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!
*SOLD* 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!
*SOLD* 3-Bedroom House in West Bay for $359,000
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.
*SOLD* 2-Bedroom Villa in West Bay for $398,900
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.
*SOLD* 2-Bedroom House in Sandy Bay for $399,000
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.
*SOLD* 3-Bedroom House in West Bay for $399,000
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.
*SOLD* 2-Bedroom Villa in Pristine Bay for $415,000
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.
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.
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!
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 True
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.
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.
This question tends to pop up in Facebook groups, so I thought I’d address it here for everyone’s benefit: Do you need a professional REALTOR in Roatan? Yes. But, obviously I would say that because I am a professional REALTOR in Roatan!
While my opinion might be biased, my rationale is sound. To help you make your own decision, here is some insight into the real estate process and pitfalls in Roatan.
Buying Real Estate in Roatan
Beachfront Homesite for Sale Roatan MLS 19-15
Buying real estate in a foreign country can seem a little scary. Without being familiar with all the processes, you can’t possibly know the ins and outs. That’s where a professional comes in!
But no matter the amount of research you put into the process, you need a professional guiding you through your unique adventure. There will inevitably be questions that arise and issues that need to be handled during the transaction. You don’t want to waste your big investment by making mistakes along the way. Even seemingly small mistakes can derail your dreams.
Oceanfront with four condos/suites for sale Roatan MLS 19-131
Pitfalls of Buying Real Estate in Roatan
While I’m happy to tell you that buying real estate in Roatan has been done by plenty of foreigners without issue, there are also pitfalls to be aware of during this process.
The most common issue foreigners face when purchasing property in Roatan is the lack of a clear title.
There are, unfortunately, some horror stories from unsuspecting foreigners buying property without the counsel of a professional Roatan REALTOR. Those individuals are – rightly – upset about the transaction and often make it quite publicly known that they had an issue. This upsets those of us in the real estate industry because it makes Roatan look bad, when in reality it was simply a poor decision made by that individual to try everything solo.
If you use a professional for services back home, you should certainly use a professional overseas.
When you are unfamiliar with a place, it is always best to have someone helping and supporting you. You deserve someone in your corner to make sure you end up with the best situation.
A professional REALTOR might also deal with the escrow of funds in a specific and designated account for that sole purpose.
A professional REALTOR in Roatan offers guidance and the successful navigation of the entire purchase or sale process for their clients.
Do You Need a Professional REALTOR in Roatan?
Being a professional REALTOR in Roatan is far different than being someone who sells real estate. There is an enormous difference in abilities, education, and licensing that you truly cannot ignore – especially when purchasing real estate in a foreign country.
A person who sells real estate can be a person who may know both a seller and a buyer and puts them together with an attorney and/or notary who transacts the deal. The person who connects everyone together then collects a commission for this service.
A professional REALTOR, on the other hand, with the assistance of their broker, lists property and markets property for sale, but only does so after title checks.
Due diligence by a professional realtor in Roatan might include ensuring a clear title and payment of property taxes, examining a current survey and Cadastral survey, plus possible assistance with the ZOLITUR process and payment of ZOLITUR gains taxes.
This is honestly some beachfront acreage with endless opportunities. Let’s just go through a few ideas to get you thinking…
Build Your Own Dream Home in the Caribbean
With 1.25 acres to enjoy, you can design the home of your dreams. Enjoy unlimited access to the Caribbean Sea from your front door and lush tropical jungle at your back.
Bask in the privacy of a locale that isn’t filled with tourists, while still being close enough to walk to bars, restaurants, dive shops, and other activities in West End.
Note that there is currently no road access, so no worries about traffic! And getting around by boat is much more fun.
This opportunity to design your own beachfront dream home from start to finish is rare in the Caribbean these days. Finding empty beachfront property in such a desirable area means this won’t last long!
Establish a Small Development of Homes
Vacation rentals and snowbird homes are incredibly popular on the Caribbean island of Roatan. Building a small development on this beachfront acreage is a fantastic option.
