the materials that you should use, but more often, it’s simply a personal choice.

Traditional island homes are built of wood. They rest on stilts and then sometimes a second home will be built below, on the ground floor. More recently, construction has begun to vary widely as people from all around the world come to live in Roatan.

Given this huge interest in moving to Roatan, you might find that the current real estate market doesn’t offer the price point or construction style that you really want. Buying land and building your own home could be the alternative, with land prices still being quite affordable.

Pros of Building Your Own Home in Roatan

Building your own home in Roatan can be a dream come true. You’ve imagined your island lifestyle and the views you’ll enjoy from your front porch…you just need to make it happen.

In building your own home, you can choose exactly how you want everything laid out. You can choose whether your bedroom will face the sunrise or sunset. Align your kitchen and dining area for the best views from your hillside or beachfront location. Take advantage of the breezes and line up your windows for the optimal cross-breeze to cool your home. Building your own home is a fantastic option for many people.

Cons of Building Your Own Home in Roatan

The cons of building in Roatan are fairly obvious: as with construction anywhere, it can often take longer than initially anticipated. On an island, however, that extension is often much longer. Don’t underestimate the length of time building your own island home can take. It could be several years before it’s livable!

That being said, if you’re planning ahead for retirement, or intending to move when the kids graduate, or just easing into island life over the next several years…building your own home might be ideal. Slow and steady wins the race, remember?

Contractors and Builders in Roatan

If you decide to head down this path to take advantage of an affordable cost of construction in Roatan, I am more than happy to provide personal recommendations for contractors, builders, carpenters, architects, and even interior designers. Whatever you need, I can provide.

A really important note to remember is that this is a different country with a different climate and different regulations and different styles. I highly recommend you use a local architect who is familiar with Roatan to best design your island home.

You want to utilize the best materials and take advantage of the local climate and topography – oftentimes that means styling a home differently than you would do back home.

Move to Roatan

Moving to Roatan is a dream for many people. Looking at the real estate market, you might be shaking your head thinking that nothing looks perfect. Consider buying land and building on Roatan as an investment in yourself.

You can create your dream home from scratch. You can take it from imagination to reality, enjoying every stage along the way. And then when that dream home is finally ready, you can step into the island life exactly how you’ve always imagined it.

Move to Roatan to live your dream life. That’s what I did, and I have absolutely no regrets! Let me know what your dream home entails, and I’ll let you know whether building or buying would be better suited to your dreams.

Become an Expat in Roatan

Roatan MLS 15-387 Sundancer Cabana

Roatan MLS 15-387 Sundancer Cabana

The island of Roatan offers an idyllic Caribbean lifestyle, filled with sunshine and warmth year-round. If you are considering moving to the Caribbean, consider becoming an expat in Roatan. Whatever specific lifestyle you seek, I can promise you’ll find the perfect neighborhood and community here in Roatan.

Move to Roatan

Moving to Roatan is easier than you think. North Americans can visit Honduras and receive up to 90 days on a tourist visa upon entering the country. That means you could come stay in Roatan for up to three months with no need for residency or any advance visa. Three months is an ideal amount of time to try out the lifestyle and get to know the area better before deciding to stay permanently.

To become an expat in Roatan, it’s best to actually become a Honduran resident. If you’re planning to live here full time, applying for residency is well worthwhile. After those three months on a tourist visa, you will have to leave the country for a minimum of 72 hours before being allowed to enter again.

While this isn’t impossible, it can become a nuisance if you need to leave four times each year to renew your visa. Gaining residency allows you to stay without worrying about visa renewals.

If you are retired, residency is an ideal option. Pensioners can apply based on a minimum income and retirees even receive extra dispensations to import a vehicle and other household goods without additional tax.

If you’re planning to become an expat in Roatan and work here, you definitely require a right to work via residency permission. You can start a corporation and then apply for residency via the company – that’s a fairly common route for many foreign workers and entrepreneurs.

I’m happy to connect you with a reputable attorney here in Roatan so you can discuss your options. Often, your real estate purchase and residency can be combined into a seamless transaction to achieve the best results.

Become an Expat in Roatan

The Roatan expat community is incredibly welcoming! You will easily make new friends and find a supportive community here on the island. From retirees gathering on the beach on Mondays to sunset drinks after a day of diving, from volunteer organizations to helping new expats learn the ropes, expats in Roatan are a fantastic crew.

