How to Move to Roatan Island

The idea of moving to a tropical island sounds like a dream come true! But, of course, there are plenty of logistics to worry about with any sort of house move. Here are some important tips on how to move to Roatan island, with insights specific to our beautiful slice of paradise in the Caribbean.

How to move to  Roatan IslandHow to Move to Roatan Island

Roatan enjoys excellent connections with the U.S. and Canada via direct international flights. This makes your journey much easier than it could be for such a small island!

We also have many options for cargo to be shipped from the U.S. or elsewhere in Central America.

If you’re moving here full-time without keeping a home or storage unit back home, then it’s especially important to consider your packing and shipping options. The best thing to do whenever you move home is to minimize – you don’t want to just take everything without considering its value in your new home.

Shipping Items to Roatan

There are several notable shipping options for sending your belongings to Roatan. A few you might recognize, while others are Honduran-based companies.

DHL and FedEx deliver to Roatan, with an office across the street from the international airport collecting and holding items for pick-up. This option is best for small shipments, like small Amazon deliveries or important paperwork.

Island Shipping and Dip Shipping are two other popular options for shipping items to Roatan. Both of these are local companies that offer excellent service for crates and pallets to be brought to Roatan.

Carefully consider what you might actually need versus just shipping your whole home. Remember that this is a tropical island, likely meaning a different climate from what you’re used to experiencing. That affects what you need to bring as well.

For example, electronics will deteriorate more quickly in salt air, so if you’re moving to a beachfront home you want to consider the types of electronics you might import. If there’s no way to repair any issues in Roatan, is it worthwhile?

If you have questions about shipping certain items to Roatan, feel free to contact me anytime!

Packing to Move to Roatan Island

If you’re bringing most of your belongings with you on the plane, it’s important to pack carefully. You can check in several pieces of luggage, but you’ll want to ensure that what you’re paying to bring is worthwhile.

Remember that we do have plenty of options for shopping on the island, plus easy access to the mainland for other items. You aren’t moving to the middle of nowhere with zero options to replace or buy new clothing.

Remember also that Roatan is a rather casual island. You don’t need to bring all your black tie formalwear here! Flip-flops and casual summer attire are absolutely appropriate year-round.

You’ll want a waterproof jacket with a hood for rainy season, along with some cold-weather clothes. You’ll be surprised, but once you live here for a little while, even 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 Celsius) will make you shiver!

Pack what you need, but know that your lifestyle here will be different than back home. You’ll be outdoors more often than in front of the TV and you’ll be spending time with friends regularly. It’s the island lifestyle we all love!

Do you want some more tips for moving to Roatan? Be sure to check out the rest of my blog with tips for potential expats in Roatan. You can also reach out anytime with questions – I’m more than happy to help!

Roatan Real Estate Seller Closing Costs

Roatan Casa Sol y Mar

Roatan Casa Sol y Mar

A common question I receive is in regards to seller closing costs in Roatan. It can be hard to navigate a foreign system and bureaucracy, so I thought it might help to pull together all of the Roatan real estate seller closing costs here.

If you’re considering selling your Roatan real estate, take a look through this list to be sure you’re prepared.

You can also check out my thoughts on why I’m the best realtor for selling your Roatan real estate.

And never hesitate to reach out and ask me questions directly – I’m always happy to help!

Roatan Real Estate Seller Closing Costs 

The following is an outline of what you can expect to pay when selling your Roatan real estate:

Real Estate commission: The standard commission amongst all Roatan real estate companies in the Roatan Realtors Association is 10%.

Capital Gains Taxes: If your property has proven any gain, taxes are set at 4%.

Survey: A survey of your property will usually cost between $250 and $300.

Catastral: Catastral is the deeded value according to the municipal government. You will pay usually between $50 and $80.

