ROATAN PROPERTY MANAGEMENT OFFERS SELECT VACATION RENTALS… to meet the needs and desires of all travelers.
From simple beach cottages and condos to luxurious hillside homes and beach houses, all are private homes and fully equipped so our guests can enjoy their home away from home. Many are “away from it all” yet Roatan being a small island, all homes are convenient to dining, shopping, entertainment and other activities.
For those homes that are somewhat secluded we suggest a rental car to get the most out of your vacation on Roatan.
Roatan is the largest of the Bay Islands, located about 30 miles off the north coast of mainland Honduras. The islands are the tips of undersea mountains that extend out from the mainland’s Omoa Ridge and form the Bonacca Ridge.
Steep walls form one of the most rare and beautifully-formed reefs in the world… the largest in this hemisphere… and the second largest after the Great Barrier Reef.
Honduras means “deep water” and the reefs are natural breakwaters creating ideal conditions for diving, fishing, swimming and sailing.
The Bay Islands cover about 92 square miles and include Utila and Guanaja, as well as the smaller islands of Morat, Barbareta and St. Helene. The island of Roatan is 30 miles long and approximately four miles wide… running from the south west to northeast in the Bay of Honduras.
At 16 degrees north latitude, our climate has an average temperature of 84 degrees F. The rainy season is October through January though the summer months of July and August can also have some intermittent rain showers.
Roatan’s population is about 75,000, the people are friendly, easy going and approachable… and English is widely spoken.
Historically the main industries have been fishing and boat building though tourism has surpassed these in recent years and foreign investment comes mainly from North America and Europe.
Roatan has a large expat community, most of whom have come to set up various businesses or as retires seeking a warmer climate and a comfortable cost of living.
Activities – Attractions – Tours
Roatan is surrounded by reefs that are easily accessible from shore, providing great snorkeling and diving, particularly in Sandy Bay, West End and West Bay.
Snorkeling & Diving
Rental snorkel gear is available if you haven’t brought your own.
Roatan is known for diving and you will not be disappointed. There are deep walls, caves and canyons to explore as well as exciting night dives and wreck dives. There are numerous dive shops from Sandy Bay to West End to West Bay.
Most dive shops are well established and offer everything from certification courses to advanced training. Depending on the location of your vacation rental, we are happy to recommend dive operators.
New to the island is Steve’s Paddle Shack in West End.
Kayak Tours out of West End or West Bay
You can rent kayaks on your own or with a guide. For your own safety it is advised to stay within the reef.
Go Deeper Deep Water Submarine
The public’s portal to the deep sea. You have the rare opportunity to travel in a one of a kind machine to another world and come face to face with life forms beyond imagination. One of the world’s deepest tourist submarines, Idabel was built and is piloted by Karl Stanley with over two decades of experience. Karl can take you to depths up to 2000 feet… an experience you will not forget.
You can swim with dolphins at Anthony’s Key Resort in Sandy Bay. Experienced trainers will guide you through swimming, snorkeling and diving with these friendly sea creatures.
There are a number of motor boat charters available for trips around the island, a great way to see and appreciate the beauty of Roatan. We are happy to recommend or arrange your outing.
From sunset cruises to dive trips, to exploring neighboring islands for day trips or overnight excursions, there are a number of sailing charters available.
Roatan offers some of best fishing in the hemisphere from flats fishing to deep sea fishing. There are a number of local boat captains that know the reefs and know where the fish are. If you ask they will even clean the fish so you can take it home to your BBQ for the night’s dinner.
For a fun and interesting day trip drive out to the east end of the island to the town of Oak Ridge where you can tour the mangrove tunnels. Stop at BJ’s Backyard for lunch while watching the local islanders travel back and forth by speed boat and dories. BJ will be happy to have one of the local guides give you a tour through the Mangroves.
Glass Bottom Boat Tours out of West End or West Bay
Explore the underwater sea life from the comfort of a boat. You will see many species of fish and coral without getting in the water.
Not up for getting wet? Roatan offers other activities and tours to add excitement to your island vacation. From horseback riding and nature trails, to canopy tours and golfing… or just explore the island and its varied characteristics.
Explore the island on your own…off the beaten path the east end is less developed, from the beautiful white sand beaches of Paya Bay, Marble Hill Farms offering homemade jams from local fruits and a restaurant on site, Port Royal where the vegetation changes to pines and Punta Gorda a Garifuna Village. Paya Bay has one of the best white sand beaches on the east end of the island. Along the way visit the two fishing villages of Oak Ridge and Jonesville where you feel like you stepped back in time.
