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!

 

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.

 

International Living Loves Roatan

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…

International Living Loves Roatan

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 $2,000/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!

Roatan is Small but Eclectic

Roatan boasts incredible diversity for its small size. From the people to the activities to the amenities, this small Caribbean island is not short on charm or fun! Come see for yourself the many faces of Roatan.

West Bay Beach Has It All

International Living loves West Bay Beach – just like everyone else does! Voted the best beach in Central America two years in a row now, West Bay Beach has something for everyone. You’ll even find some of those fantastic and affordable condo opportunities right on the sand!

Roatan is Welcoming

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!

We all know International Living loves Roatan, and I know exactly why. I made the move here for a better life for my family and we’ve never regretted that decision. Contact me to come see for yourself why Roatan is so popular for relocation overseas. I think you’ll love it here!

Minimize to Move to Roatan

Moving to a new home anywhere in the world means you have to pack up absolutely everything you own and decide what stays and what goes. When you move far away, requiring a flight to reach your new home, minimizing is the only realistic way to get there. Here are some tips on how to minimize to move to Roatan.

Minimize to Move to Roatan

Minimize to Move to Roatan

Minimizing can be difficult. It’s scary to donate or throw things away that have been part of your life for so long. It’s hard to go through all the memories we accumulate in a home and choose what to bring with us to this next phase of life.

But minimizing is also a cleansing opportunity. You can eliminate a lot of physical items in your life that take up space and time and money, all while still retaining the memories.

When we moved our family to Roatan, we made many tough choices on what to keep and what to leave behind. But every decision was with our goal in mind: a better quality of life for all of us in paradise.

What You Don’t Need to Bring to Roatan

What You Don’t Need to Bring to Roatan

Roatan is an island in the Caribbean. That already enables you to minimize if you have been living in a cold climate. There is no need here for a winter wardrobe, no need for big heavy blankets or space heaters or thick curtains.

You can already eliminate all those winter-related items before you move to Roatan. Eliminating those types of items might feel incredibly liberating!

Roatan is also a very casual island. There’s just no need to bring all your formal wear, your dress shoes, or your designer labels.

Sure, there are certain occasions you might dress up and there are certain items you just don’t want to leave behind. But you simply don’t need the volume of these types of items you might have needed back home.

Here, you’ll be in casual wear all year long, with sandals being the most formal footwear we tend to get!

You don’t need to impress anyone here. We’re not comparing outfits or purses or watches in Roatan. Life here isn’t about keeping up with anyone. So don’t worry about moving into a new home and having neighbors judge what you bring. We’ll just be happy to welcome you to paradise with a smile and maybe a cold cocktail!

What You Do Need to Bring to Roatan

What You Do Need to Bring to Roatan

If you’re moving to Roatan, you’ll find certain items from home to be better quality or much cheaper than you’d find on the island. Here’s where you need to consider the difference between going on vacation and moving somewhere new. If you love specific brands but because of import costs they’re 7x the price in Roatan, you should consider trying other brands until you find a new one you like. But if you simply can’t live without specific brands for certain items, you can always bring a supply with you from home each time you go visit.

Or you can order them and ship them to Roatan. Or ask a friend to bring some in exchange for a free place to stay on the island. You can get creative – and if you’re really desperate, you’ll find a way!

Need more tips for your move to Roatan? Contact me anytime…I’m happy to help!

Cost of Construction in Roatan

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

Cost of Construction in Roatan

Right now the average cost per square foot in Roatan is between $75 and $110. 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.

Move to Roatan to live your dream life. That’s what I did, and I have absolutely no regrets! 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.

 

Move Overseas to Escape American Politics

I think we can all agree – across the political spectrum – that this U.S. Presidential election cycle has been a crazy one. The coverage has been nonstop for so long, and we haven’t even started the debates yet! So here’s a solution: move overseas to escape American politics.

Part of the beauty of living in another country is not being surrounded by the same conversation constantly. You won’t be inundated with the ridiculous headlines and you won’t have to listen to your co-workers bicker about the latest political scandal…again.

It’s not that politics isn’t a universal complaint; it’s just that expats have so many better things to talk about. Expats focus on their new lives in a very different way than they did their old lives back home. Everything is brand new and exciting when you move overseas!