National Taxes: The Honduran National Government Tax Agency (CPAT) levies taxes related to the sale of real estate property up to 15%. The total taxable amount can vary based on the real estate company or agent you work with, so it’s best to clarify these exact costs up front. At RE/MAX, we charge from escrow, and only 20% of the total commission is taxable based on the final breakdown. Feel free to contact me directly if you want further clarification on this point.

RTN (Registro Tributario Nacional): Your RTN is your personal tax ID number in Honduras. If a new RTN card is needed, that price is between $100 and $200 to obtain it.

Attorney Fees: The attorney who calculates the capital gains will charge between $200 and $250.

Wire Fees: Outgoing wire fees are usually $45 per transfer.

POA (Power of Attorney): If you cannot attend your closing and instead use your Power of Attorney to process all closing documents, this usually costs $250. 

HOA (Home Owners Association): All current year fees must be accounted for, with costs prorated between the buyer and seller. These will obviously vary based on your home location and annual fees.

Other Considerations for Selling Roatan Real Estate

When selling your real estate, it’s not only the numbers that matter. Especially when looking at foreign-owned property, there are many other considerations to take into account.

For example, if you’re leaving the island and moving out of the country, you’ll need to consider the timing of selling your property and moving on. While you can provide Power of Attorney if you can’t attend the closing, that’s something you need to consider in your total selling costs.

If you do choose to attend after leaving, add in the expenses associated with travel to the island, accommodations, food, etc, all while you’re here.

You could also consider the idea of renting your property as a vacation rental, if that’s feasible for you. Vacation rental properties are incredibly popular in Roatan and could prove to be a solid investment.

Ask me for further advice; I will be perfectly honest about your specific situation and will try to help guide you in the best direction.

All the Best Annual Events in Roatan

Annual Events in Roatan

Annual Events in Roatan

There certainly is no wrong time of year to visit the island of Roatan! We celebrate so many fun annual events and we love to share those times with visitors. Whatever your vacation plans entail, here are all the best annual events in Roatan that you might want to plan your visit around – whether to enjoy the festivities or avoid them for smaller crowds!

Spring Annual Events in Roatan

One of my favorite annual events, the Music Festival for the Angels happens every March. This outdoor jamfest benefits two wonderful organizations here in Roatan: the SOL International Foundation and Clinica Esperanza.

Clinica Esperanza provides vital medical care to our island’s residents. You can donate to Clinica Esperanza throughout the year via their website. There is also a list of in-kind donations they regularly need, so make a little space in your suitcase and bring some supplies to Roatan!

If you’re from Canada, be sure to contact Not Just Tourists before you leave to see if they have any medical equipment heading to Roatan. You can help deliver it by just checking in an extra suitcase for your flight. It’s that easy!

Another major annual event in Roatan is Semana Santa, or Easter Week. While the dates vary each year, Semana Santa is a week of fun in the sun! Tourists from all over Central America flock to our beautiful islands as schools and businesses tend to close for much of Holy Week.

Lots of North Americans have time off during that time as well, so it’s a busy – but electric – time for Roatan! Large cruise ship crowds add to the large Semana Santa crowds, so it’s a common time for expats and other Roatan residents to avoid West Bay Beach and West End altogether.

But if you’re ready for a party atmosphere and some great people-watching, this could become your favorite week of the year!

Summer Annual Events in Roatan

Come June, Roatan enjoys the annual SOL International Foundation Dive Shop Olympics. West End and West Bay both become a playground for all sorts of fun competitions, all to raise money for the fabulous SOL Foundation.

You’ll see street hockey tournaments and three-legged bar crawls, beach volleyball matches and basura boat races (basura means trash in Spanish…you can imagine the creativity that goes into this one!).

The SOL Foundation is a fantastic part of our community in Roatan, so please support them whenever you visit our beautiful islands. You can donate throughout the year to the wonderful work of the SOL International Foundation through their website.

Another popular Spring/Summer event is the Caribbean Cup Freediving Competition. It is typically held at the end of May each year, but Roatan will host this international competition in August 2017, in conjunction with the 2017 AIDA Freediving World Championship in Roatan.

