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5 Tips for Traveling to Roatan: What you should know

Posted on February 19, 2013 by Christine Larose in Roatan Travel tips

As someone who is privileged to live on the beautiful island of Roatan, I enjoy helping travelers discover its hidden secrets and truly experience all that it has to offer.

Before you pack your bags and hop on board that flight to Honduras, consider these tips that come from my own personal experiences in Roatan as a way to enhance your holiday and even create a getaway that dreams are made of.

Before you go

Many travelers aren’t aware of Honduras’ passport requirements; this can put a big wrench in anyone’s travel plans if an issue arises.  On the day you travel to Honduras, your passport must be valid for at least six more months.

Travelers will not be allowed to board their flight when holding a passport that expires in six months or less – we’d hate for your trip to end before it’s even begun!


Pack your swimsuit in a carry-on bag just in the rare case your luggage is lost so that you don’t have to miss a minute of experiencing the spectacular Caribbean waters. Many travelers bring two so that they have one to wear while the other is drying.

Dress is casual here with typical attire including lightweight clothing like shorts, tank tops and sundresses. We have a wonderful tropical climate with year-round temperatures that range from an average of 77 to 84 degrees. Be sure to bring open-toed shoes with a rugged sole that can be worn in the water as well.

For those who don’t live in the tropics year round, sun protection is a must, including sunglasses, hat and sunscreen. We also recommend insect repellant for protection from sand fleas; while not everyone is affected, you really don’t want to wait and find out by using yourself as a test subject.

Island transportation

Renting a car full time on Roatan is unnecessary for most – unless you plan to explore every corner of the island. If you choose to do so, there are plenty of car rentals available and we can advise you of the best place to make your arrangements.

Scooter rentals, taxis, water taxis and private tour guides and even chauffeurs are all options here! All of the vacation rentals can arrange transportation for you from the airport or ferry to your rental, and it can even include a stop to the grocery store on the way.

By choosing a vacation property rental near picturesque West Bay Beach or West End Beach, you can walk from one end to the other in just minutes and won’t need a car to enjoy the restaurants and bars found here.

The language

There is no need to worry about learning another language before you arrive as both English and Spanish are spoken on Roatan. If you’d like to learn a little Spanish, this is a great place to do it with especially friendly and patient locals here.

Eating on Roatan

There are plenty of great restaurants on the island with a wide variety of tasty cuisine from traditional Spanish and Honduran fare to Italian, Argentinian, Mexican, Peruvian, Thai and more. Most of our vacation rentals have fully equipped kitchens, allowing guests to cook their own meals as often as they’d like, a combination of both options is a great way to save money while still experiencing the fantastic food here.

Now that you’re prepared, can’t you just feel the light tropical breeze, your toes sinking in the soft, powdery sand calling you now? The sights, sounds, and aromas of the island are incomparable!

We have much more to reveal – for additional insider tips and information on visiting our wonderful island, visit IslandRoseRoatan.


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