Roatan is the largest of the Bay Islands located about 60 Km off the shore of Honduras. The Islands are the tips of undersea mountains that extend out from the mainland's Omoa Ridge. The islands form the Bonacca Ridge; 30 miles from the mainland and the steep walls of the ridge are one of the most rare and beautifully formed reefs in the world.
Honduras means " deepwater" and the reef create natural breakwaters and ideal, calm pool for diving, fishing, swimming and sailing.
The Bay Islands cover about 92 sq.miles and include Utila and Guanaja, the smaller Morat, Barbareta and St. Helena, just east of Roatan.
About 100,000 persons inhabit Roatan. The people are friendly, easy going and approachable. Native Roatanians speak English.
The main industries are fishing and boat building but many make a living on harvesting and drying coconut meat. Tourism is growing very fast. The island is approximately 30 miles long and 5 miles wide. Waters are clearest for diving when there is the least rain ( January through mid July).Temperatures are in the 80' all year ( 28/30 degree centigrade). The dress is very casual everywhere on the island.
Roatan is not as commercially developed as other islands in the Caribbean so you may not have some of the conveniences you are used to but this is part of the charm of this paradise island.
CASA DE PARADISE
Paradise for swimming, snorkeling, walking and just relaxing!
Viewing the sunset right in front of the property is a must and a daily performance.
CASA DE PARADISE is a perfect vacation choice.
Water taxis are available during the day (or by special arrangement) on the dock in front of CASA DE PARADISE. The water taxi ride from West Bay to West End takes 5 minutes and costs about 50 Lempira.
West End is a little village where water taxis run to and from West Bay. In West End there are several restaurants, shops, bars and a couple of grocery stores.
Larger and more complete grocery stores are available in Coxen Hole (Plaza Mar and Eldons) and French Harbour (Eldon's). The day you arrive you may wish to stop at one of these stores for groceries, if you have arranged for airport pick up with us, our driver will know where to take you for grocery shopping.
CASA DE PARADISE is 30 minutes from Roatan Internatinal Airport, which has direct flights from Miami, Houston and Dallas
Getting to Roatan:Roatan (RTB) has an International Airport with non-stop flights on Saturdays and Sundays to many US, Canada and Italy airport hugs such as Miami, Houston, Atlanta, Toronto, Milan. There are daily connections via San Pedro Sula, Honduras mainland. Please see your travel agent or also try shopping on-line for your flight tickets.
Here are some travel agents who specialize in good Roatan airfares from the USA:
Tico Travel: 1-800-493-8426
COJ Travel: 1-800-374-8181
Sea & Explore: 1-800-426-0226
Intra Tours: 1-800-334-8069
West Bay Beach, Roatan, Honduras
If you have informed us that you wish to have shuttle service at the Roatan International Airport, our driver will meet you with a car or van and take you to a Grocery Store and then to Casa de Paradise. Airport shuttle service costs about $30 for 1-5 persons + $10 for a grocery store stop, $5 for each additional person - Pay Service Operator directly in US Dollars.
You can rent a car at the Roatan International Airport for about $40-$60 per day depending on size. Ask to receive an e-mail with driving directions.
Departure: There is an Honduran Departure Tax of approximately $42 when leaving Roatan Honduras or mainland Honduras. It takes approximately 30 minutes from Casa de Paradise to the Roatan International Airport. Please allow plenty of time and be sure to reconfirm your reservation 24 hours before departure. We can help you organize your transfer back to the airport once you are here.
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There are several good restaurants on the beach at a short walking distance from Casa de Paradise. Most resorts on Roatan have dining facilities and are open to the general public.
I will list a few places of interest on the West Bay Beach as well as a link to the Trip Advisor rating for Restaurants along the 1/2 mile long West Bay Beach.
Location of the Restaurants on the West Bay Beach:
ON THE BEACH to the RIGHT of US:
Argentina Grill, Beacher’s Restaurant, West Bay Divers, Gift shops, Foster’s Restaurant, Bite on the Beach and Trattoria da Piero at Las Rocas Resort
ON THE BEACH to the LEFT of US:
Luna Maya Steak and Seafood Restaurant at the Mayan Princess Restaurant and Pool, The Beach Club Restaurant, Vintage Pearl Restaurant and Wine Cellar, Thirsty Turtle Bar and Grill and PizzaRama both at the Bananarama Resort, turn left on Bananarama Dr and walk to the Hangover Hut, Nice ’n Spicy, at the Mall is Mangiamo Market and Delicatessen, Java Vine Cafe/Wine Bar, across the street is Celeste’s Island Cuisine, LALA Gallery/Garden Cafe, back on the main beach continue to the LEFT is the Cayuco Beach Bar, La Palapa Beach Bar at Infinity Bay, Iron Shore Bar and Grill at the Grand Roatan/end of the beach.
There are several Dive Shops in West Bay Beach, at walking distance from Casa de Paradise. Mayan Divers located on West Bay Beach offer professional diving, instructions for licensure and rental of all equipment for diving and snorkeling.
Decompression Chamber, Clinic and Medical Facilities: Cornerstone Decompression Chambers and Clinic is located at Anthony's Key Resort in Sandy Bay tel. 954-929-009
What to do in Roatan
Diving, snorkeling, water sports, canopy tours and excursions to the neighboring Cayos are all possible and exciting activities in Roatan. The reefs are easily reachable in shallow as well as deeper protected waters. Our local attractions include:
Museum on Roatan : at RIMS/ Anthony's Key Resort (AKR).
Swim or dive with the dolphins at AKR.
Carambola Botanical Gardens in Sandy Bay, it offers a beautiful walk.
Butterfly Garden in West End.
Spectacular West Bay, the most beautiful and perfect white sandy beach.
Charming French Harbour, Flowers Bay, Oakridge, Punta Gorda (Garifuna Village).
The Marble Hill Farm is run by an interesting couple who make their own jam with locally grown fruits.
Paya Bay is a secluded place on the far East end of the island.
What to Bring
Valid Passport with expiration date of at least 6 months past your departure date from Roatan.
U.S. cash in small denomination bills or Lempiras ( the local currency, about 20 Lempiras to 1 US dollar). You can change U.S. Dollars almost anywhere on the island but you may not be able to change any other currency here, so bring U.S. Dollars with you.
Credit cards are not accepted everywhere and when they are accepted there is an additional charge of 6% to 7%.
Diving certification card, diving or snorkeling gear (If you do not have gear, you can rent it at www.mayandivers.com just beside us on West Bay Beach)
Bathing suits ( at least 2) and cover ups. Lightweight action clothing or easy care cotton blends: t-shirts, shorts, blouses; Comfortable walking shoes, sandals or surf shoes; Lightweight long sleeves top and slacks; ladies might enjoy summer dresses for dining out; A very light sweater or jacket; hats with ample brims.
Personal items and toiletries, medications.
Sunscreen, mosquito repellent, antihistamines, anti itch cream. You can buy a great island product called" Cactus Juice" which is both a sunscreen and repellent. " "No see Ums " and mosquitoes are around all year.
Camera, video camera, CDs, favorite videos.
We trust you will enjoy our beautiful, paradise island and our spectacular West Bay Beach.
Casa de Paradise Vacation Rentals Roatan Phone Number: 011-504-9961-5311 • USA - 419-569-9297 - Leave Message if no Answer • USA - 305-290-8305 - Leave Message if no Answer Casa De Paradise Vacation Rentals • Emerald Beach Club, West Bay Beach • Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras, CA