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About Roatan

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The island of Roatan is located in the Western Caribbean, and together with Guanaja and Utila make up the Bay Islands archipelago, Roatan being the largest out of the three and the most developed.  The island measures approximately 37 miles long and up to 4 miles wide on its widest point and its terrain is characterized by abundant mountains covered with tropical jungle. The island’s geographic position 35 miles north off the Coast of Honduras protects Roatan from hurricanes because of its proximity to continental bays.

Originally an English colony, Roatan has a mixture of English and Spanish speaking natives. The people are extremely warm and friendly. Lempira is the local currency but US Dollars are widely accepted.

Year round temperatures in the 80s and 90s make Roatan an important cruise ship, scuba diving and eco-tourism destination. The island is surrounded by the Mesoamerican Reef, the second largest barrier reef in the world, making it attractive to divers and tourists worldwide seeking its turquoise blue warm waters, white sand beaches and outstanding snorkeling. Water activities include deep sea fishing, fly fishing on the flats, mangrove tours, swimming with dolphins, ocean kayaking and jet ski rental. Land activities include a choice of canopy tours, horseback riding, exploring lush tropical scenery, souvenir shopping and a wide variety of bars and restaurants. Regarding accommodations and available investment opportunities, the island still retains its authentic island charm so visitors have a wide variety of options to choose from ranging from full amenity resorts to more rustic selections.

How to get to Roatan?

  • Roatan has an International Airport (Juan Manuel Galvez) offering direct non-stop flights from major cities:
  • Direct flights from Houston (United), Dallas (American Airlines), Atlanta (Delta), Miami (American Airlines), El Salvador (Avianca), Belize (Tropic Air)
  • Direct charter flights from Toronto, Montreal (Sunwing y Air Transat) and Milan, Italy (Blue Panorama)
  • International flights from South America (Copa/Avianca) with layovers in Panama
  • Regional flights within cities in Central America (Avianca /TAG)
  • National flights from the major cities of Honduras (Avianca, Sosa, CM, Lahnsa)
  • Daily ferry boats between Roatan and La Ceiba
  • Daily cargo boats between Roatan and Puerto Cortes and La Ceiba
  • Weekly cargo boat from Miami to Roatan (Hyde Shipping)

 

Why Invest in Roatan?

  • Desirable second home destination
  • Ease of accessibility
  • Island is largely unspoiled
  • Gorgeous white sandy beaches
  • Turquoise blue waters
  • Second largest coral reef in the world
  • Rich island culture and the people are warm and inviting
  • Significant retirement “ex pat” population
  • English is widely spoken in the island
  • US dollar is readily accepted
  • Cost of living is affordable
  • Low property taxes (.35%)
  • “Tercera edad” status for discounts, preferential service
  • No property ownership restrictions in most cases
  • It’s a Caribbean Island!