“Islands” Magazine – Roatan Honduras Best Island to live on


Imagine the Caribbean as it once was, years ago. Pristine beaches, lush jungle, and the endless ocean everywhere you look. While most other Caribbean islands have been developed with high-rise hotel chains and fast food drive-thrus, the Western Caribbean island of Roatan retains that mystical Old World charm. See what paradise can still look like from your front porch.

Parrot Tree Plantation Resort, Community and Marina in Roatan Honduras - Beach

Parrot Tree Plantation Resort, Community and Marina in Roatan Honduras – Beach

Time slows down on an island, but especially on the island of Roatan. A walk out to the edge of the dock to enjoy your morning cup of coffee is a full morning. Moments are filled with shades of blue and green you never knew existed; the senses are filled with smells and sounds of the ocean. Time slows down.

Lush, thick jungle still covers much of this island paradise, offering both privacy and beauty to its residents. At only 3 miles wide, homes on Roatan benefit from the central ridge that provides high vantage points for exquisite ocean views from many angles.

This picture does not do the views in Roatan justice!

This picture does not do the views in Roatan justice!

Life in Roatan still follows the changing tides: time moves slowly and only the sun and moon dictate the day. Local fishermen still build their own boats and cast their own nets by hand. Expats and locals live together, as intertwined as that netting tossed out to sea in hopes of catching tonight’s dinner.

Meals at Luna Maya Steak and Seafood Restaurant, Roatan Honduras

Meals at Luna Maya Steak and Seafood Restaurant, Roatan Honduras

Not a day goes by in Roatan that the sunset goes unnoticed. It marks the end of a day, the beginning of a night, and yet another moment spent in paradise. Wherever you are, you should always stop to watch the sunset.

Sunset over West Bay Roatan Honduras Bay Islands

Sunset over West Bay Roatan Honduras Bay Islands

Long a secret SCUBA diving destination, Roatan now enjoys a growing tourism industry bringing adventure-seekers below the surface to observe the amazing marine world. With calm, clear waters and warm temperatures year-round, Roatan is the perfect place to learn to dive. When in Rome!

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Whether you’re 17 or 71, the natural beauty and riches of Roatan cannot be overlooked. Activities predominantly revolve around the water, including snorkeling and SCUBA diving with rescued dolphins.

As part of the second-largest barrier reef system in the world, Roatan benefits from the protection of the coral reef as well as its beauty. SCUBA divers and snorkelers make Roatan a bucket-list destination. The proximity of the reef to shore makes both diving and snorkeling convenient and enjoyable for water lovers of all ages.

Caribbean island flavors mix with international influences as a result of the varied expatriate community on Roatan. The dining scene stays vibrant and fresh, offering endless options for residents and tourists alike.

Why Move to Roatan?

One of the world’s largest barrier reefs could live right in your neighborhood. You know what else lives around Roatan? Connections. A nurse from Ohio. An architect from Canada. Transplants sprinkle themselves into the Latin and Caribbean culture because they don’t want to change the charms that drew them here — even a dusty, bumpy road can be charming.

Mr. Bill showing off nature. Carambola gardens Roatan

Mr. Bill showing off nature. Carambola gardens Roatan

 Visitors sometimes wonder why ex-pats go to bed early on Roatan. It’s because they look forward to waking up in the morning. They can start a day by swimming to the reef and showering outside. There are adults on the island who don’t have TVs, and kids who don’t have PlayStations. Their entertainment comes from snorkeling gear, tire swings and mango trees.

One woman we know has a wardrobe that is a week’s worth of bikinis and four sarongs. Shoes? Save those for trips to the bank or grocery store.

Enjoying the Beaches of West Bay Roatan Honduras

Enjoying the Beaches of West Bay Roatan Honduras

One ex-pat who moved to Roatan before the first road was paved (it’s still one of the only paved roads) says in the early 1990s, “We had to travel with two spare tires and provisions, including rum, in case of a breakdown.” The side roads are still rough, doing the favor of slowing you down. And there are reminders that you aren’t in Seattle anymore, like when vendors go through neighborhoods selling tortillas and brooms.

Don’t believe the negative hype about Honduras. Expats like to say they’re 30 miles away in the friendliest place they’ve ever known. So when people have conversations in the middle of the road, be patient. There’s dust. There are roosters. Mail from home can take forever. Even with expats, Roatan is still Roatan. And that’s why they’re there.

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Roatan still offers incredibly affordable beachfront homes – a statement that cannot be made for most other Caribbean islands. Finding a slice of paradise without breaking the bank is becoming increasingly more difficult. Make it easy on yourself. Hang a hammock on your own front porch in Roatan.

Local bamboo was used in design of the palapa overlooking the beach. Las Verandas Hotel, Resort and Villas in Roatan Honduras

Local bamboo was used in design of the palapa overlooking the beach. Photo by © Al Arqueta

State-of-the-art condominiums offer convenience and style for beachfront living in Roatan. Gradual construction has brought new developments to the island, while not overtaking its natural beauty. Living on the beach has never been so easy.

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