Hosting the World Championship is a huge honor for Roatan and just shows how important the sport is for our island. The annual Caribbean Cup has become so popular that the two events will coincide in August for an international event of incredible scope.

Autumn Annual Events in Roatan

The ever-popular Roatan International Fishing Tournament is held in September each year, during the week of Honduran Independence Day (September 15th).

The Fishing Tournament is a fun atmosphere for all, with an almost Carnival atmosphere in West End and many visitors coming from all around the world to compete and enjoy the island life.

Whether you fish or not, you’ll love the celebratory feel of this week in September. During this otherwise quieter time for the island, the Fishing Tournament offers us a fun distraction!

Also in September, the annual Sundae by the Sea event raises money to benefit Clinica Esperanza. Unfortunately, this year’s event is currently postponed with no definite rescheduled date yet. Hopefully this is just a short-term delay for such a fantastic fundraising event!

Winter Annual Events in Roatan

A new event on the annual calendar is the Roatan Humane Society’s Annual Fur Ball held in January. This is one of very few times that Roatan residents will don their finest for an evening of glamor and fundraising for the island’s stray animal population. After three successful years in a row, I hope this one continues for many more to come!

Winter is also the busy season for Roatan as snowbirds join us for several months to escape the snow. More cruise ships arrive in the winter than other times throughout the year, so just keep this in mind for your planning.

If you want some wintertime sunshine, then you’re sure to find it in Roatan! But if you’d prefer to avoid all the crowds, consider staying farther from the tourist hotspots or consider coming at a different time of year.

Winter is also our rainy season! Don’t forget that all that lush tropical jungle we love has to be properly watered. Rainy season isn’t like monsoon season, but there are still plenty of days with rainfall between October and March.

Storms are also more likely, although we are luckily outside of the main hurricane belt of the Eastern Caribbean.

And, don’t forget, this is also the holiday season in Roatan! We love to celebrate by supporting each other in the community and giving back where we can. We would love for you to join us in these endeavors.

Best Annual Events in Roatan

My favorite annual events are the ones that bring people together for happy memories and good causes. The Music Festival for the Angels is an all-time favorite that I highly recommend everyone enjoy.

One of the charities that benefits from the music festival is the SOL International Foundation, whose summer Olympics event is always a favorite for anyone in West End or West Bay especially. There’s bound to be something fun and entertaining going on throughout that competition, so just ask around while you’re here!

The fishing tournament and the freediving tournament bring people from all over the world to our little island, so even if you don’t care about the actual activities, it’s a fun environment to have such a variety of people gathering together to enjoy a common interest.

Whatever events are your favorites, be sure to schedule your visit to check them all out! And remember that many of these events are fundraisers to support our community and to ensure that everyone benefits from the increasing popularity of Roatan.

If you have questions about your visit or about moving to Roatan, contact me anytime! I love this island life and I love to share it with others.

Americans in Roatan

Roatan has become a very popular spot for both expats and tourists coming from North America. Canadians and Americans especially love the convenience of reaching this Caribbean island directly. There are many Americans in Roatan who live here part-time or full-time. If that’s something that you’re considering, let’s look at the logistics involved in moving to Roatan as an American.

Photography Roatan.Online

Photography Roatan.Online

Expat Americans in Roatan

Americans who move to Roatan tend to fall into a few different categories. Many move here full-time to enjoy an active, outdoor retirement.

As a retiree, life in Roatan can be pure bliss. You’ll stay active with plenty of outdoor fun to enjoy, plus there are always social activities and volunteer opportunities available for you to explore.

Another group of Americans in Roatan are the workers. They’re the professional scuba divers and the bartenders; they’re the teachers and the real estate agents. This group moves to Roatan for a better lifestyle in a better climate.

And then there are the snowbird Americans in Roatan. They come for three months during the winter to escape the cold back home while enjoying the comfortable tropical climate of the Caribbean.

