Comfortable beach house with second and third floor decks and new dock located in quiet island neighborhood, with private beach & dock, surrounded by coral reef and dolphin sanctuary! Includes access to kayaks and snorkel gear!
Start snorkeling right off the dock. You can swim up to the dolphin enclosure. They will usually come up to the fence netting to say hello. It's tempting to pet them, but please do not as it makes the dolphin staff unhappy.
Swim/snorkel to either side of the dolphin pen for superb snorkeling featuring abundant coral, all kinds of fish, turtles, rays, eels, flamingo tongues, and much more!
Play it safe and stay inside the reef. The water is shallow and calm. There is lots of sea life here!
Stronger, experienced swimmers can venture outside the reef on calm days (mornings are best). Here the water is deeper and rougher but the snorkeling can be spectacular! Lots of little canyons and sandy pits to explore in the 15-50 foot range. The reef wall drops off dramatically in spots to 80 feet or much more. Please ask Nevada for a buoy to take with you as it lets boats see you more easily. This area is for advanced swimmer/snorkelers only! Plenty can go wrong outside the reef if you don't know what you're doing!
Disponible para huéspedes
The house, the decks, the beach, the dock, the hammock, access to kayaks, snorkel gear, etc.
Atención a los huéspedes
I or the caretaker will meet the guests to give them keys and answer any questions. I live in the first floor apartment, but let the guests have their privacy.
Otros aspectos destacables
Guests of the house get discounted rental equipment at Sandy Bay Paddle (find it on (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) or ask Nevada). Gear includes Standup Paddle Boards, GoPro Cameras w/ Dive Housings, Smart Phone Waterproof Housings, and more.
There are a few restaurants within walking distance of the house.
There is a little store just up the street, at the concrete bridge. Besides selling basic groceries, they make baleadas for about $0.75 each.
Anthony's Key Resort has a restaurant/bar up on the hill and a simple snack bar down on their dock.
Blue Bahia resort, 5-10 minute walk down the beach, has a moderately priced restaurant and good food.
West End is a 5 minute drive from the house. It has dozens of restaurants and bars, several mini grocery stores, a bank, atm, gas station, dive shops, and a variety of other shops.
West Bay also has loads of restaurants. Though a little pricier than West End, you can still find moderately priced options -- especially for lunch.
There are three little stores in the neighborhood. The first is the baleada place next to the concrete bridge. The second is located down a dirt path between the baleada place and the house across the street. They are better stocked and always have milk and ice cold beer. The third is up the street and located back from the street a bit. I only go there if the other two are sold out of something I want.
West End has several mini groceries with more variety and fresh vegetables.
Coxen Hole, a 10 minute drive, has three modern grocery stores with everything you'll need.
THINGS TO DO
Half Moon Bay is located in West End. It's beach and water are great for a quick dip or impromptu beach session. Though not as nice as West Bay's beach and water, it's still very nice. It's also a great place to watch the sunset.
For the quintessential beach day, head to West Bay. It's about a 20-25 minute drive from the house. White sand and crystal blue water are the best on the island. Snorkeling along the Wall at the south end of the beach are must-do's. Those comfortable in the water will want to snorkel all the way out to the Rock.
Maximum Stay: 14 Days.
Electricity on the island is EXPENSIVE! By popular demand, guests now pay for the electricity they use. An electricity meter has been added in the house so guests can track their usage. A reading is taken at check-in and check-out. Guests pay $ 0.50/kilowatt hour.
Guests have total control of how much they pay for electricity by going easy on the AC and turning off lights and fans when not in use and when they leave the house.
Cost varies great between guests based on usage. But a good rule of thumb for electricity use, including AC use at night with the bedroom doors closed, is $5-$7 per day. If you run the clothes dryer, leave lights and fans on when not in use, or run the AC during the day (for naps and showers) or run it with the bedroom doors open to cool the rest of the house, your daily cost will be higher.
No collecting of shells or critters from the beach or ocean. It's the law. Please observe but do not touch anything in the water. This is also the law.
No smoking inside the house. This includes marijuana.
No drug use.
Sand In The House:
- Use rinse tubs at base of porch steps to clean your feet and shoes
- Take off shoes before coming in house
Please do not slam doors.
Please be considerate with noise. Other people live on this property too.
Guests are responsible for the safe return of all the equipment they use or allow their friends to use. Equipment includes kayaks, paddles, snorkeling gear, life vests, and miscellaneous sporting goods. Breaking or losing these items requires the full replacement cost. This includes theft of any of the items while they are in the guest's care. Do not leave equipment unattended in a vehicle or on the beach.
We are reasonable. Stuff breaks. If you break a glass or dish, a lightbulb, a mask or fin strap, please tell us. We won't charge you. We just want to know so we can replace it. It's frustrating for the next guests when they go to use something and it's missing or broken.
Also, if you feel the house is missing something, let us know. If it's a normal household item we'll probably get it for you!
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I was born and raised in Buffalo, New York; went to high school and college in Arkansas; and spent the last 18 years living in Denver, Colorado.
I'm currently living on the island of Roatan, which is 35 miles off the coast of Honduras. It's surrounded by coral reef and the Caribbean Sea.
I use AirBnB to manage a rental property here, located in Sandy Bay on the north side of the island. It has a large studio apartment on the first floor where I live, and the two plus bedroom rental house on the second and third floors. It's a little slice of palm-tree-fringed heaven right on the beach!
While I'm in Honduras, I'm renting out my home in Denver, CO. When I don't have long-term renters in it, I rent it out short-term on AirBnB.
I'm a PADI/SSI divemaster and an SSI freediving instructor. I run a freediving center (Freedive Roatan) and a kayak/SUP/GoPro rental business (Sandy Bay Paddle) on the El Rancho Delfín property. Guests at my properties get discounts!
If you're an animal lover coming to Roatan, we always need pet meds of all kinds! Flea, tick, mange, worm and heart worm medicines are most needed, but we'll take anything and in any quantity! Meds can be left at the Denver property too. We sterilize and feed feral cats in the neighborhood and can transport dog/cat meds to the island on our return trips.