AKR & The Institute for Marine Science
At Anthony’s Key Resort visit the Roatan Museum and Institute of Marine Sciences where guests can participate in educational programs and learn about Honduran history and culture.
Gumbolimbo Park in West Bay – this beachfront park offers diverse attractions on 20 acres as well as beach and ocean activities. The Butterfly Garden in West End offers a look at the variety of species of butterfly indigenous to the island, Carambola Gardens in Sandy Bay where you can hike up to the top of the hill for spectacular views and learn the names of the local tropical plants and flowers. Arch’s Iguana Farm in French Key is a sanctuary for the endangered Iguanas of the island.
Carambola Botanical Gardens in Sandy Bay offers a short hiking nature trail with a variety of native plants, fruit trees and flowers.
For those who are a bit more adventurous, the island has a number of zip-lines through the jungle canopy aided by trained guides. Fly through trees filled with wildlife and enjoy spectacular views.
El Rancho Barrio Dorcas in West End and Keifito’s Plantation in West Bay offer horseback riding with a local guide to various parts of the island and along the beach.
The Black Pearl at Pristine Bay Resort created by award winning architect Pete Dye, offers Roatan’s first 18-hole golf course with spectacular views and amenities.
Can’t decide? Give us a call at 305 748 4325 (Honduras +504 9833 9300) or send us an email… we’re happy to help you any way we can!
GETTING TO ROATAN…
Roatan (RTB) has an international airport with direct flights via American from Miami and Dallas; Delta from Atlanta; and, United Airlines from Houston. There are also daily flights to San Pedro Sula (SAP) with connections to Roatan via local carriers, CM Airlines, SOSA, Lahnsa & Avianca.
Iberia flies from Madrid, and from other parts of Europe, Lufthansa, KLM, Air France, British Airways, Alitalia all fly to Miami and Houston where you can make connections via San Pedro Sula to Roatan. Air Europe has weekly direct flights from Milan, Italy – and Sunwing has weekly direct flights from Toronto and Montreal.
Honduras Entry Policies
Visitors to Honduras must present a passport valid for at least six months beyond travel dates. No visas are required for citizens of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States and most Western European countries for tourist visits up to 30 days. A return ticket or onward travel is required. Citizens of other countries are required to obtain a tourist card, which can be purchased from Honduran consulates.
If you have informed us that you require transportation from the airport, our driver will meet you and drive you to your rental where we will meet you and check you in. If you are renting a vehicle the rental agent will allow you to use their phone to call us so we can arrange to meet you at an easy to find location, from there we will have you follow us to your rental and check you in.
Check out is 10 A.M, this time can be flexible as long as there are no other guests checking into the same rental the same day. One of our representatives will check you out. There is a departure tax collected at the airport of $39 USD.
What to Bring
A Passport valid for at least six months beyond your travel dates.
U.S. Dollars are accepted almost everywhere on the island, so there is no need to exchange money prior to arrival though it is best to bring at least some dollars of small denominations as larger bills might be difficult to cash in smaller establishments.
The local currency is the Lempira and the exchange rate is 21.5 Lempiras to 1 U.S. Dollar.
Credit cards are not accepted everywhere, where they are accepted there is usually a 6 to 7% surcharge.
Diving certification card if you have one and will be diving.
Snorkeling gear though it can be easily rented.
Bathing suits (2) and cover ups.
Lightweight clothing, T-shirts, shorts, blouses, comfortable walking shoes or sandals, lightweight long sleeve tops & slacks. Ladies might enjoy summer dresses though dress is very casual everywhere on the island.
Sunglasses, personal items and toiletries, medications, sunscreen, insect repellent, antihistamines, anti itch cream.
Camera, music, videos & reading material. These items are also readily available as well.
Roatan has several options for auto, jeep and scooter rentals. Let us know how we can assist you.
Avis Rent a Car, Airport Location: 2445-0122
Captain Van’s Scooters, Motorcycles & Cars, West End: 2445-4076 – West Bay: 2335-5040
Caribbean Rent a Car, Mount Pleasant: 2455-7351
Dollar Rent a Car, Spring Garden: 2445-0566 or 2445-0423
Kia Rent a Car, Airport Location: 2445-1750
Ramirez Rent a Car: 9903-9616 or 9936-1578
Roatan 4 X 4, Lands End, West End: 9817-8994
Roatan Rentals, West End: 2445-4171
Thrifty Rent a Car, Airport Location: 2445-1729
We hope this information has been helpful and that you enjoy your island vacation. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or we can be of further assistance.