American tourists are allowed to stay in Honduras for up to 120 days total without requiring a visa, so snowbirds enjoy the ease of travel as well. I’ll go more into that below.

Finally, there are the transient Americans in Roatan. This is a large contingent for various reasons. Many of the working Americans who come here look at Roatan as merely a stop along their journey. They might work here for a year or two, and then they’ll move on to another place to work there for a while, and so on.

This group will rent a long-term apartment and you’ll usually hear their scooters coming from a mile away because they’re old and have been passed through the ranks of transient visitors.

Americans Visit RoatanAmerican Visit Roatan

American tourists are another huge component of the fabric of Roatan. Since the cruise industry invested in two ports on the island, the number of annual tourists arriving has increased dramatically.

Add to that the increased airlift from more U.S. cities and it’s easy to see why Roatan is gaining popularity for American tourists . It’s easy to get here, it’s easy to love this island, and it’s easy to make this a new favorite annual vacation destination!

American tourists in Roatan find the island familiar enough to feel comfortable. English is spoken by everyone, U.S. dollars are accepted everywhere, and driving is on the right-hand side of the road.

It’s pure paradise without any hassles!

How to Move to Roatan as an American

If you’re considering moving to Roatan and you’re from the U.S., you’re lucky in having a variety of options available to you.

First, you should consider the length of time you intend to live in Roatan.

If you’re thinking of snowbirding here, coming for just the winter months and enjoying the tropical climate, then you might not require residency at all.

American tourists receive a tourist visa upon arrival in Honduras. That allows you to stay in the country for up to 90 days.

You can request a 30-day extension before your visa expires to maximize your time at 4 months total. The immigration office in Coxen Hole can assist you with the extension.

If you’re coming as a snowbird, you can visit as a tourist. The only reason you might require residency is if you want to purchase real estate and your acreage exceeds the limits for a foreigner (more than 0.72 acres).

If you’re retired and want to move to Roatan permanently, Americans can apply for the pensionado visa. You must meet the monthly income threshold and adhere to government regulations for the application and renewal processes.

The pensionado visa comes with some extra perks, too! You can import a vehicle and a container of personal items duty-free. Keep in mind when importing a vehicle that local mechanics might not be familiar with your make and model.

If you can’t buy replacement parts or get them appropriately handled, it could be more of a burden to keep your car here.

For all types of residency and legal questions, a local Honduran attorney is necessary. There are many reputable attorneys in Roatan who are all bilingual and can assist in all necessary applications.

I’m more than happy to recommend one to you based on your specific needs.

American Buying Real Estate in RoatanAmericans Buying Real Estate in Roatan

Foreigners are allowed to purchase real estate in Roatan without requiring residency status. You can purchase up to 0.72 acres in a single purchase, so most homes and lots won’t pose a problem at all.

If you do want to purchase a larger tract of land or multiple properties as an investment, you can create a corporation to do so. Your corporation will hold the property as a Honduran entity.

If you start a corporation, you can then apply for residency as well, making it easier for you to stay as long as you want and to work if you need to do so.

You can peruse the Roatan MLS (Multiple Listing Service) to see the wide variety of real estate opportunities available in Roatan.

Whether you’re looking for a condo, a villa, or a commercial property, I’m sure we can find the perfect opportunity for you.

And, if not, there are plenty of lots available where you can build your own dream home or business!

Do you have any questions about what life is like for Americans in Roatan? Feel free to reach out anytime! I’m always happy to help.

Top Destinations in the World: Roatan

Roatan a Caribbean destinationThose of us who live here know it already, but the word is getting out: Roatan is a premier destination. We are regularly on the list for places to visit and islands to live on. In fact, in TripAdvisor’s “Best Of 2017” list, Roatan is one of the top destinations in the world!