Move to Roatan to Escape American Politics

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Life in Roatan offers such an array of activities and fun connections. We – locals and expats alike – just don’t delve into politics the same way Americans do. We focus more on our everyday lives here on the island. Sure, you might hear people chat, or even argue, about something related to current events, but it’s not a 24/7 situation.

We don’t belabor the topics. We get too distracted by beautiful sunsets and outstanding scuba diving.

In Roatan, we focus on natural beauty and life-changing experiences. We chat with tourists about learning to dive, not about who said what during an interview.

We share a drink on the beach after work and marvel at the colorful scenery that surrounds us, not the colorful language of either candidate.

We invite friends and neighbors over for a beach barbeque to laugh and talk and share stories, not to argue over policies and legislation.

We are reminded daily that the world is so much bigger than our petty arguments. We are surrounded by vistas that stretch beyond our visual limits, proving to us that the world keeps spinning and our lives are brief in the grand scheme of things.

Move Overseas to Escape American Politics

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When you become an expat, you’ll begin to see the world anew. Anytime you change your environment, you start over in learning your surroundings, making new friends, and marveling at all the sights around you. Moving overseas will remind you about what’s truly important in life.

For me, moving to Roatan reminded me to slow down and to enjoy small moments with my family. I’m reminded that rushing around to compete in America was stressful and exhausting. Living in Roatan reminds me to relax and to enjoy the view.

Moving overseas isn’t running away from America or the American lifestyle. If you decide to move overseas, it’s because you prefer a different way to live. You’re running toward something that’s better for you. Luckily, one of the benefits of running toward something new is leaving behind something old that you no longer need.

When you move to Roatan, you can leave American politics behind. You don’t have to watch the local news everyday, and you don’t have to debate politics with your extended family at Thanksgiving.

Instead, you can invite your family to visit you in paradise! It will help everyone to take a deep breath of fresh salt air.

Let’s start planning your escape from American politics so you can run toward a better life instead. Send me an email to let me know what your dream life looks like…I bet we can make it happen here in Roatan.

NOTE: All pictures were gathered from the ROATAN MULTIPLE LISTING SERVICE (MLS)

Jorge ChavezAbout Jorge Chavez, Roatan Real Estate Agent
I’m Honduran-born, but spent most of my youth in the U.S. After starting a career in Georgia, I decided the island lifestyle was exactly what my family needed for a better quality of life. Now, I want to help you achieve that same dream. Whether you want to spend your winters in paradise, purchase a vacation home, or move to Roatan full-time, I’ll help you find the perfect home. Want to learn more? Check out my full bio, or just contact me and introduce yourself! I’ll be glad to meet you.

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Walking Distance to the Beach Kai Linda Way, West Bay, Roatan,

MLS# 16-239

Roatan Beach and Las Rocas Dock

Roatan Beach and Las Rocas Dock

Tremendous value and great location. This homesite is ready for you to start building your island vacation home or future retirement home. 245 steps to a white sandy community beach and just 480 steps to Roatan´s most visited and preferred beach on the island, West Bay Beach. Enjoy a variety of entertainment establishments, view spectacular Caribbean sunsets every evening, swim the crystal clear waters, snorkel or dive in Roatans Mesoamerican coral reef. All this and many more activities available just steps from your front yard. This 0.17 acre lot features a paved road and underground utilities. Do your search in this location, you won´t find many lots within walking distance to these two beaches!

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Fantastic Views Lighthouse Estate Lot 8 West Bay, Roatan

MLS# 16-236

Roatan Sunrise Lighthouse Estates View

Roatan Sunrise Lighthouse Estates

Rich Turquoise blue ocean view, cool breezes, small archipelagos, hazy mountains in the distance and a spectacular sunrise are some of the benefits that this home-site located in the community of Lighthouse Estate offers. The advantage of building a home in this Caribbean community is location, with just a skip and a hop from snorkeling in the Mesoamerican reef and relaxing on the prettiest and Roatan’s preferred beach ”West Bay Beach”. This 0.243 acre lot #8 also comes with a deeded access to a private white sandy beach on the point of the development. The property has a gentle slope and is ready to build with underground utilities and paved roads. Very low annual HOA fees. SOLD

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Houses and Condos on the Island of Roatan

Anytime you’re moving to a new home, it’s important to understand your destination and the pros and cons of home design. On the tropical island of Roatan, you might encounter very different circumstances than what you’re used to back home. A tropical environment with unique critters and climate can mean a different style of home is necessary. Before you choose your new home in the Caribbean, here’s an idea of the differences between houses and condos on the island of Roatan.