Take a look at Turtle Beach and Orchid Beach, two small neighborhood developments just past this beachfront acreage headed toward West Bay. With homes there being popular on the vacation rental market, income streams into the developments throughout the year.
Create a Condo Community – Growing in Popularity in Roatan
Condos are incredibly convenient for countless reasons, but there are only a few small community condo developments in Roatan.
This beachfront acreage offers an amazing opportunity to build a small condo complex right on the beach. The beautiful area offering all the conveniences homeowners or vacationers could want will make for an easy selling point.
What more could a visitor want than a beachfront location away from the crowds offering high-end luxuries and world-class service? Unfortunately, there aren’t many hotels providing experiences of that caliber here in Roatan yet.
That’s a gap in the market that will inevitably be filled – this beachfront acreage being an ideal example of a waiting opportunity.
The only small luxury beachfront boutique hotels around include XbalanqueIbagari or Mayoka Lodge. Other luxury accommodations are large resorts, while other small boutique hotels lack the “luxury” title.
With increased interest in the island of Roatan from tourists around the world, the market will continue to expand and services are already rising to meet those needs.
A small luxury beachfront boutique hotel might find itself primed and ready to welcome those high-end visitors destined to come to Roatan in the coming years.
Whatever dream you can come up with for this beachfront acreage, I’m sure the right investor will happily maximize its potential. Contact me for more details about this listing or to arrange to view it in person.
I love talking about life in Roatan. I love sharing how incredible this island is with anyone and everyone who asks. Roatan is home for me and for my family, which is why I also love helping other people find their own homes in Roatan.
What I do for work every day is fun and rewarding, especially when someone moves here for a better life and I get to see that happen in real-time. Life in Roatan is about community and about appreciating everyday beauty. I get to share that with new people in my work all the time. It’s a true pleasure!
Daily Life in Roatan
Daily life in Roatan is filled with small moments of joy. There are endless reasons to smile here, starting from the moment you wake up to hear guacamayas singing and to feel the sunshine streaming through your bedroom window. I have no curtains in my windows!
Maybe you’ll hear the sounds of the sea: boats driving by, soft lapping of the surf on sand, the splashing of kids playing nearby. Life is a beach!
Maybe you’ll hear the sounds of the jungle: birds flapping away from branches, palm fronds rustling in the breeze, the scurrying of an iguana across your gravel driveway. Its the tropics!
From those early morning moments, until you go to sleep at night, you’ll be mesmerized by your own senses. You’ll smell fresh mangos and cashews growing in the trees along the roadside, its the season right now! You’ll see vibrant sunsets and make shapes out of clouds in the sky. You’ll feel powder-soft sand under your feet and the warm water of the Caribbean Sea as you wade in to go swim!
I moved to Roatan for better opportunities for my family and myself. I spent much of my adult life in the U.S. so I know what it’s like to hustle and to work endlessly toward that American Dream. But I also know that my work-life balance is unbelievably better here in Roatan.
In Roatan, we can afford a comfortable home to enjoy island life. My son can grow up exploring nature and being surrounded by a supportive community. Kids grow up as part of the community here – they aren’t sheltered away all the time in front of a TV or computer.
My family gets to spend much more time together here because we aren’t commuting to work and to school far away. We aren’t running around like mad just to make ends meet. Here, we enjoy quality time together.
We don’t just see each other for a few hours between workdays – we spend time together. It’s an absolutely invaluable aspect of life in Roatan.
Roatan Real Estate Agent Lifestyle
The thing I love most about being a Roatan real estate agent is helping people achieve their dreams. I love seeing someone decide to move to the island in search of a better life, and actually finding it.
I love catching up with clients after a few months and seeing how their transition to island life is going. A vast majority of the time, they find it to be easy and fun. And it’s often considered to be one of the best decisions ever made.