You can socialize as much or as little as you’d like. You can do different outdoor activities every single day, or just laze in a hammock all day long.

You’ll likely become friends with someone who owns a boat (if you don’t own one yourself), so day trips and sunset cruises are not uncommon. Days spent lounging in the sand or by a pool are typical. Afternoons chilling on a dock while chatting with a neighbor are all too familiar.

Life in Roatan is truly idyllic.

Don’t be afraid to get in touch if you have questions about moving to Roatan and becoming an expat. I’m happy to help guide you with advice on the neighborhoods of Roatan, residency options, and various real estate opportunities.

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

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

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Layout of Roatan

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

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

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

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

Roaan MunicipalitiesRoatan’s Two Municipalities

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

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

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

Roatan ExpatPopular Expat Neighborhoods in Roatan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Long Term Rentals in Roatan

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

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

Rentals RoatanLong Term Rentals in Roatan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Stay in Roatan Long Term Before Buying Real Estate

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

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

Live in RoatanLive the Good Life in Roatan

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

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

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

Buy Land in Roatan

Is there anything better than owning a slice of paradise? There’s something to be said for buying land to build your very own dream home customized to your every whim. That’s living the dream: buy land in Roatan and create your own version of pure perfection. If it’s something you’ve considered, here are a few current land listings in Roatan that offer you the opportunity of a lifetime. I hope you seize it!This prestigious golf resort community offers a luxurious, fun-filled life in the Caribbean. This 0.21-acre lot is priced $100,000 lower than the next lowest-priced home site.

This is the good life: walk out your front door onto a world-class championship golf course, finish a round and head down to the beach, and then hit the clubhouse for a sunset cocktail before relaxing on your private patio all evening. Pristine Bay offers it all within your private beachfront community.

On Roatan’s south shore, this 1.12-acre lot offers beachfront land with boundless views. Ideal for your own private oasis or a boutique hotel, this West Bay lot is truly one of a kind!

Beyond the small beach cove and gorgeous iron shore, you can kayak or snorkel to marvel at Roatan’s underwater beauty. This lot is located just a few minutes’ drive from West Bay Beach and its restaurants and bars, yet completely tranquil and private.

This lot is ideally situated between Bananarama Resort and the West Bay Mall. Being sold as a complete project with the land and municipal-approved architectural designs plus environmental permits, this 0.49-acre lot is ready to build on now.

This is a highly desirable area just steps back from world-famous West Bay Beach. Absolutely a a prime opportunity for the right investor!

Enjoy endless Caribbean views off Roatan’s western point in the tranquil Lighthouse Estates neighborhood of West Bay. This 0.49-acre lot covers a gentle slope, granting views of Cayos Cochinos, the mainland of Honduras, and stunning sunsets daily.

The community also offers a gazebo and private beach for residents. Only minutes to West Bay Beach and all the amenities nearby, yet far enough to be peacefully quiet.

This 0.15-acre lot offers a premier location in the very popular area off Tamarind Drive. Located conveniently between West End and West Bay along Roatan’s northwestern shore, Icaco Lot 4 is the ideal opportunity to build your dream home in a well-established, mostly residential area.

Paved access, nearby amenities, and gorgeous views make this an easy decision. If you’re ready to build your custom dream home right now, Icaco Lot 4 allows you to hit the ground running.

If you’re considering a move to paradise, talk to me about your options to buy land in Roatan. As a foreigner, you can purchase up to nearly 0.75 acres without worrying about residency. I’m happy to discuss your options and to help find you the best solution to make your dreams your new reality. Give me a call or send an email today to get started.

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.

Live on West Bay Beach Roatan

Who wouldn’t want to live on the best beach in all of Central America, as voted by TripAdvisor votes? West Bay Beach is indeed a stunning strip of sand skirting Roatan’s northwestern shore. It’s no wonder why so many people want to live on West Bay Beach…Roatan’s picturesque locale.

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Best Place to Live on West Bay Beach

Best Place to Live on West Bay Beach

West Bay Beach is an extensively long area filled with hotels, resorts, bars, restaurants, dive shops, gift shops, and tourism operators. You’ll find residences in the form of beachfront condos right in West Bay, plus houses and more condos in the neighborhoods up into the hills off the beach. If you want beachfront access, you won’t find anything better than living in Infinity Bay Resort.

