Honduras Real Estate
Honduras is a country for dreamers...a place where Caribbean breezes lift fresh ocean air through your windows...where the sunlight glints off the water at odd angles...where the sound of waves lapping at the shore is just hypnotic enough to spirit away the dissonance of the 21st century...
But this is a country that appeals to realists as well…where you can indulge your dreams, even on a limited budget. Not only is Honduras a place of great natural beauty, but property prices are reasonable and the cost of living is low.
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A salty sea breeze…tropical birds calling in the treetops…sunlight reflecting brilliantly off the white sand… Another relaxing day in paradise. And this particular paradise offers apartment rentals to suit any budget. On the island of Roatán—in the Caribbean about 30 miles off the coast of Honduras—you can rent from $400 to $2,000 a month. But how do you find the perfect one?
Sunlight streams into your bedroom. The birds sing and the soft lapping of the ocean on the beach lures you to your front patio. The light is golden as it glides across the water to bathe the palm trees.
Roatán offers an appealing expat lifestyle, diverse and healthy food, easy access to North America, and great infrastructure for such a small island (only about 50 square miles in size). You’ll find an international airport, two cruise line ports, paved main roads, two hospitals, a golf course, and several high-quality grocery stores that stock North American gourmet items. The lifestyle is also highly affordable for the Caribbean. I met one expat couple who own their own home and live comfortably on less than $1,200 a month.
The dazzling Caribbean island of Roatán offers much more than spectacular sugarsand beaches and cozy, inviting bays. You’ll also find mountainous terrain lush with vibrant tropical flowers. Head up any of the many hills that form the interior to be awestruck by the surrounding Caribbean Sea, its surface sparkling in the sun, its depths tinged with aquamarine, topaz, and soft green hues.
The spread of the British Empire through trade, colonization, and conquest brought the English language to far-flung corners of the globe. But even as that empire declined and shrank, the language was left behind. And with English becoming the language of business and diplomacy, that influence is in no danger of going away.
It’s no coincidence that commercials for vacations, resorts, or cruises in North America prominently feature the white sands, clear-blue waters, and laid-back vibe of Caribbean beaches. It is paradise and close to home. Maybe that’s why it’s been a premier vacation destination for decades. But thanks to affordable real estate available throughout the region, you’re not limited to the all-inclusives—it is possible to enjoy the Caribbean lifestyle year-round from your own home.
When you ask folks who live on an island what drew them to life on a curio of clay, they tend to respond by saying things like, “I can live simply without much interference.”
In this edition of Property Picks, we take a look at some of the world’s most picturesque island real estate.
Out beyond the turquoise water, waves break on the reef. I’m standing on a white-sand beach looking at the Caribbean. Behind me, a gentle breeze rustles the thick foliage covering the hillsides. The occasional sway of the trees reveals sheltered shorefront homes just back from the sand.
Everyone knows the world is in crisis. Yet I’m looking forward to the New Year…and you should be, too—because you could make some serious money.
There’s a lot going on in the world of real estate opportunities right now…too much to fit in my regular weekly alerts.
That’s why I’ve made a brief video report alerting you to important updates on Mexico’s Caribbean coast…the island of Roatan…Fortaleza’s next big thing…Ecuador’s north coast…and more.
Real Estate Trend Alert Update: Nov. 5, 2010
* Mexico’s Riviera Maya
* Ecuador’s North Coast
We’re flying in a small Czech-built LET 420. The kindest thing to say about it is that it’s an experienced aircraft, chugging and bouncing us to the island.
I’ve just returned from a scouting trip to Roatan—the largest of Honduras’ Bay Islands. When I arrived on Roatan, I found was an island where everything had changed…and yet nothing had changed. Let me explain..
The market was clearly headed straight up in 2003 when we went to Roatan, Honduras, on an International Living tour.
When there is a disconnect between the public perception of a place and the reality on the ground, you’ll often find opportunity as an overseas property buyer.
Obediently, we raise our hands as the guard at the door frisks us. Once again, we stand out as visitors, as we have no pistol to hand over.
The twin-turboprop, Czech-made Let aircraft skimmed just above brilliant turquoise waters as we made our final approach to Roatan.