In seven days, my husband and I will have lived here for one year. We share space with a Doberman, a Min Pin, and a big, black housecat who has decided the outdoors is his playground.
Since we love our new lives here on Roatan, sand flies are just something we deal with. There are ways to protect your body and the space where you live. I haven’t encountered any snakes yet (although I sure did in Florida!). I do have a friend here who was robbed at gunpoint. My husband was a Deputy Sheriff in the States so he encountered that all the time.
We love Roatan for the kind, caring local people. And the natural, easy-going, peaceful environment. No one is in a hurry. We demand nothing and try to be grateful in all things. We live way out on the East End of the island and are building a home on the beach. Our choice is very rustic, and minimalistic, with an emphasis on our comfort and convenience. We have never swum in such pristine water as the Caribbean Sea and so we do a Sea Soak several times a day. While Florida had nice weather year-round, we enjoy the “rainy season” of Roatan and know we will look forward to it every year following the long, hot, dry days. The weather so agrees with us that we just soak it up!
Roatan is affordable for us. This morning I bought 3# of fresh jumbo shrimp for L675, which is $27.00. There were 61 shrimp which we froze for six different meals. So, about $5.00 for a meal of the best shrimp around. We rent a 2/2 home just steps from the Sea and pay $750 a month for rent. Yes, electricity is quite expensive, so we have learned to practice conservation. We have A/C in our bedroom only. If the day is extremely hot (like today: The outside temperature is 92 F., feels like 105, so said my desktop weather station), we turn the A/C on for our afternoon siesta and then again in the early evening before bed. In Florida, the central air ran 24/7, set at 73 degrees. Yes, it has been an adjustment, but we are happy to make it.
“We don’t stop hiking because we grow old. We grow old because we stop hiking.” – Finis Mitchell
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
― Henry David Thoreau
We are the exception, rather than the rule. We visited only one time (for two weeks) before we decided to sell everything in our long-time South Florida home, and become residents of Roatan. The standard recommendation - and it is a very good one - is to visit several times first. Stay in different areas of the island and see what it feels like to you. Then, if you and your husband both love it, you’ll know your path.
We wish you the best!