A little less than 50 km off the north coast of Honduras. Rests on top of the world’s second largest coral reef, and thus has fantastic diving and snorkelling. In terms of women and hooking-up, you’ll be dealing mostly with tourists as opposed to local girls. It’s kind of like Bocas del Toro, Panama in this sense.
Diving and Snorkelling. Definitely the things to do in Roatan. Many dive shops located around the island.
IS ROATAN SAFE?
Roatan is completely safe. Mainland Honduras? Not so much, but here you’ll be fine. It’s mostly gringo divers, and the worst thing you’re likely to get from them is Chlamydia.
DATING IN ROATAN
Chance substantially increases if you are:
1) A Master Diver
2) Have been to several major dive spots around the world.
3) Are friends with divers.
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WOMEN IN ROATAN
Any place with mostly tourists I’ll generally rank at around 6.5. A lot of reasonably fit girls here in Roatan – due to them being active – which isn’t always the case with female travellers…so that’s good!
RENT AN APARTMENT IN ROATAN
$400 if you’re lucky, but it is difficult to find budget housing in Roatan as a tourist. Get in with some locals who might know someone renting or else do your best to split a house with others.
NIGHTLIFE IN ROATAN
Nightlife feels quite contrived. Probably because of the recent influx of cruise ship passengers to the island. Most bars in Roatan are located on the west end of the island. Many establishments are open late and most guests are tourists, mostly Europeans because the security situation in Honduras scares Americans away. There’s a series of bars, and the tendency is not to stay at one for too long. Bar-hopping I think is what the kids call it…
I recommend: Nova. A younger crowd and more of a club vibe. Your best chance of pulling will be here. Utilla island also has quite an epic party scene.
COST OF LIVING IN ROATAN
GROCERIES: Milk (1L)= $1.50 Loaf of Bread=$1.50 Eggs= $1.90 Water (1.5L)= $1.80 Cigarettes= $4.00
BOTTLE OF BEER: $2.00
JOB OPPORTUNITIES: You guessed it! Dive instructor…or hostel worker who dives.
TAXI: No more than $2.00 should you require one.
HOSTEL DORM BED/NIGHT $6.00-$9.00
Roatan is a good place to dive, learn how to dive, or talk about diving. The nightlife is pretty predictable. Do everyone a favour though and check out Utila Island if you’re in Roatan. Youtube it.
OVERALL RATING: 6.25/10
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