Welcome to Our Neighborhood!

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Welcome to Our Neighborhood!

Sightseeing
One of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean! It was ranked #20 among the “2017 TripAdvisor 25 Best Beaches in The World” http://bit.ly/TAbestbeaches2017. Gorgeous, crystal clear, turquoise waters, gentle, calm & sandy bottomed swimming, lots of delicious food and drink at the many beach resorts, and fabulous snorkeling at the furthest west end of the beach. A great place to visit day or night!
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West Bay Beach
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One of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean! It was ranked #20 among the “2017 TripAdvisor 25 Best Beaches in The World” http://bit.ly/TAbestbeaches2017. Gorgeous, crystal clear, turquoise waters, gentle, calm & sandy bottomed swimming, lots of delicious food and drink at the many beach resorts, and fabulous snorkeling at the furthest west end of the beach. A great place to visit day or night!
Go on days when there are no cruise ships (ask us for a schedule), to avoid crowds. Walking trails, ziplining, beach, snorkel, SNUBA, monkeys & macaws, souvenir shop & snacks available.
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Gumbalimba Park
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Go on days when there are no cruise ships (ask us for a schedule), to avoid crowds. Walking trails, ziplining, beach, snorkel, SNUBA, monkeys & macaws, souvenir shop & snacks available.
Arch's Iguana and Marine Park
Small islands about 45-60min from Roatan by boat. You must take a full day charter to get there, which usually includes lunch, drinks, snorkel gear. If you're here at least 5 days, you HAVE to do this! Various charters in West Bay/West End, including http://ruthlessroatancharters.com/ - fishing, island tours, Cayos Cochinos charters, sunset cruises
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Cayos Cochinos
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Small islands about 45-60min from Roatan by boat. You must take a full day charter to get there, which usually includes lunch, drinks, snorkel gear. If you're here at least 5 days, you HAVE to do this! Various charters in West Bay/West End, including http://ruthlessroatancharters.com/ - fishing, island tours, Cayos Cochinos charters, sunset cruises
Neighborhoods
The West End strip is lined w/ souvenir shops, cafes, bars & restaurants, with a few places to enjoy the beach. Pedestrian friendly, with a bohemian vibe.
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West End
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The West End strip is lined w/ souvenir shops, cafes, bars & restaurants, with a few places to enjoy the beach. Pedestrian friendly, with a bohemian vibe.
Food scene
One of the consistently best restaurants on the island. Open M-F, dinner only. American/Asian/Island fusion w/ local ingredients. Reservations suggested, esp. on Thursdays when there is live music. Accepts credit cards. Roatan Oasis serves freshly prepared food using local ingredients. Our dishes draw inspiration from every corner of the globe. We pay close attention to every aspect of the dining experience. Attentive service & a relaxed, yet elegant atmosphere, ever changing menus & extensive wine & cocktail list.
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Roatan Oasis
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One of the consistently best restaurants on the island. Open M-F, dinner only. American/Asian/Island fusion w/ local ingredients. Reservations suggested, esp. on Thursdays when there is live music. Accepts credit cards. Roatan Oasis serves freshly prepared food using local ingredients. Our dishes draw inspiration from every corner of the globe. We pay close attention to every aspect of the dining experience. Attentive service & a relaxed, yet elegant atmosphere, ever changing menus & extensive wine & cocktail list.