The condos in Infinity Bay offer comfort, luxury, and value. You can enjoy the community amenities like an on-site dive center, palapa beach bar, and pools spacious enough to have your own area to enjoy.

The interiors of Infinity Bay condos allow you to live in luxurious comfort, with local Honduran hardwoods and modern kitchens, private balconies overlooking lush gardens and views to the ocean. Those sunset views never get old.

This location at Roatan’s western tip grants the ideal view for daily sunsets. No land to block the horizon, and the option to stay in your own residence, or on your doorstep in the sand, or even out in the crystal clear Caribbean water below. This is – hands down – the best place to live on West Bay Beach.

How to Move to RoatanRoatan West Bay Beach

Moving to Roatan  is easier than you might think. If you find yourself regularly daydreaming of island life with its warm water and barefoot lifestyle, it’s time to make the move. Roatan real estate can be purchased by a non-resident, and if you plan to move to the island full time there are several residency options you can pursue rather easily.

If you’re retired, just prove you earn the minimum monthly pension to get your pensioner residency status. If you want to start a business or work in Roatan, you can start a corporation and then apply for residency through the business. In any case, I am happy to recommend specific attorneys on the island who will take care of every aspect of the move for you.

Keep in mind how convenient it is to access the U.S. and Canada from Roatan. Direct flights will take you to a number of cities there, meaning you’re not moving so far away that you need to worry about never going back. You can visit friends and family as much or as little as you want to…although I’m sure they’re more likely to want to visit you!

Moving to Roatan and living right on West Bay Beach is honestly a dream life…you can actually wake up, roll out of bed, and have your toes in the sand in a matter of seconds. Take your morning coffee in hand as you stroll down the beach listening to the birds in the trees lining the beach. Go for a morning run, or a swim, or head out in a kayak or paddleboard. You’ll find the beach life is a fun, active lifestyle that everyone loves!

West Bay Beach Real Estate

Real estate at Infinity Bay Resort is highly desired. If you want to move to Roatan full time or part time, there are plenty of options available. Infinity Bay condos rent out very easily throughout the year, so you can even make a little extra income with your property.

Buy Infinity Bay Condo for Sale in Roatan

Buy Infinity Bay Roatan

Living on West Bay Beach is the dream life in paradise…don’t miss your opportunity. That office cubicle will still be there if you ever want to go back. But I know you never will! Contact me and let me know if you’re interested in living on West Bay Beach – I’ll show you some impressive investment opportunities right here at Infinity Bay.

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

The Holiday Season in Roatan

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. 

Holidays in Roatan Island
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!

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

Buying Land in Roatan to Build Your Dream Home

Buying land in Roatan can be the ideal way to make your island dream a reality. Whether the current real estate inventory isn’t what you had in mind, or you’re aiming for a longer-term project, buying land can be the perfect solution.

We have multiple lots available now that offer great pricing and endless opportunities. Take a look!

Buy Land in Lighthouse Estates
There are two prime lots in Lighthouse Estates, located on Roatan’s south shore just opposite West Bay. Priced at incredible rates under $120,000, these lots offer you the perfect combination: stunning views, refreshing breezes, and community living.

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Buy Land in West Bay Roatan
West Bay Beach is frequently hailed as one of the best beaches in the world, including being named the best beach in Central America in the 2015 TripAdvisor Travelers Choice Awards. Being only steps from this world-famous beach allows a bit of extra privacy, without losing valuable proximity. Enjoy the bars, restaurants, and activities available, while retaining your own quiet slice of paradise.

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Lot in West Bay Roatan MLS 16-239

Live on a Cay Overlooking Roatan
This small island off of an island (known locally as a cay) overlooks vibrant Oakridge, one of Roatan’s oldest communities. Wake up to a Caribbean sunrise, head out to snorkel or fish, and enjoy the true island lifestyle in this tranquil community. This lot is boat-access only, which is just the way your island getaway should be!

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Lot in a Cay Roatan MLS 15-20

Buy Land in Lawson Rock in Roatan
The prestigious community of Lawson Rock offers a community lifestyle along Roatan’s north shore in Sandy Bay – an extensive stretch of beach between commercial Coxen Hole and touristy West End.

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Buying Land in Roatan
Foreigners are allowed to purchase up to 3,000 square meters (about 0.74 acres) in a single purchase, so all of these lots can be purchased without needing to form a Honduran corporation. This makes the purchase process simple and straightforward. If you have questions about legal or financial matters in owning property in Roatan, feel free to contact me anytime.