I made this move for my family and I truly enjoy seeing other families enjoy the same benefits we now see every day. If you’re thinking about making the move for a better life in Roatan, I’m more than happy to help.
Reach out any time and let me know what your dream is. Let’s see if we can make it happen by working together.
International Living magazine has been raving about Roatan for a while now. They consider Roatan to be one of the best retirement destinations in the entire world! Take a look at some of the reasons why International Living loves Roatan…
Roatan is an Easy Caribbean Island
Roatan offers an easy island lifestyle for retirees where they can save money. They love that a retired couple can live here on $2,200/month and enjoy a carefree outdoor lifestyle. The climate here is especially ideal for snowbirds who love to come for a few months each winter to escape the cold back home.
Roatan Has Affordable Real Estate
International Living loves Roatan for its affordable real estate. If you’re in the market for a condo by the beach, you’ll find plenty of options here. We have beachfront condos and condos in popular neighborhoods with lots of amenities nearby. Some condo communities have pools and bars and restaurants, while others are quiet and peaceful. Take your pick!
Our laidback socializing and our breathtaking scenery combine to create the ideal place to relax. Life in Roatan is slowed down and the people are welcoming and friendly. Head to the bar by yourself and you’ll end up making several new friends. Head to a dive shop or the beach and you’ll chat with everyone around you. Roatan is a true homecoming – even if you’ve never been here before!
There’s moving to paradise, and then there’s moving to paradise and owning your own slice of it at an affordable price. While I’d love to think we’re all multi-millionaires, let’s be realistic. We’re all looking for a great location at the right price. So let’s take a look at the MLS listings for some Roatan real estate under $350k on the market right now.
Caribe Tesoro on West Bay Beach
This is a true luxury condo opportunity on Roatan’s continuously highest-rated beach. The studio has been beautifully furnished and no details have been overlooked, complete with stone bathroom, travertine floors, granite counter tops, and beautiful Honduran hardwood doors and cabinets.
The unit boasts energy efficient air conditioning and fans, plus stainless steel appliances throughout. An on-site beachfront bar and restaurant and the beachfront 60,000-gallon saltwater pool provide endless entertainment. Listed at only $209,000. See more MLS:16-212
Casa Sol y Mar Beachfront
This beachfront duplex is listed at only $330,000. The upstairs unit has 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom, while the downstairs unit offers 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. The location of Casa Sol y Mar makes for an ideal rental opportunity, in addition to the utmost convenience for permanent residence.
Only minutes from popular West End and still close to commercial Coxen Hole, Gibson Bight is a tranquil neighborhood with boundless ocean views. Enjoy 92’ of beach frontage on 0.25 acres for your own slice of pure paradise. See more MLS:17-17
4-Bedroom Home in Turtling Bay
This 4,000-square foot home near Palmetto Bay offers 0.72 acres, beach access, and a pool to complete your island dream home. Built in 2012, this home offers large outdoor living space to enjoy the truly astounding views off Roatan’s north shore.
Underground utilities and a backup generator ensure your comfort and convenience as you live the good life here in Roatan. Listed at only $349,900. See more MLS:15-534
Beachfront Condo at Parrot Tree Plantation
Listed at only $119,000…this beachfront condo has no yearly HOA fees if you use it for less than six months in a year. This condo is ideal for snowbirds and can be rented the remainder of the year.
This condo offers solidly built concrete construction with graceful arches and distinctive columns. High quality finishes include Honduran mahogany cabinetry, travertine floors, Tommy Bahamas furnishing, stainless steel appliances, and central air conditioning. For recreation, Parrot Tree Plantation offers scuba diving, snorkeling, a 320-foot free-form pool, 2,000 feet of beachfront lagoon, kayaking, nature trails, an on-site restaurant and more. See more MLS:17-82
Palmetto Bay Plantation
Listed at $190,000…this 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home is available fully furnished for a turnkey opportunity. Enjoy an open-plan design, expansive outdoor living space, and attractive community amenities. This is 1,850 square feet of paradise in a popular north shore community with plenty of amenities on-site to keep you entertained. See more MLS:16-342
Casa Promesa Luxury Villa
This villa is an extraordinary deal! Located in First Bight on Ruby Lee Ridge, Casa Promesa offers 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, several terraces, a large pool, and a 1-bed/1-bath caretaker’s cottage. There is also a bunkhouse that has been used for visiting researchers and students. Additional amenities include a deep-water well and backup generator.
