Join TJ Lynch and the gang from HGTV's House Hunters Intl as they help Arizonian Doug find his perfect dream home on the tropical Caribbean island of Roatan! Located in the Bay Islands, about 30 miles off the north coast of Honduras, Roatan is known for it's amazing scuba diving, friendly islanders and amazing Lobster, Shrimp and deep sea fishing!
This time of year, there are fewer visitors to the islands... and that's just great for us! It's kind of like relatives coming to your home... great to see them come and great to see them go! But even though there are less week-long vacationers coming to Roatan, there are still cruise ships in port some days so you won't be all alone on the beach!
Well, it's May... hands down the slowest month of the year here in paradise.... and while it's not so good for tourism and for the local business owners... it's actually REALLY good for those of you wishing to buy property. The weather is amazing... there's lots of deals on places to stay and there's no crowds on the beaches.. but why is it a good time to shop for that 2nd or retirement home? Take a look...
Cora Todd, a delightful 7 year old who is one of my biggest fans, wanted to discuss her experience on Roatan from a kid's view. The Todd family bought a vacation home on Roatan last year and Cora and her mom, Robin were gracious enough to share with me their thoughts....
There's a new kid in town... and he's quite the catch!! Roatan's newest 5-star development is well under way on West Bay Beach -- The Grand Roatan! It is going to be amazing and pre-sales are happening right now. If you'd like more information or to reserve your piece of this island... contact me and I'll represent you as a Buyer's Agent.. Take a sneak peak here...
It sure seems like it here on Roatan these days.. With Easter week DONE... everyone has left the island... and it is ominously quiet here. The beaches are empty, where just a couple days ago 3,000 peeps lined the shores. Personally, I love this time of year. Roatan truly resembles that tropical hideaway that attracted me here 15 years ago!!
The great thing about Roatan is that it's not been "discovered" like so many of the other touristy Caribbean islands. It's still relatively inexpensive here to buy property, vacation and live. I mean, where else in the tropics can you go out and have a nice evening, complete with dinner and drinks, for twenty bucks? Check out Roatan's West End... tons of food establishments, tiki bars and more!!
For the past 15 years I've been setting the standard for Real Estate on Roatan! As a founding member of the Roatan Realtors Association, I helped developed the MLS system, Code of Ethics, and pioneered the sharing of listings between the island's REALTORS! I believe that cooperation between agents is paramount to better customer service AND satisfaction! As a licenced agent for more than 22 years, I've sold more properties than anyone on Roatan and even ranked the #6 Agent in the world by RE/MAX International a few years ago!! As a Buyer's agent, my job is to use my experience here to guide you through the jungle and make sure your experience is as painless, smooth and enjoyable as possible!
Buying real estate, diving, the warm waters, friendly locals - these are all reasons for peeps to blow their wad and vacation (or move) to Roatan! But the truth is... there's a bigger reason.... and here it is!
For many, 2011 was a banner year... and for Roatan, just bouncing back from the country's 2009 abrupt changes in Government, it was indeed an important year as well!! Real Estate sales were brisk, mainly due to a US stuggling economy - with many who do have money looking for investment outside the country. 2012 is already showing strong signs of more development, more sales and more tourists travelling to our little paradise in the Carbibbean! Here's my predictions...
I've said it before and I'll keep saying it... there's more people killed by traffic accidents than anything else here on Roatan!! Well.. maybe it's true and maybe it isn't... but if anyone can get a license if they pay the $10 fee... no test, no qualifications.... then there's not a lot of hope for common sense on the roads...
If you like soft velvet sand between your toes... if you like clear shallow, calm and warm water.... if you like fun activities at your fingertips... then you'll LOVE West Bay Beach! There's ONLY one on Roatan.. beach that is... that is anything short of spectacular... and this is it! Usually dead calm.. sometimes this time of year brings in some waves.. which all adds to the fun!!
If you're building a home on Roatan, or maybe just fixing up something you bought here, there are a lot of inexpensive touches you can do to "personalize" your place. Today, I'm going to show you a few ideas that may help you make some choices... and the tradespeople in Honduras ROCK!!!! They can do almost anything... and at $30/day, you won't find a better deal anywhere!!