Top Destinations in the World

Roatan comes in at #15 in the entire world according to TripAdvisor rankings. Considering the wide range of places included in that top destinations list, we are thrilled to see how much people love Roatan!

Other top destinations in the world include London, Paris, Rome, and NYC. Amongst those giants of tourism and historical fanfare, Roatan seems even smaller. But that’s what makes this list so wonderful.

Being voted by travellers as a top destination in the entire world is a true honor. It means that the smaller numbers of tourists who visit Roatan as compared to those massive capital cities all believe that Roatan is worthy of the accolades.

We’re more than proud to receive the recognition from all our visitors. But, those of us who live here will say this isn’t news to us!

We’ve always known that this piece of paradise is one of the top places in the whole world.

Visit Roatan in 2017

If you haven’t yet visited our beautiful tropical isle, there’s no better time than the present. With continuous recognition on an international scale, we will undoubtedly grow and change in the years to come.

From a real estate perspective, of course that’s promising! Buyers can still grab a great deal now before prices inevitably rise with increased interest in Roatan.

Sellers can make plans with confidence that their property will sell quickly as more and more people want to move to paradise.

It’s no wonder that even cruise ship tourists ask for real estate tours. Once you see the beauty of this Caribbean island, it’s easy to get sucked into what we call The Vortex.

Roatan just mesmerizes you and keeps you here longer than you might have intended to stay.

(I’m not saying you should purposely miss your cruise ship all aboard…but if you do, just give me a call and I’ll help you find a great place to stay!)

Why Is Roatan a Top Destination?

There are so many reasons to love the island of Roatan. If you look through TripAdvisor for the island, you’ll notice endless activity options.

Roatan is known as a scuba diver and snorkeler’s paradise. The coral reef that fringes close to shore is the second largest in the world, smaller only than the famous Great Barrier Reef.

Roatan also offers plenty of other water activities, from paddleboarding in our calm sea to deep-sea fishing only a few minutes from shore.

You can walk through botanical gardens or soar through the jungle on a zipline canopy tour.

The diversity of fun on this small island is truly astounding! Add to all that the breath-taking natural beauty and you can easily see why visitors love Roatan so much.

I love Roatan so much that I moved my family here after years of living in the States. Our lifestyle is dramatically better here. We have the Caribbean Sea as our front yard and playground…it was the best move we ever made.

If you want to move to paradise, let me know what you’re looking for and let’s make it happen together. I look forward to helping make your dreams your new reality!

 

Beachfront Acreage with Endless Opportunities

Brand new to the Roatan real estate market, this 1.25-acre beachfront lot rests within easy walking distance of West End Village en route to world-famous West Bay Beach.

This location cannot be understated: finding such a large tract of empty beachfront property in such a popular area is now incredibly rare. Take a look at this beautiful beachfront acreage with endless opportunities for development.

Prime Beachfront Real Estate

It goes without saying that a beachfront lot on a tropical island is a dream come true.

This location offers even more opportunity because of its proximity to Roatan’s two premier tourism centers, without being in the thick of the crowds.

If you’re considering investing in the Caribbean, this is your chance to get in on the upswing in Roatan.

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.

Similar concepts to look at in the area include Villas del Playa or Mangrove Dock condos.

Build a Small Luxury Beachfront Boutique Hotel

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 Xbalanque 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.

Cruise to Roatan…And Never Go Home!

Visiting Roatan and purchasing real estateHave you ever daydreamed about just ditching it all and moving to a tropical island paradise? Maybe you’ve thought of taking a cruise, finding perfection, and just not getting back on the boat. Dreams can come true you know! Here’s an idea: take a cruise to Roatan…and never go home!

Wait, Where is Roatan?

Roatan is a pristine, verdant island in the Western Caribbean, usually on the same cruise itinerary as Mexico and Belize. Roatan is part of the Bay Islands of Honduras, which boast some of the world’s most beautiful coral reefs.

