Life in Roatan: Neighborhoods and Developments

If you’re considering moving overseas, there are so many considerations to take into account in your planning. Let’s cover some of your Roatan FAQs more in-depth. Today, we’re talking life in Roatan: neighborhoods and developments.

Moving to Roatan can be a life-changing experience for you. Slow down, appreciate the beauty of nature, and explore a whole new world in the Caribbean.

But island life isn’t just a one-size-fits-all experience. You might envision a sprawling sea view from your quiet hillside home, while another person might picture a luxurious condo with plenty of amenities for an island-style retirement.

Life in Roatan: Neighborhoods and Developments

Roatan Neighborhoods and Developments

There are many different areas on the island of Roatan that can be broken into neighborhoods and developments for easier recognition.

First, there are two municipalities on the island: Roatan and Santos Guardiola. The municipality of Roatan is the western half of the island from French Harbour to West Bay. The municipality of Santos Guardiola is the eastern half of the island from First Bight to Old Port Royal.

Within each area, you can find more developed and less developed neighborhoods. But, generally speaking, the eastern half of Roatan is much less developed and more rural than the western half.

There are also many planned developments and communities in Roatan that have grown in recent years. Let’s break some of those down, alongside some of the popular neighborhoods for expats.

Popular Roatan Neighborhoods for Expats

Expats tend to look at several popular neighborhoods in Roatan. Primarily, those popular areas are Sandy Bay, West End, West Bay, Pristine Bay, Palmetto Bay Plantation, Keyhole Bay and several neighborhoods on the East End. Those include Parrot Tree Plantation, First Bight,  Punta Blanca, Calabash Bight,  Camp Bay, Calabash Bight and Politilly Bight, among others.

Within the western half of Roatan, you’ll find many neighborhoods with lots of real estate listings appealing to expats.

If you’re looking for houses in Roatan, take a look at Turrets, Turtle Crossing and Lighthouse Estates in West Bay overlooking the point of Roatan. You can also look at some neighborhoods along West Bay Road, including around Tamarind Drive.

Other neighborhoods with plenty of houses include Mangrove Bight and Gibson Bight, Sandy Bay, and the Lawson Rock community, which includes both condos and houses.

You’ll also find plenty of opportunities for condos or apartments throughout the western half of Roatan. There are many options in West End and along West Bay Beach in particular, in addition to the Lawson Rock community in Sandy Bay.

Developments in Roatan for Expats

Expats also tend to love the many planned developments and communities in Roatan. You can choose from the more luxurious options at Pristine Bay, offering a private beach, clubhouse, and the island’s 18-hole championship golf course.

Or enjoy the location of Lawson Rock in Sandy Bay with its appealing rental market offering snowbirds the perfect combination for an investment. These condo units especially frequently rent well as vacation homes, so you can come enjoy paradise for a few months each year, and then allow a property management company to facilitate the rentals throughout the rest of the calendar.

Keyhole Bay, just up the road from West Bay Beach, is another luxury opportunity for a quiet retreat from the crowds. Sunset Villas in West End is an incredibly popular neighborhood offering both residents and visitors walking access to all of the bars, restaurants, and activities of this vibrant community.

Parrot Tree Plantation and Palmetto Bay Plantation offer a variety of home options and are both centrally located for easy access to commercial French Harbour, including the brand new hospital based at Mega Plaza. They both enjoy great convenience while staying far off the main road and the tourist crowds.

There are other neighborhood developments with amenities, like Turtle Crossing and Lighthouse Estates in West Bay, that enjoy community pools and landscaping, in addition to security and utility set-up.

Where Should You Live in Roatan?

Your own situation is unique, so only you can decide what’s best in terms of location. But you should certainly consider several important questions.

Do you need to work or are you retired? If you require work and are seeking employment, you’ll need to consider the availability of jobs in reference to homes.

While Roatan is not a large island, the single main road is narrow and winding and can be very congested when cruise ships are in port. Commuting long distances is not ideal.

If you can work from home, then you probably need to just consider your access to reliable internet. Ask around and test speeds before committing to a lease. If you’re building or buying real estate, you can ask neighbors which company they use.

Then again, maybe you’re coming to Roatan to pursue a new opportunity as an entrepreneur! Take a look at our available commercial land and properties for ideas.