Why Buy a House in Roatan?

Why Buy a House in Roatan?

Houses offers privacy, space, and usually a garden area that you can fill with luscious tropical plants and flowers. Grow your own banana or mango trees, fill your garden with hummingbird feeders, and marvel at the vibrant flowers blossoming throughout the year.

If you buy a house in Roatan, you’ll get to enjoy the authentic Caribbean lifestyle. Hang your clothes to dry out in the sunshine, fill your home with fresh sea breezes, and lounge on your patio in complete privacy.

Why Buy a Condo in Roatan?

Why Buy a Condo in Roatan?

Owning your own house offers privacy and space, but owning a condo offers you more freedom from maintenance. In a condo community, you have neighbors and designated professionals around you at all times, ensuring that your investment – your dream home – is well cared for and includes all the amenities you desire.

Living in an island condo community provides community spaces, like pools, restaurants, spas, gyms, and more. Additionally, most condo communities have beachfront access for you to enjoy. When the Caribbean Sea is your front yard, you don’t need much interior space at all!

Roatan Real Estate

Real Estate in Roatan

Roatan is a booming real estate market, so you can truly take your pick of dream home options on the island. If your dream home looks like an island villa overlooking the sea, or a modern condo only steps away from the pool and the beach, there are plenty of options to choose from for the perfect real estate in Roatan.

If you’re more independent and want to revel in the adventure of living on a foreign tropical island, look for houses that will give you the chance to interact with the local community more. You’ll need to make friends to learn which hardware stores have what you need, which contractors can do what you want, and which utility companies will give you the best service. Those types of questions connect you to your neighbors, helping you to meet new people and learn more about your new home.

If your idea of tropical paradise is living in a community on the beach where you can step out your front door to enjoy poolside drinks or beachfront breakfast, take a look at the condo community of Infinity Bay. Whether you live here full-time, or you come to Roatan as a snowbird or for the occasional vacation, living in an island condo community means you have all the gorgeous natural surroundings you imagine, while enjoying the convenience and ease of community amenities. You’ll know your home is taken care of while you’re away, and you can come back to find it just as you left it, without a worry in the world.

Whatever your tropical dream home looks like, I’m sure I can show you houses and condos on the island of Roatan that will be absolutely perfect. Contact me today to see what is available now.

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Jorge ChavezAbout Jorge Chavez, Roatan Real Estate RE/MAXAgent
I’m Honduran-born, but spent most of my youth in the U.S. After starting a career in Georgia, I decided the island lifestyle was exactly what my family needed for a better quality of life. Now, I want to help you achieve that same dream. Whether you want to spend your winters in paradise, purchase a vacation home, or move to Roatan full-time, I’ll help you find the perfect home. Want to learn more? Check out my full bio, or just contact me and introduce yourself! I’ll be glad to meet you.

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Infinity Bay Condo Financing Available, West Bay Beach Roatan

MLS# 16-263

Roatan's Preferred Beach

Roatan’s Preferred Beach

When you imagine living on a Caribbean island, with palm trees lining a pristine white beach and turquoise seas lightly lapping the sand, you’re picturing life at Infinity Bay on West Bay Beach. Consistently voted one of the best beaches in the Caribbean, this is Roatan’s premier real estate location offering unparalleled views on an expansive strip of powdery white sand. The luxury beachfront condos at Infinity Bay boast high-end finishes and handcrafted local woodwork, creating a dream home amidst the natural tropical beauty of Roatan. The Infinity Bay community also provides world-class amenities. Manicured tropical gardens line the convenient pathways throughout the community, while the stunning central pool overlooks the Palapa beach bar and the endless Caribbean Sea….

An on-site scuba and snorkel shop, tranquil spa, casino lounge, plus international cuisine options all create the ideal environment so you can reach new levels of relaxation and pure enjoyment.

The developer inventory, have some incredible turn key options still available. 2 Bedrooms and 3 Bedrooms from 1,100 to 3,000 square feet. Second, Third and Fourth floors with marvelous views of the ocean, pool and lush tropical garden view.

Financing Option: With as low as 20% down payment – Balance payable in monthly installments on a 30 year amortization schedule at 6.99% simple interest, no prepayments penalties, with a balloon payment due 6 years from closing date.

Condo living in Infinity Bay is truly a dream come true.

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