Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras
Roatan is a mountainous ridge of an island located 30 miles off the north coast of Honduras. It is roughly 40 miles long, and about 4 miles at its widest. The principal economic activities are tourism and fishing. Roatan is located along the largest barrier reef in the Caribbean (second worldwide only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef), providing plentiful opportunities for marine activities like diving and fishing. Accessible neighboring islands include Utila, Guanaja, and Helene, also known for their excellent diving, fishing, and plentiful marine life.
While Spanish is the legal language for Honduras, due to its long history as British territory, English is the primary language on Roatan.
The Honduran currency is called the Lempira. US Dollars are accepted virtually everywhere on the island. The exchange rate is approximately 24 lempiras per dollar.
Getting to Roatan (RTB) – Updated with Covid-19 Information
Roatan is Open!
After some quiet months due to travel restrictions, international flights resumed on August 17, 2020. The following information may be helpful in advance of your flights.
PREPARE BEFORE YOUR TRIP
As of November 1, 2020, all international travelers entering the country must present a negative PCR Test or Rapid Test result, performed within 72 hours of your arrival to Roatan. The test results will be required to board your flight at departure, and at immigration on Roatan. This link may help you find a testing location:
Within 48 hours prior to arrival, all travelers must complete the pre-arrival immigration form at https://prechequeo.inm.gob.hn. You will receive a confirmation email which needs to be printed and carried with you.
Based on local conditions, some movement restrictions may still be in effect, such as curfews or permission to transit. Tourists are often exempt from these restrictions, so we advise carrying a copy of your flight info at all times as proof of your tourist status. Most Roatan businesses are applying health screening procedures at their entrance, such as temperature checks, hands and shoe sanitation, wear of face masks and social distancing according to the activity you’re doing or place you are visiting.
Casa Vista Verde Roatan staff has been trained with the most recent bio-security protocols to ensure the health and safety of all. Our open spaces, private beach, pool, nature trails, and sunny warm weather should provide a perfect healthy refuge for your stay.
As of November 15, here are the direct flight schedules to Roatan (RTB):
|American Airlines – MIA||November 7 2020 to December 15 2020||Saturdays ONLY|
|American Airlines – MIA||December 16 2020 to August 16 2021||Daily|
|American Airlines – MIA||August 18 2021 to October 2021||Wednesdays & Saturdays|
|American Airlines – DFW||November 21 2020||Saturdays ONLY|
|American Airlines – DFW||December 26 2020 to March 24 2021||Saturdays, Sundays & Wednesdays|
|Avianca – SAL||December 03 2020 to December 31 2020||Thursdays & Sundays|
|Avianca – SAL||January 2021||Tuesdays, Fridays & Sundays|
|Delta – ATL||Junes 5 2021 to October 2021||Saturdays ONLY|
|Sun Country – MSP||December 18 2020 to March 26 2021||Fridays ONLY|
|United Airlines – IAH||November 7 2020 to December 12 2020||Saturdays ONLY|
|United Airlines – IAH||December 18 2020 to December 27 2020||Saturdays, Sundays & Fridays|
|United Airlines – IAH||December 31 2020 to May 9 2021||Daily|
|United Ailines – IAH||May 11 2021 to August 16 2021||Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays|
|United Airlines – IAH||August 21 2021 to October 2021||Saturdays ONLY|
|Air Transat – Toronto||*Pending date confirmation|
|Air Transat – Montreal||*Pending date confirmation|
|Sun Wing – Toronto||*Pending date confirmation|
|Sun Wing – Montreal||*Pending date confirmation|
|West Jet||Pending date confirmation|
|Tropic Air||December 20 2020 to January 31 2021||Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays & Wednesdays|
Activities on Roatan include:
Black Pearl Golf Course
Opened in 2010, Pete Dye’s latest challenging 18-hole course is located 20 minutes from Casa Vista Verde on 450 landscaped acres of waterfront property. www.pristinebayresort.com/golf/.
Anthony’s Key Resort Dolphin Encounters, Sandy Bay
Enjoy a day of swimming, snorkeling, or diving with Dolphins at Roatan’s Marine Institute located in Anthony’s Key. www.anthonyskey.com/dolphins/roatan-institute-for-marine-sciences.htm.
Big French Key
11 1/2 acre private island- white sandy beach crystal blue waters, restaurant, bar, snorkeling walls, kids center, kayaks, and more. Located on the French Cay community.
Contact: www.bigfrenchkeyroatan.com for more information or for snorkeling and diving visit www.keydiversroatan.com
Butterfly Garden, Sandy Bay
Roatan contains some of the most exotic plant life, butterflies, and birds. See the beautiful array of colorful insects and flowers at the Butterfly Garden.
