The #1 thing I receive emails about is questions from people who are visiting or thinking about moving to Roatan. And they all ask me the exact same questions!! I thought I better start putting together from FAQs so that people can read through these first before emailing me since I just don’t have the time to give full, detailed answers over and over. I hope people find this helpful!
If you have other questions you would like answered in Part 2, please leave them in the comments below.
The main thing I would like people to understand about Roatan is that restaurants come and go, management and staff change all the time at dive shops and hotels, etc. etc. so it’s really difficult for me to post recommendations because things change here all the time and it might not be the same as when I gave my original recommendation. You really just have to get on the ground and ask around when you are here!
I am visiting Roatan. I’m staying ______________. Is this a relatively safe area?
I understand the water taxis are good sources for transportation. Can you provide an idea of a fair price for a water taxi (or regular taxi) from West End, to say, one of the grocery stores in Coxen Hole?
I have seen some description of van services for a few dollars for local
transport. Is this accurate and are they safe?
Any recommendations on someone to hire to really see the island other than a cruise ship type excursion tour?
I have seen a couple of Spanish schools on the island. Any recommendations?
Any suggestions for not fancy but decent places to eat in West End?
Do you buy seafood and fruit/vegetables from the street vendors?
with it in his cooler! Go in the morning!
Can I bring any packaged food stuff in my carry-on luggage like whey, protein bars, etc.?
What is easy to find there, and what should I make sure to bring from home?
The CDC recommends malaria medicine and vaccinations for Typhoid,
Hepatitis, etc. Did you take these kinds of precautions or do you think this is overkill?
mosquitoes away but also doesn’t put DEET directly on your skin. As for typhoid and hepatitis… Hepatitis is a good one to get, not sure about typhoid. I traveled through South America in 2011 and got seventy billion vaccinations so I didn’t think about it much when I moved here because I already had most of them. I haven’t heard of any of them being prevalent though. The big one is dengue, and there’s not much you can do about that except avoid getting bit in the first place.
I’m _________ years old and out of shape, can I learn to dive?
Can I use travelers checks on Roatan? Can I use USD on Roatan?
Any other information, tips, suggestions you can offer would be appreciated.
Almost all islanders speak Island English (Bay Island Creole) as a first language and Spanish second so they prefer to be addressed in English. Be smart and savvy – be aware when using ATMs, don’t walk around all day with huge wads of cash, don’t let people swindle you into buying crap or going on scooters to the east end (some parts of the east end can be dangerous for tourists who are alone, don’t know their way around and clearly don’t live here). Get to know the expat community, they are a great resource, but don’t forget you’re on the islanders home turf and they want the foreigners to respect them and their island. Don’t bring large (over $20) or worn/torn US bills, they won’t be accepted and small change is hard to come by so you will find taxi drivers and restaurants unwilling to break large bills. Go to the bank and have them break it. Learn the currency so no one gives you incorrect change (always pay in lempira when possible!) Above all, relax, things happen here. The internet is slow, things will get fixed ‘tomorrow’, the power goes out, the water goes out… it’s all part of life on a Caribbean island.
What else would you like to know about Roatan?
Guys, make sure to follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter … there’s lots of extras posted there that don’t make it onto the blog. (I also have Google+ if anyone even uses that? And I’m on Bloglovin’!) Plus it makes me get organized with these FAQs after 2 years. So there’s that.