2 Must-Visit Shops While in Roatan: The Booknook & Rusty Fish
If you’ll be traveling to Roatan, you probably already know that the island offers some of the best diving and snorkeling opportunities on earth, but there are nearly an endless number of hidden treasures to discover as well. As a local, I thought I would start by sharing some of these hidden gems with you in this new series of posts: The Hidden Treasures of Roatan. These are the first two of many…
The Booknook, located in West End, is an incredibly unique book shop business on the island since 2009. It offers vacationers a chance to mingle with expats and locals, getting a true sense of the warmth and friendliest the island has to offer.
I personally discovered this wonderful treasure long after I had arrived through a vacationer who has since become a good friend. (Thanks Donna!)
The owners, both Canadians, are Adam, a diving instructor who helped to build the bookshop, and Lori who you’ll find welcoming customers into the store and making them feel right at home.
After only a few months on Roatan, Lori, as a book lover, knew she had to find a way to bring books to the Island. She personally had gone through all the books on the Island and ran out of options. This was when the idea hit, her brilliant moment – she decided to open her own book shop!
Ever-smiling and laughing, Lori is someone that feels like a long lost friend – you might want to come just to spend time with her. You can feel her passion. Many people visit The Booknook on a regular basis, asking for suggestions on new books or television series, or to play a game of Scrabble just outside her door. Of course, that isn’t the only reason The Booknook is here.
The Booknook provides expats and vacationers with books, DVDs, games and puzzles to rent or exchange. For just 30 Lempira, or $1.50, and a small deposit, you can rent the book of your choice with no time limit at all. Lori notes, “We don’t put pressure on time for people on vacation!”
You’ll find everything from romance novels to fiction, sci-fi, general fiction and young adult books – there are even a few selections in French & Spanish! Not sure what to pick? Just ask Lori, she has read them all!
There’s even more! Just one of Lori’s other many talents is that she’s a great artist. You can purchase one of her colorful necklaces made with Fimo clay as a gift for yourself or someone you love – at just $10, it’s a bargain!
What have you read lately? Make sure to stop by and say hello to Lori!
At Rusty Fish, visitors will find amazing, one-of-a-kind handcrafted jewelry with island themed pieces that represent Roatan’s culture. The shop features artwork made out of recycled metal, wood, plastic and glass found on the island, in great support of local Roatainians by providing meaningful employment.
The owner, Adam, hires locals, with about 25 currently on the payroll, to create these unique and beautiful pieces. As he notes, “We throw away so much these days” Rusty Fish uses these materials that are “often viewed as a liability” to give them a new lease in life by transforming it into artwork at the work shop in Sandy Bay.
The work shop known as “the Taller de Artes,” is a place to learn and create. It is his dream to provide new opportunities to many more local people and their families, and one that I feel you’ll share as well when you visit in person!
You can also visit their work shop to see artwork being made live! All you have to do is call Adam for an appointment. Don’t have transportation? He will take care of it!
Many customers fall in love with the shop and have remarked that it is not only “truly inspiring,” but one of the best places on the island to buy a gift or souvenir.
Will you feel the same? Stop by the store or the shop and find out!