Roatan is often called the Gem of the Caribbean for its stunning green jungle, bright white soft sand beaches, and turquoise Caribbean Sea quietly lapping the shore all around.

The island is a favorite for International Living magazine and we have a large community of expats from the U.S. and Canada.

There are direct flights to Roatan from Atlanta, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Toronto, Montreal, Belize City, Panama City, San Salvador, and Grand Cayman. That means you can reach pure paradise in only a few hours from the U.S., Canada, and several other regional airport hubs.

But Roatan is truly a world apart in its beauty and idyllic way of life.

Roatan Cruise Ports

Roatan has two cruise ports welcoming ships from Carnival, Princess, Holland America, Costa, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Thomson Cruises, and more.

Mahogany Bay is the Carnival Cruise Lines port in Roatan and offers plenty of on-site activities, bars, and restaurants.

The Port of Roatan is located in the capital of Coxen Hole and offers quick, easy access to the most beautiful beaches and tons of fun activities.

If you’re taking a cruise to Roatan, you might feel the same way so many cruise ship visitors have felt before you: WOW!

This island is stunning and it often causes issues for people when they get back home.

You see, they can’t stop thinking about Roatan and life back home just seems so boring after their cruise visit here.

So, what’s the solution for those post-vacation blues? Don’t go home!

Ok, ok, I say this jokingly…

BUT!

If you do cruise to Roatan and fall in love, you’ll certainly want to book a return trip as soon as possible.

If you’ve been here before and already know you love this island, join the many others who do real estate tours during their time in port.

Check Out Roatan Real Estate During Your Cruise

Yup, that’s right! You can actually check out Roatan real estate during your cruise stop on the island.

While it’s a quick view of the opportunities available, doing a real estate tour during your cruise to Roatan will show you the variety and scope of our real estate market.

If you’re serious about potentially investing in real estate in Roatan, a real estate tour during your time in port can be your starting point.

Contact me to let me know when you’ll be here and let’s discuss your priorities.

I’m happy to show you around so you can better decide if this is the right investment for you.

6 Reasons to Choose a Local Roatan Realtor

There are so many Roatan realtors to choose from when you’re looking to buy your dream home in paradise. One of the best aspects of the Roatan real estate market is that you can peruse the Roatan MLS (Multiple Listing Service) for all island listings. But I’d still like to point out a few reasons to choose a local Roatan realtor for your real estate transactions.
Roatan Realtor Jorge Chavez RE/MAXReasons to Choose a Local Roatan Realtor

#1: This is My HOME

As a local Roatan realtor, this is my home. I’m not just invested in the business aspect of real estate in Roatan. I am fully invested in the sustainable growth and the positive impact of this island’s real estate market.

I am Honduran by birth, so these Bay Islands…these jewels of the Caribbean…this area is my homeland and I want nothing more than to see its success.

Knowing that, I can promise that you won’t hear me pushing you on anything. No salesy lingo or cheap lines. I will always be honest and sincere in helping you to find the right opportunity.

Unfortunately, I’ve seen some people move here on a dream only to run back home feeling like a failure.

You have to be realistic about purchasing real estate here, and I will not hold back any details on the process, the potential pitfalls, or the costs incurred.

My goal as a Roatan realtor is not just to make a real estate sale. That’s just a transaction. My goal is to find the right match for you – a lifestyle, a home, a new opportunity. The wrong match doesn’t help anyone.

#2: Understanding Local Business Practices

As a local Roatan realtor, I know the ins-and-outs of doing business in Honduras. So you can rest easy knowing that I know whom to talk to and how in order to maximize your benefits as a homebuyer or seller.

Business can be conducted differently here than in other countries. The old adage of “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” certainly applies in Honduras.

Don’t worry, I’m a local Roatan realtor with connections near and far! My Honduran roots and my U.S. education and training all help me to find the best of everything here in Roatan.

#3: Insider Tips on Everything

It can be hard to move to a new country! But, don’t worry, I can fill you in on all the insider tips.

