“It’s entire coastline is fringed by an astonishingly diverse coral reef teeming with tropical fish. On land, exquisite white-sand beaches like West Bay, a mountainous interior of pine-forested hills and the remote wild east of the island (once a pirate hangout) beg to be explored.”- Lonely Planet
What You Need To Know Before You Go:
This Trip Is For You If
✓ If you’re looking for a beach getaway, without the all-inclusive feel
✓Snorkeling and Scuba diving is high on the list of things to do
✓Looking to get off the beach a bit with some adventurous excursions
How Long To Go For: 5-7 days
Weather In Roatan, Honduras:
- The whole year averages a temperature of 26°C (79°F)
- Least busiest time is their summer between March-September
SOURCE: HOLIDAY WEATHER
Getting There & Around:
Below is a daily average of a typical travel budget for Honduras. Costs include accommodations and food in US dollars.
Budget Travel: $40/day
- Dorm bed: $15
- Double room in a budget hotel: $25
- Simple meal: $5
- Bus tickets: $5
Mid-Range Travel: $80/day
- Double room in a mid-range hotel: $45
- Diving course: $350
- Admission to museums: $3-5
- Short taxi trip:$5-10
Luxury Travel: $150+/day
- Double room in a top-end hotel: $100+
- Long-distance taxi journey: $50
- Dinner in a top-end restaurant: $40+
SOURCE: ESTIMATED COSTS AND EXPENSES FROM LONELY PLANET
Getting there and around:
Airport Transfer: Avoid the hassle of cabs and book a private transfer into Roatan here.
Water Taxis: To get from West Bay Beach to the main town ‘West End’ you can take a water taxi for $3/person each way. Go for the day, and walk around the local town, however make sure you get back before night, as the water taxis stop running then.
- Check the cruise ship schedule for the week while you’re there. Try to schedule your excursions over this time, to avoid hectic crowds on the beach.
- If you want to snorkel, it’s worth bringing your own gear down! The snorkeling is some of the best in the world, and can be accessed right off the beach. You can buy travel size snorkel sets here.
- Bring a plastic mug, to fill up on drinks before going to the beach AND helps the environment (really helps when it’s an all-inclusive).
- Try a Monkey Lala- the famous drink in Roatan.
- Request a window seat for both flights– as you’ll get the best view of the island from up in the air.
✓ SLEEP: West Bay Beach
For the best value, check out the all-inclusive packages on Expedia for packages that include airfare, accommodations AND food and & drinks. You’ll end up saving a lot more by bundling everything together.
BUDGET: Best budget hotel is Foster’s West Bay Beach ($75-$85)
TripAdvisor Room Tip: “Beach front room, you want to wake up with that view for sure.”– TripAdvisor
BEST VALUE ALL-INCLUSIVE RESORT: Recommended resort Henry Morgan Hotel ($200/night)
TripAdvisor Room Tip: “If you don’t mind climbing stairs, get a room on the 2nd floor as you won’t hear people walking above you.”
LUXURY: Top rated luxury hotel Infinity Bay Spa and Beach Resort ($250-270/night)
TripAdvisor Room Tip: “ocean views are only on first two buildings close to beach and 2nd or 3rd floor. mainly oceanfront first building”
✓ DO: Snorkel or Scuba Dive
Cost: Free for snorkelers if you bring your own gear as you can snorkel right off the beach. Scuba diving will cost you depending on the trip, but the most recommended operator on TripAdvisor is West Bay Divers.
Duration: 1-2 hours.
Tip: For the best snorkeling, walk to the very end of the beach, past Infinity Bay Resort. It’s recommended to go first thing in the morning, or after the cruise ship crowd as left.
“It’s almost like you’re in an aquarium, it’s really fantastic and the water is just amazing. High tide is best, but either way you won’t be disappointed. Bring a beach towel, some Salva Vida’s, maybe something to read and enjoy a few hours at the beach.”-Exploring Life’s Mysteries
✓ SEE: Little French Key
Cost: Packages range from $44- $278 depending on what type of excursions you want to do on the island.
Duration: Make it an all-day thing!
Tip: Go on a day when a cruise ship isn’t scheduled. It will be a lot less busy! If you end up staying on the AirBNB sailboat (see below) ask Harry to bring you over for free!
“This place was literally amazing. The water was clear blue and an amazing temperature. I got a ultimate package so my family and I got to do mostly everything. I wish I could’ve stayed longer , honestly I wouldn’t mind living there it was that amazing….”-TripAdvisor
✓ EAT & DRINK: Beachers
Cost: Packages range from $20-40/person.
Recommended Dish: This has some of the best seafood on the island! Try the coconut shrimp or lobster, which you can eat right on the beach with a drink in your hand.
“As fresh as it can get… All sorts of seafood plucked straight from the crystal clear waters off of Roatan. Relaxed, beach casual atmosphere opening up in west bay and the beach.”-TripAdvisor
✓ DO: See the Island
Cost: $80-12- for a full-day private tour. The price is negotiable especially if you have more people!
Duration: 4-8 hours
Tip: The best way to understand Roatan is through an island tour – with scheduled stops for snorkeling, lunch at a traditional Garifuna community, mangrove tours and more. Recommended operator is Bodden Tours.
“Best of Roatan… everything was great, and had a few little gems along the way. Great way to safely get off the normal Cruise Passenger tour and really do some cool stuff, much cheaper.”-TripAdvisor
✓ DO: Ziplining
Cost: $60-80 depending on the package
Duration: 2-3 hours
Recommended Company: Jungle Top Zipline Adventure
✓ SLEEP: A night on a sailboat
Duration: 24 hours…with lots to do!
Tips: Harry (your host) is a local in the French Key and can arrange many free excursions to the nearby attractions; little French Key, Iguana Farm, Sloth sanctuary, snorkeling etc. Make sure you bring dinner and drinks on board as this is not included.
You can book your night on the sailboat with AirBNB! Get $40 in travel credit with AirBnB here.
“This was without a doubt one of the best trips I’ve ever had. Capt Hank is a fantastic host, really knowledgeable, accommodating, kind and filled to the brim with mad and fun stories!”-Airbnb
Written by Ali K
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