From the moment you land on this beautiful island you'll see the vast sea of smiling faces -both locals and imports- and one can't help but wonder what is going on inside their minds. Is it just the Caribbean island lifestyle that is so amazing? Roatan's amazing sunshine and warm water? I tend to think it's two-fold... 1) the tourists are smiling because of the GREAT value they're recieving for their money spent... and 2) the locals are smiling because they are making money supplying services for the tourists that come to the island. --either way, I know you'll feel it too...
To some... torrential downpours during your holiday can be a bummer... and to us living here on Roatan island... they are quite welcome! For the past 30 days or so, we've had our "winter".... tropical rains almost daily... but this is necessary to fill the islands fresh water supply.. among other things...
Since Roatan is part of Honduras, it's imperative you understand the Immigration requirements this country has concerning passports. First off, you need a passport to get in and get out of Honduras. But the most important aspect of that has to do with when your passport expires. Failure to observe this requirement, may force the airline to refuse you to board the plane from your home country, or worse yet.... the Immigration officials in Honduras may just not let you enter the country! Check this out...
Arrrg mateys!!! Here's a business op for you entrepreneurs out there... a real life, exact replica of the famous BLACK PEARL is offered for sale on Roatan! Built to the exact specifications as her original, this remake is valued at more than $1.2m and is offered at $750,000 usd. For more information, contact me at email@example.com
Just can't help texting friends back home and gloating about your Roatan vacation? Need to stay in touch with family? There are 3 cell phone service providers in Honduras and ALL of them offer BLACKBERRY services for BBM Messenger, texting and MMS messages. Whether you're on vacation, or you live here... technology is catching up here on Roatan!!
Let's face it.... living on an island, surrounded by evaporating salt water, combined with light trade winds blowing constantly can mean only one thing.... HAVOC for electronics, metals, plastics... oh.. and then add in the sun's UV, UVA and UVB rays that so nicely heat the sea and the land and you've got a battle on your hands. And is seems that the more Roatan comes into the 21st century with technology, paved roads and other infrastructure.... the more that there is to go wrong... but hey, we like it this way.. really!
When it comes to ambience... NOTHING says "tropical" like a Palapa with a thatch roof! And if you live here, you can have one in your back yard next to the pool.... on the beach... or even as a roof on your house!! Check them out.. they're easy to build, work well to protect you from the rain and sunlight.... and look MARVELOUS!!
Whether you're moving TO or AWAY from Roatan... you need something, or you want to get rid of something... NOW we have a place to do it!!! For FREE! Check out www.RoatanBuyandSell.com for items for sale, trade giveaways... place personal ads, want ads and browse categories... ALL ads are FREE to place... and there are optional small fees are for adding pictures, bolding your ad and better placements.
Once again, Roatan is on the move! Seems like everywhere you look, workers are busy adding more buildings, more malls, more restaurants....more homes and A LOT MORE CONDOS!!!! Do the developers know something we don't? Is it time to buy now before the masses? Will there be masses buying on Roatan? Hmmmmm.
If you're new to Roatan or even just visiting, chances are you'll have access to some TV time somewhere along the way. The local cablevision is quite the joke still, and that's why most people hook up with DirecTV or StarChoice or SKY... all satellite programming companies that are available on Roatan... just like home!!
The sea grape... a rather familiar looking fruit with a whole new twist. Common to tropical areas, this little beauty thrives in salt water conditions... and if you have land near the beach, you'll probably have one or more of these "trees" in your yard. But be careful.. they are not like the grapes you know of back home...
If you've been in the sun, I'm sure you've seen the changes in your skin and maybe even your hair got lighter... but the effects of Roatan's sun, combined with the salt water/air, is amazing!! Take a look at what you're in store for...
If you're looking for the deal of the year!! It's right here! $299k gets you a $600k++ 2 bedroom/2 bathroom Marina front condo in Parrot Tree Plantation... this foreclosure by the owner is offered at this incredible price to SELL FAST! Not offered through REALTORS.. this is a private sale. Comparable to this listed unit.. CLICK HERE TO check out the features! (SIMILAR UNIT) If you're interested.. email me today!! Won't last....