If you want to walk to restaurants, bars, shops, or activities, you should look at developments, or at the far western side of the island.

Living on the East End absolutely requires a vehicle, as the public transport is not as readily available without the high tourist volume the western side receives.

These are all considerations to take into account when choosing neighborhoods and developments in Roatan. The lifestyle you want will determine your search starting point, but you might have to compromise based on your specific circumstances.

Family Life in Roatan

If you’re moving to Roatan with your family, it’s also vitally important to consider everyone’s needs for daily life.

Schools, activities, job opportunities, and access to commercial areas are all considerations you should remember while looking at real estate opportunities.

There are many more schools available – especially bilingual private schools – on the western side of Roatan. French Harbour, Coxen Hole, and Sandy Bay all offer opportunities for expat kids.

There are plenty of activities for kids, too, from sports to arts to all the amazing water-based activities of island life. Check out programs offered by the SOL International Foundation to get an idea of community opportunities.

We’ll delve more into this and other considerations throughout my Life in Roatan series.

Be sure to check out the rest of my blog for more insights into real estate in Roatan, and never hesitate to reach out with any questions!

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.

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.

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.

 

Roatan Real Estate Under $350k

There’s moving to paradise, and then there’s moving to paradise and owning your own slice of it at an affordable price. While I’d love to think we’re all multi-millionaires, let’s be realistic. We’re all looking for a great location at the right price. So let’s take a look at the MLS listings for some Roatan real estate under $350k on the market right now.

Roatan Real Estate Under $350k

Roatan Real Estate Under $350k

Caribe Tesoro on West Bay Beach

This is a true luxury condo opportunity on Roatan’s continuously highest-rated beach. The studio has been beautifully furnished and no details have been overlooked, complete with stone bathroom, travertine floors, granite counter tops, and beautiful Honduran hardwood doors and cabinets.

The unit boasts energy efficient air conditioning and fans, plus stainless steel appliances throughout. An on-site beachfront bar and restaurant and the beachfront 60,000-gallon saltwater pool provide endless entertainment. Listed at only $209,000. See more MLS:16-212 

Casa Sol y Mar Beachfront 

This beachfront duplex is listed at only $330,000. The upstairs unit has 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom, while the downstairs unit offers 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. The location of Casa Sol y Mar makes for an ideal rental opportunity, in addition to the utmost convenience for permanent residence.

Only minutes from popular West End and still close to commercial Coxen Hole, Gibson Bight is a tranquil neighborhood with boundless ocean views. Enjoy 92’ of beach frontage on 0.25 acres for your own slice of pure paradise. See more MLS:17-17

4-Bedroom Home in Turtling Bay

This 4,000-square foot home near Palmetto Bay offers 0.72 acres, beach access, and a pool to complete your island dream home. Built in 2012, this home offers large outdoor living space to enjoy the truly astounding views off Roatan’s north shore.

Underground utilities and a backup generator ensure your comfort and convenience as you live the good life here in Roatan. Listed at only $349,900. See more MLS:15-534

Beachfront Condo at Parrot Tree Plantation

Listed at only $119,000…this beachfront condo has no yearly HOA fees if you use it for less than six months in a year. This condo is ideal for snowbirds and can be rented the remainder of the year.

This condo offers solidly built concrete construction with graceful arches and distinctive columns. High quality finishes include Honduran mahogany cabinetry, travertine floors, Tommy Bahamas furnishing, stainless steel appliances, and central air conditioning. For recreation, Parrot Tree Plantation offers scuba diving, snorkeling, a 320-foot free-form pool, 2,000 feet of beachfront lagoon, kayaking, nature trails, an on-site restaurant and more.  See more MLS:17-82

Palmetto Bay Plantation

Listed at $190,000…this 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home is available fully furnished for a turnkey opportunity. Enjoy an open-plan design, expansive outdoor living space, and attractive community amenities. This is 1,850 square feet of paradise in a popular north shore community with plenty of amenities on-site to keep you entertained. See more MLS:16-342 

Casa Promesa Luxury Villa

This villa is an extraordinary deal! Located in First Bight on Ruby Lee Ridge, Casa Promesa offers 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, several terraces, a large pool, and a 1-bed/1-bath caretaker’s cottage. There is also a bunkhouse that has been used for visiting researchers and students. Additional amenities include a deep-water well and backup generator.