BYOB & CASH ONLY, open M-F @ 6pm. Great homemade Italian food, hand made pasta, daily specials using local ingredients - reservations suggested as they only have about 8-10 tables. Chef Johnny is friendly, good service & cleanliness. Live music a couple of times a week. Very popular, even w/ the locals, b/c of the quality of their food.
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Pazzo Italian Restaurant Roatan
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BYOB & CASH ONLY, open M-F @ 6pm. Great homemade Italian food, hand made pasta, daily specials using local ingredients - reservations suggested as they only have about 8-10 tables. Chef Johnny is friendly, good service & cleanliness. Live music a couple of times a week. Very popular, even w/ the locals, b/c of the quality of their food.
Located at Ibagari Boutique Resort, a 5 minute walk on the beach from the house – TO DIE FOR view & ambience, cocktails, lunch & dinner menu. Definitely a place to celebrate special occasions. Accepts credit cards.
Luna Muna
Located at Ibagari Boutique Resort, a 5 minute walk on the beach from the house – TO DIE FOR view & ambience, cocktails, lunch & dinner menu. Definitely a place to celebrate special occasions. Accepts credit cards.
Open M-F 8am-3pm, Sat til 9pm. Delicious, fresh breads & baked goods. Amazing & affordable smoked meats, burgers, enchiladas, flautas & more tex-mex. “Country Saturday Smoked Tx BBQ” starting at 4pm should not be missed.
Sandy Buns Bakery
500 West End Road
Open M-F 8am-3pm, Sat til 9pm. Delicious, fresh breads & baked goods. Amazing & affordable smoked meats, burgers, enchiladas, flautas & more tex-mex. “Country Saturday Smoked Tx BBQ” starting at 4pm should not be missed.
Fun, hip place in the middle of the West End strip, w/ amazing pizza, fried polenta & seafood, chalkboard specials, homemade sangria. Swing seats in front for people-watching! Occasional live music. Lunch, dinner, & sometimes late night until 2am
The Drunken Sailor
Fun, hip place in the middle of the West End strip, w/ amazing pizza, fried polenta & seafood, chalkboard specials, homemade sangria. Swing seats in front for people-watching! Occasional live music. Lunch, dinner, & sometimes late night until 2am
Island & American dishes, but the best thing on the menu is the grilled meat and/or seafood platter for 2 (includes salad), both around $30, but enough to feed four! Live music on Saturdays. Accepts credit cards
Splash Inn Restaurant
Island & American dishes, but the best thing on the menu is the grilled meat and/or seafood platter for 2 (includes salad), both around $30, but enough to feed four! Live music on Saturdays. Accepts credit cards
Chicken combo plates starting at about $7. Been in West End for years!
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Creoles Rotisserie Chicken
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Chicken combo plates starting at about $7. Been in West End for years!
In the middle of West End strip above West End Divers Affordable Asian/Island/American – simple, flavorful food w/ vegetarian options, daily cocktail specials. Breakfast & lunch only.
Cafe Escondido
In the middle of West End strip above West End Divers Affordable Asian/Island/American – simple, flavorful food w/ vegetarian options, daily cocktail specials. Breakfast & lunch only.
Lotus Restaurant at Xbalanque is open to the sea breezes and sweeping views of the ocean. Cuisine features local foods and fresh seafood. They can prepare for vegetarians, gluten free and any other special dietary needs. Menus are prepared seasonally to use the freshest local fish, fruit and produce.
Lotus
Lotus Restaurant at Xbalanque is open to the sea breezes and sweeping views of the ocean. Cuisine features local foods and fresh seafood. They can prepare for vegetarians, gluten free and any other special dietary needs. Menus are prepared seasonally to use the freshest local fish, fruit and produce.