Want to know where the best cup of coffee is made? Or how about the best outdoor furniture? Or maybe you want to know where to stay when you go to the capital, Tegucigalpa, to file or renew your residency paperwork.

It takes a local to truly know all the options – even those ones without websites or fancy big stores. You might be surprised to find some of the best local products being sold from right inside the artisan’s home!

Those insider tips extend off the island as well. After all, you can’t always get the best deal on items that have added import costs. Sometimes, it’s beneficial to go to the mainland for larger purchases.

I can honestly help you assess your options based on all of the options available. Plus, I speak the local language! Which brings me to my next point…

#4: Local Language, Local Deals

A local Roatan realtor is rare! Most real estate agents in the Bay Islands are foreigners. Don’t get me wrong, there are tons of expats here and they help make these islands great.

But since your real estate investment might be your first real introduction to doing business and making contacts in Honduras, it is of vital importance to work with someone who actually has those personal contacts.

Being Honduran grants me better access to the local markets – simply being able to chat with local business owners in their preferred language helps facilitate better deals and better business. It’s a simple concept, but it truly makes a world of difference.

#5: Your Success is My Success

As a local realtor, I can assure you that your success is my success. I believe in increasing the benefits for my community and my country that the real estate market can offer.

Inviting foreign talents and skills into our community means more jobs and increased variety of services. That benefits my home!

If your real estate journey is successful, my contribution to my community is successful.

And if your real estate sale is successful – whether you stay in Roatan or move away – that reflects a strong market that ensures continued growth for my home.

Your success is my success.

#6: You Gain a Local Friend

My support for you doesn’t end when the real estate transaction ends. I will always be available to help with any other help you might need settling in and building a life here in Honduras.

As I said, as a local Roatan realtor, this is my home and I want to see it gain all the benefits and improvements possible. Whatever I can do to facilitate your life and/or business here, I’m happy to help.

I didn’t move back to Honduras from the U.S. just to spin my wheels and seal the deal. No, I moved back to Honduras – and to Roatan specifically – for a better life for myself and for my family.

I know the value of living in Roatan…and it’s not reflected in the cost of your house.

If you’re hoping to make the move to paradise, as a local Roatan realtor, I would be honored to help make your dreams come true.

Feel free to reach out anytime – even if you didn’t choose me as your realtor, I still love to help newcomers as best I can. After all, the island life is all about enjoying the good life and celebrating community.

Welcome to paradise!

Scuba Diving in Roatan Honduras

Roatan is known as a scuba diver’s paradise. In fact, it’s the reason tourism developed on the island as more and more divers started visiting and requiring more services. Scuba diving in Roatan Honduras is one of the bucket list places for divers around the world. Let’s talk about why…

Dive Sites in Roatan

Roatan is surrounded by the second-largest barrier reef in the world: the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. It stretches from the Yucatan Peninsula down and around our Bay Islands of Honduras. It’s so close to Roatan’s shore that you can easily swim out to snorkel or dive, without needing a boat.

Most diving in Roatan is, however, boat diving. It makes it easier to reach different dive sites and allows you to drift dive safely. The currents aren’t strong in Roatan, but it’s still nice to stay along the wall and not have to double back to the boat.

The Roatan Marine Park oversees the installation and naming of dive sites around Roatan. Their conservation efforts are absolutely vital to the survival of this fragile ecosystem, so it’s important to support them however you can.

They have buoys for over 50 dives just around the West Bay/West End/Sandy Bay area alone! They also patrol the coastline to prevent illegal poaching or other activities.

Scuba Diving in Roatan Honduras

The scuba diving conditions in Roatan are outstanding! We enjoy extensive visibility, warm waters, and minimal currents. That’s also what makes Roatan such a premier location for students to learn to dive. It’s a beautiful, comfortable location to do scuba courses.