Contact: www.RoatanButterfly.com for more information.
Gumbalimba Park, West Bay
If gardens, birds, and monkeys or snuba diving, snorkeling, or clear kayaking is your thing, you should visit Gumbalimba Park. www.gumbalimbapark.com.
Horseback Riding-Beach Club Roatan
Located next door to Casa Vista Verde, Beach Club Roatan offers 45-60 minute trail rides over hills and on the water. Please contact for prices and reservations.
Contact: Dennis (504) 9665-6707
Iguana Farm, French Cay
Started in 1991, Sherman Arch began collecting iguanas to protect them from being hunted for food. As of today, he cares for about 2700 iguanas that roam freely on the property. This attraction is most interesting in the early afternoon for feeding time where you can feed and handle the iguanas.
Contact: +504 2445-7743 or www.archsiguanaandmarinepark.com.
Submarine and Glass Bottom Boat Tours, West End
Idabel will take you deeper into the unexplored Cayman Trench than most people have ever ventured— illuminating depths down to 2,000 feet (610 meters) below the surface. Through the submarine’s large plexiglass viewing bubble you will see a wide variety of deep sea animal life rarely encountered by humans.” See the website for interesting photos and video from previous sub tours, and also for information on Glass Bottom Boat Tours.
Contact: Karl Stanley
(504) 3359 -2887
Spas & Health Clubs
For spa services and pricing, please visit their independent websites.
La Pina Spa and Health Club
Pirates of the Caribbean offer exciting zip line tours Prices shown may not include tax, and are subject to change without notice perfect for viewing Roatan’s rugged terrain. Utilizing double lines and Petzl climbing harnesses, zip lines are an adventurous yet safe way to explore the island from above.
www.RoatanPiratesCanopy.com (504) 9992-2033 Irwin Dixon
Dune Buggy Tours
Get wet and muddy exploring Roatan’s wilder side! RoatanX- Expeditions & Adventures has powerful two-seat buggies available for tours ranging from relaxed to extreme. Located in Sandy Bay
Sailing and Dive Charters
Amavi Charters is a semi-private Day sail and Snorkel catamaran with lunch and beverages included
Ruthless Charters is a 41 ft Hatteras running out of West End. Fishing, snorkeling, and island cruises are her specialty.
Yoga with Moony Koch
Practice outdoors surrounded by beautiful, peaceful scenery! Moony comes to the villa by appointment.
Contact: (504) 9454-1256
Roatan Island Brewing Company
Now open! Experience the best artisanal beer, freshly made on Roatan, in the lush tropical ambiance of Palmetto Bay. Up to 9 types of beer on tap, from citrus juicy IPAs (often made with fresh island fruits), to Pilsners, to a wide variety of Ales. To visit arrange transportation with our manager. You can also visit their web page to be up to date with their weekly brews.
Areas to Visit
Considered one of the more picturesque beaches on Roatan,WestBay beach is lined by many of theIsland’s resorts. Large infinity pools and palapa bars are seaside with local vendors setting up tables for tourists to buy souvenirs. Enjoy a hot day at the white sand beach with one of Roatan’s fresh frozen drinks while watching boats pass in the clear turquoise waters!
West End is the furthest point west on Roatan’s north shore and contains many of the Islands dive operations, restaurants, bars, and local shopping. Within a 20 minute walk along the beachsand road, you can find local stores with local wood carvings, stone jewelry, linens, and hammocks, along with restaurants of many different cuisines and popular nightlife spots.
Camp Bay Beach
If you are looking for a secluded beach for privacy and quiet, Camp Bay Beach is the place for you. Located approximately 30 minutes east of the Villa, you can find a white sand beach lined with coconut trees. Be aware the road is unpaved and sometimes requires a high ground clearance vehicle to navigate.
For shopping, food, and the busy cruise ship dock, Coxen Hole has a variety of places to try local dishes, shop for souvenirs, and immerse yourself in daily Island Life. Also the capitol of the island, Coxen Hole contains many of the Islands commercial buildings, banks, and hotels. Taxis and van services are readily available to travel, but walking is the best way to visit all the small shops and local stands.
Roatan is located in the western Caribbean roughly 40 miles from the Honduras mainland north coast, very safely south of the main hurricane belt.
While we do see tropical storms occasionally, rainy season on Roatan (which usually runs from early Oct to mid Dec) usually involves rainfall at night when the air cools off, clearing early to mid-morning.
It’s always a beautiful day on Roatan, no matter what the weather!