Conseils aux voyageurs

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Honduran / Island Food Specialties

A delicious island drink called a Monkey LaLa, is refreshing on a hot day as are the local Honduran beers - Salva Vida, Port Royal, Barena & Imperial. When in doubt, order anything with rum! A typical island dish usually consists of rice & beans, meat/fish, & a side of salad (pasta, potato) or vegetable. A baleada is a soft flour tortilla made fresh w/ refried beans, egg, avocado, optional meat, & cheese/butter, and folded in half. Pastelitos are fried bread pockets similar to empanadas, filled w/ chicken, beef, fish, or ham & cheese.
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Friday Night Cookout in West End

On the western end of the West End strip, the Ebanks family hosts a weekly cookout, with plates around $8-10. It looks like a family gathering, but rest-assured, they’re open to the public. Combos of pork, chicken, rice & beans, cole slaw, plantains & yucca. Home made lemonade & a Honduran corn dessert round out the offerings. This is as island-authentic as it gets, with family, friends, tourists, & travelers lining up & hanging out to chow down on home-cooked island food!
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Water Taxis

You can catch a water taxi at the end of the dock by waving them down. In high season they are back and forth all day long and every 5-10 minutes. Rides are $3USD each way.
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Taxis

We recommend taxis/water taxis after dark. Most know how to find the Turtle Beach area, but you can tell them it is the right turn after Luna Beach & before The Lighthouse (El Faro) if they need landmarks. Expect to pay between $10-12 to/from West End or West Bay, and closer to $30-35 to the airport or further. Prices are usually negotiable so feel free to make an offer - but settle on a price before getting into the vehicle!
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Hired Drivers

Often guests wish to hire a driver for the day to tour the island or get across it for daylong adventures. The following are recommended transportation – you can also check out their website http://roatanlongislandtours.com/ They will give you an estimate depending on your itinerary, and you pay the driver directly. •Suyapa (speaks English) — +504 8734 4767
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Airport Pickup/Drop-Off

If you need pick up at the airport, we can make the arrangements for you & you will pay the driver direct. Send us your flight information the day before you arrive, and they will have a sign w/ your name at the exit after you collect your bags. If you would like to stop at the supermarket to get some provisions, the driver will wait for you. Rates as of July 2019 (up to 4 passengers): •$40-45usd – with shopping stop •$25-30usd – nonstop to Casa Pasola
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Skin Protection

We recommend ALWAYS wearing bug spray, whatever kind you choose, when outdoors on Roatan, even when dining out. Sandflies (no-see-ums) are common, and can leave their mark on unprotected skin. You can buy OFF & calamine lotion at all of the grocery stores on the island. Peak times to wear bug spray are in the morning and from 4-7pm. We recommend always using some type of sunscreen — the sun in the Caribbean is typically quite strong. However, if you can, avoid any protection before going in the water, because the chemicals are harmful to the reef & sealife!
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SCUBA Diving

Roatan’s #1 attraction is its diving. There are dive shops all over the island. But if you're looking for convenience, personal attention AND 5-star service, Denisse & Merry at Clearwater Adventures are located 200 yards from the Turtle Beach dock. In addition to diving, you can do tag-along snorkeling, or go on the popular lunch/snorkel trip to a local village with THE BEST key lime pie! Email: info@roatanclearwater.com Tel: 504 9488 8563 http://roatanclearwater.com/
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Snorkeling

If you’d rather stay closer to the surface, the snorkeling at Turtle Beach is fun just because of the convenience! There is a lot of marine life around the dock, rocks and coral. You can also rent kayaks in West End or West Bay, head out to the reef, anchor and snorkel. There's also great snorkeling at the western end of West Bay Beach, in front of Grand Roatan resort. Underwater markers guide you where to go. The waters are deeper there, so snorkel at both locations! ***See SCUBA Diving advice for snorkel trips!
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Fishing

There are a variety of fishing charters all over the island - from fly fishing to sport fishing. Contact the charters below for rates: greg@flyfishroatan.com www.wahooslayer.com aaronetchesroatan@gmail.com West End Fishing Charters Ruthless Roatan Charters
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Roatan Disc Golf

We recently opened Roatan Disc Golf, one of 3 disc golf courses in Honduras, and the only one in Roatan. We offer our players above & beyond what you get with the usual disc golf experience - challenging holes in the jungle, varied terrain, holes near the beach & amazing sunsets! Ask us for details – it’s only a 5 min walk from the house.
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Catamaran Sail and Snorkel Cruises

For a crazy afternoon or evening catamaran ride, go to http://jollyrogerroatan.com/ The Stray Cat offers sailing & snorkeling charters, plus a weekly sunset cruise w/ the local rock band. http://sailinginroatan.com/
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Sunsets

By far a favorite activity of everyone on the island! In West End, the usual place to watch the sunset is Sundowners where locals & tourists mingle....located near the circle at the entrance to West End. In West Bay, all of the resorts/bars have prime viewing. Enjoy a more relaxed vibe 5 minutes from the house at Ibagari or Xbalanque. The sun sets year round between 5:00 and 6:00 PM. Nothing like a glass of wine and hors d’oeuvres to see it down! Or, just walk 200ft from the house & enjoy the sunset from our beach!
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Helpful Links

Below are some links that you might find useful to find out more about the island. •Maps for West Bay, West End, etc. - https://www.roatanet.com/roatan-maps/ •Roatan Overview and Activities - http://roatantravelnetwork.com/ - Also find them on cable channel 117 in your unit •TripAdvisor Top Things to Do In Roatan - https://www. bit.ly/TA_Top15Roatan