Just a few short years ago, grocery shopping on Roatan was an all-day ordeal. You had to drive on a dirt road all the way to French Harbour, pick through a meager assortment of dry, wilted produce... wait in line as the butcher cut your choice of meat off the hanging corpse... well, you get the picture. And now, thanks to progress (which some newbies who think less is better dislike), we have more choices, more selection and better prices and quality foods!!!
Today, I visit TWO NEW STORES on Roatan and tell you some important shopping tips GUARANTEED to save you money here!
Let's face it.. we're in Honduras... there's not a lot of regulations, laws nor systems in place to safeguard the consumer. You're pretty much on your own, so to speak... and you must be very careful when dealing with businesses, agencies and individuals "offering" great deals on products of services. But then again.. THAT is what drew a lot of us to the Islands.... it's kind of "the wild west" here sometimes... but that all adds to the fun of Paradise!! That being said, thanks to the power of the internet, you can choose wisely, do your due diligence and investigate thoroughly BEFORE you commit. Choosing a REALTOR® here on Roatan is no different.... do your homework when choosing someone to represent you!! Check out property listings yourself, if you'd like at www.RoatanMLS.com before you contact an agent.
For those of you who have been to Roatan, fighting the sand flies (noseeums) seems like a never-ending problem… until you've been here a while and "climatize"… meaning either your body builds up an immunity, or they just leave you alone for some "fresh blood" from other tourists. And just when you've thought you can't possibly don anymore DEET…. in comes Bill Williams -- a North Carolina businessman who's environmentally-friendly, NON-DEET insect repellent is taking the island by storm! Manufactured right here on Roatan, William's Blue Ocean product is by far the best solution I've seen to date! More information can be found at www.blueoceanoil.com
Even though we'll most likely be getting some rains this month (hopefully for our water tables), the sun is OUT!!! It's HOT and you will definitely see some sunshine during your Roatan visit!! Come on down.. July is one of the best months of the year to discover paradise…!!!
TJ Lynch & Family - Life in Paradise Learn more about TJ his beautiful family. Consistently in the TOP 25 Realtors in the Caribbean, TJ is the best person you could hook up with to buy or sell on Roatan.
Rob Seaman On the ground floor of real estate development in Roatan. Rob can provide you with a great understanding of Roatan it's massive growth and more. Whether it's information you need, finding a contact, or putting your deal together...TJ's Assistant and Technical Guru... brings it all together for us!
TourRoatan.com Whether it's the latest information on a shark dive, the name of the company that offers dolphin encounters, or you just want to view the galleries of the various towns and areas of Roatan... check out the photos, videos and more on TourRoatan.com!
RoatanMag.com Dive into the culture, life and entertainment of Roatan. Looking for a great night club in West End? Who are the Garifuna? How is education and schooling on the island? Each issue focuses on important topics about Roatan.
RetireRoatan.com Roatan is picked as the premier place to retire in the Caribbean. Find out why by reading up on investment tips and strategies, business opportunities, how to retire here and more.
PropertyOnRoatan.com Real Estate is booming on Roatan. Visit this site to read about new developments, hot properties and island growth. View listings, slideshows and detailed analysis of location and properties on the island. Where is the best place to buy for YOU?
LoveRoatan.com Team Lynch pages. We love Roatan and you will too, read up on our experiences here and what life is like in this beautiful tropical paradise.
LiveRoatan.com What's it really like here? What do islanders do on a day to day basis? What food can you buy and cook, where are the best places to eat, play and relax. Read accounts and stories of tourists/occupants of Roatan Bay Island.
InvestRoatan.com Appreciation of real estate on Roatan has been astounding over the last 5 years. New roads, businesses, developments, properties and more. This site provides a history and track record of what is happening on the island. How fast is West Bay or Caribe Point growing?
ExperienceRoatan.com Get a front row seat to Roatan! Site features video collected from around the web of everything Roatan and the Bay Islands. Check out real estate, hotels, activities, music, culture and more.
DreamRoatan.com Dreaming of paradise? This site will help fill in the blurry parts...Fall in love with the natural unspoiled beauty of Roatan, in the Bay Islands of Honduras! All your questions answered here! Such as topography, climate and weather, facilities, travel documents, where to stay, how to get around, history, activities and so much more.