Building a Home in Roatan
Building your dream home in Roatan is entirely possible! If you want to buy land in Roatan now, it serves as an investment for your future. Perhaps you want to build your retirement home, or maybe a winter escape that you can rent out the rest of the year. Whatever your plan is, you can absolutely build your dream home here.

Just remember, using a local architect is the best idea so your dream home is designed to take advantage of the natural environment, while being properly prepared for any adverse conditions.

I can recommend the lawyers, notaries, architects, and builders you might need. Just get in touch and let’s get started making your dream reality.

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

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.

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

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Roatan Properties: Styles and Design

Living on a tropical island is a dream come true…powder white sand beaches, turquoise water gently lapping the shore, stunning sunshine filtering through the palm trees. This is life in Roatan, with no exaggeration needed. If you’re considering making the move to Roatan, take a look at the variety of Roatan properties we have available with different styles and designs.

Spooky Channel

Spooky Channel Villa Roatan MLS 16-156

Styles and design can vary greatly on the island, from traditional Caribbean to modern sprawling villa. But, please keep in mind, our homes are built in these types of styles to best take advantage of the natural elements. If you want to build your own dream home, you simply must work with a local designer and architect to ensure your vision can be completed safely and effectively given the environment in Roatan.

Ocean Front Casa Cascada Roatan MLS 16-119

Ocean Front Casa Cascada Roatan MLS 16-119

Embrace the Natural Beauty of Roatan

We like our homes to best utilize the natural beauty around us – that means lots of patios and balconies, gardens and natural tropical growth surrounding us. Roatan is called the Gem of the Caribbean, and for good reason. Our rolling green hills and lush tropical jungle aren’t found on all Caribbean islands – many are flat and arid. Here, we embrace that lush beauty and build our homes to take advantage of it all.

When you think of island life in the Caribbean, do you imagine wooden homes on stilts over the water? Or how about concrete two-story homes with massive patio spaces? Both styles are traditional designs in Roatan, and we have plenty of options for you to choose from!

Yellow Bird Roatan MLS 15-394

Yellow Bird Roatan MLS 15-394

Housing Options in Roatan

When you’re deciding on the area of Roatan you want to live in, you’ll notice certain trends in construction as well. In West Bay, for example, you’ll find the resort community of Infinity Bay taking advantage of concrete construction with large patio space for each unit. This maximizes the indoor/outdoor living space we all love on the island. Large glass sliding doors allow you to enjoy the outside views while comfortably resting in your air-conditioned home.

Condo Infinity Bay Roatan MLS 16-16

Condo Infinity Bay Roatan MLS 16-16

Elsewhere in West Bay, you’ll find cape-style cottages overlooking the western point of Roatan. These quaint homes maximize indoor/outdoor living space with large porches on each level, granting everyone plenty of space to relax and enjoy the gorgeous salty breezes.

Lighthouse Estate lot 52

Lighthouse Estate Home Roatan MLS 16-75

In West End, you’ll find many condo-style homes, but most are only two or three stories high. You’ll also find lots of wooden homes built to blend into the natural surroundings and maintain a cool interior.

West End Ocean Front Townhouse Roatan MLS 16-107

West End Ocean Front Townhouse Roatan MLS 16-107

Housing styles vary throughout the island, so it’s important to research the area you want to live in  first so you know what to expect from your community.

Housing Style Considerations

Something to consider in looking at your island home design is its proximity to the sea. While a beachfront home looks absolutely idyllic, that salt air will be plentiful inside your home, wearing down appliances much more quickly than their normal lifespan. Because of that, you’ll want to ensure that any windows facing the sea seal perfectly so you can avoid constantly replacing your items. Enjoy those gorgeous vistas, but keep in mind the realities of oceanfront living!

Another consideration is whether you want to screen in your outdoor space, minimizing the bugs and enabling you to lock your outdoor items inside. Having this option is a true indoor/outdoor style, offering fresh air without needing lots of bug repellent!

Las Verandas Villa Roatan MLS 16-320

Las Verandas Villa Roatan MLS 16-320

There are so many things to consider in choosing Roatan properties that are right for you… send me an email with your ideal and I’ll be more than happy to share some great locations with you.

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

 

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.

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