This beautifully crafted home is built on 17 acres of rolling hills and offers clear Caribbean ocean views. The property still has lots of potential and room for expansion. The paved road offers easy access to the shopping, restaurants and nightlife of French Harbour. Casa Promesa is listed at only $325,000. See more MLS:16-496 

Are you interested in Roatan real estate for less? These are just six current options available for temporary or permanent residence in paradise. Another great option is to buy land and build your own dream home .

Whatever your best scenario is, contact me and let’s make it happen.

Buy Land in Roatan

Is there anything better than owning a slice of paradise? There’s something to be said for buying land to build your very own dream home customized to your every whim. That’s living the dream: buy land in Roatan and create your own version of pure perfection. If it’s something you’ve considered, here are a few current land listings in Roatan that offer you the opportunity of a lifetime. I hope you seize it!This prestigious golf resort community offers a luxurious, fun-filled life in the Caribbean. This 0.21-acre lot is priced $100,000 lower than the next lowest-priced home site.

This is the good life: walk out your front door onto a world-class championship golf course, finish a round and head down to the beach, and then hit the clubhouse for a sunset cocktail before relaxing on your private patio all evening. Pristine Bay offers it all within your private beachfront community.

On Roatan’s south shore, this 1.12-acre lot offers beachfront land with boundless views. Ideal for your own private oasis or a boutique hotel, this West Bay lot is truly one of a kind!

Beyond the small beach cove and gorgeous iron shore, you can kayak or snorkel to marvel at Roatan’s underwater beauty. This lot is located just a few minutes’ drive from West Bay Beach and its restaurants and bars, yet completely tranquil and private.

This lot is ideally situated between Bananarama Resort and the West Bay Mall. Being sold as a complete project with the land and municipal-approved architectural designs plus environmental permits, this 0.49-acre lot is ready to build on now.

This is a highly desirable area just steps back from world-famous West Bay Beach. Absolutely a a prime opportunity for the right investor!

Enjoy endless Caribbean views off Roatan’s western point in the tranquil Lighthouse Estates neighborhood of West Bay. This 0.49-acre lot covers a gentle slope, granting views of Cayos Cochinos, the mainland of Honduras, and stunning sunsets daily.

The community also offers a gazebo and private beach for residents. Only minutes to West Bay Beach and all the amenities nearby, yet far enough to be peacefully quiet.

This 0.15-acre lot offers a premier location in the very popular area off Tamarind Drive. Located conveniently between West End and West Bay along Roatan’s northwestern shore, Icaco Lot 4 is the ideal opportunity to build your dream home in a well-established, mostly residential area.

Paved access, nearby amenities, and gorgeous views make this an easy decision. If you’re ready to build your custom dream home right now, Icaco Lot 4 allows you to hit the ground running.

If you’re considering a move to paradise, talk to me about your options to buy land in Roatan. As a foreigner, you can purchase up to nearly 0.75 acres without worrying about residency. I’m happy to discuss your options and to help find you the best solution to make your dreams your new reality. Give me a call or send an email today to get started.

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

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.

Live on West Bay Beach Roatan

Who wouldn’t want to live on the best beach in all of Central America, as voted by TripAdvisor votes? West Bay Beach is indeed a stunning strip of sand skirting Roatan’s northwestern shore. It’s no wonder why so many people want to live on West Bay Beach…Roatan’s picturesque locale.

Roatan West Bay Beach

Best Place to Live on West Bay Beach

West Bay Beach is an extensively long area filled with hotels, resorts, bars, restaurants, dive shops, gift shops, and tourism operators. You’ll find residences in the form of beachfront condos right in West Bay, plus houses and more condos in the neighborhoods up into the hills off the beach. If you want beachfront access, you won’t find anything better than living in Infinity Bay Resort.

The condos in Infinity Bay offer comfort, luxury, and value. You can enjoy the community amenities like an on-site dive center, palapa beach bar, and pools spacious enough to have your own area to enjoy.

The interiors of Infinity Bay condos allow you to live in luxurious comfort, with local Honduran hardwoods and modern kitchens, private balconies overlooking lush gardens and views to the ocean. Those sunset views never get old.