This beautifully crafted home is built on 17 acres of rolling hills and offers clear Caribbean ocean views. The property still has lots of potential and room for expansion. The paved road offers easy access to the shopping, restaurants and nightlife of French Harbour. Casa Promesa is listed at only $325,000. See more MLS:16-496
Are you interested in Roatan real estate for less? These are just six current options available for temporary or permanent residence in paradise. Another great option is to buy land and build your own dream home .
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 $110 and $160. 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.
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.
Moving to a new place can create a lot of headaches when it comes to logistics. Learning about local companies and what options might be available for utilities in Roatan are primary concerns for new expats. To give you a general idea to get started, here’s a breakdown of current options.
Electricity in Roatan
The main electric company in Roatan is RECO – the Roatan Electric Company. Their services have expanded greatly over the past several years, but we are still living on an island. That means power fluctuations and outages somewhat regularly.
Another common problem for island utilities is the cost – electricity in Roatan is likely about 4x higher per kilowatt than you’re paying back home right now. That’s something to keep in mind when you’re tempted to leave the air conditioning on all day!
If you’re interested in alternative forms of energy, solar panels can be a wise investment for your new island home. RECO has also recently started new 28MW LPG fired power plant and wind energy, so we might see electricity charges dropping in the future.
Cable and WiFi in Roatan
There are several companies offering cable and internet services in Roatan. Island Cable TV and Max Communications are both very popular and offer different packages to meet your needs.
You’ll find both companies offer local as well as foreign cable stations, so don’t worry about missing out on your favorite TV shows from back home.
Phone Services in Roatan
Landline deals are common with a cable and internet package for your home, although many expats opt out of a landline at this point. If you do want a landline, look into VoIP services that allow you to make international calls over the internet.
Alternatively, there are many smartphone apps that allow you to make free international calls from your cell phone. WhatsApp, Skype, and even Facebook all allow free phone calls over WiFi.
For your cell phone plan, you want to first make sure your smartphone is unlocked if you’re bringing it from home. That allows you to simply purchase a new SIM card in Roatan for a local number. You can do a pay-as-you-go system for data, texts, and calls, depending on how much of each you might need.
Tigo and Claro are the two main providers for cell phone plans. Which one you choose will most likely depend on where you live – you want to make sure you have coverage in your area. Claro tends to cover more of the East End, while Tigo focuses on the western half of Roatan.
Drinking Water and Propane in Roatan
If you don’t have potable water from the tap, you’ll likely be using the very popular 5-gallon jugs of drinking water at home. You will purchase your first full jug at cost (about $5), and then when it’s empty you can exchange it for a full one for only about $1.50.
My recommendation: buy at least two jugs at first, that way you don’t forget to pick one up and end up out of water completely. Have a back up around, just in case!
Propane tanks for your oven and grill will run on the same type of system as the drinking water. You will purchase the initial full tank, and then you can exchange for a full tank as needed. Prices vary depending on the size of your tank.
For both drinking water and propane, you can arrange for the company to deliver full bottles/tanks to you. This is especially helpful if you have storage space to get several water containers delivered and then not have to worry about running out randomly.
Utilities in Roatan
Utility companies can change, costs will vary, and your personal experiences with customer service or delivery or availability can all vary. I am more than happy to offer my personal recommendations for anything related to life here in Roatan. But always keep in mind that these are just my personal experiences!
Other expats may have other advice that differs, and that’s all fine, too. The many expat Facebook groups are another great resource for specific questions related to utilities in Roatan – you can poll a large group for some interesting responses.