There are dive shops all around the island, from the East End to the end of West Bay Beach. If you move to Roatan and want to dive, you can choose whichever dive shop is your favorite. Many will offer discounts to locals who want to dive regularly. It’s also a great way to show your friends and family more of the beauty of Roatan when they come to visit!

Throughout much of the year, dive shops tend to use 3mm shortie wetsuits for guests. Dive professionals often opt for full wetsuits only because they’re in the water all day everyday. If you’re diving in the height of summer, you might not even need a wetsuit at all!

Living in Roatan and Diving

Since I moved to Roatan, I’ve learned not only the basics of diving…I’m actually an Advanced Open Water Diver! I’m proud to say that because I think it’s so important to see and understand the coral reef system around our island home. Once you see the beauty and the diversity of marine life that’s there, you can’t help but want to protect it.

As residents, whether local or expat, it’s our responsibility to do our part supporting the Roatan Marine Park and encouraging sustainable practices in tourism.

The coral reef here is amazing and it’s what draws massive tourism investment annually. But, most importantly, it is fragile and susceptible to human interference, so we need to be careful and protect it for future generations.

If you move to Roatan, you simply have to try scuba diving. Even if you only try it once, it’s important to understand what’s under the surface so we can all work together to keep Roatan beautiful.

Are you thinking of moving to Roatan? Do you already scuba dive? Get in touch and I’ll share my insights from living and diving here in Roatan.

 

Sunny Casual Lifestyle in Roatan

The island life is truly the best life. In the Caribbean, we can relax knowing that we never, ever have to deal with winter weather. We enjoy beautiful sunshine all year long, which just makes people happier and friendlier. We all enjoy this sunny casual lifestyle in Roatan. It’s a huge part of why I decided to move to Roatan, and I think you would enjoy it, too.
Roatan Lifestyle and the benefits living on a islandBenefits of a Casual Lifestyle

In Roatan, we don’t worry about labels or name brands. We’re not competing with each other to get the latest cool sneakers or the flashiest watches. We don’t waste our time, energy, or money on those materialistic things. Sure, you can still choose to be fashionable and stylish! But you don’t have to keep up with anyone here in Roatan.

Because our weather is so warm and tropical year-round, we also don’t have to worry about a winter wardrobe. Again, that’s time, energy, and money saved! We can wear the same things all year long, adding another layer when rainy season starts and we all think it’s freezing cold at 75 degrees Fahrenheit (24C).

In Roatan, we don’t judge others by what they do or do not have. You can walk barefoot down the street and wear a bathing suit every day. Or you can dress to the nines because it makes you feel good! Life in Roatan is carefree and easy and it’s all up to you.

Just know that whenever you do meet someone on that street, you should stop and chat. It’s a friendly community here and our sunny weather lets us linger outside without freezing to death. That’s a beautiful thing.

Sunny Casual Lifestyle in RoatanThe art of living on a island Roatan

The climate in Roatan is what draws many expats to the island. We have tropical warmth – and humidity! – throughout the year. We never worry about heating bills, but we do have fans and air conditioning.

The sunshine is what attracts people to the island. With that sunshine comes white sand beaches and crystal clear Caribbean water. We also get plenty of rain though! That’s what makes Roatan so beautifully lush and green. When the rain comes, don’t worry, it’s just doing its job to keep Roatan lovely and then it will pass along and leave us with the sunshine once again.

You can count on summer temperatures staying above 80F/ 27C and the humidity being high. During the winter, temperatures do drop and the rains come, but we rarely drop into the low 70sF/23C. More typically, you can plan to wear shorts and a t-shirt all year long.

If you’re packing for a vacation in Roatan, leave the fancy stuff behind – you won’t need it. All you need is beachwear and casual clothes, and don’t forget your smile!

I love the sunny casual lifestyle in Roatan. It’s what drew my family here to enjoy a better quality of life. If you’re thinking of a move to Roatan, contact me and tell me what your plan is – I’m happy to help you find the right home and access the best resources.