This location at Roatan’s western tip grants the ideal view for daily sunsets. No land to block the horizon, and the option to stay in your own residence, or on your doorstep in the sand, or even out in the crystal clear Caribbean water below. This is – hands down – the best place to live on West Bay Beach.

How to Move to Roatan

Moving to Roatan  is easier than you might think. If you find yourself regularly daydreaming of island life with its warm water and barefoot lifestyle, it’s time to make the move. Roatan real estate can be purchased by a non-resident, and if you plan to move to the island full time there are several residency options you can pursue rather easily.

If you’re retired, just prove you earn the minimum monthly pension to get your pensioner residency status. If you want to start a business or work in Roatan, you can start a corporation and then apply for residency through the business. In any case, I am happy to recommend specific attorneys on the island who will take care of every aspect of the move for you.

Keep in mind how convenient it is to access the U.S. and Canada from Roatan. Direct flights will take you to a number of cities there, meaning you’re not moving so far away that you need to worry about never going back. You can visit friends and family as much or as little as you want to…although I’m sure they’re more likely to want to visit you!

Moving to Roatan and living right on West Bay Beach is honestly a dream life…you can actually wake up, roll out of bed, and have your toes in the sand in a matter of seconds. Take your morning coffee in hand as you stroll down the beach listening to the birds in the trees lining the beach. Go for a morning run, or a swim, or head out in a kayak or paddleboard. You’ll find the beach life is a fun, active lifestyle that everyone loves!

West Bay Beach Real Estate

Real estate at Infinity Bay Resort is highly desired. If you want to move to Roatan full time or part time, there are plenty of options available. Infinity Bay condos rent out very easily throughout the year, so you can even make a little extra income with your property.

Buy Infinity Bay Condo for Sale in Roatan

Buy Infinity Bay Roatan

Living on West Bay Beach is the dream life in paradise…don’t miss your opportunity. That office cubicle will still be there if you ever want to go back. But I know you never will! Contact me and let me know if you’re interested in living on West Bay Beach – I’ll show you some impressive investment opportunities right here at Infinity Bay.

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

Jorge ChavezAbout Jorge Chavez, RE/MAX 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.

Moving to the Island of Roatan

Ready for a life change? Perhaps you’d like a change of pace, settling into “Island Time” in Roatan with your toes in the powder white sand and the sun setting over the water before you. Moving to the island of Roatan is easier than you might think. If you’re ready to relax in a hammock and listen to tropical birdsongs all morning, read on for all the logistics you need to know.why-move-to-roatan

If you know that life in Roatan is your dream come true, then now is the best time to make that dream reality. As Roatan’s popularity continues to increase, housing prices will follow an increasing pattern.

Right now, you can find affordable tropical homes from condos to sprawling villas. Take advantage and get moving!moving-to-roatan-legally

Living and working in Roatan requires the same types of visas and paperwork for anywhere else in the world. If you want to become a resident and stay here long-term, you’ll need to submit an application for Honduran residency through a qualified Honduran attorney. There are different types and your circumstances will determine which one you could qualify for. I can coordinate your meeting with a reputable attorney on the island so that your paperwork gets completed the right way, right away.

If you want to open a new business here, you’ll not only require residency but you’ll also need to create a new corporation. Opening a business requires very specific documentation to be completed in a specific order, which your same attorney should be able to process while processing your residency application. It usually takes around six weeks to process corporation paperwork before you can open your doors.cost-of-living-in-roatan

The cost of living in Roatan is much lower than many other areas of the Caribbean. However, it’s much higher than other areas on the mainland. Keep in mind that we must import many items because this is an island with a limited agricultural industry.

If you’re moving to Roatan as a retiree, generally speaking, you can live on your pension. But – as you would anywhere – keep an eye on your budget. Especially right after you move to the island…you’ll be excited to see everything and to do every activity. That adds up!

Keep an eye on your costs until you settle into a good routine. And, don’t forget, if you move to the island of Roatan, you are sure to have lots of friends and family come visit you. That’s a great opportunity to do lots of activities with them!expat-life-in-roatan

Expat life in Roatan is whatever you want it to be. If you want to party all week long, you’re on a tropical island filled with tourists. If you want to volunteer and give back to your new community, you have endless opportunities to help schoolchildren, medical clinics, veterinary clinics, sports teams, the environment, and more. If you want to never wear shoes again, well, that’s fine, too!

