Roatan is the largest of the Bay Islands in the southwest Caribbean just south of Belize and west of the mainland. Roatan is famous for some of the best SCUBA diving and snorkeling in the world. Its idyllic beaches and serene environment make it one of the most sought after Caribbean destination venues.
English-speaking Roatan enjoys direct flights from the North American mainland, and new direct routes from major cities around the world are being added every year by leading airlines. The island is home to a PGA golf course, rated #1 in the country. The island shows some of the most promising growth potential in the Caribbean as evidenced by WSJ, Yahoo Travel, International Living and Islands Magazine; as well as the ever increasing population of Canadian, American and European Residents.
Land prices in this unique area of Roatan are steadily increasing at a rate of 11% per annum. Major multi-national development companies are moving into Roatan and commencing large scale developments including a 5 star hotel, large housing developments and condos.
Roatan has become one of the most popular cruise ship destinations in the Caribbean over the recent years. With a yearly average increase of 15,4% over the last three years, Roatan now welcomes more than 1 million passengers from cruise ships and nearly a million by airplane from primarily the United States, Canada and Europe, which has increased sales of properties by foreigners.
Roatan has been denoted as the number one Caribbean Island for retirees, by International Living Magazine, Kiplinger and Islands Magazine. The Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch rated Roatan as one of The World's top 10 retirement havens in January 2015. Another top rating for Roatan was made in February 2015 by TripAdvisor and CNN in January 2016.
Roatan is located 68km off the Honduran coast in the Caribbean Sea.
American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta Airlines offer daily direct flights from Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and Miami and connecting flights from all major US and Canadian cities are served by Avianca Airlines through El Salvador, Guatamala and Honduras. Transat Air are flying from Toronto and Montral frequently. There are also charter flights from Milan, Italy in Europe and seasonal flights from New York.
Visitors from Europe enjoy one-stop flights through major US cities.
Additional flights are being added each year. Roatan- La Ceiba has a twice daily, high speed ferry service. The ferry service is seventy-five minutes each way.
US Dollars are accepted everywhere on Roatan although the official currency is the Honduran Lempira. Currently the exchange rate is 24,50 Lempira to $1.
Roatan is considered a biodiversity hotspot because of the numerous plant and animal species that can be found on the island.
The island is covered in rich tropical forest with beautiful beaches framed by coral reef. Roatán lies on the southern edge of the Mesoamerican Reef System, the second largest barrier reef in the world and boasts some of the world’s best diving.
Roatan boasts a tropical climate with moderate humidity that is tempered with steady ocean breezes blowing in from the Caribbean Sea. The dry season is between March and the end of July providing continuous sunshine, with average temperatures between 29 and 30 degrees Celsius. Roatan does have short rainy seasons, although they are punctuated with sunny days and weeks. The rainy days are often a pleasant relief to the usually warm weather. The rainy seasons are between July and September and January and February. Overall, Roatan has a warm and inviting climate, clear sunny days, steady ocean breezes and an average temperature of 27 degrees Celsius.
Current weather conditions can be found here.
Roatan has numerous private clinics in French Key, French Harbor, Oakridge and Coxen Hole. The main hospital is located in Coxen Hole and private hospital, Cemesa, in French Hrbour.
Many of the exclusive developments offer 24-hour guard gated security with the Island providing local, tourism and mainland police personnel throughout the Island.
Allthough the official language in Honduras (and therefore also on Roatan) is Spanish, the authentic population of Roatan, due to its history of being a former Brittsh Colony, is still English speaking. In short, the population of the island is largely bilingual English- Spanish.
Roatan is located outside the normal hurricane path; because of this, property insurance is very low (around 1% of the reconstruction value). Although it is outside the normal path, hurricanes cannot be predicted all the time. Statistically, a hurricane has been close to, or over Roatan, once every 23 years.