Roatan Honduras is the New Florida


Florida was once the retired snowbirds oasis.  Mild winters, hot but livable summers, outdoor activities and a beach within short flight of most anywhere in North America.  Laid back and a tropical paradise.  That was 20 years ago. Now it is over populated and over popular. If you are seeking a Florida of “back in the day”, look no further.  Roatan, Honduras has been in the sights of developers and real estate gurus for years. Resorts and condos have been slowly gaining ground on the once undiscovered gem in the Caribbean sea.

Miles of unspoiled white sand beaches.

Miles of unspoiled white sand beaches.

 

Still quaint and mostly unspoiled, Roatan is a eclectic mix of many cultures, most of which are indigenous.  While touring the  Honduran governed island, you will speak with local islanders, (who although speak English have a distinct accent tailored specifically to Roatan), Spanish speaking Hondurans from the mainland, Garifuna (black population whom have several settlements throughout the coast of Honduras,  Belize, Guatemala, and Nicaragua) and an international expat influence ranging from Europeans  to North Americans to Aussies and more.

Local transport in the fishing town of Oak Ridge.

Local transport in the fishing town of Oak Ridge.

 

Many parts of the island are underdeveloped with some small villages still without electricity.  Roadside markets and shops are similar to what you would find on the mainland.  Garifuna villages offer a taste of accessible culture you may not find in your tour of  Fort Lauderdale.   West End is the beach-y town lined with thatched roof palapa bars, and artists selling their wares.   

Although you will find no McDonald arches or Walmarts,  you will find many amenities from home like Subway, Ace Hardware, and local supermarket Eldon’s offering an excellent selection of grocery needs. In Roatan you can find most of what you need and if you cannot, items can easily be shipped from several ports in the USA including Louisiana and Miami.   Most of the time you will realize what you think you need falls to the side after spending time away from the “real world” and the hand of consumerism eases its grip.

Sunset from West End

Sunset from West End

So if you are looking for a tropical paradise to spend a week, month, year, or lifetime, come to Roatan and check out the new Florida: a perfect blend of then and now.
 
Several developments offering full service and amenities include Mayan Princess, Pineapple Villas, and Parrot Tree Plantation.
See the Roatan Video by Dr. Noel Brito – Come to my Roatan (Official video)

 

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