The expat community in Roatan is large and welcoming, so you’ll have no trouble making new friends when you move to the island.

Moving to the island of Roatan is truly a dream come true. I know, because I did it. I moved from the U.S. back to my native country for a better life with my family. Get in touch and let’s make your dream a reality here in Roatan.

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

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.

Life in Pristine Bay Roatan

When you daydream about your ideal lifestyle, how does it look? How about a tropical island with gorgeous views, modern architecture, and luxury amenities? Maybe an infinity pool on the patio and a world-class golf course in your backyard. If this is your daydream, trust me, you’re dreaming of life in Pristine Bay Roatan.

Ocean View Villa Pristine Bay real estate

Outdoor Ocean View Villa Roatan MLS MLS 16-18

Where is Pristine Bay?

Pristine Bay is a luxury community built along Roatan’s north shore in French Harbour. Convenience to shopping, grocery stores, bars, restaurants, and a brand new state of the art hospital make this location ideal for Pristine Bay residents.

Being mid-island offers residents the opportunity to easily spend time on the remote beaches amidst wild Caribbean nature on Roatan’s East End or head to the tourist activities and nightlife of the western side of the island.

Buy Pristine Bay Villa

Aerial of the Villa Roatan MLS 16-172

Located about 20 minutes from the international airport, life in Pristine Bay Roatan is the epitome of convenience. Take a direct flight from a number of U.S. cities (including Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, or Miami), Canadian cities (including Montreal, Toronto, and Quebec), or elsewhere in the region (Panama, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador).

Getting to Roatan couldn’t be any easier. And once you land, your luxurious escape is just a short drive away.

What is Life in Pristine Bay Like?

Living in the Pristine Bay community means golfing, diving, fishing, and relaxing on your patio just taking in the Caribbean views. The on-site dive shop, Black Pearl Divers, offers valet service, while the extensive clubhouse provides everything from tennis courts to dining options.

This community is built like the traditional retirement communities you might find in the U.S., with the idea that you don’t really have to leave too often if you don’t want. But the benefits of living in Pristine Bay in Roatan, rather than a U.S. community, are easily identifiable.

The views alone are reason enough to want to spend every day here. This real estate would price most of us completely out in the U.S. or other Caribbean islands. But real estate in Roatan is still accessible…for now .

Residents of Pristine Bay are a varied blend of retirees, snowbirds, locals, and long-term expats. A mixture of condominiums and villas creates a visually appealing layout for the community, too. Pristine Bay isn’t all cookie-cutter identical – we have variety in both architecture and personalities.

Golf Course in Roatan Pristine

Roatan MLS 15-235 Residence Pearl Court

Why Invest in Pristine Bay?

The Pristine Bay community continues to grow. With construction phases still planned for the coming years, this is the prime time to invest in Pristine Bay while the opportunity still exists.

The 18-hole Black Pearl golf course in Pristine Bay  was designed by the legendary Pete Dye. Drawing golfers from around the world, Pete Dye courses always bode well for investment in the community.

The hotel located within Pristine Bay, called Las Verandas, is a luxury hotel offering villas and rooms overlooking the sea. This resort will continue to expand, bringing in more investment to the Pristine Bay community.

Villa for sale in Pristine Bay

Roatan Villa MLS 16-320

Beyond the hotel, a marina is planned within Pristine Bay to offer residents the opportunity to safely dock our own boats. With deep sea fishing only minutes off-shore and some of the world’s most incredible coral reef stretching around all of Roatan, owning a boat is the ideal way to explore your island home.

While construction continues in Pristine Bay, you’ll also notice that the phases were planned well. Currently-available homes within the community are set away from the continued construction, meaning you’ll hardly even notice it. Alternatively, if you want to plan and build your own customized dream home, take a look at lots still available pre-construction.

Life in Pristine Bay is truly a dream come true. If it matches your daydream, let’s talk about making it reality. Contact me today to learn more about this outstanding luxury community in Roatan.

Golf at Pristine Bay

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.