One very unique aspect about life on Roatan is that we do not have formal mailing addresses. There are a few street signs, house numbers and very few mailboxes. Instead you describe where you live by referencing neighbors or close businesses, for example, “The house in front of John Smith’s house” or “Turn left at the carwash, 4th house on the beach.” The only regular mail you receive is your electric and water bills which are placed in your gate or front door. The good news is, no more junk mail! There is a business RAS (Roatan Air Service) that rents out post office boxes, which is handy if you want to receive packages from the US frequently.
I have lived at Casa Sol y Mar for several years now. It’s in a simple neighborhood on the beach in Gibson Bight Point/Sandy Bay. A road made of sand runs between the ocean and a line of small homes. On each end of the road is a patch of mangrove trees. There are about 25 homes and a small community of condos. The people in my community are friendly, family oriented locals and expats who have either made Roatan their home or escape from the cold weather every winter!
Even though it is a small neighborhood, there are many things to enjoy here. Excellent dive spots, are just a short swim from the shore providing us with exceptional diving and snorkeling. Boats filled with divers from all over the world visit these dive spots everyday. We are also very lucky to have a local deep sea fisherman ”Black Indian” in our neighborhood. He has lived and fished in the deep waters surrounding Roatan his whole life. Going out fishing with him, you are not only guaranteed to catch fish but you will also be entertained by stories of his many experiences at sea. Another fun spot in our neighborhood is the baseball/soccer field. Most afternoons you can catch a game of baseball or soccer with bleachers filled with enthusiastic fans. There are 4 docks on our road which often host me and my neighbors for a stunning view of the sunset. Sometimes I take it for granted that I get to see the sun sink below the water everyday. At the end of the road you will come to the Gibson Bight Marina which offers a safe parking place for many boats in Sandy Bay, West End and West Bay. A short walk along the beach will lead you to popular hotels, restaurants and dive shops in Sandy Bay including The Beach Grill / Blue Bahia Resort, Octopus Dive School Tranquil Seas, and Mayoka Lodge.
Gibson Bight Point/Sandy Bay is an enjoyable place to live and a great area to spend family vacations. If you are interested in renting a home or buy Roatan Real Estate in my neighborhood, contact me directly