Roatan FAQs

Where is Roatan located?

Roatan is part the Bay Islands of Honduras. Honduras is located in Central America and has borders with Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador. The Honduran North Coast borders the Caribbean Sea while a small section of the Southern Coast borders the Pacific Ocean.

The Bay Islands are located between 70 and 40 miles from the Honduran North Coast in the Caribbean Sea. The Bay Islands consist of over 70 islands and cays. The larger three islands are Roatan, Utila and Guanaja.

Roatan is the largest of the Bay Islands and is approx 30 miles long and from 1 to 4 miles wide. A mountain ridge runs along the spine of the island and reaches approx 800 feet above sea level at its highest point.


What is the weather like in Roatan?

The climate of Roatan is tropical, hot and humid, though constant sea breezes keep the islands average temperature between 70°F and 90°F. The yearly average temperature is 82°F. The rainiest months in Roatan are October through January and the average rain fall is 87 inches.


What is the diving like in Roatan?
Roatan’s coral reef is one of the most beautiful reef systems in the world. It is easily accessible from the shore in many spots making it great for not only divers but snorkelers also. The West End Marine Reserve covers the Western tip of Roatan and is a protected area which is home to a majority of the Roatan dive sites and home to some of the Caribbean’s best diving.


What food and drinks are available in Roatan?

Roatan offers a wide variety of food and drink options. You will find a wide range of restaurants offering everything from pizza & pasta, Indian, Thai, Argentinian, Mexican to local beef and seafood. Most restaurants mix international style dishes with the fresh Honduran products to produce unique dishes. You will also find in Roatan local Honduran restaurants which offer some of the local coastal and mainland specialty dishes.

The locally made Honduran beers are Salva Vida, Port Royal and Barena. You will also find served in most bars Corona, Miller and possibly a few other imported beers. Rum drinks are very popular in Roatan and most bars will offer a mixture of rum cocktails from a cuba libre (rum and coke) to a monkey lala.


Are there banks and what currency should we bring?
Banks in Roatan are open from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 4 pm and Saturday from 9 am to midday. This does vary though from bank to bank.

The official currency in Honduras is the Lempira though US$ are accepted through out Roatan and the Bay Islands. Credit cards are accepted in most restaurants, and stores. There maybe an additional charge for credit card purchases. It is recommended where possible for smaller purchases to use cash.

Cash advances can be taken on major credit cards at most banks and ATM machines can be found in West End, West Bay Beach and Coxen Hole for cash advances on major credit cards.


What languages are spoken in Roatan?
Spanish is the official language of Honduras and Roatan. English is spoken through out Roatan and most local residents speak some English and Spanish.


In what time zone is Roatan?

Roatan is in the Central Time zone and does not observe daylight saving time. Roatan is 6 hours behind Greenwich mean time (GMT).


What type of electricity is used in Roatan?

The local electricity in Roatan is 110 volts, 60 MHz. This is identical to the USA, and also uses the same plugs. Voltage drops and irregularities in quality of electricity can occur, so consider bringing a surge protector for valuable items.


Is there good internet and communications in Roatan?

In Roatan you will find wi-fi at most restaurants and bars and of course at Hill Top Vacation Rentals.


What shopping options can be found in Roatan?
Roatan is home to a wide variety of shopping options, from the t-shirt and souvenir stores to art galleries and local craft stores..

Supermarkets can be found in Coxen Hole while smaller style grocery stores can be found in West End, West Bay Beach and Sandy Bay.


How do you get to Roatan?

A valid passport is required for all visitors to Roatan.

Find below a list of the direct flights available to Roatan:

Direct Flights By Air:

Miami to Roatan with American Airlines

Dallas to Roatan with American Airlines

Atlanta to Roatan with Delta Airlines

Houston to Roatan with United Airlines

Toronto to Roatan with Canjet Airways

Ottowa to Roatan with Sunair Airways

From Central American Destinations
By Air:
Taca have direct flights to Roatan via San Salvador. Others flights can be found through either San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa where local airlines can then be taken to reach Roatan.

By Land:
La Ceiba is the access point by ferry to Roatan, bus connections are available through San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa.

Contact us for more information and assistance with traveling to Roatan.


Can we rent a car on Roatan?

Most companies also have offices in the airport, and will meet you at your flight. To drive legally on Roatan, you need a valid driver’s license from your place of residence. You may drive with a foreign license for up to 30 days. Beyond that you will need to apply for a Honduran license. You may occasionally be stopped by police at checkpoints in the road, and be required to show your driver’s license and the registration card of the vehicle.


What is the diving like on Roatan?
The diving on Roatan is incredible! People come from all over the world, not only for the reasonable diving and dive training prices, but because of the wide array of sea life the islands contain.


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