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.
This isn’t a postcard, though…this is your real life, every single day.
These views—these mesmerizing moments of sunlight and shades of blue you never knew existed—can be your reality on the Caribbean island of Roatan.
Roatan, the largest of Honduras‘ Bay Islands—and my favorite—offers the perfect combination of picturesque island life with good-value real estate.
Often called the Gem of the Caribbean, Roatan truly is a diamond in the rough. While many other Caribbean islands, like Aruba and Jamaica, boast of massive chain hotels offering all-inclusive packages with no local influence, Roatan retains its natural and cultural Caribbean charm. It’s the Caribbean as it used to be. And with prices to match.
The island stretches about 35 miles long and only five miles at its widest point. A central ridge of lush hills grants endless opportunities for ocean views with glorious sea breezes. Along the shore, some development has created space for beachfront bars and scuba dive shops, with docks dotted along the way for fishing boats to bring in their fresh catch.
Long stretches of fine white sand conveniently rest between the main commercial town of Coxen Hole with the grocery stores and banks on one end, and the nightlife and restaurants of West End Village on the other. And right now you can find homes for less than $250,000.
One I found was an airy, beachfront, two-bedroom island-style home, which offers the best of all worlds: sunsets over the water, cooling ocean breezes, proximity to all amenities, and affordability. This home was on the market for $249,000.
If that price is right, you can find hillside homes in one of the island’s most popular neighborhoods, West Bay. Homes here offer some of the most stunning ocean views off the western tip of the island. Another property I found was a two-bedroom home on the market for $249,000, which comes with a spacious patio where you can watch the sunset over the water.
Heading east toward the more rural part of the island, you’ll find a gorgeous Spanish-style villa listed at only $169,000. It’s a three-bedroom, three-bathroom, open-floor-plan home with stunning traditional Honduran mahogany cabinetry and plentiful windows to take in the lush scenery. In the neighborhood of First Bight, you’ll find beach access is just around the corner.
The eastern side of Roatan is a retiree’s haven. Less touristy than the western side (where many passengers on the visiting cruise ships disembark), the East End offers privacy and serenity. Some homes are even boat access-only.
Caribbean charm is bountiful in Roatan…the thatch roof palapas along the docks, the local homes on stilts in the water, the large iguanas scurrying through the jungle underbrush, and the vast array of tropical birds singing among the jungle treetops…
As the sun sets on another tranquil day in paradise, you can toast to happiness and good health with plentiful friends from around the world, all while enjoying the mesmerizing views from your front patio.
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